Pastoral Care

The ministry of caring is at the heart of our church’s life. We want to be a loving reminder of God’s presence in painful seasons of life as well as seasons of joy. We provide support to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Our pastors, deacons, nurses, and grief team are available to walk with you through the trials and joys of life.
To connect with any of our caring ministries please call the church office at (505) 856-5040 or fill out a request card at the Welcome Center in the Fellowship Hall and put it in the box.

Pastoral Care

Our pastors are here to offer our emotional and spiritual support to you when you’re going through a difficult time. Please reach out to us if we can be of help. We’re available for hospital visits, home visits for the homebound, and appointments with anyone who needs listening, encouragement, comfort, and prayer.

Memorial Services

A Christian memorial service is a worship service which offers an opportunity for loved ones to give thanks to God for the life of the deceased and to hand him or her over to the loving arms of Jesus Christ, our Savior. In our memorial services, we affirm that Jesus, in his own death and resurrection, defeated the ultimate power of death, and because He lives, we too, shall continue to live with him forever. Our church family prays that God’s grace will be with you as you face this time of loss. We want to extend God’s love to you in what we know is often a difficult time.

Please contact Mary Reith at (505) 856-5040 for more information on planning a memorial service, a reception at the church following the service, and associated fees.

Deacons

Our deacons are lay people with a special calling to care for the congregation and the community. Deacons are available to offer confidential support for short-term situations and for longer-term needs. We supplement the pastoral care provided by the pastors, and we coordinate with the wide variety of organized caring ministries at Sandia Presbyterian Church.

Here are the support services our deacons offer:

Visitation and Home Communion: We visit members and friends in hospitals, nursing homes, or assisted living facilities; the homebound; and anyone else who just needs a friend or listening ear. Deacons provide home communion for those who cannot get to church services and are happy to visit with you or pray with you.

Meals: We coordinate providing meals on a short-term basis during illness, after hospitalization, during family emergencies, and also for new parents.

Funeral Food and Support: We provide food and hospitality for members’ funeral receptions at no charge. We also offer information and comfort to the families as needed.

Transportation: Members can get help with transportation to church or to doctor appointments, when other resources are not available.

Cards: We coordinate a card ministry as another way to provide comfort and care.

Medical Equipment Loan: SPC members have donated canes, wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, shower stools, and other items, which we are happy to loan.

One-Time Financial Assistance: We administer a fund, provided by member donations, to assist members and friends with confidential, one-time financial assistance for such things as utility payments or other urgent needs. Whenever possible, prospective recipients are first referred to community resources, to ensure good stewardship of the funds contributed by members.

Prayer Chain: Prayer teams offer support, upon request, for people inside or outside our congregation.

Prayer Shawls: Shawls are available for anyone needing the comfort of God’s love. Call or stop by the church office.

Food Pantry: Sandia provides modest food assistance for members and others, coordinated through the deacons or the church office.

Faith Community Nurses

We have several nurses available for consultation, advice, and/or assessment of medical issues or concerns. Our nurses do not do hands-on or direct nursing care. They hold monthly blood pressure screenings and help with home and hospital visits.

GriefShare

GriefShare is our ministry to the bereaved in our congregation and our community. GriefShare is a support group that meets weekly for 13-week sessions. There are three key parts to the GriefShare program: video seminars, small group discussions, and a workbook with personal exercises. We offer two 13-week sessions each year. You are welcome to begin attending our GriefShare groups at any point. Between sessions, we also provide informal support group meetings. Learn more about GriefShare at www.griefshare.org.

Our grief support team is here to provide you with help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend. Our caring facilitators who lead GriefShare have experienced healing and hope after grieving the loss of a loved one. Our trained facilitators provide safe, confidential, Bible-based grief support in a group setting. We also provide helpful literature, and we offer a special session, “Surviving the Holidays,” each fall.

Staff

Mary Reith
Pastoral Assistant

office: (505)856-5040 x123