‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ – Matthew 25
Caring Ministries at First Church consist of Visitations Team, Caregivers Support, Prayer Partners, Prayer Shawl Ministry, and the Labyrinth. Through these ministries, we follow Jesus’ teaching to grow in love through service to others. Our Minister of Congregational Care, Rev. Jami Boyle, oversees all of our caring Ministries.
Caring Ministries Offers Support During COVID-19
Caring Ministries is offering various supports that will help you stay spiritually grounded while practicing the art of social distancing. For instance, the regular practice of guided meditations will help ease anxiety and fear. Or you may wish to try a good book. Three Christian authors are listed below who represent a variety of literary genres. And under Inspiring Extras you will find a variety of ways to support yourself during this time. If you have any questions or comments you are welcome to email or call the church office at 603-882-4861.
God speed, Rev. Jami
Confidential Prayer Requests
Prayer is the conduit that connects us to God and opens up the opportunities for direction and understanding. If you are in need, we would love to partner with you in prayer. Prayer requests can be submitted by calling the church office or submitting a request below.
Crafted by the loving hands and hearts of parishioners, this ministry strives to bring comfort and healing to those in need and to those celebrating. Prayer shawls are handmade of soft, colorful yarns, crocheted with prayerful intentions for each recipient. Upon completion of each shawl, a final blessing is said before being sent to the individual. Prayer shawls bless recipients by knowing they are wrapped in loving prayers of healing and celebration from their fellow parishioners.
Support for Caregivers
We are a monthly gathering of support for church members who are caring for loved ones in need. Here we listen and share stories about our personal journeys of care-taking. Our group share time is focused on the caregiver and facilitated by Rev. Jami Boyle. Jesus said, Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his or her life for friends. John 15:13. Caregiving requires this kind of love.
First Church Visitations Team is a kindhearted group of friends in Christ who desire to nurture relationship within our church community. Be it a knock on your door, phone call, or note card in the mail. We long to develop a kinship of compassion and care for each and every soul at First Church. Jesus said, as you offered such kindness to the least of these you have offered it to me.
Walk The Labyrinth
In recent years, the labyrinth has re-emerged as a Christian spiritual tool. Unlike a maze, which is a form of puzzle with trick turns and dead ends, the labyrinth has a single path that leads one into the center and back out again. There is no need to worry about figuring out what turns to take. One just follows the path. Modern “pilgrims” walk the labyrinth as one of many tools to enhance prayer, contemplation, meditation, and/or personal growth.
The First Church Labyrinth is available for prayerful and meditative walking at various times during the year. Check with our church calendar for specific times. Members and friends are welcome to make use of this spiritual resource.
Pastoral Counseling Services
PCS was founded to utilize the best psychotherapeutic techniques while respecting the natural connection between the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions in the healing process. Our desire is to provide a community in which clients Feel Heard, Feel Cared for and Feel Better.
In addition to our counseling services, PCS impacts the vitality of our community by partnering with other non-profit organizations to help underserved & at risk populations with stress management techniques and honoring those who “go above & beyond” with the Good Samaritan Award.
Learn more about Pastoral Counseling Services here: https://www.pcs-nh.org/