Pastor of Congregational Care
office: 480-991-6424 ext. 121
Many times we're asked to walk roads that are difficult and not ones we would choose. When this happens, you aren't walking alone. He is with you every step of the way, and as a part of His church, we are privileged to offer programs that provide Christian support and fellowship to believers and nonbelievers alike.
After Care Support
Members of this ministry provide follow-up contact for people released from hospitals and rehabilitation clinics, connecting them to support ministries such as Tasty Spoon, Stephen Ministry, or Pet Pause.
Lay Hospital Chaplain
Members of the church who are trained and gifted in the area of pastoral care make daily visits to members of the church who are hospitalized or in rehabilitation/recovery centers as well as Hospice Centers.
Let us bring communion too. Contact our ministry staff for more information.
A small group make contact with the new parents in the church after they have a baby. They deliver a basket of gifts and provide the family with information on baptism, the nursery, Valley Day School, MOPS programs and Tasty Spoon.
Members of this team send care packages for college students and veterans periodically through the year to express our love to our members who are temporarily away from home. Items include food, inspirational mementos and a message from the pastors.
Pet Pause aims to bring joy to people in need through a kind smile and a wagging tail. Certified therapy dog teams (owner + dog) visit people who would value and appreciate occasional pet visits.
This team galvanizes congregational members to prepare fresh cooked meals for someone who is homebound, recently released from the hospital, sick or recently had a baby.
Stephen Ministers are men and women identified by the church as compassionate good listeners, grounded in the teachings of the Christian faith, and demonstrating the ability to carefully guard confidences. Hundreds of our members and visitors have enjoyed the friendship of a Stephen Minister at some point in life. The services are free and everything you share will be held in strict confidence. They meet one-on-one with people of their same gender and become supportive friends in Christ.
The Health & Wellness team works in conjunction with community resources to provide opportunities to care for your whole body. Throughout the year we offer programs and events in these areas:
VPC offers Beyond the Broken Heart, a nine-week ministry course for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Experience encouragement and support in this group setting, as well as personal and spiritual growth through the healing power of God's presence.
Alzheimer's Support Group
Come together with others to share your experiences, hopes, and even frustrations in a safe setting. Get the support you need as well as insight from others who are walking alongside loved ones with Alzheimer's disease.
Stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
One in five U.S. adults experience some form of mental illness, yet it is seldom discussed, leaving those affected feeling misunderstood. VPC's Mental Health Ministry strives to educate the congregation and community at large about mental illness, reduce shame and stigma surrounding mental illness, and support those afflicted, as well as the families and friends who love them. Sign up for a class or email our ministry staff for more information.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or harming themselves, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).