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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
End of Life Planning
Sunday, April 23 | 11 a.m. | A107
Speaking with our aging or terminally ill loved ones about end-of-life planning is a conversation that does not come easily to most of us, but being prepared for this stage of life makes it much easier to navigate when the time comes.
Chaplain Michael Flynn and Nurse Practitioner Siri Thomas, both of Novant Health, will speak with us on end-of-life planning. Siri and Michael have experience in hospice and palliative care and will share with us on topics including:
- How is a DNR order different from an advance directive?
- How is palliative care different from hospice care?
- How will I know when it’s time to speak with my loved one about their final wishes and how do I even begin the conversation?
Registration is not required, but suggested. For questions, contact Rev. Alison Messick-Watkins, Parish Associate.
Understanding Your Grief
For upcoming group dates, please contact Alison Messick-Watkins.
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. We will use Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s book, The Wilderness of Grief – Finding Your Way. The number of participants is limited and participants are asked to commit to all six sessions.
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
Administrative Assistant for Pastoral Care
(704) 376-3695 x251