Deacon Ministry

“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)

The Deacons of the church are ordained to their office to minister to the sick, brokenhearted, lonely and hurting people in the church and in the community. We hope you will join us in our ministry. Please see below for upcoming opportunities.

Suicide Prevention Training

We host suicide prevention training, facilitated by Payne County Youth Services, on a regular basis. For the foreseeable future, these trainings will be held via Zoom. Watch this space for updates regarding when the next training will be.

Our Daily Bread Volunteer Days

The FPC Deacons volunteer at Our Daily Bread quarterly. We help sort food deliveries, stock shelves, assist with grocery shopping, and help provide a warm welcome to all. All ages are invited to come volunteer, including children 5 and older accompanied by an adult.

Our next Volunteer Day with Our Daily Bread is scheduled for Saturday, November 19, 2022 from 8:45am – 12:00pm. Let us know you plan to join us by filling out this form.

Prayer Shawl and Prayer Square Ministry

Members of the congregation knit and crochet prayer shawls which are given to individuals experiencing crisis, illness, or transition in their life. Prayer Squares can be sent to servicemen and women serving our country overseas or given to anyone who would appreciate carrying one in their pocket or purse. This ministry is coordinated by our Second Mile Sewers.

Prayer Shawls and Squares are prayed over and blessed in worship, and then are kept in the glass-fronted wall cupboards in the Hospitality Area where they are available to anyone who would like to give one to a friend or family member in need of prayer. Each shawl has two cards: one yellow card that explains the Prayer Shawl ministry and one white card that gives the name of the shawl’s maker. Please write the name of the intended recipient on the white card and leave it in the cupboard, but take the yellow card with the shawl.

Little Free Pantry

First Presbyterian Church’s Little Free Pantry is located in the alley between the main building and the Fellowship Hall. Our Deacons oversee and encourage others to help keep our Little Free Pantry stocked with food and our Little Red Pantry stocked with menstrual products. Stop by the church to learn more and to pick up a suggested shopping list.