ABIDE Respite Ministry

Offering care to those with dementia & their caregivers

Where does the name come from?

"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."
John 15:4-5, ESV

When will Abide launch?

May 16, 2023

What will the schedule be?

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10am-2pm in The Oak Street Center.

What will the day consist of for the participants?

Pet therapy, music therapy, art, lunch, worship, and friendship!

How will abide support caregivers?

During our twice weekly gathering, we encourage caregivers to rest and enjoy time on their own while we offer quality care for their loved one . In addition, a monthly support group will be offered to caregivers. 

How can people support ABIDE?

We are accepting volunteers and donations. 

If you are interested in registering a loved one to be in this ministry, 

applications will be available April 2023. 

For more information about registration, volunteering, or anything else concerning ABIDE, contact Susan Chill. 

(423)756-2021 | schill@firstcentenary.com

Susan Chill


Susan Chill is a graduate of UTC School of Social Work.  She began her professional career in 2001 as a social worker with Hospice Chattanooga and later served as Director of Social Services for Alexian Village of TN.  In 2014, she co-founded and served as Executive Director for St. Alexius Outreach Ministries to discern and implement new outreach ministries for vulnerable older adults. In 2022, she accepted a position as Regional Director for UTC School of Nursing INDEED initiative, traveling across the state to empower faith-based communities in the care of vulnerable older adults.  
Susan looks forward to working together to build a community of respite for those experiencing memory loss and those who care for them.  Please reach out for more information on how you can be a part of this new ministry!