‘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
Prepare for Easter and View the film, Jesus of Nazareth, “Together”
PREPARE FOR EASTER WITH VIEWING OF “JESUS OF NAZARETH’
Prepare for Easter…watch Jesus of Nazareth!
Rev. Jami invites you and your family to watch this 1977 Franco Zefferelli, all-star film, as a way to prepare for Easter.
Now that we are staying home, and getting more accustomed to virtual encounters, let’s do something as a church community that is easy for most of us to do and something that will pay spiritual dividends, let’s watch Jesus of Nazareth “together!”
I have watched this six-hour film every Lent for the past thirty years as a way to prepare for the season of Christ’s death and resurrection. You can binge watch it or, like me, divide your viewing into three two-hours sessions.
The first two hours include the annunciation, birth and circumcision of John the Baptist, Joseph’s visitation, the Nativity of Jesus, the visit of the Magi, the Massacre of the Innocents, and the baptism of Jesus. The next two hours begin with Jesus calling his disciples, Jesus’ ministry of healing and preaching, the killing of John the Baptist, introduction of Mary Magdalene, and Jesus’ journey into Jerusalem for Passover. The final two hours include the betrayal of Jesus by Judas, the Sanhedrin trial of Jesus, Peter’s denying Christ, Pilate’s judgment, the Passion narrative, crucifixion, the empty tomb, and the appearance of the risen Christ to his Disciples. See below for places you can watch this film.
Watch Jesus of Nazareth on your Amazon Prime subscription.
This film is not available on Netflix
We have two and a-half weeks before Easter to prepare, plenty of time to “watch together.” On Wednesday April 8 from 3:30-4:30PM I will host a Zoom Call-in so that we can discuss your experiences. I’ll send out another email about how to access that Zoom Call-in during Holy Week. You may also contact me through email if you have any questions or insights.
God bless you all this Lenten season. 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/