Ministries & Programs
Pastoral Care and Counseling
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. —John 14:27
Village Presbyterian Church seeks to reflect the healing compassion of Christ. Pastoral Care provides comfort, support, and counsel during times of physical, emotional or spiritual need. Through contact with a pastor, connection to a support group, or participation in one of our ministries, we pray that persons will receive the help necessary to feel whole and grow in their life of faith.
We want to know how you are. Please call the Pastoral Office to inform us of a hospitalization, illness, death or prayer request. Pastoral Care coordinator, Sandy Perry, can be reached at 913-671-2327 or by email.
The main church number is answered 24 hours a day. The answering service can contact the pastor on call at any time. That number is 913-262-4200.
Pastoral Care Ministries
Four times per year the Pastoral Care Department sponsors luncheons, along with worship and communion services at local assisted living facilities that have a large concentration of Village Church members. Two luncheons are held in the spring and two in the fall. The location rotates in order to serve as many as possible.
Easter Lilies and Christmas Poinsettias
These floral expressions of God’s love and the support of Village Church are delivered to homebound members who are no longer able to attend services at the church. Volunteers from the congregation make these deliveries.
If you or someone you love is unable to attend worship to receive the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, a pastor and elder or dDeacon can bring the Sacrament to the home or retirement community to celebrate the holy meal. This is also done on a large scale in the Spring and Fall of each year. Contact Sandy Perry at 913.671.2327 or by email.
Intercessory Prayer Group
This group gathers to focus on the Intercessory Prayer List, offering thoughts and prayer for members and friends of Village Church. The Intercessory Prayer Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. in Room 124.
The Garden offers a serene final resting place outdoors. Bronze markers are ordered through the church business office at 913.671.2363. The Memorial Garden is available to members only. Site selection is made at the time of need and accommodates cremains only. A volunteer committee oversees the Memorial Garden.
Military Care Packages
Care packages or gift cards along with Christmas cards are sent once per year to members and friends of Village Church serving in the military.
Mobile Resource Center
This portable center contains a wide variety of printed Pastoral Care and Counseling resources including The Last Acts of Love, Care Notes, local resources, health information, ministry brochures, etc. During the week it is located just to the right of the south entrance reception desk. On Sundays you will find the center in Friendship Hall.
This service will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in the Sanctuary for families who have lost loved ones in recent years. It is a service of prayers, special music, proclamation and candle lighting in honor of those who are deeply missed. It is our hope that grieving members and friends will make this service a part of their holiday experience. Contact Sandy Perry at 913-671-2327 or by email.
If you are a caregiver for someone in your home, we can match you with a friend who can relieve you from your daily responsibilities in caring for a few hours. “Respite” is a time of rest and renewal of one’s spirit and strength. Respite Friends are lay people trained to provide respite and offer companion-level assistance and reassurance to the care receiver. Contact Rev. Jay McKell, 913-671-2347 or by email. Visit the Respite Care page.
If you are going through a difficult life transition, we can match you with a caring listener who is trustworthy, full of faith, compassionate and skilled. Stephen Ministers are lay people who go through 50 hours of training and feel called to come alongside those who are hurting. Contact Rev. Jenny McDevitt, 913-671-2367 or email. Visit the Stephen Ministry page.
Village Nurses: Health and Wellness Ministry
The Village Nurses offer blood pressure checks, support, nutritional advice, referrals and education before and after worship every Sunday at Village Church.
- The second Sunday of each month from 9-9:30 a.m. and again from 10:30-11 a.m. you may have your hearing aid inspected at Village Church. This includes checking your ears for wax and insuring the proper insertion of your hearing aid.
- The Village Nurses also offer blood pressure screenings, support, nutritional advice, referrals and education at the Food Pantry throughout the week.
If you or someone you love is homebound, we can provide a friendly visitor to help remind us all that we are connected in the family of faith. Village Visitors visit in homes or retirement communities to pray and
Growing Throug Grief
Following the death of a loved one, it is vital to process the constellation of thoughts and emotions that arise. This five-week series is intended to provide education about the grieving process and to support those who are heartbroken. Registration is required. Contact Sandy Perry, 913-671-2327 or email.
Village Church offers a free six-week course: Employment Resiliency - How to Bounce Back and Quickly Find another Job. The course runs for six consecutive Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and includes education, specific tools and techniques, practice, confidence building and opportunities for small group discussion in a relaxed and safe environment. Enrollment is limited and registration is required. The course is open to Village Church members and to the public. Contact Sandy Perry, 913-671-2327 or email.
Support and encouragement for men who have lost their spouses to death or Alzheimer’s disease. This small group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 9-10:30 a.m. in Room 230.
Support and encouragement for women who have lost their spouses to death or Alzheimer’s disease. This small group meets the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Room 230.
Other Support Groups Sponsored by Pastoral Care & Counseling
Alcoholic Anonymous, Families for Mental Health, PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), Straight Spouse Network, Greater Kansas City Health Ministries, Grief Support Network, and Recovery, Inc. Please call the Pastoral Care Office, 913-671-2327, for more information.
This ministry is for job seekers and people in career transition. The Career Center’s focus is Employment Resiliency: How to Bounce Back and Quickly Find another Job.
- Six week course in a relaxed and safe environment
- Runs on consecutive Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m
- No charge, but registration is required.
- Enrollment is limited
- Open to Village Church members and to the public
- Specific tools and techniques
- Confidence building
- Opportunity for small group discussion
An Opportunity to Receive Counseling with Dr. John Larsen
We profess that there is a light that shines in the darkness and the darkness did not (and cannot and will not) overcome it. Sometimes there are those who help add to the light of Christ, and sometimes we need them to help us through the darkness.
Pastoral Care at Village Presbyterian Church is pleased to offer counseling for such times. Dr. John Larsen, licensed psychologist and long time practitioner in Kansas City, offers individual and couples counseling at Village on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He has practiced psychology for over thirty years, serving most of that time as Clinical Director of Midwest Christian Counseling Center on the Plaza. He and his wife of 43 years have two sons.
Dr. Larsen is a graduate of Bethel University (MN), and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University and a Ph.D. from Boston University. He counsels adults with a wide variety of concerns, including marital and relationship issues. Trained in the integration of theology and psychology, Dr. Larsen is sensitive to how spirituality can enter into emotional and relationship struggles. He is skilled at bringing faith resources to bear on the counseling process where appropriate.
Counseling with Dr. Larsen, who offices in the Bride’s Room near the Chapel, will be short-term. If lengthy counseling is necessary, Dr. Larsen will work with you on receiving further care.
To Schedule an Appointment
Any of our pastors are pleased to visit with you about your interest in and the appropriateness of counseling. A pastor can assist you with a referral. Dr. Larsen sets his own schedule so you must contact him directly at 913-322-4235 to make an appointment. He will complete an initial evaluation session, review terms of counseling, discuss your goals, and explain confidentiality. You will be asked to complete an intake form and sign a counseling agreement. When appropriate, Dr. Larsen may ask you to sign a release to coordinate care with a pastor with whom you have shared a concern. If you do not wish for there to be any communication between Dr. Larsen and the pastoral staff, please indicate that to him at the beginning of counseling.
Although the cost of counseling is highly subsidized by Village Presbyterian Church, a suggested fee of $45 will be expected at the time of counseling. We do not want to turn anyone away due to an inability to pay, so if the $45 fee is unrealistic for your budget we can work with you on an adjustment. Checks are payable to Village Presbyterian Church. Please note that the fee paid to the church is not tax-deductible because you will be receiving a service from the church.
(Note: A $25 charge will be due if clients cancel an appointment within 24 hours of a scheduled visit with Dr. Larsen. Thank you for your cooperation.)
A Prayer Service for Hope and Wholeness
Along our life’s journey each of us encounters numerous challenges. Illness and loss engage all of us in struggles that can be significant. Difficulties come, bringing doubts with them. Acknowledging this reality, the Pastoral Care and Counseling Department invites you to A Prayer Service for Hope and Wholeness on specific Sundays in Friendship Hall. Together we will sing, pray, and read scripture. We will listen quietly when God speaks and we will support one another in the manner of Christ. Scripture calls upon us to bear one another’s burdens (Ephesians 6:2) and promises that where two or three are gathered together in his name, Christ will be with us. (Matthew 18:20). Trusting in those truths we encourage you to join us for A Prayer Service for Hope and Wholeness.
2013 Services, 6 p.m. Nov. 24 in the Chapel
Volunteer Opportunities – Pastoral Care & Counseling
Bear one another’s burdens,
and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. –Galatians 6:3
Bereavement Card Ministry:
These cards are sent to family members on the one year anniversary of the loss of their loved one. This volunteer (usually a member of the PC&C Committee) inscribes a standard message on the card and distributes the cards to the Pastoral Care & Counseling Committee during their monthly meeting for member signatures. Hand-addressed envelopes are also prepared by the volunteer. All information and materials are provided by staff. Cards are mailed by staff. For more information contact: Sandy Perry 913-671-2327 or email.
Cancer Support Ministry:
In 2010 Pastoral Care and Counseling began a new ministry focused on cancer education and prevention. A small task force was formed to identify speakers and opportunities to provide information to the community on this important topic. More volunteers are needed for the task force. For more information, contact: Rev. Jenny McDevitt, 913-671-2367 or email.
Career Center Planning Team:
The Career Center is focused on providing meaningful assistance to those who are looking for work. In 2011 the Career Center Planning Team developed a new and exciting training curriculum that is more focused and personalized than the previous Job Club format. During the year, Planning Team members will be evaluating the new ministry and looking for ways to enhance its effectiveness. For more information, contact: Rev. Jay McKell, 913-671-2347 or email.