Care Ministries

Care Ministries (pastoral care) provides the tangible touch of Jesus Christ to those who are sick, suffering, and alone. This includes people who are admitted to local hospitals for short-term medical care, praying with people who are about to have surgery, or regularly visit and develop relationships with those in a local nursing home or who are homebound.

Chaplain Robert Henderson meets with a patient

CHAPLAINCY

First Christian Church provides chaplaincy services at Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH) and Crossings Healthcare.

Chaplain Robert Henderson, one of FCC’s pastors, oversees the chaplaincy department at DMH as well as leads the chaplaincy team. The team is made of professional and lay volunteer chaplains providing 24/7 chaplaincy services to the patients and staff of DMH.

Most recently, we have extended our services to Crossings Healthcare which is a non-profit heathcare center that provides quality care and service to the community. Chaplains are present to pray and care for the patients who chose to use this service.

To get involved with the chaplaincy teams at DMH or Crossings Heathcare, contact Pastor Robert Henderson at rhenderson@firstdecatur.org or 217.737.0790.

HOMEBOUND MINISTRY

Our homebound care ministry (pastoral care) provides the tangible touch of Jesus Christ to those who are sick, suffering, and alone. This includes people who are admitted to local hospitals for short-term medical care, praying with people who are about to have surgery, or regularly visit and develop relationships with those in a local nursing home or who are homebound.

HOSPITAL VISITS  Briefly visit FCC members/attenders who are in Decatur Memorial Hospital or St. Mary’s Hospital.

NURSING HOME VISITS  Develop a relationship with and care for nursing home member(s).

HOMEBOUND  Develop a relationship with those who are homebound.

To get involved, contact Pastor Tim Revis at trevis@firstdecatur.org or 217.875.3350.

Pastoral Care
Parish Nurse

PARISH NURSE

Our parish nurse, Carol Smith, is committed to integrating religious beliefs with scientifically grounded health practices in order to promote wellness of the body, mind, and spirit — even when a disorder may be incurable. She can assist you with any health concerns you may have as well as refer you to other medical professionals if you need to seek additional care.

The parish nurse is present during each of the weekend services: Saturday at 5pm and Sunday from 8am to 12:30pm. Simply stop by the parish nurse office (close to west entrance).

To get involved, contact Carol Smith at crlsmth@aol.com.