Great Bridge Presbyterian Church has three counselors from Tidewater Pastoral Counseling available for counseling during the week: Marty Phillips, LPC.
Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services staff are educated and trained to help you grow in your most significant relationships and in your own personal life. TPCS is a not-for-profit extension of the Judeo-Christian faith community dedicated to providing quality pastoral counseling and education to anyone regardless of age, race, faith perspective or socio-economic background. Organized in 1974, TPCS serves more than 1,500 clients annually in eight centers throughout Hampton Roads. Pastoral counseling tends to be person-centered rather than problem-centered and focuses on the growth of individuals rather than the psychopathology or deficiencies of persons. Both counselors accept new referrals and can accept most insurance; however, TPCS does not turn away anyone due to their inability to pay. Counseling is available for kids, adults, couples and families. Call 757-623-2700 for an appointment or visit their website: Tidewater Pastoral Counseling.
GBPC encourages everyone to be involved in a LIFE group, which we see as our primary method of congregational care. LIFE groups are generally groups of 8-20 people who meet together regularly, enabling participants to intimately know and respond to each others’ joys and concerns.
Those who are not in LIFE groups are assigned a deacon. The role of the deacon at GBPC is focused on sympathy, witness, and service. Each deacon shepherds a “flock” of 15-20 families. They communicate regularly with their flock members in order to let them know they are available to respond to any needs that their flock member may have. Most importantly, they are charged to pray regularly with and for their flock members.
When a member of the GBPC church family is anticipating surgery or is in the hospital and they or their loved ones notify the church, our pastors contact them for prayer and visit them in the hospital. They help families grieving the loss of loved ones and conduct funerals or memorial services. They also are available for counseling appointments and prayer for discernment, and for joyous occasions such as marriages and premarital counseling.
Pastor’s aides help communicated needs of the congregation to the pastors, deacons and LIFE group leaders. They meet regularly with the pastor to update him on congregational needs. They maintain the weekly prayer covenant, which contains needs communicated to them by the congregation and available in the narthex to engage the congregation in prayer for specific needs, start the prayer chain when notified of an immediate need, and direct the distribution of the sanctuary flowers each week. Click here to contact a pastor’s aide.
GBPC has a parish visitor, who is responsible for regularly visiting and contacting seniors in the congregation. She particularly focuses on shut-ins and those dealing with health challenges.
ABBA List is simply a communication tool to get you the support contact information you are seeking for yourself or a loved one. There are numerous free resources in the community and in the local churches. It is our goal to search these out and make them more readily available. Abbalist.org
Separation & Divorce Support Group
Meets Thursdays @ 7 pm, Room 230
Many in our congregation and community often find themselves in the often unwanted position of being in a difficult marital relationship that is deemed broken beyond repair. Fortunately, we serve a God who is in the business of mending broken people, of taking shattered lives and giving them new direction and purpose. This group is designed for those who want to come together with others seeking that healing for their lives. Click here to contact the Separation & Divorce Support Group coordinator.
Grief Support Group
Meets Thursdays @ 7 pm, Room 240
Have you lost someone you love? This group uses the Grief Share faith based curriculum which includes a video, workbook, scripture, journaling and prayer. All adults are invited who have experience a loss. The support group provides help as they continue on their individual grief journey. The objective is to turn mourning into joy. Click here to contact the grief support group coordinator.