Deacon Ministries at Third

The office of Deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Presbyterian Book of Order


The care for members, family, and friends of Third Presbyterian Church is coordinated by the Board of Deacons, a body of 26 ordained officers elected by the congregation. Responsibilities are organized by the Board of Deacons and the Associate Pastor for Congregational Care.

If you or a loved one is facing hospitalization or convalescence, or if you wish to speak with a pastor - Contact

Jane Carden
(585)271-6517 ext 107


  • Parish and Ministry
  • Congregational Care

Providing Congregational Care

Deacons celebrate the lives of our church family with a series of special events:

  • The Heritage Member Lunch, hosted each fall, celebrates the lives and connections of our members and friends who “have attained 75 years of life experience.”
  • Marking the milestone of graduation with our Senior High Youth, Deacons host a Graduates Recognition Dinner at the end of the school year.
  • College Freshman receive care packages from the Deacons in the days before that first set of final exams.
  • Congregation members have opportunity each year to participate in a “Meet Your Deacon” coffee hour—at which the members of a particular parish take on the role of coffee hour hosts with coordination by their parish deacons.

Deacons provide a ministry of care to the congregation at large

  • Coordinating Memorial Service Receptions for bereaved families;
  • Delivering the chancel flowers to members in the hospital or recovering at home each week during the year;
  • Providing meals and making visits to those who are experiencing difficult times;
  • Praying for the congregation, and hosting opportunities for the congregation to engage in intercessory prayer;
  • Hosting Gathering Teas at Valley Manor, Cloverwood, Pittsford Highlands, and St. John’s Meadows for our members who are live in and near these Senior Living Centers.

Deacons also enter into “Caring Connection” with those in our congregation who are homebound or seriously ill.

  • Making routine visits, calls, and sending cards and letters on special occasions;
  • Delivering seasonal flowers—poinsettias at Christmas and lilies at Easter;
  • Extending home communion;
  • Developing caring relationships and a firm connection between the member and the church.

For more information or to request assistance from your deacon - Contact

Jane Carden
(585)271-6517 ext 107