Sometimes we need an objective perspective in order to gain more of God’s peace in the midst of our problems. Sometimes we need more guidance than we have been given. Rev. Jim Solomon, Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care and Prayer, is an experienced Christ-centered, Biblically-based, and Spirit-led pastoral counselor with many years experience counseling individuals and families in an effective and life-changing way. After an initial consultation during which the root of an issue may be discerned, Jim typically refers those in need of ongoing counseling to a member of the Baton Rouge Christian Counseling Center located on the third floor of our Education Building and/or other therapists in the area based on the specific concerns that need to be addressed. Jim remains available to each person and each situation when necessary to collaborate with other counselors.
Please let us know if you or someone you know is hospitalized and would like a visit from a pastor or another member of our Care Team. We have seen and experienced many benefits of visiting, reading Scripture and praying for those hospitalized.
When you can’t come to your church, your church will come to you. Are you or someone you know in need of having communion served at home? If so, we will add you to the list of those served once a month by a dual-member team.
Sometimes just visiting someone who can no longer get out or who simply desires more fellowship and connection, makes all the difference in the world. With Matthew 7: 12, 1 Corinthians 12: 7, Philippians 4: 13-14 and James 1: 27 in mind, Care Ministers spend time visiting those who are homebound and/or feeling lonely and in need of more connection. A visit often involves listening, encouraging and comforting as well as ending with a time of prayer. Our Care Ministers often report the joy they gain through listening to, laughing with, and simply loving on those they visit.
Are you feeling called to this type of ministry? If so, Pastor Jim Solomon and/or his staff would love to informally interview you and connect you with a care recipient who may be a good match for you. Please contact Laura Shaw at 225.387.0617 or email her to make an appointment.
The Bereavement Team walks alongside those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. This team serves as hosts to families during funeral services held at FPC, warmly welcoming and providing refreshments and other needs in order for the service to go smoothly. For more information about how to become a member of the Bereavement Team, please contact Becky Phillips.
Care Card Ministry
Do you have a heart for sharing compassion, sympathy, encouragement, congratulations, or any other type of care through writing cards? If so, you may want to join our team. Please contact Pastor Jim Solomon if you’re interested.
Every marriage has matters that could be addressed in order to grow as a Christ-centered relationship. Your marriage may deepen in love and respect with the assistance, guidance and prayer of Marriage Mentors. In addition to periodic marriage and family seminars, Pastor Jim Solomon continues to develop a team of mentors and “mentees” to pair one couple with another.
Fas Crowd (Fun After Sixty)
In addition to our church-wide activities, First Presbyterian offers a variety of groups and events that specifically address the interests of our senior members. The FAS (Fun After Sixty) Crowd meets monthly. The focus is social but we love a good meal so we meet at a local restaurant. Couples and singles are invited to attend.
Check out the church calendar here to see when FAS Crowd next meets.
Are you losing sleep? Are you sleeping too much? Are you overeating or under-eating? Do you sometimes think you’re forgetting more than usual? Are you feeling sad? Are you feeling angry? If so, you may be normal if you have experienced loss in your life. In a special two-hour “Good Grief Seminar,” thoughts and guidance are shared regarding not only the psychological but also the emotional, mental, physical, relational and spiritual effects of grief. Jim focuses on steps that help us rise above what would hold us below in how we deal with loss in our lives. The seminar is free of charge and is open to the entire community. These seminars are offered periodically.
To register for the next seminar, please email Laura Shaw indicating “grief seminar” on the subject line of your email. You may also call 225.620.0222 and leave a voice mail with your name and anyone else with whom you would like to attend the next seminar.
Whether the need is recovery from a divorce, a death, an abortion, or even the challenges of breaking free from drug and alcohol abuse, sexual addiction, pornography use, or other issues, we want to be part of God’s solution to your situation.
We frequently support others experiencing a trial by providing food. Are you interested in providing meals for those in special circumstances? If so, please contact Jim Solomon.
Contact Information to learn more about any of our Care Ministries:
Laura Shaw, Assistant for Missions, Pastoral Care and Membership
Jim Solomon, Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care and Prayer