“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
We are striving to build a community of Christ followers who minister to one another and do life together for all of life’s joys and heartbreaks. Our hope is that each Covenant Partner finds a place of community, such as a small group or Sunday school, in which they can share their concerns and burdens, and in turn share care with others as well.
In addition, there are a number of formal ways we seek to share care with each other:
The prayer list is available to anyone in the congregation. It is sent weekly, by email or postal mail. It contains the needs that covenant partners share, and the requests gathered each Sunday during worship from our connection cards. If you would like to add a prayer concern to the list, please click here. If you would like the prayer list mailed to you, contact the church receptionist at 336-723-1621, x221.
We have a dedicated line at church to pastoral needs. It is checked twice daily, every day of the year. The number is 336-723-7737 (or 723-PRES). You are also welcome to call any Pastor or staff member at the church office: 336-723-1621. We are honored to talk with you, meet with you, and walk alongside you in any ways that we are able.
One of the best “resource” in a time of crisis is a brother or sister in Christ who has also been through a similar situation. We have a confidential in-house list of people who have been through a difficulty who have expressed a desire to share their experience and encouragement with others. Examples include the death of a child, divorce, and chronic illness. These folks are not counselors, but fellow travelers who can listen, pray, and encourage. If you are in a particular crisis and want to be confidentially connected to another who has been through something similar, please contact Mike Horne (MikeH@1stpres.com 336-723-1621, x225) or Amy Carlan (AmyC@1stpres.com 336-723-1621, x228). If you have been through a difficult situation and would like to offer a listening ear to others in need, please also call Mike or Amy.
All people, regardless of age or physical abilities, are an important part of our community. Those in our community who are limited physically, or no longer able to participate regularly in worship, are offered the opportunity to become care receivers. Each Care Receiver is assigned a Deacon who regularly visits to listen, pray, encourage, serve communion (as requested), and keep the person informed about the life of the church. If you know someone who would benefit from being a Care Receiver, please contact Mike Horne (MikeH@1stpres.com 336-723-1621, x225)
Mental Health Support Group Ministry
Our First Pres Mental Health Support Group for people and their loved ones affected by such challenges is an ongoing ministry that is celebrating its 20th year in 2021. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we are meeting virtually by Zoom. For more information about the group or to receive meeting reminders, please contact Bob Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for a 2012 Winston-Salem Journal article about this ministry.
There are a number of faith-based programs throughout the community that offer care for particular needs, such as Grief Share, Divorce Care, counselors, Alcoholics Anonymous, and other support groups. Check out our Faith Based Support Directory.