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Care & Support

Prayer Requests
Prayer and support in times of sickness or crisis

Prayer Requests

The pastoral care office encourages you to let us know if there is a sickness, a crisis or any problem where we can provide support or assistance.

Due to privacy laws, we are unable to discern which of our members are hospitalized; therefore, we depend on your calls.  All information is held in strict confidence.

If you would like us to offer a specific prayer before surgery or another procedure, please let us know the date, time and location of the surgery.

To request a visit from a pastor or intercessory prayer on your behalf,

  • Contact Karen Lang,
  • Stop in the church during regular office hours to speak with the minister-on-call, or
  • Contact us using the form below:

Requests for visitation during times of sickness or crisis


As Christians we are called to care for one another with compassion, witness and service through fellowship as we love and care for one another. Often the kindest thing we can do is honor another with our time and attention. Second Presbyterian Church pastors and trained lay leaders visit individuals and families during challenging times. Our pastors, lay trained leaders and Care Corps members also provide follow up care if needed.

We encourage you to let us know if you or someone you know is receiving medical treatment. Due to privacy laws, we are not notified by hospitals or doctors. We also ask that you make sure we know the legal name of the patient.

Please call the church at (317) 253-6461.

Welcome Baby Ministry
A group to help parents of newborns ease into the life of parenthood.

Welcome Baby Ministry

If you have recently had a baby or adopted a child, we’d like to help!

Please notify Sue Jackson,, if you have a new member of your family or if you’d like to help with the Welcome Baby Ministry Team.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Knit prayer shawls for those going through adversity

Prayer Shawl Ministry

A dedicated and talented group of women knit prayer shawls for Second Church members and friends. Prayer shawls are a tangible reminder of God’s love wrapped around the shoulders of a friend going through a difficult time---such as illness or death of a loved one. These colorful shawls are knitted with love and care by Second members. The knitters usually do not know who will receive the shawl, but weave God’s love into each one.

To symbolize the congregation's commitment to a newborn and their parents, the knitters create baby booties.

The prayer shawl ministry knits hats for the college students.

If you would like to receive a shawl, or if you are interested in knitting one, please contact the church office at (317) 253-6461.

Pastoral Counseling
Couseling from pastors for those in times of crisis or sickness

Pastoral Counseling

Our pastoral staff is available for personal conversations regarding issues you may be facing. For more information, contact the church at (317) 253-6461 or stop by during church office hours. There will be a minister on-call available to speak with you.

New Day for Families of Divorce
Directional support group for children and families going through divorce

New Day for Families of Divorce

Is your child experiencing any of the following symptoms that you think might be related to a recent or past divorce?

  • Problems at school with peers or teachers
  • A drop in grades Anxiety Moodiness
  • A change in sleep patterns
  • A change in appetite
  • Depression
  • Excessive emotions: anger, happiness, fear, etc.
  • Lack of emotion or indifference
  • Problems at home
  • Other unexplained changes in behavior

New Day is a directional support group for families of divorce. Registration is required prior to attending. Please visit for details, or call CenterPoint Counseling at 252-5518.

Parkinson’s Support Group
Care and support for those caring for loved ones, Wednesdays at 11 am

Parkinson’s Support Group

The Parkinson’s Support Group for those caring for a loved one meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 11:00 am to noon in Room 112.

For more information, contact Rev. Marsha Hutchison, (317) 508-3653

Open Arms Ministry
Care and support for those caring for loved ones with special needs

Open Arms Ministry

  • Marion and the surrounding counties and 28,000 adults with intellectual and physical disabilities and 66% of them live with their parents. Less than 3% of these adults are involved in a church. The church needs to reach out to these families.
  • Starting this fall, the Open Arms Ministry of Second Presbyterian Church will offer Sonrise Bible Studies for adults with intellectual and physical special needs, and we need your help.
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined.
  • The last two years, the SAW's Ministry at Second Presbyterian Church built 100 wheelchair ramps for people in the community that have a physical limitation so all may fellowship in the community
  • Second Presbytrian Church offers an advisory team to individuals and families with special needs to help them participate more fully in the life of the church.  We also offer Peer Buddies for Sunday mornings that all may study God's Word.
  • Second Presbyterian Church offers:
    • Large Print Bibles, Bulletins and Hymnals
    • Wheelchairs
    • Golf Cart Pick-up
    • Sermon CDs in the library
    • Listening assistance equipment in the Sanctuary

        **All to help our members with physical limitations participate in the life of the church that all may worship God.

  • 90% of all people with experience some kind of physical limitation in their lifetime.
  • A new case of autism is diagnosed every 20 minutes in the United States. -Center for Disease Control and the American Association of Pediatrics
  • The National Autism Association reports that nearly 80% of marriages with an autistic child end in divorce. The challenges are great, and the church needs to help.
  • Autism now affects 1 in every 110 children and 1 in 70 boys. -Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • March is National Disabilities Month. Each Sunday in March, Second Presbyterian will offer programming to raise awareness about our Special Needs neighbors that have much to offer to our faith community.

Mindfulness Meditation
Fridays, 12:15 p.m.

Mindfulness Meditation

FRIDAYS, 12:15-12:45 PM,  ROOM 113
Brief discussion, followed by silent practice and concludes with observations, comments and/or general wonderings.