our Care Purpose
The purpose of Care Ministries is to provide care to individuals and families in times of crisis, transition, loss, new life, illness, injury, and any other life challenges — responding to immediate needs. We bring the comforting and supporting presence of God’s love with spiritual encouragement, through prayer and presence.
from our Congregational Care Team
We want you to know that your Church Family is here for you. We realize that life is not always easy and sometimes things happen that keep us from coming to church. And sometimes your spirit may be willing, but your body may not always be able to attend church services. Sometimes, because of your situation, you are not ready to have social interaction with others at the church.
Here are some ways we can bring church to you:
Receive copies of weekly sermons in the postal mail, in the form of CD’s, DVD’s, and printed transcripts.
Through our Home Communion Ministry, we can serve you Holy Communion in your residence. This outreach is available to those who cannot attend church on the first Sunday of each month.
A consistent visitor from our Special Friends Ministry can be on hand to chat with you at home or on the telephone on a regular basis.
Stephen Ministry provides one-on-one Christian caregivers to walk alongside of you through times of personal crisis or challenging transitions.
WHO WE ARE:
MANY MINISTRIES CARING FOR YOU
Congregational Care Team
The vision of the Congregational Care Team is to build an increased sense of community where people feel embraced by the church through personal care and genuine concern in times of need. They meet monthly to provide prayer and personal support to those in our church community, praying weekly for prayer requests that come into the office. Members of the team reach out regularly to specific people to encourage and support them in whatever challenges they face – in times of crisis, transition, loss, new life, illness or injury, responding to immediate needs. They work to create a seamless ministry to those in need with other congregational care ministries in the life of our church, bringing the comforting and supporting presence of God’s love, together with spiritual encouragement through prayer and presence.
The Presbyterian Book of Order states, “The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of 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. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.” (Book of Order, G-2.0201)
Our vision for deacons is to build an increased sense of community where people feel welcomed, connected, and valued through personal care and genuine concern. When someone says “yes” to be a deacon, the church is calling them to assume significant responsibilities as an ordained leader, being involved in a ministry of compassion and service. Through ongoing training, deacons are called by God to provide support, prayer and care for others in a variety of situations, including reaching out to the grieving and dying in our midst.
Are you going through a personal crisis or overwhelming transition? Stephen Ministers are trained to accompany you on your journey. They will listen and talk with you compassionately, while respecting the need for confidentiality. They bring Christ’s healing love through caring for the spiritual, emotional, and social needs of our church community through one-to-one relationships that continue for as long as they are needed.
Please contact one of our Stephen Leaders (below) or email Stephen Ministry, if you or someone you know is in need of a Stephen Minister.
Pat Carlson: 650.347.2960
Susan Siciliano: 650.692.6985
Trained Home Communion teams will bring blessed elements to those who are physically unable to receive Holy Communion in one of our church services. To arrange a time, please contact Lay Pastor Deborah Concklin at 650.888.6483.
The Christian Recovery and Renewal Center is a non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation, which provides church-based care for the whole person. Located onsite at First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame, the center helps individuals and families in recovery. It provides assistance in the following areas:
- relationship issues
- emotional hurts
- mental illness
- spiritual direction
- social assistance
Counseling can be conducted in individual, family, marital, and group settings. Medical referrals are offered, as well. These services are available at a reduced rate for those in need. To find out more or to schedule an appointment, please call Timothy C. Engelmann, Ph.D. at 650.342.3118 or email him.
Would you like a visit or call?
We are here for you and we care about you. Please let us know how we can support you. Reach us through the church office by calling 650.342.0875 and ask for Jackie Gainer or email Care Ministries.