Pastoral Care

Photo Pastoral CareSecond Presbyterian Church seeks to reflect the caring 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 experience Christ’s care and be strengthened in their faith.

Prayer and Support Requests

We want to offer support to those in need. Please call Sharon Howard at (501) 227-0000 or e-mail to inform the church of a hospitalization, illness, death or prayer request. All prayer requests are shared with our ministers and our Prayer Knots team – a group of volunteers who provide intercessory prayer on a confidential basis.

Care and Concern Line: (501) 227-6117

This recording is updated Monday through Friday by 9:00 a.m. to inform church members and friends about the joys and concerns of our congregation.

How can I get involved?

If you would like to use your gifts for ministry with others in our church and community, especially in the area of Pastoral Care, please contact Sharon Howard. We invite, encourage and empower through training and prayer, lay involvement in these important ministries of the church.

If you are in need of receiving help from one of our Pastoral Care groups or teams, please contact Sharon Howard, (501) 227-0000 or

Penpals and Phone Friends

Second Presbyterian continues to match members with members to stay connected during this time of social distancing. Focusing on vulnerable adults of all ages, we match a volunteer or family with 1-5 member households. Volunteers call or write at last twice a month. Families have gotten creative by sending children’s artwork, backyard photos and flowers to their penpals. Join this valuable ongoing ministry or ask questions by contacting Sharon Howard.

Monday Pastoral Care

This loving care triage team meets every Monday at 1:30 p.m. by Zoom to organize care for members. We review a report of current known needs, best responses, and pray for our congregation. We also celebrate births, weddings, ordinations and other special events. To join the group, contact Sharon Howard or Alisa Secrest.

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Leaders: Jo Ann McQuade, Janet Nelson
Our ongoing support group is a collaboration of Arkansas Alzheimer’s and Second Presbyterian. The group meets the first and third Thursdays of the month at 1:00 p.m. on Zoom, gathering spouses, adult children and those who have lost a loved one to dementia to support one another. For information, contact Alisa Secrest.

Grief During the Pandemic

Leaders: Jo Ann McQuade and Chris Herring
Because grief is so prevalent this season, we ensure you have several ways to find the supports you need. Grief may occur because someone you love dies, your health condition changes, or your classes no longer meet in person. There are many sources of grief, just as there are many expressions of grief. Grief is a journey, and you can find support along the way. In addition to the care of a Stephen Minister or pastor, consider the support groups, workshops and online resources from our partner Faith and Grief. Register for Faith and Grief gatherings at For more information, contact Alisa Secrest. Listen to the new Faith & Grief Podcast on Spotify, Apple & Google Podcasts. Learn more at

Friday Noon Support Groups

Connect and find comfort in the company of others who are grieving a loved one. No obligation. Register at For more information, contact Sharon Howard.

Grief Support Book Study

Join the monthly Faith and Grief Book Club. Book selections are memoirs based on the author’s own grief journey and books by grief research experts. Register at

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Leader: Leah Shell
This ministry continues to work on individual projects to provide handmade shawls and wraps for members, member’s extended family and friends of members during trying times. We also provide prayer shawls for graduating seniors. The ministry has plenty of yarn and material to in our closets for this ministry to continue. For more information, contact Sharon Howard.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry offers a proven and effective way to organize, equip, and supervise a team of congregation members—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people in the congregation and the community experiencing life difficulties. For a confidential discussion to see a Stephen Minister is right for you, contact Alisa Secrest.

Prayer Resources

In addition to our common prayer when we gather by Zoom, you can learn the cares and concerns of the church by calling our Care and Concern Line at (501) 227-6117. We encourage you to keep those in your private prayer and to share encouragement where needed by calls and cards. To report joys and concerns, contact the church office at (501) 227-0000 or a pastor.