Care Ministry provides Biblical counseling provided by the Pastoral Care Ministry Director, Debbie Perry. Debbie has her undergraduate degree in Biblical Counseling, and her Master of Arts degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has 16 years’ experience in Care Ministry at Sugar Creek Baptist Church. By appointment, we will offer a safe place, listening ear and compassionate heart as we work through personal issues, marital concerns or bereavement support following a thorough assessment. We also provide resources and referrals outside the church office for psychotherapy diagnosing of mental health issues.
Download our Intake Form and Release Form, complete them, and bring them to your first appointment.
The Care Ministry office also has funeral planning resources and directing a family who desires help planning the funeral of a loved one. If a funeral or memorial service is desired at Sugar Creek Baptist Church, it will be necessary for the bereaved family to contact the Care Ministry office to discuss availability and feasibility, schedule, direct and contact participants in the service, ie. officiant pastor, musicians, creative communication staff, and facilities. If a guest pastor is requested to officiate a service at Sugar Creek, that pastor must be approved by our Lead Pastor, and one of the Sugar Creek Pastors will co-officiate the service. The Care Ministry office will discuss the options for church space availability based on the Church calendar of events. The Care Ministry Director will offer counseling and direction during and after the service. If additional assistance is needed in selecting mortuaries or other educational information, feel free to discuss this in the Care Ministry office. Our Care Resource Library online, provides some website information for local mortuaries.
Download our Funeral Protocol here.
The Care Ministry Director will meet with our Church members and regular attenders by appointment to discuss their financial difficulties and appropriately assess and direct each person to resources for help. Sugar Creek refers non-members to Second Mile Mission Center for financial, food and clothing assistance. Second Mile Mission Center services Fort Bend County residents. The Care Ministry office has Resource Listings for Fort Bend County and Harris County. Benevolence help is defined as those expenses that directly affect the family’s ability to shelter in place: rent, utilities, food, and other critical needs to be determined by the Care Ministry Director, one of our Pastors, and/or Deacon Benevolence Ministry Team.
Prayer Connection is a ministry partnership between Care Ministry and Prayer Ministry, offering a Prayer Line designated to accept the prayers of our membership who have no Internet Service. A Prayer leadership member will listen to your prayer request and return the call for personal prayer by telephone. Critical needs will then be reported to the Care Ministry Director for confidential response. A Prayer Gram volunteer member will write notes to those they are praying for. We are excited to provide this Prayer Connection to our membership. There are ministry opportunities to serve in our Prayer Ministry.
The Care Ministry has initiated the Senior Care Connection thanks to the hearts of church members who desire to visit our Senior Adults who are homebound and/or residing in the area assisted living centers and nursing homes. This is a ministry of lay leaders in our Church. Dr. Clifford “Doc” Price provides private communion with those who are unable to attend our church services on Sunday. He also delivers or mails free-of-charge a CD of Sugar Creek’s weekly sermon and will provide a CD player upon request to those in need to listen to their CD. Pam Harnden, R. N. and Cathy Merriman visit periodically our Senior Adult widows who are homebound or residing in area nursing homes or assisted living centers. They report special needs to the Care Ministry office any special needs noted. There are opportunities to serve in this ministry area by interviewing with the Care Ministry Director. New volunteers will visit with one of our leaders and introduced. They will quietly observe a visit before visiting on their own. All volunteers will email a brief report of their visit to the Care Ministry office and the lay leadership. Donations are accepted in Care Ministry to support the purchase and mailing of the CDs to those members we serve.
This new care-giving ministry is “UNDER CONSTRUCTION”. Lovingkindness is a ministry that was developed many years ago by Mrs. Patsy Piner, Director of Volunteers at Houston Hospice. After several years away, Patsy has rejoined us and immediately upon her return, she expressed the desire to bring back our Lovingkindness care-giving group. Lovingkindness will provide another great ministry opportunity for members to serve our sick and disabled membership. Patsy Piner will lead this lay ministry, providing training to new volunteers. Patsy has taught Stephens Ministry continuing education all over Houston, and we are blessed to be able to offer this ministry. Inquiries to get help will continue to be assessed by the Care Ministry Director by appointment. The Care Ministry office will then funnel the need to the Lovingkindness team. Volunteers are vital to making this ministry function so let us hear from you concerning your desire to help and what hours can you serve.
Examples of types of service: grocery or pharmacy shopping, doctor appointment transportation for critical need (American Red Cross offers transportation for doctor appointments with 3 days planning), sitter for elderly or disabled, meals for those not connected in an Adult Bible Fellowship due to their disability or illness.
The Care Ministry office keeps a daily log of those members in the area hospitals. IF WE KNOW, WE GO! Our Ministry Staff and Deacons, as well as trained volunteers are encouraged to visit those who are in the hospital when it is appropriate per the family’s request. Our Deacon Hospital Visitation Ministry Team registers new volunteers and provides periodic training to those who desire to visit the sick in the hospital. The Deacon team reports new trained volunteers to the Care Ministry office to add to our distribution list for the daily hospital listing.
The Care Ministry office coordinates and calendars the Minister on Call system at Sugar Creek. Our Ministry Staff provides a Minister on Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. The member in crisis can call the Church office for instruction to leave a confidential message for our Minister, who will return the call at their earliest convenience. This area of ministry is to provide availability of a minister outside of church office hours in case of family emergency requiring a ministerial response. This feature is not a prayer phone line; please see Prayer Connection to leave your phone prayer request. IF THE CALLER IS IN PHYSICAL DANGER OR PHYSICALLY ILL, PLEASE CALL 911.
The Care Ministry provides Care support and recovery groups. Some groups are partnered through our Love and Lead Team Compassion Ministry, reaching out to our community. Current Care Groups being offered are:
Job Search Survival
Hope for the Heart Widow to Widow Support