We NURTURE and love each other through fellowship as a family of faith.
Walk the Labyrinth
The labyrinth is an ancient tool for prayer and meditation, consisting of one winding path that begins at the periphery and leads to a central space, and then out again by the same path. A labyrinth in not the same as a maze. With a labyrinth there are no decisions to be made, no dead ends. It is simply a way to open yourself to the presence of God. Click the video button below to watch a Youtube video entitled “Spiritual Practice: Praying the Labyrnth.” This video is simply a starting point, its theology is not reflective of SHPC. It is merely a teaching tool to get you started.
SHPC Lay Ministry
Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry that helps those facing life’s difficulties receive Christian love and support through one-to-one, confidential, caring relationships. Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who have been specially trained to support people in need and are grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another.
This is a confidential ministry. The identity of those receiving care and everything discussed remains private.
“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
SHPC offers a grief support ministry for anyone who is grieving the death of a loved one – whether that loss happened recently or some time ago. This is an 8-week journey. Each week you will be presented with a topic on grief in a video put together by experts in the field as well as hear from individuals who have suffered loss themselves. Acknowledging that God is the Healer of all wounds, materials are Christ-centered and Biblically-based.
Groups meet in the spring and fall on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. Workbooks are provided.
Click HERE to register for the next session of Grief Care.
Purpose and Mission Statement
As part of Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church’s overall mission, The Deacons’ Fund Ministry serves church members in times of temporary financial crisis by providing financial assistance from The Deacons’ Fund. The fund is based on a spirit and intent of Christian compassion. Financial support may go toward items such as an unexpected medical bill, a family crisis, a job loss or change that brings financial hardship.
A New Employment Ministry
If you need job information or have a job to offer, our deacons have started a new ministry of prayer and support based on a network of ideas and leads. Email your request or opportunity by clicking the link below. One Deacon will read your email confidentially and respond.
We respond to God’s grace through the gift of prayer. The Christian life is one of constant prayer, as the challenge of everyday discipleship requires daily disciplines of faith. Prayer is an opportunity to draw inspiration and strength from one’s relationship with God in Jesus Christ. “The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.” James 5:16b
- Click HERE to submit a Prayer Request for the SHPC Prayer Chain. Click HERE to submit a Private Prayer Request to a pastor.
- All prayer warriors are invited to become members of the SHPC Prayer Chain. Click HERE to be added to the Prayer Chain email list.
A deacon is available to pray with and/or for you after each Worship Service (Fowler Conference Room after 8:45 Service; Chapel after 11:00 service). You can also email our pastor for Congegational Care, Mark Lampley, or call at 865.522.9804. Let us pray with you!
PRAYER SUGGESTIONS (Scripture from the NLT Bible):
- Pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower them with inner strength through His Spirit. (Ephesians 3:16)
- Pray for God to give them spiritual wisdom and insight. (Ephesians 1:16)
- Pray for God to spread His protection over them. (Psalm 5:11)
- Pray that they not to be anxious about anything, but to pray. (Philippians 4:6)
- Pray for them to understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for those who believe in Him. (Ephesians 1:19)
- Pray that God, the source of hope, will fill them completely with joy and peace because they trust in Him. And then they will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
In the Holy Name of Jesus, we pray!
WEEKLY YOGA CLASSES
Bring your yoga mat, a towel, and some drinking water and join the class in The Loft (second floor of the Spitzer Building) on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays at 10:00am. A $5 donation for the instructor is appreciated.
WEEKLY TAI CHI CLASSES
Tai chi is a graceful form of exercise that is often described as “Meditation in Motion” because it promotes serenity through gentle movements-connecting the mind and body. Benefits include: reducing stress, increasing flexibility, improved muscle strength, and increased energy, balance, and feelings of well-being. Our Tai Chi class is held on Fridays at 10:00 am in the Loft (2nd floor of the Spitzer building).
- The Visitation Team regularly visits members who are homebound or living in extended care facilities, and remembers them on special occasions such as their birthdays and on holidays. This tender connection means the world to both the one visited and to the visitor!
- The Hospitality/Meal Team provides meals to those discharged from the hospital or rehabilitation center, or to the bereaved family in the event of a death. The team also provides meals to families with brand new babies! One other privilege for this committee is to provide refreshments following Memorial services at the church.
- The Transportation Team provides rides to Worship or special events at the church for our members who no longer drive.
Laurette Beekman, Parish Nurse
Parish Nursing is an Interdenominational Program, which reclaims the spiritual dimension of nursing care providing a holistic approach to patient care. Here at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, our parish nurse
• acts as a health educator, resource and referral agent, and advocate;
• visits the sick, homebound, hospitalized, and those living in nursing home/assisted living facilities;
• utilizes a large phone ministry;
• arranges health education and exercise programs;
• provides speakers for Stephen Ministers continuing education;
• coordinates the monthly Church and Community Luncheon;
• organizes Flu Shot Clinics;
• provides monthly Blood Pressure Screenings;
• provides CPR training;
• Began an interactive handwashing campaign for SHEEP students;
• created a medical equipment closet providing wheelchairs, walkers, bedside commodes, shower chairs to those in need;
• Helped form and participates in the Health and Wholeness Committee, which infuses the concept of healthy practices into all aspects of the church.