Our congregation is blessed with three Stephen Ministers. Stephen Ministers are trained in listening and caring skills, so that they may come alongside a person (one-on-one) in a time of need. They are committed to providing at least one hour a week of compassionate care for a care receiver. Stephen Ministers serve only one care receiver at a time. Their calling is to provide presence, a caring heart, and a listening ear. Their calling is not to fix a person, or to direct a person’s growth, or to tell a person what to do. Built into the Stephen Minister’s heart and burned into their mind is the principle that “God is the cure-giver ~ we are the care-giver.”
Stephen Ministry functions with a Stephen Ministry Leader. During this interim period, we are seeking new leadership.
Board of Deacons
The ministry of a deacon is one of compassion and service, sharing the love of Christ with those who are sick, mourning, alone, unable to attend services because of age or illness, in need of a meal, or just some loving attention. They also participate in the celebration of marriages and new babies. Some of the ministries of the deacons are:
- preparing and serving communion for worship services and at Pinehurst Senior Living Community
- providing receptions and sometimes meals following funerals and memorial services
- wedding coordinators (two for each wedding rehearsal and ceremony)
- coffee hour twice a month following the worship service
- sunshine cards and Christmas cards to brighten someone’s day
- providing CD recordings of worship services when requested
- prayer shawl ministry
- prayer chain
- care packages for college students
The Board of Deacons is in need of additional prayer shawls for its Prayer Shawl Ministry. If you would like to help out in this manner, please contact deacon Susan Worboys at either 624-9803 or SSW201@icloud.com.
The session is the council for the local congregation and is composed of people elected by the congregation to serve as ruling elders. The session is responsible for assuring that the word of God may be preached and heard, that the Sacraments may be rightly administered and received, and that the covenant community of disciples of Christ are nurtured. (From the Book of Order: The Constitution of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., 2013/2015)
We, as the Session of the First Presbyterian Church of Honeoye Falls covenant to keep the following promises as we serve the congregation:
Our promises to God:
- The session answers to God, trusts God, follows Jesus, reaches out to everyone, and assists all;
- Trusting that if we are doing God’s work, God will provide the resources,
- Remaining in community and supporting one another even if we disagree,
- Remembering that we are doing God’s work.
Our promises to each other as elders and to session:
- To support each other
- To be courteous
- To be honest
- To be open-minded
- To agree to disagree with respect
- To pray for decisions and for each other
- To support and trust the decisions session has made, regardless of our personal opinion.
- To maintain confidentiality; within session, the content of our discussion is confidential.
Our Promises to the Congregation:
- The session will respond with respect, fairness and confidentiality to congregational concerns.
- We strive to be a model of understanding and respect, that we are all responsible for our own feelings and behaviors.
- We will acknowledge, honor and respect persons who disagree and be willing to ask how session can help.
- When we receive concerns by letter, e-mail, or verbally (prefer written), the clerk of session or designee will acknowledge receipt of the concern. The session will discuss the concern at the next meeting, determine the appropriate next steps, communicate with correspondent at all appropriate points and keep him/her informed.
- As a response to concerns, the session or elder will respond:
- “I am happy to share this concern with session, but I will have to share your name and others involved, with their permission.”
- If a member is unwilling to share their name, session cannot respond due to lack of opportunity for face to face dialogue.
- We will do our best to communicate, accurately and in a timely manner, the work that the session is doing.