Care and Stephen Ministries

Scripture tells us that God is close to the broken-hearted, and that God sets the lonely in families. The First Church family of believers is here to show the love of Christ through helping to meet the needs of those who are struggling.  Our Care and Stephen ministries provide support to folks who are dealing with a variety of life situations.



Partners in Care is a ministry of First Church dedicated to sharing the love of Christ with those having limited mobility. As a Partner in Care, you will be paired with a home-bound member as a visitor and a friend. You will visit your partner:

  • At least once a month for a minimum of one year
  • Pray for your partner during your daily devotional time

If you have interest in possibly becoming a Partner in Care, please contact Pastor Rick Waters at



“You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak.” ~James 1:19a

Our newest Stephen Ministers have started their training. Last week they learned about the art of listening. They developed their skills by listening to each other and to God.  It is amazing to see God’s work in this ministry!

In a nutshell, Stephen Ministers are people with spiritual gifts of mercy, faith, and caring who have received thorough training to provide confidential one-on-one Christian care to you or someone you know experiencing difficult times such as:

  • Grief
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Job crisis
  • Chronic illness
  • A terminal illness
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster
  • Birth, adoption or miscarriage
  • Being a caregiver
  • And many more

If you or someone you know could benefit from the confidential, one-to-one care and support of a Stephen Minister, please talk with one of the pastors or one of First Church’s Stephen Leaders: Allison Keppler (484-574-3349), Jill Robbins (570-971-8832), or Michelle Dixon (570-772-1430).

Your Stephen Minister listens, supports, cares, and prays; walking beside you by meeting with you for an hour weekly for as long as is needed. Stephen Ministry care is confidential and remains private.




DivorceCare is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are separated or divorced. It’s a place where you can be around people who understand what you are feeling. DivorceCare is a 13-week video seminar series featuring some of the nation’s foremost Christian experts on divorce and recovery topics as seen from a biblical perspective. The video seminar is combined with support group discussion of the materials presented during the video. Each session is “self-contained,” and you may join at any time. If you know someone going through a divorce, make sure he or she knows about DivorceCare. It might just be the best thing you could do to help. For more information, pick up a brochure at the information desk, or visit DivorceCare meets every Sunday night in Room 104 of the First Evangelical Center from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Call Lou Anne Barnhart (570-323-5146) to register.




This group helps children heal from the hurt of divorce. Divorce Care for Kids, DC4K, provides a safe, fun place where children will learn to understand their feelings, express their emotions appropriately, feel better about themselves, and develop coping skills. DC4K is for children in grades 1-6. Meetings are held at the CLC in room 132-133 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. For more information or to register for DC4K contact the church office (570-322-3572) or Jessica Marzo ( Additional information can be found at