Congregational Care

The Congregational Care Committee is charged with offering love, care, and support to the members of our congregation as well as to members of the community beyond our church family. We accomplish this mission through a variety of programs designed to meet the many different needs of our members and the community at large. Each one of our programs is outlined below followed by a brief statement of purpose. It is our desire to review each of these programs periodically, to make adjustments to our commitments as necessary, and to continue to assess the needs of a growing and changing congregation. We welcome you to be a part of this important ministry.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

This is the only Alzheimer’s support group in Georgia that meets every week, and there are 30-35 attendees at each meeting. The group serves both members and non-members of Shallowford and is facilitated by our Parish Associate Laura Jernigan. For more information, contact Laura ([email protected]), or Ann King ([email protected]).  Visit the Alzheimer’s Group Page to learn more about our groups.

Bereavement Guild

The mission of the Bereavement Guild is threefold:

  • To offer comfort and love to the friends and family of the deceased and extend hospitality to all memorial service attendees;
  • To provide friends of the bereaved family an outlet to express their support;
  • To foster hospitality and fellowship among the volunteers serving at receptions.

To become part of this ministry, contact Judy Dalton ([email protected]).

Bereavement Notes

Notes are sent out to individuals who have lost loved ones on or soon after the one-year anniversary of the loss. For more information, contact Laura Jernigan ([email protected]).

Care Ministers

Care ministers are assigned to our shut-ins. Care ministers contact persons assigned to them at least once a month through the year either by phone, visit or card. We are always in need of more care ministers. We meet once a month for administration, training and support. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Pendergrast ([email protected]).


Our grief support groups are currently led by Mary Ellen and Jeff Pendergrast, Kay and Jim Reagan, and Julie and Don Burkhard. GriefShare is a network of 12,000+ churches worldwide equipped to offer grief support groups. The program is nondenominational and features biblical concepts for healing from your grief. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Pendergrast ([email protected]).

Multi-Family Addiction Support Group

Sponsored by Shallowford Family Counseling Center and Willingway Hospital
This group of patients and their families meets weekly on Mondays, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, at Shallowford, for discussions, films, lectures, experiential exercises, and experience sharing. For more information, visit the Multi-Family Addiction Support Group Page.

Senior Adult Ministry

The Older Adult Ministry committee (also known as RoadRunners) plans fun and informative outings for all adults. This ministry serves both members and non-members alike. Visit our Senior Page, for detailed information for upcoming events.  For more information, contact Barbara Houze ([email protected]).

Prayer Network

Each year the Prayer Network organizes volunteers so that each member of Shallowford is prayed for by name for one month in the year. For more information, contact Prue Swerlick ([email protected]) or Ruth Trimble ([email protected]).

Prayer Shawl Ministry

This is a vital and very active ministry of our church. We are always in need of more folks to participate in this ministry. We are always in need of more folks to participate in this ministry. Workshops are given from time to time for those who want to learn how to create a prayer shawl. Both crocheters and knitters make prayer shawls. For more information contact Denise Webber ([email protected]) or Mary Ellen Pendergrast ([email protected]). Visit the Prayer Shawl Ministry Page to learn more.

Shallowford Family Counseling Center

Counseling is offered to individuals, couples, and families on a sliding fee scale. The Counseling Center also offers workshops and seminars. The counseling services are open to both members and non-members of Shallowford. See the Shallowford Family Counseling Center Page for more information or contact Mary Ellen Pendergrast ([email protected]), Chair of the Shallowford Family Counseling Center Board of Directors, or Robby Carroll ([email protected]), Counseling Center Director.

Shut-in Communion

Rev. Laura Jernigan and an elder take communion at least twice each year to our shut-ins and others who are unable to get to church. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Pendergrast at [email protected]

Spiritual Retreat

A retreat that offers participants the opportunity to pray, reflect and renew their spiritual lives.  For more information, contact Denise Johnson at [email protected]

Take Them A Meal

Shallowford uses the “Take Them a Meal” Website to coordinate folks taking meals to members in times of need. Betsy Smith and Monica Hollingsworth coordinate this important ministry and are always in need of folks willing to take a meal. Log on to Take Them a Meal; type in the recipient’s last name; and password (SPC).  Contact  Karen Abbott ([email protected]), Beatriz Reid ([email protected]), or Betsy Smith ([email protected]) with questions, or to report a member that is in need of meals.