Care & Counseling


Pastoral Care and Counseling helps persons grow by offering them a caring relationship and professional counseling that considers both the spiritual and emotional dimensions of the whole persons. Counseling may take place with individuals, couples, families or small groups. No one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Counseling is available by appointment. Contact information for our counselors is listed in the left sidebar.

Support Groups

  • Cancer Support

    Description: Gain support from people battling cancer and caregivers; group led by Louis Josof of St. Vincent's
    When: First Mondays, 12 pm

    Where: Room G 39
    Contact: Rev. Brian Lays, (205) 933-3706 or

  • Grief Support

    Description: Help deal with grief related to any kind of loss; group led by IPC Deacon and licensed professional counselor Dr. Jo Self
    When: First and third Wednesdays
    Where: Room G 39, 6:15- 7:15 pm
    Contact: Rev. Brian Lays, (205) 933-3706 or

Shepherd Ministry Teams

We need people with whom we can share our joys and our concerns. We need people in times of transition. The Shepherd Ministry is here to provide the loving shelter of each other we know as the church. Consider joining a team and helping other IPC members.

  • Funeral Ushers

    Description: Train to usher funerals or memorial services in the IPC sanctuary and chapel
    Qualifications: Willingness to learn protocol, some weekday availability
    When: Emailed when services are scheduled
    Where: IPC sanctuary or chapel
    Contact: John Feagin,

  • Grief Anniversary Cards

    Description: Write and send cards to those who are recently bereaved or who are experiencing the anniversary of a signi cant loss
    Qualifications: Handwrite and mail notes
    When: As needed
    Where: All coordinated by email
    Contact: Caroline Thomas,

  • Visitation Outreach

    Decription: Visit those who are homebound, lonely, hospitalized, etc. alone or in pairs at the suggestion and descretion of the pastors
    Qualifications: Basic pastoral care skills training and willingness to reach out and visit homebound members When: As needed
    Where: Homes of homebound IPC member
    Contact: Deby Wright, (205) 824-9944 or

  • Home Communion

    Description: Deliver communion to members who are unable to attend worship
    Qualifications: Teams of at least two including an ordained of cer of the church make each visit
    When: First Sunday
    Where: Homes, hospitals, nursing homes
    Contact: Beth Adams,

  • IPC Carpenters

    Description: Help members with home maintenance needs
    Qualifications: Basic home repair skills and ability to drive to members' homes
    When: As needed
    Where: All coordinated by email
    Contact: Rev. Brian Lays,

  • Intercessory Prayer

    Description: Pray for church members, their families and their friends; and send cards to members and friends in special or dif cult circumstances
    Qualifications: Belief and willingness to pray
    When: Tuesdays, 11am
    Where: Chapel
    Contact: Alice Christenson,

  • Just Checking In

    Description: Call members who are in a time of need to see how they are doing
    Qualifications: Comfortable talking about dif cult circumstances over the phone
    When: As needed
    Where: All cordinated by email
    Contact: Rev. Brian Lays,

  • Kirkwood Support

    Description: Minister to the residents at Kirkwood with visits, birthday celebrations, communion, and working the Kirkwood store (Kirkwares)
    Qualifications: A heart for supporting the elderly
    When: Various times
    Where: All coordinated by email
    Contact: Katie Dunn for birthday celebrations; Verna Lyons for communion; Margaret Brunstad or Julianne Venable for Kirkwares

  • Knitters

    Description: Knit and deliver prayer shawls for members of the congregation who have been sick or suffered the loss of a loved one
    Qualifications: Ability or willingness to learn to knit
    When: Thursdays, 11 am – 1 pm
    Where: IPC
    Contact: Mary Tom Stubbs,

  • New Mothers Support

    Description: Offer support and encouragement to mothers of new children by making gift baskets and calls
    Qualifications: A heart for new mother's needs
    When: As needed
    Where: All cordinated by email
    Contact: Anne Knox Averitt,

  • Love Thy Neighbor

    Description: Prepare or drive frozen meals to members convalescing or to those who have had a family death
    When: Varies
    Where: Varies
    Contact: Beth Hillhouse,