Care Programs

Reporting Births

To have a birth listed in the worship bulletin and on the hospital report, you may contact , 713-267-5091. Please provide baby’s birthdate and baby’s, parents’, and/or grandparents’ names.

Counseling

Grace’s pastoral staff is available for counseling appointments. We can also make referrals.

In addition, Interface-Samaritan counselors can help you face life’s challenges in a healthy and Christ-centered way. Their licensed clinicians work with people experiencing a variety of struggles, including: anxiety, addiction, depression, grief and loss, premarital and marital problems, parenting challenges, spiritual direction and life transitions. They provide services to children (ages 3 and up), individuals of all ages, couples, and families in five different locations in Houston, Spring, and Katy.

To contact Interface-Samaritan, please call 713-626-7990 or go to their website at www.interface-samaritan.org. Evening and weekend hours are available, and many insurance plans are accepted. As a non-profit organization, they also serve people who qualify at a reduced fee.

Programs

Alanon
Meets at Grace every Saturday from 8-9:30 p.m. in the Molly Ann Smith Building. Seminars on dependency are offered intermittently throughout the calendar year.

Blood Drives
Share ‘The Gift of Life’ and help Grace maintain the Life Plan II Blood Program through the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. Donations can be made during church-wide blood drives on four given Sundays a year or at any of the Blood Center’s convenient locations. Mention Grace Presbyterian anytime you donate (even at work), and Grace’s blood program will receive credit.  2017 Blood Drive dates are January 15, April 2, July 30 and October 29.

Bo’s Place www.bosplace.org, 713-942-8339, 10050 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77054
Bo’s Place is a bereavement center offering grief support services to children, ages 3 to 18, and their families who have experienced the death of a child or an adult in their immediate family, as well as programs for grieving adults. Bo’s Place is founded on the belief that grieving children sharing their experiences with each other greatly helps in their grief journey.

CanCare www.cancare.org, 713-461-0028
CanCare, a volunteer cancer service organization designed to improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their families, is an ecumenical Christian ministry. The trained volunteers have survived cancer or have had a cancer experience with a relative. The volunteer offers one-to-one friendship and support to those in the midst of a cancer diagnosis and/or treatment. CanCare offers a 16-hour training course twice a year on a given weekend, once in the spring and once in the fall.

Common Ground: Caregiver Conversations – A Caregiver’s Support Group
Do you assist a family member of friend with daily tasks? Are your family member’s or friend’s needs likely to increase? If you answer YES to any of these questions, Common Ground is for you. Common Ground monthly meetings give caregivers emotional support and encouragement from those who have experience caring for someone with dementia or a physical disability.  For more information, please contact at 713-267-5063 or at 713-267-5091.

The Gathering
The Gathering, a monthly “care day” program for older adults with special needs, offers free time for caregivers while their loved ones are cared for by volunteers at Grace. The Gathering meets on the fourth Thursday of each month in Massey-Tucker Hall from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. For more information and to register, call Ann McIntire at 281-343-9391.

GriefShare
We recognize the importance for those in the grief process to talk of what we feel and think of as we mourn the loss of a loved one and as we process their absence. Our Lord, of course, wishes to stay in close contact with us during this time, but often we find prayer to be difficult. And, we are not always sure we want to speak of what is happening within us. Each person’s grief journey is as unique as each one of us is. The grief journey requires our attention and cannot be walked through alone.

It has been affirmed, again and again, that people are greatly helped by participation in a small group experience during times of change. GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

GriefShare is a 13-week seminar and support group that meets weekly. You’ll find it to be a warm, caring environment and will come to see your group as an “oasis” on your long journey through grief. GriefShare will begin meeting January 11, 2017. Contact Becky Morris at bmorris@gpch.org or 713-267-5091 or Denise Phelps at dphelps@gpch.org or 713-267-5063 for more information.

Manna from Grace
This ministry has been redesigned and is now underway with people volunteering to do devotionals, cooking, and using Grace members’ kitchens. Monday Manna meets once a month in Grace Church’s kitchen. Saturday Manna meets the second Saturday of each month in different congregation member’s homes. Food is prepared and some deliveries are made to those that are homebound, ill or have recently had a baby. The remaining food is stored in the Parlor’s kitchen freezer located at the north entrance of the church. If you have someone that needs food, you may sign out food on the list hanging on the freezer door and deliver it. If you are interested in volunteering, contact at 713-267-5091.

N.A.M.I.- National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
Local contact: NAMI Greater Houston, 713-970-4419, http://www.namigreaterhouston.org
NAMI is a program for primary caregivers and family members of people with brain disorders (such as major depression, schizophrenia, ADD, and obsessive-compulsive disorder). A family-to-family education course given by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill is offered periodically, and faith based support groups are on-going.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTFC) is an educational program designed to help family caregivers. This program will help you take care of yourself while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country. PTFC classes are for 6 sessions once a week and will be held on the following Mondays in 2016 at Grace:

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                    6:30p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Massey-Tucker Hall                   Massey-Tucker Hall
March 20 – May 1, 2017             September 11 – October 16, 2017

For additional information and to register for the class you can contact Ann McIntire, 281-343-9391, , 713-267-5091 or , 713-267-5063.

Prayer Shawls
These shawls were hand-knitted by women of Grace who participated with Peace by Piece. If you wish to give one, please contact at 713-267-5091. We supply gift bag, tissue paper, and a note from Peace by Piece. There are a variety of colors from which to choose. Prayer shawls are all made with love and given to those that have lost a loved one or for someone who is ill. These shawls are not just for church members. If you have a loved one or friend dealing with sickness or loss you may also ask for one.

Stephen Ministry
This one-to-one caring ministry offers consistent support and on-going presence to those who are dealing with transitions, loss or a particular crisis. Grace members who are Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of training and then are supervised monthly as they serve. Requests for this type of assistance are welcome from members or friends of members. If you are interested in having a Stephen Minister, please contact , 713-267-5063.

Traveling Teapot Ministry
Three wicker baskets contain setup for a small tea party. It is the idea that you take the basket to someone who is a shut-in or someone who has been ill to brighten their day. Everything you need is in the basket. We ask that when you return it that it is in the same condition as when you picked it up. In 2009 at the Presbyterian Women High Tea Party, Carol Fry challenged others to take tea to those who needed a bit of sunshine. The Traveling Teapot began several journeys and the thought of tea with another began to grow in the hearts of several ladies. There is a devotional book in the basket called “Women of God, Moments of Grace”. This was donated by Presbyterian Women and can be left with your tea receiver. The Traveling Teapot Ministry is dedicated to The Loving Memory of our Sister in Christ, Esther Karro. All you need to do is sign out a basket from  or  add a crumpet or two and you are ready to enjoy a blessed adventure!

Online Tools

CareCalendar www.carecalendar.org
This is a website that helps you plan and schedule delivery of meals to a sick friend or loved one.

CaringBridge www.caringbridge.org
This website allows you to tell your story as you go through and deal with an illness. Your family and friends can sign up to receive your updates.

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