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Pastoral Care


At First Church, we recognize the importance of serving one another. The Pastoral Care Team is a ministry of clergy and laity who have joined together to provide care for our members. The team is trained to provide visits for members who are in crisis, need prayer, are experiencing grief, are homebound or desire to receive communion.

Good Shepherd
Good Shepherd volunteers help our growing church remain in community with one another. Shepherds contact members once a month to establish fellowship and connection. No formal training is required.

Prayer Team
Our prayer team meets once a week to pray for anyone in need of prayer. They pray over the church-wide prayer list and for individuals who submit prayer request using request forms located around campus. In addition, they send notes of encouragement to let individuals know their church is praying for them.

Prayer Shawl Ministry – Tuesdays at 10am
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a group who love to knit, crochet and, more importantly, desire to encourage fellow church members in hard times. Prayer shawls are presented to anyone who needs assurance of God’s love and comfort in their lives.

Flower Ministry
The Pastoral Care Team delivers bouquets made from the flowers used during Sunday worship. These bouquets are delivered to the sick, homebound, or anyone in need of a brighter day.

Grief Share (Fall)
Grief Share is a 10-week Christian support ministry for individuals who have lost a spouse, child, family member or friend. Weekly meetings include a video seminar with experts, a support group discussion with focus, and personal study and reflection.

Casserole Ministry
The Casserole Ministry provides meals for those in the church and community who are sick, grieving, or facing a challenging time.


DebraDebra TallmanDirector of Fifty Forward Ministries
Email Debra, 850-432-1434 ext. 112
Debra Tallman has a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York. She has worked in the field of gerontology for over 35 years and joined the staff of First Church in 1998. She is married to Rev. James Tallman and has three children, Sarah, Emily and Audra. She also has four grandchildren. Debra also enjoys sewing, knitting, reading and travel.


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