Pastoral Care Ministry

“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

– Matthew 25:40

The Pastoral Care team demonstrates a passion for 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. They strive to live as a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ through regular participation in worship, spiritual formation, and stewardship of time, talent and money in and through the ministry of our congregation.

The Pastoral Care ministry extends compassion and care through visits with those who are homebound and/or experiencing long term needs due to sorrow, bereavement, illness, and/or hospitalization. This is done through a variety of teams including a new baby visiting team, hospital/rehab follow-up team, homebound call team, pastoral care visitor team, prayer shawl visiting team, and meal team.

PASTORAL CARE VISITING TEAM

Let us know if you or a loved one is homebound and interested in some company: A team of trained church members is available to visit once a month. The Pastoral Care Visiting Team’s mission is to extend compassion and care by offering fellowship, prayer, and conversation to people who are homebound and/or experiencing long-term needs due to sorrow, bereavement, illness, and/or hospitalization.

Please contact us (using the link below) if you or a loved one would be interested in having a Pastoral Care Visitor, or if you are interested in volunteering in this ministry.

HOMEBOUND COMMUNION

If you’re a homebound member or friend of the congregation, we’ll strive to celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper with you at least four times a year in your residence if you so desire. On the first Sunday of each month, after communion has been celebrated in our morning worship services, past and present deacons and elders bring communion to these members as a part of what we call Extending the Table. These teams visit members of our congregation on a rotating basis. Our pastors also bring communion at other times throughout the year.

Please contact us (using the link below) if you or your loved one would like to receive communion, or if you are a deacon or elder who would like to participate in this ministry.

HOSPITAL VISITATION

Whenever you find yourself hospitalized, our Pastors and Parish Associates would feel privileged to visit you.

If you’d like us to visit during your stay, please inform the hospital that you’re affiliated with First Presbyterian Church of Allentown at the time of your admission. Due to privacy laws, if this information is not conveyed to the hospital, they will not be able to make us aware of your hospitalization. You are also encouraged to call the church office to notify us if you or a loved one is hospitalized.

Additionally, one of the pastors is on call each day to respond to emergency needs. If you need to contact the pastor on call, please call our church office at (610)-395-3781 or our answering service (after hours and on weekends) at (610)-433-7511.

FLOWER MINISTRY

Sunday Flower Ministry Team

Every Sunday, the flowers that grace our sanctuary for worship are made into smaller bouquets and delivered to members and friends of our congregation experiencing a particular celebration, loss, or health issue in their personal lives.

Holiday Flower Ministry Team

During Advent, Christmas, and Easter Day, our sanctuary and church building are decorated with holiday plants as part of our celebration of these Christian seasons. Following our celebration, we share the joy of Christmas and Easter with members and friends of our congregation who are unable to join us in worship through the gift of one of these plants.

Please contact us (using the link below) if you or your loved one would like to receive flowers, or if you are interested in volunteering for this ministry.