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We seek to bring Christ’s love to:

  • the homebound who are feeling disconnected from their church

  • those with illness or pain, in treatment or recovering, or with long-term troubles

  • those who are feeling depressed or alone

  • weary care-givers

  • any who are grieving loved-ones


A Caregiver's Journey

Finding meaning and purpose as you care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Facilitators: Kathy Garner (SMPC Faith Ambassador through the Alzheimer’s Association) and Rev. Whitney Bayer.

Contact:  Rev. Whitney Bayer to sign up, whitney@smpchome.org.


Baby Ministry

If you are expecting or adopting a child, please contact us so that we can inform you about all of the ways the Baby Ministry supports families with new additions. A team delivers meals, installs an announcement sign and more.

Contact: Crystal and Jon Myers, crystalm18@gmail.com.


Bereavement Meals

A team provides receptions following memorial services and funerals, including set-up, clean-up, beverages and food.
Contacts: Emily Williams,

emilyacw@yahoo.com and Ruth Ann Engle, raengle@carolina.rr.com.


Care Mail

Cards of encouragement are sent to members during illness or crisis.  If you know of someone in our church family who might appreciate a card during a time of need please let us know. 


Contact: Barbara Goodman,  barbiecgoodman@yahoo.com


College Care Packages

Throughout the school year, we like to keep in touch with our college-age students and let them know that we are thinking about them.  

Contact: Lisa Richardson,



Food Teams

If you or someone you know has experienced a death in the family, hospitalization or other crisis, a team of SMPC volunteers offers support by providing a meal for you and your family.

Contact: Julie Rothrock, jrothrock2@yahoo.com


Grief Support Group

Tuesdays, Beginning September 28, 1:30 p.m., McQueen Room
Join with others who are also experiencing grief.


Contact:  Rev. Whitney Bayer to sign up, whitney@smpchome.org.


Home Assistance Ministry

The Home Assistance Ministry helps SMPC members of the congregation who are unable to perform basic home
maintenance with non-hazardous chores. (Example: hanging pictures/

drapes; changing lightbulbs; replacing toilet flappers or A/C filters.)

Contact: Tom Palmgren, tom.o.palmgren@gmail.com,


Memorials & Funerals

We will walk beside you in the planning of memorial services and funerals held at South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church.

Contact: Rev. Whitney Bayer, Associate Pastor for Congregational Care, whitney@smpchome.org.


Pastoral Visits

Our pastors hope to connect with you personally, establish relationships, and be beside you in times of need.  We want to be with you during hospital stays, in church, and in your home.  

Contact: Rev. Whitney Bayer, Associate Pastor for Congregational care, whitney@smpchome.org


Prayer Chain

If you have a prayer request that you would like to share, or if you would simply like to become a part of the Prayer Chain, please contact us. Your requests are prayed for faithfully and confidentially.

Contact: Gayle Ireland, gayle.ireland@voccii.com 704.451.4706, or prayer@smpchome.org.


Prayer Shawls

Prayer shawls are made by the Persian Pickles (SMPC’s knitting and quilting group) which meets on Tuesday mornings at 10am.  They are then distributed to members as needed in times of illness or crisis.  If you know of a fellow church member who could benefit from a prayer shawl please let us know. Also, let us know if you have interest in joining the Persian Pickles.

Contact:  Joyce Highsmith, JAHighsmith@carolina.rr.com


Transportation Ministry

Do you know someone that needs a ride to worship or church activities? How about someone who could use help getting to a doctor's appointment or the grocery store?  SMPC has a team of volunteer drivers ready to serve.
Contact: Marion Kay, gordonmarion@bellsouth.net



We host a variety of groups to support those facing challenges with personal issues.

We also offer workshops and seminars throughout the year that address issues related to mental and physical health, parenting, elder care, and senior living.


Alcoholics Anonymous

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church hosts one of the area's largest gatherings of Alcoholics Anonymous.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

For a complete calendar of all meetings in the Charlotte area, please click here.


Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

This group meets Monday mornings at 10:00 a.m. at South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church.

For a complete calendar of all meetings in the Charlotte area, please click here


Divorce Care

January 7 - March 31, 2020
SMPC Campus

Click here for information.

This is a 13-week course and support group for people who are separated or divorced. All are welcome.  The current class is at capacity, and another class will be held in the future.


For more information, contact Janet Goetz at janetgoetz@carolina.rr.com.


Also visit www.divorcecare.com 


The Pet Grief Group

The Pet Grief Group, a group working to provide relief for grieving pet parents who have lost a furry family member, meets on the campus of SMPC. Learn more about the group and view their event schedule here: https://www.facebook.com/thepetgriefgroup/

Contact:  Jeff Brockman, jeffbrockrunner@bellsouth.net