We are called to care for one another

Whether you have recently broken an ankle and need help with meals, or are dealing with anxiety and depression; we have volunteers in place to walk prayerfully with you through challenges you may face in life.
 
In addition, our partnerships with social services and knowledge of local counselors can help you to find professional care beyond the church. 

Ways to receive care

Deacons

Deacons are elected servant leaders in the Presbyterian Church who care for the congregation and mobilize the congregation to care for each other. Deacons listen to concerns you may have, pray with you, visit you when you are ill, support you through difficult times, and help you connect with other church members in your neighborhood.

 

Deacons’ Emergency Assistance Fund

This fund is available to members of National Presbyterian Church who are experiencing temporary financial difficulty. There is a required application, approval, and disbursement process through the NPC Care Office.  

 

Stephen Ministry 

Stephen Ministry is centered on one-to-one relationships of care. Stephen Ministers provide love and care to those who are experiencing challenging times, such as the death of a loved one, hospitalization, divorce, loneliness, chronic illness, unemployment, spiritual crisis, a new job, and more. Stephen Ministers are there “after” -- after the funeral, after the call you never wanted to receive, after the last child leaves your home, after the baby arrives demanding more than you ever thought possible…

 

Stephen Ministers complete a 26-week training session before providing care. Typically, a Stephen Minister will meet with you confidentially one hour per week. Your identity and your conversations are private. 

 

Prayers after worship on Sundays 

A Pastor, Elder or Deacon, and a Stephen Minister are available in the Chapel after each Sunday worship service to pray with you about your concerns and celebrations. 

 

Care and Joy List and Prayer Team

This care and joy list is updated weekly and available for you to pick up at the information table on Sundays, to pray for National’s church family. Contact the NPC Care Office if you would like to receive prayer, and if you would like your name included on the list. All prayer requests are shared with our Prayer Team. 

 

Military Ministry 

Military Ministry provides fellowship opportunities to active duty military, reservists, and their families; retired military and families; civilian employees of the military; and all others who identify with the military: raised in military family, spouses, etc. Meetings and events are may be found on our event calendar

 

IONA: expert advice for older adults and their families

We have a partnership with the Tenleytown based non-profit, IONA. National’s members and their loved ones have access to an IONA social worker who is able to consult for 3 hours to address practical matters related to aging, or related to caring for aging family members. 

 

Referrals 

Our pastors can help you to identify therapists, counselors, and other resources in your community. 

 

A Year of Prayer: Pray Without Ceasing

In fall of 2019, we began "A Year of Prayer:" a new opportunity to share in prayer together as a church family. As we work on the physical building of our congregation, so too we want to build up the spiritual strength of our life of faith together in Christ, through prayer. Each week we will share a prayer, written by a leader in our congregation, on a specific program area of our life together. We invite you to pray this prayer each week as we bring our joys and concerns to the Lord.

 

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How can we help?

Wherever you are in life, we are here for you. We can help get you connected to the people and services that can best provide care for your situation.


"So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."

-Colossians 3:12

 

Liz Martin

Administrative Assistant for Care Ministries

lmartin@nationalpres.org

202.537.7540

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