“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood.” --Acts 20:28 NIV
Pastoral Care at First Presbyterian Church extends our care to those in special need of support through Christian compassion and fellowship. Our ministries are vibrant, active, and growing, continually finding ways to reach out to those in need. These ministries are a gift from God made possible through a caring and dedicated body of volunteers.
Being a Deacon is a call to service. Deacons are the officers of the church commissioned to be the primary caregivers of the congregation and to effectively invite the congregation to provide Christ’s care for each other. Elected into three classes of six each, the eighteen Deacons serve three year terms, meeting together, often monthly, to inform and inspire each other to fulfill their responsibilities.
In our congregation, people have many kinds of needs - they are recovering from surgery, grieving, lonely, ill, aging and away from the congregation’s life. They are welcome the ministry of care from our congregation. Deacons visit and connect with these members, and thus lead in providing for those needs. Each Deacon is given the opportunity to know other church members in a deeper way, serving alongside them and growing in understanding of the burdens people carry and how the church can help.
Among the specific works are regular visitation, counsel, providing services of assistance, extending communion, building community, prayer. All this is an extension of the ministry of Christ to the people of God who experience need.
"The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry."
-The PC(USA) Book of Order
Pastoral Visitation at First Presbyterian Church of San Diego is an important means of extending God’s care to members by visits in home and hospitals and other places, by listening and counseling, by reading Scripture, and by prayer.
This is a ministry that is currently shared with Pastor Jerry, with Lloyd Tooks, who assists in pastoral care and visitation, and sometimes with Elders and Deacons.
Times of trouble – being spiritually perplexed, emotionally stressed, physically ill – can prompt a call from a member to the Pastor or to the church that will result in a pastoral visit. If you are in need of pastoral support, please call the church office and ask for Pastor Jerry Andrews to set up an appointment. If he is not at the church, leave a message and he will return your call. (If your need is an emergency, let the staff member or volunteer who answers the phone know; he or she will contact Pastor Jerry and he or someone on the pastoral team will get back to you as quickly as possible.)
"Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." --James 5:16
We pray whenever we are together and we pray when we are apart.
Sometimes we gather specifically to pray. There is a special dynamic that comes into play when God’s children come together, united in faith and purpose, to seek the face of the Lord in prayer.
We pray when we worship – prayers of adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication.
We pray for each other. Without ceasing. Our Pastor and Elders are available to pray each day for those in need of prayer.
If you would like to request the prayers of the church, we ask that you submit a prayer request here. You may also contact the church office or fill out a connection card in the pew. Know that your prayer request will be held in confidence.
To submit a prayer request, fill out a prayer request form. It's easy!