“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
~ John 16:33
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.
Have you lost a loved one recently? A spouse, parent, child, or close friend? VPC has a long assisted people who are grieving. By starting the road to recovery, you can put the paralyzing emotional pain behind you without forgetting your loved one, and get your life started again. Our Grief Ministry Leadership Team has participated in training and keeps an eye to new research on this most-painful process.
alzheimer's support group
Second and Fourth Wednesday ... Starting September 25
10-11:30AM, Chapel Room 602
Facilitated by:Craig & Hope Boutte
Are their times when you feel overwhelmed caring for a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and would love to meet with others who are on the same journey you’re experiencing? Our caregiver support group brings people together and provides an opportunity to share your experiences, hopes and even frustrations in a safe setting finding encouragement and insight from other individuals who are walking alongside a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.
alzheimer's workshops - Part 2
Middle Stage For Care Partners
Wednesays, January 15, 22, & 29
6-8:30PM, Room 409
With Melissa Johnson, Alzheimer's Association
We are currently reviewing this program. Any status updates will be advised when they become available. Thank you!
Do you believe your dog’s undying love might be able to lift the spirits of someone in need? If so, you might be interested in our new ministry opportunity! Pet Pause aims to bring joy to people in need through a kind smile and a wagging tail.
Pet therapy is used successfully in area hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and at home. Recipients of pet therapy show lowered blood pressure, reduced anxiety, and decreased feelings of isolation. For dementia patients, pet therapy allows them to interact in ways many of us can’t. Interested individuals will enroll their dog in a simple certification process.
Dogs that are great candidates for this ministry need to be :
- Friendly and accepting of strangers
- Calm and able to sit on command
- Comfortable around adults and children
- Relaxed around loud and disruptive noises
- Comfortable in new and changing environments
We are also looking for friends to visit! If you're interested in having one of our Pet Pause visitors bring some cheer and a wagging tail to your home, contact Tammy Milne. Our furry friends are waiting for your call!
If you're interested in learning more about Pet Pause, please email Pastor David Turner
We're a church that believes in the power of prayer!
There are two easy ways to submit specific prayer requests for yourself or others. (Out of respect for personal boundaries we do ask you get permission from any individual you add to our prayer chain.)
- Email Tammy Milne
- Call Tammy at 480-991-6424 extension 163.
Our Deacons are truly the hands and feet of Christ. Through a number of Deacon Ministry teams, they are available to our congregation for celebration and support.
One in five U.S. adults experiences some form of mental illness, yet it’s 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. For more information, please email Pastor David Turner or Tammy Milne,
la frontera arizona/empact - suicide prevention center
Suicide Prevention and Postvention: Understanding the Warning
Signs of Suicide and How to Support Those Bereaved by Suicide
Monday, January 13
6:30-8PM, Room 415/416
Facilitator: Steve Schiro, EMPACT
In this workshop, we will discuss suicide awareness and the warning signs of suicide, as well as how to effectively provide bereavement support to community members after a suicide has occurred. Participants will increase their knowledge about the warning signs of suicide, bereavement support, and community resources.
nami family to family education program
Wednesdays, January 8-March 25
6-8:30PM, Room 409
This 12-week class is for family, partners, and friends of adults living with a serious mental illness. It is designed to help family members and friends understand and support their loved ones living with mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The program is taught by trained teachers who know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.
NAMI Family Support Groups
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6-7:30PM
St. Patrick Catholic Community
VPC partners with St. Patrick to offer a family support group, open to all adults with a family member or friend living with mental illness. You are welcome to share your feelings, difficulties, or successes. Facilitated by trained NAMI members. More information: Namivalleyofthesun.org or Call Debbie Martinez: 602-759-8177.
Living Grace Support Group
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6-8PM
Oasis Community Church, Adult Mod
15014 N 56th St., Scottsdale 85254
Has your family been impacted by a mental health difficulty? You are not alone! The Living Grace Support Group is a 14-week curriculum-based support group designed to encourage and support individuals with a mental health difficulty or disorder. The group discusses psycho-educational topics and tools within a supportive, faith-based community For more information, contact Jill Hogan at or 480-234-7073.
- NAMI Valley of the Sun
- Mental Health 24-hour crisis line: 602-222-9444
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Call today. Help is available.
- AZ Teen Lifeline: 602-248-8336, teenlifeline.org
- 5 Landmarks of the Mental Health Recovery Journey
Family Support Website: nami.org/Find-Support/Living-with-a-Mental-Health-Condition
- Drug Watch
Closed Group (Men's Stag)
Additional Information on AA:
- Visit Salt River Intergroup AA for Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the surrounding communities for details
- Visit Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. to learn more about the international organization