“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.
GRIEF SUPPORT – EVENING CLASSES
Starting September 6, 2017
Chapel Parlor, Childcare available by reservation
Facilitator: Bill Gass
You will receive a workbook with tips on how to recover from your loss. This 10-week class will give you tools to prepare you to choose to recover, how to recover and how to hope again. Registration is required and new members will be accepted only during the first 2 classes. Register by calling Tammy Milne 480-991-6424 Ext. 163 or register online.
GRIEF SHARE – DAY TIME CLASSES
Starting October 11, 2017
Facilitator: Karen Annis
The 13-week Grief Share program is a combination of DVD presentations, workbook and discussion time. We believe recovery doesn't come from knowledge, but from Christian hope, personal support and emotional release. Register by calling Tammy Milne 480-991-6424 Ext. 163 or register online.
Services of Remembrance
Each year, VPC hold a number of worship experiences in the Memorial Garden to honor those who have passed. These include Veteran's Day, the December Dove Celebration, an Easter Service of Remembrance, and Memorial Day celebrations.
Find out more
For information about Grief Ministry, email or call Tammy Milne, 480-991-6424 ext. 163.
Divorce Recovery Class
Mondays, September 25- November 6
Chapel Parlor, Cost $20
You don't have go through this trying time alone. Divorce Recovery is open to anyone, regardless of religious affiliation/background, whether you are newly separated, in the middle of a divorce, had a divorce finalized, or are ending a long-term committed relationship (but never legally married).
We are offering a 7-week Divorce Recovery Program designed for men and women at any stage of the divorce process. Classes are taught by Anna Kohls who has her Masters in Marital and Family Therapy and a Masters in Education If you’d like more information on the program please contact Pastor David Turner, 480-991-6424 ext. 121, or Tammy Milne, 480-991-6424 ext. 163.
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 three 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
- Fill out the page in our Sunday Bulletin and put it in the offering plate
We also have a Prayer Team waiting to pray with those who need it each Sunday by the Baptismal Font in the Sanctuary (after the 9AM service) and to the side of the stage in Landes Center (after the 10:30AM service).
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,
NAMI Family Support Groups
1st & 3rd Tuesdays
St. Patrick Catholic Community, 10815 N 84th St, Scottsdale, 85260
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.
NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program
Saturdays, starting August 26
The Valley Presbyterian Church Mental Health Leadership Team is excited NAMI's free, 12-week class for family, partners, and friends of adults living with a serious mental illness. This class is designed to help foster understanding and support for their loved one 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. If someone in your immediate family or a loved one is struggling with mental illness, this course is for you! Contact Elizabeth Weiss 713-203-5544, for additional information. You must register by contacting Debbie Martinez: 602-759-8177 or
Living Grace Support Group
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6-8PM
Starting July 11, 2017
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
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