We invite you to

discover, follow, love and share Jesus through our various Ministries....


OUR MISSION:  Extend Mercy and Serve Those in Need

  • who we are

    The Care ministry team includes Deacons, worship hosts, prayer team, & Stephen Ministers.

  • who we help

    We come alongside of the sick and hurting, who are experiencing emotional and financial difficulties.

  • how we help

    Beginning with our small groups, we seek to build relationships with individuals and families.

  • how can you help?

    • Help prepare and / or deliver meals
    • Assist Deacons in connecting with those in their parish, writing cards, making visits, pray
    • Join the Worship Hosts
    • Become a Stephen Minister


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Care & Connection Team that is ready and willing to come along side you in prayer and support. 

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stephen ministry

Christ Caring for People through People

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one. another."    John 13:34

Stephen Ministry is a program that equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian one to one care to those who are experiencing a crisis or life challenge.

  • Stephen Ministers first complete 50 hours of training to learn caring ministry skills such as, active listening, identifying and expressing feelings, setting boundaries and being assertive. 
  • They will not tell you what you should do, or how you should feel, but they will walk with you as long as needed. 

There are times when each of us needs the care of another person, a Christian friend who can listen to us as we struggle with life's many issues.   Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry so that those who are receiving care can be sure that their identity and what goes on in the caring relationship will remain private. If you are struggling with something in your life we invite you to seek out a Stephen Minister and begin the process of healing as you walk through this journey of faith with a friend in Christ.   For more information on how to receive care or how to become a Stephen Minister, please contact the Church Office.

NOW accepting NEW people to train to be

Stephen Ministers. 

Training will be on Monday afternoons for 25 weeks starting in September. Please email pete@sierrapres.com for more info.


Have you ever wanted to grow in your Christian faith and have fellowship?  That is what a GROWTH GROUP offers.  There are a large number of such groups in SPC, and some existing ones have openings.  The groups operate in a wide variety of ways.  All are based in Biblical studies but those can be through actual reading of the Bible or related books or DVDs that increase knowledge of the subject.  There is a Small Group library in Ryosa Hall and you can check out selected books, study guides and DVDs.  Also, take advantage of our Church Library offerings.

Each group is independent and can choose everything from the frequency and time of meetings, the subject matter, who will facilitate.  The group also chooses where to meet.  Most of the groups meet in member's homes, rotating the hosting, or even the facilitating.

If you are interested in connecting with a GROWTH GROUP  please contact either Meryl Wilson at 477-5342 or Mary Reeve 273-0283.  The GROWTH GROUP Vision team is available to help your group with any issues that may arise.  Each group is encouraged to have a covenant and the team members can help with that.  New groups are formed as people express a need. 

prayer ministry

For many years SPC has had a Prayer Team that is trained and available to serve the needs of anyone attending the church.  Prayer for God’s healing touch in any area of your life, is offered by members from the Prayer Team after each Sunday worship service in the Prayer Room which is located directly off the Sanctuary.  On the third Sunday of each month, Prayer Stations are available in front of the Sanctuary.  All prayers are strictly confidential. If there is a need to come to your home to pray with you, members of the Prayer Team would also be available for your needs. You can call the church to set up a time during church hours or contact Linda or Dave Anderson, the Team Leaders. 

The church also has a group of people on a prayer chain that are willing to immediately pray for needs through email.  The church office can be contacted during church hours and Deni Dax will receive requests after hours.

“When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble.  I will rescue and honor them.”   Psalm 91:15


In reaping the bounties of our community, we are also called to experience events which present challenges to each of us. I am frequently reminded in my personal life journey and in my role as a therapist of the challenges daily life can bring to each of us.  As coordinator of Counseling Ministries, I have the privilege of facilitating the Grief and Loss group which addresses some of life’s most challenging events. The group meets twice monthly to provide support and growth to group members. Have you suffered a loss or the death of someone?   I invite you to consider the Grief and Loss group as an opportunity to move forward in your journey.  This ministry also offers individual therapy support to each of you or someone you may know.

Jenene Sowell, LMFT


Group Times: First and Third Thursdays

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Mentoring is a distinct way to stay spiritually strong and grow in faith.  Because followers of Christ are uniquely gifted and at different places on their faith journey, mentoring is a vital component of our discipleship ministry.

Please download our brochure for more information.

If you would like to be paired with a mentor,  you can sign up online here.



The Mission and Vision at Sierra Presbyterian Church (SPC) is to have men Discover, Follow, Love, and Share Jesus. 

Our men’s ministry programs are for seekers, new believers, and for men who already know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Men are encouraged to participate in small groups, bible studies, men’s mentoring, and to attend the Annual Men’s Retreat. Information about each of these programs is available in the sanctuary lobby or by contacting Jeff Patton at (530) 274-3245 or Pastor Mike Griffin at (530) 265-3291, ext 11.

Small Groups

There are multiple men’s small groups in SPC

Each week there are groups who regularly meet on Tuesday mornings from 6:30-8am in the Prayer Room, and another group on Thursday mornings from 8-9:30am in Room C downstairs below the sanctuary. Other groups meet on a regular basis in Lake Wildwood and Alta Sierra.  Each group welcomes men who want to grow in their knowledge, understanding, and desire to experience a growing intimate relationship with God. Each uses the Bible and/or devotional books to focus on scripture and prayer to help men grow to be more like Christ in their character and to be Godly men in their respective families and in the community.

Men’s Bible Study

Each Tuesday, a group of men meet in Ryosa Hall at 6:30am to study the Bible, pray, and enjoy fellowship with other men from SPC and community.  Coffee and a continental breakfast is also provided.

Men’s Mentoring

At times, men are called by God to bless other men in a one-on-one relationship.  Life storms can be lonely and certain men have a gift or calling to come along other men to listen and be a source of encouragement.  SPC men are already trained and waiting for the opportunity to be used by God to bless other men.  In other cases, there are men who are called to make a difference in another man’s life who needs training.  Is God calling you to be a mentor or to mentor someone else?


  • Sierra Women's Bible Study is on Thursday mornings (9am-11:15am) and runs from September to May.  We are studying Isaiah and would love for anyone to join us at any time.  The Registration Fee for the study is $25 and scholarships are available.  Sierra Bible Study is a non-denominational women's teaching ministry, where we fellowship as a group and study in small group.  Our mission is to be an outreach to all women, regardless of church affiliation, in order to encourage and uphold one another in our Christian walk through prayer and fellowship, studying the Bible, worshiping the Lord through prayer and teaching, and reaching out to our local community here in Nevada County.  Contact Betty Beason (470-9074) with questions.
  • Praisercise - Praisercise is a group of women that come together to stay healthy, both physically and spiritually.  Physical exercise consists of an hour of warm-up, active but low-impact aerobics and a period of cool down.  This hour is followed by a period of sharing and prayer time.  Many lives have been touched by the concern and caring of each other through both joyful and troubling times.  We praise God together and pray for each other.  Praisercise started in 1985 with 8 women.  Several of those women are still actively involved today and there are a total of 24 active participants.  Contact Janet Lowell today to find out more info.
  • Christian Women in Stitches - We meet once a month and make quilts for the Veteran's and other non-profits.  We also have classes to learn different quilting techniques.


We are blessed to have such a loving Library Volunteer Team and an abundance of books and DVDS.  You will find many books on the Book Sale cart. There is something for everyone...fiction, non fiction, light romantic novels, missionary stories, parental and marriage help and advice, humor for daily living and devotionals. As always, we appreciate your donations.  If you are not finding what you are looking for or would like to make a suggestion, come see the team between services. They are there to help and happy to do so.   Also for those who want more serious study, come see the table with books to complement Adult Bible Study and Pastor Mike’s sermons.  Be sure and check out the Church Library - you will be surprised by all there is to offer for all ages and reading styles.