Spiritual Care & Education


The Department of Spiritual Care and Values Integration at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality pastoral care to our patients, families, staff and community. The department plays an integral role in providing holistic, interdisciplinary care and is recognized as the foundation for the hospital's spiritual environment of caring. Regardless of your religion or faith, we strive to provide you with the resources you need to fulfill your spiritual needs with excellence.

Spiritual Care services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To let us know how we can help provide pastoral care for you, you can notify a nurse, call the Department of Spiritual Care at 281.274.7164 or contact us online.

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On-Campus Resources
The Department of Spiritual Care desires to provide you with excellent spiritual attention during your stay in our facility. Our staff chaplains, on-call clergy, volunteer lay ministers, Holy Communion ministers and CanCare volunteers offer 24-hour pastoral support and spiritual resources. Bibles (in English, Spanish and six additional languages) and other sacred texts are available.

Chaplains are prepared to assist with prayer, anxiety and depression counseling, grief and loss counseling, sacraments and religious rituals, family meetings, assistance with contacting community clergy, relating religious needs to the medical team, and general spiritual support. If you are in need of pastoral assistance, please contact us.

Bereavement Care
A bereavement support group meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Counseling is also available. Let us know how we can help you.

Breast Cancer Support
Monthly meetings provide encouragement, practical suggestions and a hopeful environment for women and men, caregivers and patients whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Details are available through the Department of Spiritual Care.

CanCare
CanCare is a network of trained volunteers including cancer survivors, family members of cancer survivors and medical professionals who provide emotional support to patients with all types and stages of cancer during their stay with us. They share a wealth of information, covering available resources and support services.

Care Notes
Care Notes are available to patients, families and staff, and include various titles related to faith, spirituality and health care. Care Notes are located near the door of the Sweetwater Pavilion Chapel.

Caregiver Support
Those who give care to others are themselves often in need of support. By taking care of their own needs, caregivers will be able to better care for those who depend on them.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is designed to help and educate family and friends caring for older adults with long-term health conditions. This six-week course is held each fall and spring, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Sweetwater Pavilion Chapel. To register or for more information, contact the Spiritual Care Department.

Holy Communion
If you would like to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion, please contact us.

Meditation Rooms
Prayer chapels are located on the second floor of the Main Pavilion near the surgical waiting area, and on the first floor of the Sweetwater Pavilion near the patient elevators. The Muslim prayer room is located on the first floor of the Sweetwater Pavilion near MOB 2. All meditation rooms are open 24 hours.

Prayer Requests
If you would like to invite a chaplain to pray with you in the hospital, please let us know.

Wesley Ministry
The Wesley Ministry is a lay volunteer program within the Department of Spiritual Care at Houston Methodist Sugar Land. Wesley ministers are trained pastoral caregivers who work under the supervision of the chaplain, using their gifts and graces to serve as reminders of God's love to patients and the families who visit them in the hospital.

Our Team

William (Bill) Bross
, Disciples of Christ, Director of Spiritual Care and Values Integration
"I am blessed to serve at Houston Methodist Sugar Land because it gives me an opportunity to serve people in real life situations when they need God's presence the most."

Shawn Bowman, Baptist, Office Coordinator
“God has gifted each of us uniquely, and God desires that we use those gifts to honor Him. At Houston Methodist Sugar Land, a heart of compassion runs upstream — we give freely to those we come into contact with.”

Craig Butler, Cooperative Baptist, Senior Staff Chaplain
“With my love for the International community, I have found a home at Houston Methodist Sugar Land that embraces diversity and allows each of us to be partners in the healing process through the use of our God-given gifts and abilities for all who come through our doors.”

Karen Platt, Baptist, Associate Staff Chaplain
“When God gave me the opportunity to work as a Chaplain at Houston Methodist Sugar Land, I knew this was my calling, and I am blessed every day as I visit patients and share God’s love and grace with them.”

Thong Lun, D.Min., Cooperative Baptist, PRN Staff Chaplain
“I always give thanks to God for opening a space for me to serve as a spiritual caregiver to patients, families and employees at Houston Methodist Sugar land, the most friendly work environment in Houston.”

Ulahannan Thazhuthoottu (Sister Betsy), Roman Catholic, PRN Staff Chaplain
“I enjoy having the freedom to provide compassionate care for our patients and to help them with their spiritual needs.”

Father Ken Skillern, Anglican, PRN Staff Chaplain
“I truly believe that I am answering God’s call in serving patients, families and staff at Houston Methodist Sugar Land.”

Nancy Penney, Church of Christ, Associate PRN Staff Chaplain
“Our Spiritual Care Department gives me a way to blend my previous experiences in support group leadership, church ministry, teaching and parenting to serve our hospital and local community.”

Carlos Jones, Baptist, Associate PRN Staff Chaplain
“I enjoy working at Houston Methodist Sugar Land because it is an honor and privilege to work with patients at such a significant time in their lives.”

Community Support Groups
Complete healing requires more than medical treatments and care provided by experienced professionals. Emotional strength and a sense of support and guidance are important elements of the healing process. That is why we suggest a number of support resources for our community.

These groups enable members of our community to be surrounded by others facing similar challenges and provide a forum for understanding, compassion and assistance. To add your group to our list, please email us at FBCommunitySupport@houstonmethodist.org.

Abortion Aftermath

Healing the Heartbreak of Abortion
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., The Bridge Fellowship, Sugar Land, 281.494.3046

Forgiven and Set Free
11-week series offered periodically, Sugar Creek Baptist Church, Sugar Land, 281.896.4776

Addictions

Al-Anon and Alateen
Information for al-anon.alateen.org meetings:

Mondays, noon, Christ United Methodist Church, Sugar Land, 281.980.6888

Alcoholics Anonymous
Information for AA (aa.org) meetings and their locations is provided:

Daily, multiple meetings, Lamplighter's Club, Missouri City, 281.499.5496

Sundays, 7 p.m., Parkway United Methodist Church, Sugar Land, 281.494.5050

Mondays, 7 p.m., River Pointe Church, Richmond, 281.277.6767

Mondays, 8 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, Sugar Land, 281.980.6888

Mondays, noon, Sugar Land Baptist Church, Sugar Land, 281.980.4431

Tuesdays, noon, Sugar Land Baptist Church, Sugar Land, 281.980.4431

Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Harvest Methodist Church, Sugar Land, 281.778.2434

Wednesdays, noon, Christ United Methodist Church, Sugar Land, 281.980.6888

Wednesdays, noon, Sugar Land Baptist Church, Sugar Land, 281.980.4431

Wednesdays, 8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Sugar Land, 281.491.6041

Wednesdays, 8 p.m., New Hope Lutheran Church, Missouri City, 281.499.7611

Thursdays, noon, Sugar Land Baptist Church, Sugar Land, 281.980.4431

Thursdays, 7 p.m. (women's group), Southminster Presbyterian Church, Missouri City, 281.499.2310

Thursdays, 8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Sugar Land, 281.491.6041

Fridays, noon, Christ United Methodist Church, Sugar Land, 281.980.6888

Fridays, noon, Sugar Land Baptist Church, Sugar Land, 281.980.4431

Fridays, 7 p.m., Parkway United Methodist Church, Sugar Land, 281.494.5050

Overeaters Anonymous

Information for OA (overeatersanonymous.org) meetings:

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, Sugar Land, 281.980.6888

Celebrate Recovery

Information for (celebraterecovery.com) meetings:

Mondays, 6 p.m., Holy Cross Episcopal, Sugar Land, 713.249.7388

Tuesdays, 6:15 p.m., Grand Parkway Baptist, Richmond, 281.277.2200

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Sugar Creek Baptist, Sugar Land, 281.242.2858

Fridays, 6:30 p.m., First Colony Church of Christ, Sugar Land, 281.980.7070

Corner Stone 12-Step Recovery

Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, Missouri City, 281.499.3502

Cancer

CanCare (cancare.org)

By appointment, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Sugar Land, 281.274.7164

By appointment, First United Methodist Church, Missouri City, 281.499.3502

By appointment, Christ United Methodist Church, Sugar Land, 281.980.6888

Breast Cancer Support

Monthly, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Sugar Land, 281.274.7164

Cancer Support
First Thursdays, 10 a.m., St. Laurence Catholic Church, Sugar Land, 281.980.9812

Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers (powerfultoolsforcaregivers.org)

Weekly during spring and fall, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Sugar Land, 281.274.7164

Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregivers Support

Second and fourth Tuesdays, 11 a.m., First United Methodist Church MC, Missouri City, 281.499.3502

First Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Hampton at Meadows Place, Meadows, 855.350.3800

Cancer Caregivers Support

First and third Thursdays, 10 a.m., St. Laurence Catholic Church, Sugar Land, 281.980.9812

Caring for Special Needs Children

Mondays, 9 a.m., St. Laurence Catholic Church, Sugar Land, 281.980.9812

Divorce

Divorce Care
(divorcecare.org)

Mondays, 6 p.m., Sanctuary Fellowship, Richmond, 281.606.2250

Mondays, 6:30 p.m., River Pointe Church, Richmond, 281.277.6767

Wednesdays, 7 p.m., St. Laurence Catholic Church, Sugar Land, 281.980.9812

Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Colony Creek Community Church, Missouri City, 281.208.1414

Employment
 
Job Search Survival
(jobsearchsurvival.com)

Periodic workshops, Fort Bend area libraries, 281.491.0342

Sugar Land Jobs Networking Group
 
Fridays, 6 p.m., First Colony Church of Christ, Sugar Land, 281.980.7070

Grief and Bereavement

Grief Support

Second Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. (dinner served), Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Conference Center in the Main Pavilion, 281.274.7164

Offered periodically, Christ United Methodist Church, Sugar Land, 281. 261.8459

Bereavement Support

Third Sundays, 10:30 a.m., St. Laurence Catholic Church, Sugar Land, 281.980.9812

The Compassionate Friends (loss of a child)

Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Sugar Land, 281.242.5015

Grief Share

Call for meeting times, Harvest United Methodist Church, Missouri City, 281.778.2434

Call for meeting times, Sugar Land United Methodist Church, Sugar Land, 281.491.6041

Call for meeting times, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Rosenberg, 281.341.7500

Language and Literacy

Friendspeak
(improving conversational English)

By appointment, Sugar Grove Church of Christ, Meadows Place, 281.530.9651

By appointment, First Colony Church of Christ, Sugar Land, 281.980.7070

Basic Literacy/English as a Second Language

By appointment, Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, Sugar Land, 281.240.8181

Learning Disorders

Hope for Three
(Autism; hopeforthree.org)
 
Family assistance and networking, Fort Bend County, 800.317.0787

Asperger's Syndrome and Other Learning Disorders (aspieinfo.com)

Second Thursdays, 7 p.m., Sugar Land Baptist Church, Sugar Land, 281.240.0663

Mental Health

National Alliance on Mental Health
(nami.org)

First Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church MC, Missouri City, 281.499.3502

Second and fourth Thursdays, 7 p.m., St. Laurence Catholic Church, Sugar Land, 281.980.9812

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (dbsahouston.org)

Tuesdays, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, Richmond, 281.342.8664

Thursdays, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church MC, Missouri City, 281.499.3502

Parenting

Parenting Special Needs Children

Mondays, 9 a.m., St. Laurence Catholic Church, Sugar Land, 281.980.9812

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Exercise Group

Mondays, 10 a.m., First United Methodist Church MC, Missouri City, 281.499.3502