Great Bridge Presbyterian Church has three counselors from Tidewater Pastoral Counseling available for counseling during the week: Georgianna Brabban-Johnson, M.Div., and Marty Phillips, LPC., and Kay Dezern.
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. Click here to contact our LIFE group coordinator.
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. Contact the deacon moderator, David Spelce, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Click here to contact our parish visitor.
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
Cancer Support Group
Meets every other Tuesday @ 7 pm, Room 260
We invite people battling cancer, families and friends of patients with cancer, and definitely survivors (you guys are in inspiration). The format is a short devotional followed by some time to get to know each other and prayer. We hope to keep the focus on community and prayer for each other. Click here to contact the cancer support group coordinator.
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.
Caregivers Support Group
Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:30 pm, church library
The group’s purpose is to help / support those individuals who find themselves as caregivers, whether in a primary or secondary role. In addition to providing emotional support, the group has discussed financial and legal concerns among various topics. For most of us, being a caregiver for a loved one causes a full range of emotions to be felt. It can also affect the health and well-being of the caregiver themselves due to the “overwhelming” situation they find themselves in. Having a group of people, that are experiencing the same problems and concerns, is important as it is very easy for the caregiver to feel isolated. Click here to contact the caregivers support group coordinator.