Coping in These Pandemic Times
During this COVID19 we have NPC volunteers across the region standing ready to respond to neighbors in need. 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.
Our partnerships with social services and knowledge of local counselors can help you to find professional care beyond the church.
In addition, we offer these specific resources focusing on support for the traumatic effects of this season of Pandemic and national unrest.
These resources may assist you in learning a bit more toward dealing with today’s difficult issues practically and biblically. Should you desire further conversation about any of these topics, please contact our Care office at 202-537-7540 or LMartin@nationalpres.org.
- Anxiety: Stopping the Downward Spiral
- Effects of Isolation : Emotional Health in the trauma of COVID)
- Difficult Conversations: Relationships During Stressful Times
- Grieving in change : loss during COVID
Welcome to Our New Care Pastor!
Ways to receive care
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.
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 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. Currently Stephen Ministers are meeting by phone or Zoom.
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. During this time of COVID please visit our Prayer Center page to share a prayer request.
This care and joy list is updated weekly and distributed by email to those who wish 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 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.
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. All consultations are being conducted by phone at this time.
This national program for those who have lost loved ones, is offered on a regular basis through our Church. Currently the course is meeting weekly by Zoom. Let the Care Office know of your interest.
Please click here for more information about National Alliance on Mental Illness - DC. We have hosted one Family to Family course at National. We hope to offer cooperative programs in the future.
Our pastors can help you to identify therapists, counselors, and other resources in your community.
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. During this time of social distancing our pastor and staff are working remotely but available to you. Please call or email.
"So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."
Administrative Assistant for Care Ministries