How to Get Care
The members and staff of Shandon Presbyterian are committed to providing love, care and support to each other as we walk the path of life with Christ and answer God's call to be servants to those in need. If you are in need of care, these avenues are available to you:
Emergency pastoral care: Every day one of our ministers is available to respond to pastoral emergencies. If an emergency arises during business hours, call the church office at (803) 771-4408. If you are in need of emergency pastoral care after business hours, call (803) 730-3037 and a minister will respond immediately. Examples of emergencies include death, illness, marital crisis, domestic violence, child abuse or other personal crisis.
Congregational care: Members are sometimes in need of care, but are not in crisis. During this season of transition as we search for a new congregational care coordinator, please call the church office with any pastoral care concerns or to inquire about care that is available through the pastoral staff, the Pastoral Counseling Center, Stephen Ministry and a variety of caring groups within the church family. You may speak with congregational care coordinator, Alice Odell, firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 771-4408 ext. 25, or any one of the pastors if you are unavailable to reach Tom. Be aware that on weekends, one of the pastors on the staff is “on call.” That number is (803) 730-3037. The number also is on the voice mail message of the church when the office is closed. All information given will be handled confidentially.
THE COLUMBIA PASTORAL COUNSELING CENTER
600 King Street (Corner of Blossom and King Streets)
The Columbia Pastoral Counseling Center offers psychotherapy, support, education and guidance to individuals and groups in the South Carolina Midlands. Services are available regardless of client's religious affiliation, socio-economic level, race or nationality. For more information about the center, staff and services offered, click here.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Very quietly knitters from Shandon Prebyterian's congregation have been getting together, and working individually to knit prayer shawls for members of the church who are in difficulty or pain, particularly those facing medical procedures. The shawls are presented by Shandon Prebyterian's ministers as they visit those in need in their homes, in hospitals and in interim facilities. It is hoped that the shawl is for them a symbol of God's healing presence, and a reminder that they are in our prayers. Shandon Prebyterian's prayer shawl group is one of hundreds across the country who have taken up needles and yarn to make shawls. The program was born in 1998 when two students at the Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut decided that care, concern and knitting could be combined in a shawl that could be given to people in need. According to Janet Bristow, one of the instigators, the shawls "wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify."
Prayer shawl knitters are meeting each month on the second Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in the church parlor. All knitters and crocheters who might be interested are cordially invited to attend. Contact: Betty Bullman.