First Parish Blog

When to Call the Minister

By , October 13, 2017

The relationship you have with your minister can be, and should be, supportive, affirming, and empowering. Your minister should feel approachable and accessible. Not sure when to call your minister? Here are some ideas developed several years ago by the Rev. Peter Lee Scott, and adapted by many over the years:

Call the Minister when…

  • You don’t know me, but would like to.
  • You are upset with me, or would like to express appreciation.
  • You have religious or spiritual questions.
  • You are seeking to deepen your spiritual practices.
  • You would like to give a Prayer Shawl to a friend or member of your family who is in need of comfort and healing energy.
  • You have problems with your job, children, marriage, parents, school, or anything else where a sympathetic ear might help you sort through the issues.
  • You are going to the hospital, having surgery, find out you have a serious illness or condition, or know of someone else in the congregation who has any of these experiences.
  • Someone close to you has died or is critically ill or you’re dealing with a significant loss or transition of some kind.
  • You are planning to be married, separated, or divorced.
  • You would like your child dedicated in a special blessing ceremony.
  • You are pregnant and glad you are.
  • You are pregnant and wish you weren’t.
  • You want to be pregnant but aren’t, or you are considering adoption.
  • You feel ready to join the congregation, or have questions about membership.
  • You want to explore new ways to engage in congregational life.
  • You have concerns or suggestions related to congregational life.
  • You want to make a large donation to the church.

How to reach the Minister:

Cell: 401-965-1212 (anytime)
Office: 781-828-0296 (M/W/Th 10-2)

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