Care

Showing up when others need us

Major Events & Emergencies

If you have a birth, death, or hospitalization, please let us know

  • Contact (704) 927-1251 during business hours
  • Contact (704) 376-3695 after hours and on weekends
  • Email care@myersparkpres.org 

We would love to support you in life’s big moments.

We all face challenges when we need care and support. The church is here to share those moments with you, caring for you and sharing God’s love with you. We can be a source of help and hope for one another.

Pastoral Care

All of our pastors offer pastoral care for those in our midst. Pastors visit members in the hospital, in nursing homes and senior living facilities, and in their homes. If you want to connect with a pastor, email care@myersparkpres.org

One of our pastors is on call 24/7. If you are experiencing an emergency, such as a death or a hospitalization, call (704) 376-3695. After business hours, follow the prompts to leave a message for a pastor to return your call.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministries is a not-for-profit Christian education organization founded in 1975 that produces training and resources known for their excellence, practicality, psychological integrity, and theological depth. These resources cover topics such as caring ministry, assertive relating, spiritual gifts discovery, grief support, spiritual growth, and more.

Stephen Ministers are available to listen and comfort. Reach out to care@myersparkpres.org to seek the care of a Stephen Minister or inquire about training.

Articles & Resources

30 Grounding Techniques to Quiet Distressing Thoughts

Grounding is a practice that can help you pull away from flashbacks, unwanted memories, and negative or challenging emotions.

No, Everything Does Not Happen for a Reason

A great article by John Pavlovitz about enduring dark hours and not losing your religion.

Why Loneliness is a Public Health Crisis

An eye-opening interview with US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy from WBUR.

Ministry from Afar

A devotion about caring for people who may not be physically present.

A Compassionate and Caring Ministry

The Stephen Ministers of MPPC are compassionate and dedicated caregivers ready to offer support through the various challenges of life.

Upcoming Events

Understanding Your Grief

Mondays beginning September 12, 11 a.m.

The death of a loved one is a profound and life-altering experience, and one which we need not go through alone. “Understanding Your Grief,” is a six-part series providing support and resources for those who are grieving. The number of participants is limited and participants are asked to commit to all six sessions.

If you have any questions, contact Alison Messick-Watkins.

Widow to Widow

Every other Monday beginning Monday, September 19, 2 p.m.

The experience of being widowed is profound for many women. From the initial shock and grief to questions of identity, this group will gather to share and learn from one another as they navigate this phase of life.

Participants are invited to read “Widow to Widow” by Genevieve Davis Ginsburg as they prepare for the group.

Space is limited, so please register. If you have any questions, contact Fay Grasty (704-999-8012) or Alison Messick-Watkins.

Courage for Caregivers

Wednesdays, October 5 – November 9, 11 a.m., Cornerstone House

Are you a caregiver for a loved one? That role brings physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges as well as gifts and opportunities. Ashley Brooks, counselor and MPPC member, will lead a support group for caregivers on Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Contact Yolanda Bragg for any registration needs.

Serve With Care and Compassion

Members of the church join in the ministry of care in the following ways:

  • Prayer shawl ministry – knit or crochet shawls for those who are grieving or in crisis
  • Heavenly hosts – offer hospitality to families and guests during funeral receptions
  • Funeral ushers – welcome guests and distribute bulletins at funeral services
  • Prayer ministry

Clergy & Staff

Millie Snyder

Executive Pastor

msnyder@myersparkpres.org

(704) 376-3695 x260

Alison Messick-Watkins

Parish Associate

amessick-watkins@myersparkpres.org

(704) 376-3695 x252

Yolanda Bragg

Administrative Assistant for Pastoral Care

ybragg@myersparkpres.org

(704) 376-3695 x251