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Congregational Care


Guidance in Life's Journey

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

    IPC currently has two counselors who work onsite and provide support to members and friends of IPC. 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 right sidebar.

    A new fund has been established to pay for the counseling costs of any older member of the church who desires spiritually-based professional counseling. Learn more about this fund to help those who could benefit from having access to our counseling services. You can contact our counselors to set up an appointment.

  • Grief Group

    The Congregational Care department sponsors six-week grief groups to support those who are navigating through the emotional and spiritual journey of grief as a result of any kind of loss. Dr. Stewart Jackson, a licensed counselor, facilitates the group, and Rev. Susan Clayton also participates. The group is open to IPC members and to friends from the wider community. You are encouraged to let friends who might need such a group know about this opportunity. Questions? Contact Susan Clayton at or 205-933-3706.

  • Caregiver Connect

    Congregational Care is offering a new support group for members and friends of IPC who may be serving as a caregiver for a loved one with a chronic, life-altering condition. We welcome you to this 6-week study if you are a caregiver for someone with Dementia, Parkinson’s, cancer, ALS, or any other chronic illness. Dr. Stewart Jackson, Counseling Associate at IPC, facilitates the group, and Rev. Susan Clayton is also a part of the group to offer pastoral support.

  • Lakeview Alcoholics Anonymous

    Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking, and there are no dues or fees for A.A. membership. Weekly meetings occur on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 - 8 pm, and Saturdays from 11 am - Noon in RM 305. If interested, contact Rev. David Seamon at or (205) 933-3732.

  • Birmingham Al-Anon & Alateen

    Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic. This group meets each Wednesday from 5:30 - 7 pm in RM 304. Similarly, Alateen is our recovery program for young people. Alateen groups are sponsored by Al-Anon members. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend. This group meets each Thursday from 6 - 7 pm in RM 304.
    If interested in either group, contact Rev. Melissa Self-Patrick at or (205) 933-3709.