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 25-30 attendees at each meeting. The group serves both members and non-members of Shallowford and is facilitated by our Parish Associate Robby Carroll. For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Group Page.

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.

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.

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 or Ruth Trimble.

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.

Bereavement Notes

Notes are sent out to individuals who have lost loved ones on the anniversary of the death. For more information, contact Robby Carroll.

Growing through Grief Group

Share in group discussion, review stages of grief, grief theories, and experiences. Explore effective coping skills, discuss emotional, physical, and social aspects of grief. Our periodic grief support group is currently led by, Mary Ellen Pendergrast, Ed Carithers, and Dr. Jan Ziegler. For more information, visit the Growing through Grief Page.

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. Workshops are given multiple times a year for those who want to learn how to create a prayer shawl. Our prayer shawl ministry is currently led by Denise Webber. For more information, visit the Prayer Shawl Ministry Page.

Older Adult Ministry

The Older Adult Ministry committee plans fun and informative outings for older adults. This ministry serves both members and non-members. Click here for detailed information for upcoming events.  For more information, contact Barbara Houze.

Shut-in Communion

Rev. Chris Henry and an elder take communion to our shut-ins, and others who are unable to get to church, at least twice per year. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Pendergrast.

Shallowford Presbyterian Women – SPW

Organizes women’s circles that meet monthly for fellowship and Bible study. SPW also sponsors service projects, supports the food pantry, and sends “Valentine’s” care packages to our college students.  For more information, contact Nancy Phillamore.

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 coordinates this important ministry and is always in need of folks willing to take a meal. Log onto Take Them a Meal and enter the last name and password (SPC).  For more information, contact Monica Hollingsworth  or Betsy Smith.

Women’s Spiritual Retreat

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

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, Chair of the Shallowford Family Counseling Center Board of Directors or Robby Carroll, Counseling Center Director.