Are you in need of care? As a church, there are several areas of care available to our congregation.
EMERGENCY PASTORAL CARE
During normal office hours, call the church office and your message will be given to the pastor on call. After hours, you can leave a message for the church office at 302-764-8615 or call a pastor or elder directly (phone numbers are in the printed church directory). Examples of emergencies include: death, hospitalization, marital crisis, domestic violence, child abuse, or other personal crises.
If you are in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1.
NON-EMERGENCY CARE OR PERSONAL PROBLEMS
- If you are part of a Community Group, we encourage you to share your struggle or hardship with them. These small "families within a family" exist for this very reason as we struggle through life together.
- If you are not part of a Community Group, we recommend you find one, get to know others in a personal way, and create friendships where daily life struggles can be discussed.
- If your need is spiritual, consider talking to an elder or pastor. You are encouraged to seek someone out one-on-one, as we believe that personal relationships and conversation are the best way to process through issues. You can also contact the church office.
FINANCIAL OR PRACTICAL NEEDS
For financial or practical help, please see one of your deacons/esses or contact the church office at 302-764-8615 and your need will be passed on to the deacons/esses.
- Do I need to be a member of the church to receive help?
No, but you do need to be a regular attendee of our worship services, bible studies, community groups, or other similar programs. Faith Church should be considered your "church home". Given the Faith preschool, kindergarten, and childcare program and the many community events offered by Faith Presbyterian Church, you may have a relationship with us, but not regularly attend one of our services. In these instances, we may be able to help, but you will be asked to begin attending a regular worship service or community group.
- Do I have to be a Christian to receive help?
No. You may be struggling with Christianity, and that is okay. We will help you become familiar with the Gospel, because the core of our help is to teach you to rely on Him to provide for all your needs.
- Will I have to meet with anyone?
Depending on your circumstances, you may be required to meet regularly with a deacon, elder, or pastor (depending on the situation) as we help you process through your struggle and turn to God for answers.
- Who do I contact if I have a disagreement with my deacons/esses or have a complaint?
First, we recommend you do what Jesus says in Matthew 18, "If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you.". Open, loving, Gospel-centered communication is essential in relationships and should always be the starting point in resolving conflict. You may also want to use some Peacemaker conflict resolution tools, also bible-based. If, however, your conflict cannot be resolved in this manner, you should contact the Chairman of the Deacons or an elder so that you may take the next step of Matthew 18.