Our officers of the week contact the sick and shut in, the grieving and healing. Our pastors visit and make calls, and our Congregational Care committee responds to members and friends with meals, notes and calls, and at funerals and receptions for grieving families. Through small groups, Sunday School Classes, Choirs, and in other friendship circles, members keep in touch and minister to one another. It has been said that if you sneeze during worship, you’re likely to find a casserole on your doorstep when you get home.
For longer term Christian care, we offer the Stephen Ministry. We have trained Stephen Ministers who will meet with a person in need confidentially, one on one, to listen and be a supportive friend. Our Stephen Ministers are trained caregivers who will walk with you, listen to you, and provide confidential, one-to-one care as you search through the pieces and find what is truly in your heart. To learn more about what Stephen Ministry can do for you, talk with Katelyn Gordon.
The Counseling Center located in the Adult Ministries Center offers professional counseling for individuals, couples, families and groups. The Counseling center is open to congregation or community members who find themselves in difficult or abusive emotional and relational situations, as well as those struggling with addictive behaviors. The Counseling Center strives to provide:
- Care for people in a confidential environment where they can work and sense God at work in them
- Open avenues for personal and relational healing
- A proactive ministry for emotional wellness
- A place where people can share stories of pain and loss with a professionally trained counselor
- For articles and links, look under Diary on the bottom of the main page.
Ray Ball, who holds an MA in Counseling, has 22 years of counseling experience in both the US and Australia, and he offers care through the love of Christ. To contact the Ray at the Counseling and Trauma Center, call 704-577-4311.
A Christian therapist for 6 years, Michelle McDevitt-Askew, MACC, LMFT, LPC-A, enjoys working with groups, families, couples and adolescents. Michelle graduated from Gordon Conwell with a Master In Christian Counseling in 2012. Her background in the medical, private and church settings equips her to work well with couples, families and individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, chronic illness and life stage transitioning. Incorporating faith, art therapy and family systems theory, Michelle looks forward to helping people grow, heal and live out an authentic life; a life that is reconciled, restorative and purposeful. If you would like more information please contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 980-263-9313 or check out this link.
Prayer Labyrinth Guide
Ask God to help you use this time, to reveal to you how this path could help you draw close to Him
Place your finger at the opening of the labyrinth. Pray silently or aloud a prayer of confession. When finished, slowly move your finger forward along the labyrinth. Move at your own pace toward the center. Let the words of the prayer stay with you.
Quiet your mind as you move through the labyrinth. Make room for emotions and stirrings that arise. What needs to be changed, forgiven, cleared, confronted, or healed in your life? Offer these situations to God as you move forward.
When you reach the center, rest your finger there for a moment before you read a scripture reading for the day.
When you are ready, read the passage slowly, as if you have never read it before. Center on God’s Word and be open to what God reveals to you through the reading. Return you finger to the center of the labyrinth and reflect on the passage and what it holds for you.
Or, take some deep breaths and with an open stance, open your heart to receive what God would like to give/reveal to you.
As you prepare to leave the labyrinth, place your finger at the same opening in the center where you entered. Now lift up your intercessory prayers for the day and when finished, begin to move your finger back along the same path on which you entered. Let the intercessory prayers stay with you, and add to them as you make the turns and move along the pattern back out of the labyrinth. Be mindful of people and circumstances in the world that are in need of your prayers. Hold each one in your heart for a part of the journey outward.
Reflect on this experience and any new insight or understanding that was revealed to you. Reflect on what was positive about this experience, and what was challenging about it.