Care Ministry provides Biblical counseling provided by the Pastoral Care Ministry Director, Debbie Perry. Debbie has her undergraduate degree in Biblical Counseling, a Master of Arts degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has served in Care Ministry since 1998. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.