Pastoral Care Ministry
The Pastoral Care ministry is a team of warm, loving Christian people who are dedicated to their church families. We minister to them in times of need, from the birth of a new baby to the serious illness or passing of a loved one. Loving and caring for others takes many forms from a phone call, to a hot meal or just for someone to sit with them and listen to their concerns. We actively support our members with transportation to appointments and provide communion to those in assisted living and for those who are homebound.
Helping new members become involved in our church family is the first step in welcoming them to our church family. We have individuals who guide our new members along the way so they will feel included in all aspects of church life, answer the questions that all “new” folks have, and provide any support that is needed during that important newcomer phase.
Life has many phases both spiritual and physical throughout our journey here and our team has active support for these different phases, such as grief and caregiver support.
Fundamental to our ministry is ongoing and active prayer. Our prayer chain reaches out to people near and far, to the believer and to the unchurched, because we believe the foundation is stated in1John5:15 “And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for”.
Our team is always open for new people to join us; no special skills are necessary, other than love and compassion for other people.
The Pastoral Care Ministry is led by Lottie Koenig and Marianne Carter. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact us and either Lottie or Marianne will reach out to you very soon!
Pastoral care resources
Prayer Chain – Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the prayer chain or to request prayers. Please provide the first and last name of the person for whom the prayers are requested.
Homebound Communion – Homebound Communion is offered the first Sunday of each month and arrangements may be made by calling the church office at 910-327-0166.
Caring Cooks – Provides meals for sick and grieving. Contact the church office at 910-327-0166.
Transportation Assistance – Provides transportation to church or to doctor’s visits as needed. Contact the church office at 910-327-0166.
Angels/Friendly Faces – Caring Members program is a program offered to all members of the church by volunteers to enhance and support each family and member’s church life. For more information contact any member of the Pastoral care team.
Care Notes for Adults and Children are available in the narthex.
Grief Support Program – Contact Pastor Bill Young (910-327-0166).
Serenity Garden – Contact Pastor Bill Young (910-327-0166) or Lottie Koenig (910-389-4122). Applications and information on the Serenity Garden are contained on its own section of the website under the last tab entitled Serenity Garden.
“What’s Your Plan”: Celebrating Life Through Estate Planning is a workshop offered through the church twice annually to encourage families to discuss end of life arrangements. Pastor Bill Young presents an overview of spiritual concepts while the legal and financial decisions are explored. Participants are encouraged to discuss their final arrangements with their families and to document them so that during the trauma of a family member’s death, there may be some guidance for the remaining members.
Other resources on end of life decisions:
Begin the conversation: www.BegintheConversation.org
Aging with Dignity – Five Wishes: www.agingwithdignity.org (click on Five Wishes)
American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging: www.abanet.org/aging/toolkit
Caring Connections: www.caringinfo.org (Search planning ahead)
National Hospice and Palliative Care: www.nhpco.com (click on Learn about End of Life Care)
National Institute on Aging: www.nia.nih.gov/ (search end of life care decisions)
The Caring Community Clinic – provides care for non-emergency illnesses. Limited chronic medical care such as high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, etc. Eligiblility requirements for Onslow County residents with no medical care, private health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. Ages 18-64 only. Migrant or seasonal workers and college students without financial support qualify. Clinic hours by appointment only. 910-346—6149.
Master’s Touch Resale Store – located at 1056 Hwy 210 is a cooperative ministry of the churches of Sneads Ferry. 910-741-0023.
H2O: Hope 2Offer/Help2 Overcome: A local, faith-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. H2O meets weekly on Thursdays at Salem Baptist Church, 6:00 p.m. with supper, program, and small groups, For information call Tommy Yopp 910-375—0093.
Presbyterian Counseling Center: Professional Counseling. The Presbyterian Counseling Center is a nonprofit organization providing high quality counseling and psychotherapy by licensed professionals for the entire community. Contact Main office 910-452-7370. www.presbyteriancounselingcenter.org and www.smhealing.org.
Onslow’s Women’s Center – The mission is to provide crisis intervention to victims of domestic violence through education and prevention. Services include a Safe House, 24-hour Crisis line (910-347-4000), Crisis Intervention, Hispanic Outreach, Court Advocacy, Hospital Advocacy, Support Groups, Volunteer Services and a Thrift Store.
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) www.canceradvocacy.org/resources
Alcoholics Anonymous – www.aajacksonvillenc.org
Narcotics Anonymous Program – www.na.org
Overeaters Anonymous – www.oa.org