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Parish Nursing

The Parish Nurse Ministry, which was established in 1999, continues to help facilitate a healthy congregation in mind, body and spirit. By providing health screenings, wellness education and hospital and home visits, the Parish Nurse Ministry strengthens the lives of individual members and our church community.

One of the most valuable services provided by the Parish Nurse is hospital and home follow-up, particularly in these days of quick released from the hospital. The Parish Nurse coordinates with First Presbyterian Church clergy and other staff, as well as church members and volunteers, to identify the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of recently hospitalized members suffering from illness or life-changing events. The Parish Nurse answers questions, helps monitor the healing process, and identifies other needs. The Parish Nurse does not duplicate the services of physicians, medical care providers or home health care agencies, but coordinates and may make recommendations and referrals to these services to ensure adequate care is provided.

Other services include

  • Act as an advocate for members on health related issues by attending physician visits and care plan meetings with them if desired.
  • Stay in frequent contact with many members in coordinating their care and assistance, and communicate changes in their medical condition to family members if requested.
  • Coordinate with FPC to provide clergy contact, referral to Stephen Ministry or prayer chain, transportation, meals and other congregational support services.
  • Provide monthly blood pressure checks on Sunday mornings to screen for potential health problems and provide members an opportunity to ask the registered nurse questions about medical terminology, medications, interpretation of lab results, and other general health concerns. 
  • Provide bi-monthly blood pressure screenings and health counseling at Economy Corner as part of a community health outreach program.  Many community members have no health insurance and/or limited access to regular doctor visits.
  • Write monthly Parish Nurse articles that are published in the “Presby News” regarding health and spirituality.
  • Attend weekly pastoral care meeting with the pastors, as well as staff meeting, to identify members’ needs and concerns.
  • Attend monthly deacon meeting to communicate concerns and help in coordinating assistance to members in need using a ‘share the care’ concept, which empowers a team of committed individuals to care for families experiencing illness and grief/loss. 
  • Provide members with a medical loan closet of gently used donated medical equipment.
  • Regularly check the AED (automated external defibrillator) equipment to ensure working order and also schedule CPR and AED training at regular intervals.

Stephen Ministry

“Love one another as I have loved you.” John 13:34

Stephen Ministry is Your Ministry

Pastors will always be on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis, but there are always many more ongoing needs for one-on-one care than pastors can meet by themselves. That’s where Stephen Ministers come in. 

The mission of Stephen Ministry of First Presbyterian Church is to recruit, equip and support gifted laypersons who, through the power and compassion of Jesus Christ, care for the mind, body and spirit of persons in our church community who are in crisis or facing life challenges.

Members of the congregation of First Presbyterian Church play an important role in our Stephen Ministry in the following ways:

  • Praying for God to bring hope and healing to hurting people.
  • Accepting care from a Stephen Minister when needed.
  • Telling a friend in crisis about Stephen Ministry.
  • Considering becoming a Stephen Minister.

A Stephen Minister is a person who:

  • Volunteers to use their gifts for caregiving.
  • Received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care.
  • Attends twice monthly supervision and continuing education.
  • Will be there for his or her care receiver, meeting faithfully and confidentially each week     for as long as there is a need.

Do you need a Stephen Minister?
Contact Rev. Dr. Brent O. Johnston at 316-263-0248 ext. 126 or via email.

Want to become a Stephen Minister? 
Contact Louise Farmer at 316-744-2410 or via email.

Economy Corner

The Economy Corner is a store with a mission. In 1960, the Women’s Association of the First Presbyterian Church made a pledge of $5,000 to the church’s building fund, and they held a rummage sale to help raise the funds. Their next project was to use the remaining articles to start the thrift shop that became The Economy Corner. In 1962, the Women’s Association of Grace Presbyterian Church joined the effort. Today, there are approximately 100 volunteers from the two Congregations who staff the store and work under the supervision of a paid manager and assistant manager.

Located at the corner of Broadway and Central, across from the Lord’s Diner, the Economy Corner is open six days a week: Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The store offers a constantly changing variety of new and gently used merchandise at affordable prices. There is clothing for children, youth, men and women as well as household items, small appliances, linens, toys, jewelry, decorative objects, books, fabrics, craft materials and collectibles.

In 2014, the Economy Corner began its 54th year of service to the community. A voucher program exists to offer vouchers to those attending Community Breakfast held at First Church and qualifying for assistance. The staff and volunteers strive to provide a welcoming, friendly space in which to fulfill the mission of assisting the local community with items for purchase or vouchers to meet their daily needs.

The Economy Corner is always in need of donation and will gratefully accept them during store hours at the back door. Should you desire to volunteer your time at the Economy Corner, please contact the manager.