The Pastoral Care Ministry meets at 5:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday evening of each month. This ministry provides and promotes spiritual, emotional and tangible physical support to individuals and families throughout their lives in the church. Pastoral Care Ministries are divided into three primary areas: Routine Care (for vulnerable and in-transition members), Responsive Care (in times of crisis, illness, and events) and Capacity-Building (such as community education, volunteer equipping concerning physical, spiritual and mental health issues). Members of the ministry coordinate different areas of responsibility including accessibility; support groups; visitation to at-home members and those in the hospital; transportation and welcoming newborns.

If you’re interested in serving on this ministry, please indicate your interest under “Pastoral Care Ministry” on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Routine Care

Routine Care is our intentional ongoing ministry for those experiencing transitions and vulnerable populations in our community of care.

Friends at Home Visitation Team

Volunteers maintain contact with monthly visits (and perhaps calls) with an assigned individual who, because of age or health concerns, cannot take part in worship or fellowship at the church. Please select P01 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Serve Communion to Those in Hospital or Homes

Active or inactive elders or deacons are needed to help celebrate Communion with those who cannot receive communion during regular worship services. Visits to members’ homes and nursing homes are made with a minister, 1:30-3:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. Please select P02 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Cards Over 80

Volunteers send birthday and special occasion cards on a regular basis to members of the congregation who are over 80 years of age or confined to their homes due to health concerns. This is an excellent ministry for those constrained by time or mobility issues. Please select P03 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

In Service to Our Country Team

Volunteers provide support for military men and women and their families by sending cards, letters and care packages. They also maintain contact with family members to receive updates on service and keep the church aware of those serving in the military. Please select P04 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Faith and Grief Luncheon Team Member

Members of this team will plan and host luncheons once a month for those hurting over the loss of a loved one to share and heal together. The team will meet quarterly, as well as attending the luncheons when available. Training in group facilitation is available. Please select P05 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Faith and Grief Speaker

This is an opportunity that most find deeply healing. Individuals are needed each month to share a 5-7 minute talk about their own experience walking through grief. A template and writing prompts are available as well as guidance from a minister. Please select P06 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

rEcess – Respite for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

rEcess is a parents night out hosted by Second Presbyterian for members of our church and the larger community offering respite care for families with a disabled child or children. A high-energy evening, rEcess is an opportunity for children with disability and their siblings to learn, play and create with caring volunteers while parents have a little time to themselves. Our accessible facility and loving volunteers contribute to a fun, safe gathering for children with a variety of disabilities and their siblings. Volunteers play with children in a planned curriculum. Volunteers receive training. We appreciate if you will commit to two or more rEcess gatherings during the first year after training, so you get the hang of things. Gatherings are held 4-5 times a year in the Great Hall with dinner and instructions for volunteers at 5:00 p.m., followed by activities with children 6:00-9:00 p.m. Please select P07 on your Time and Talents Covenant.

Accessibility Team

This team explores ways to make our church more available to anyone who may need accessibility accommodations to fully engage in church gatherings. Responsibilities include reporting physical accessibility concerns and meeting with families or individuals to devise a plan for addressing special needs for involvement in worship, education, fellowship and service. This team also works to identify our strengths and weaknesses in regard to including persons with disabilities. This team arranges general accommodations such as assistive listening technologies and ramps, as well as individualized plans such as responsive programming accommodations like ASL or Braille printing or a trained helper for certain children’s programming. Please select P08 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Friends to Persons with Disabilities

Volunteers offer to help children or adults with disabilities attend worship or other church activities. Volunteers will be offered training by the church’s Accessibility Team to work with specific individuals. Please select P09 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Penpal Ministry

Penpals are matched with one or more individuals for a year of correspondence. You can renew your penpal relationship each year as you wish. You might write to a Friend at Home (home-confined member), a family member of someone away in the military, someone off at college, someone we know in prison, someone we know hospitalized out of town, members living out of town or others. We will match you with a good fit penpal. We hope correspondence will go both ways. This is a great fit for anyone who likes to stay in touch through writing or notecards. All ages (who can write or type) are welcomed. It’s great for those confined at home, students local or away, and many more. We hope to match up penpals from different generations also, fostering intergenerational relationships. Please select P10 on your Time and Talents Covenant.

Responsive Care

Responsive Care is the church’s response when needs arise such as hospitalizations and death of a church member and/or family member.

Hospital Visitation Team

Volunteers visit hospitalized members once or twice a month in local hospitals and medical rehab facilities. Volunteers choose a specific day of the month and (sometimes) a specific hospital for their visit. Visitors are encouraged to keep church staff advised of the status and special needs, if any, of these hospitalized members after each scheduled visit. Volunteers receive a calendar each month as a reminder of their visitation day(s). Volunteers receive a training booklet and call the Care and Concern Line on their assigned visitation dates to learn of needed visits. Please select P11 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

House Sit during Memorial Services

Volunteers are needed to stay at a church member’s home during funeral, memorial and interment services to provide a safe presence in the home and receive gifts of food or other remembrances of care for the family. Volunteers are contacted a few days in advance for availability. Please select P12 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Monday Pastoral Support Team

Volunteers provide supportive care at times of hospitalization, convalescence, bereavement and other family crises. Volunteers meet weekly with the Associate Pastor for Congregational Nurture for about 45 minutes at 1:15 p.m. each Monday afternoon to help maintain immediate responses such as food, cards, notes and visits. Members of this team distribute flowers and other appropriate gifts at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas and work with Presbyterian Women and others to provide receptions and meals following memorial services. Please select P13 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Prayer Knots Team

Volunteers provide confidential intercessory prayer when requested by the church, its members or others. Volunteers are contacted by other team members to pass on the prayer requests. This is an excellent opportunity for those constrained by time or mobility to offer their gift of prayer on behalf of others. Please select P14 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Prepare Food in Times of Sickness or Crisis

Volunteers are called periodically when food is needed for members who are ill or in bereavement, or when food is needed for a reception or family meal following a memorial service. Please select P15 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Provide Hospitality at Receptions

Volunteers are needed to join a team handling setup, plating food, refreshing trays and cleaning up for receptions. Receptions are held after funerals and memorials, for employee retirement, and pastoral ordination. If you would like to help our Monday Pastoral Care reception teams by volunteering in this way, please select P16 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Record Baptisms during Worship

Volunteers are needed to record baptisms during worship services on Sunday morning. Volunteers will be offered training on church provided equipment and will be contacted in advance for availability. Please select P17 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Welcoming Newborns

Volunteers contact new parents soon after birth or adoption and deliver gifts, including a parenting booklet, a cross handcrafted by the Over the Hill Gang, a bib and a blanket to welcome the child. Cards are also sent to grandparents in our congregation. Please select P18 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Transportation Team

There are five different opportunities to help provide transportation as outlined below. Please select P19 to P23 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Bus/Van Driver
Volunteers are needed to drive a church vehicle several Sundays a year for 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship. Bus drivers leave the church parking lot at 10:00 a.m., pick up passengers and return to the church by 10:45 a.m. Bus drivers return passengers to their homes after the service and return the bus to the church parking lot around 12:45 p.m. Drivers must have a valid driver’s license and be 26-64 years of age. Please select P19 on your Time and Talents Covenant.

Transportation Assistant
Ride on the Elderly-friendly bus beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings and assist bus driver in safely getting all riders on and off the bus. After the 11:00 a.m. worship service, assist bus driver in safely getting all riders on and off the bus, returning to the church by 12:45 p.m. Please select P20 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Sunday Transportation in Your Vehicle
Volunteers can bring non-driving church members to Sunday morning worship in their own personal vehicle. You will be contacted a few days in advance for availability. Please select P21 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Church Event Transportation
Volunteers can bring non-driving church members to special worship services and other church events such as fellowship events. You will be contacted a few days in advance for availability. Some drivers make monthly drive commitments, such as communion Sundays. Please select P22 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Transportation for Personal Appointments
Volunteers can take non-driving church members to appointments such as a visit to the doctor. You will be contacted a few days in advance for availability. Please select P23 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Cards for Those Living with Cancer

Volunteers support church members and families of members living with cancer by sending cards of encouragement to remind them of God’s constant and watchful care. This is an excellent ministry for those constrained by time and mobility issues. Please select P24 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Friendship Ministry

Are you willing to serve as a caring friend for a church member? Regardless of age or circumstances, we often need a caring companion we can trust. You might be asked to go with someone to a first-time doctor appointment—or make a 5-minute check-in call once or twice a week for a senior person living alone—or meet a single young adult for coffee from time to time. The friendship ministry is typically task-oriented. We will work with you for a good fit. To share your interest, please select P25 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Community Resource Connections

As we strengthen Second relationships with community care agencies and providers, we would like to have a small knowledgeable community resource team willing to help. Sometimes, we just need a quick and solid referral. Sometimes, we have a complex care need where we’d appreciate a caring leader to assemble community resources in partnership with a pastor. For example, often, an out-of-state adult child comes to the church to assemble a support system for an aging parent. Sometimes, needs are complicated, and a caring advocate is needed alongside a pastor to bring together community resources to encircle a member in need. Other times, we partner with one or more community resources or agencies in education or events. In those cases, volunteer effort in maintaining agency communication can be helpful. Those connected with local senior care or mental health resources are particularly appreciated. This is a flexible commitment. Please select P26 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Capacity Building

Curious about Becoming a Stephen Minister

Wondering about deepening your relationship with God and tapping God’s influence in your life to care others? Let us know. Stephen Ministry is a lay-led care ministry matching trained volunteers in one-on-one care relationships, while also providing continuing education and ongoing peer supervision. Stephen Ministers report they gain and grow immensely through their service. Those discerning a call to Stephen Ministry complete an application and meet with a small interview team of member leaders. Mutual discernment sometimes leads to the 50-hour study course and sometimes leads to other ministries at the present time. The study is a well-tested, ecumenical, widely received curriculum which is uniquely Christian and also orients Stephen Ministers with resources in mental health, self-advocacy, self-care and understanding of dynamics around common life challenges. Participants are asked for a minimum two-year commitment. For information on Stephen Ministry and the next training class, please select P27 on your Time & Talent Covenant.

Alzheimer’s Arkansas Walk at the Zoo

This annual event underscores our concern for families and loved ones caring for someone with dementia. Alzheimer’s Arkansas is one of our community partners supporting dementia care. You might join the walk in honor/memory of a loved one. You might join the leadership planning team this year. (The 2020 event is September 26 at the Little Rock Zoo.) Alzheimer’s Arkansas co-sponsors our ongoing caregiver support group. They offer funds for caregiver respite needs. They also continue to be a recipient of our annual church mission grants. Please select P28 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Volunteers knit or crochet prayer shawls for members living with illness, those recovering from surgery, Friends at Home (home-confined members) and others in need of a reminder of the embracing love of God. We also prepare a prayer shawl for each of our graduating high school seniors. Volunteers are invited to gather monthly on the second Monday 4:00 p.m. in the church library to share joys and concerns, work alongside each other, and enjoy fellowship. We also receive your knitted and crocheted shawls prepared at home. Please select P29 on your Time & Talents Covenant.

Card-making Ministry

Volunteers gather once a month to make greeting cards with other church members to ensure adequate cards are available for Sunday morning. The group meets from 2:00-4:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. Card-making materials are provided. Please select P30 on your Time and Talents Covenant.

Prepare Food for the Pastoral Care Freezer

Volunteers are asked to prepare casseroles, soups, breads or desserts to be placed in the Pastoral Care freezer to be used by the Pastoral Care Ministry for people who are ill or in bereavement. Please select P31 on your Time & Talents Covenant.