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If you, a loved one, or friend, are undergoing an illness, grief, divorce, or other life-changing situation, we are here to help. We have many caring ministries that can provide opportunities for prayer and healing. Contact Rev. Teresa Holt, 501-623-6668, ext 116 for more information.

Hospital Visitation: Our pastoral staff and Stephen Ministers visit the hospital daily on weekdays. Contact the church office if you know of someone who is currently in the hospital and in need of pastoral care. To email a patient, at the hospital, please click here.

Stephen Ministry: Our Stephen Ministers are provided extensive training to be a listening ear for someone who is suffering, lonely or in need of special attention. Stephen Ministers are not counselors but instead a Christian presence to be with someone during difficult times. Our Stephen Ministers also provide hospital visitation, volunteer to pray with our Open Arms Food Pantry guests, and are volunteer chaplains for community help organizations. If you would like a Stephen Minister for you or someone you know, contact the church office. (501) 623-6668

Knitwits: This wonderful ministry meets once a month and many in our church provide these handmade items as a tangible representation of love to those undergoing difficult situations as well as young babies and their families. The Knitwits supply prayer shawls for those who are suffering illness or grief and are prayed over by those creating and those delivering the shawl; crocheted and knitted hats are provided to the Genesis Cancer Center and anyone who is undergoing chemotherapy; Baby Blankets are given to the family of babies or young children who are baptized in our church; and Layette sets are provided to community organizations who assist young mothers. To recommend someone for a prayer shawl, contact the church office. or Teresa Holt.

Anointing Ministry: Every Communion Sunday, Anointers are available at the front of the Sanctuary to anoint during communion. You may ask for healing for you, family member, or friend. All healing is of God. The Church's healing ministry in no way detracts from the gifts God gives through medicine and psychotherapy. It is no substitute for either medicine or the proper care of one's health. Rather, it adds to our total resources for wholeness. God does not promise that we shall be spared suffering but does promise to be with us in our suffering. Trusting that promise, we are enabled to recognize God's sustaining presence in pain, sickness, injury, and estrangement. Likewise, God does not promise that we will be cured of all illnesses; and we all must face the inevitability of death. A Service of Healing is not necessarily a service of curing, but it provides an atmosphere in which healing can happen. The greatest healing of all is the reunion or reconciliation of a human being with God. When this happens, physical healing sometimes occurs, mental and emotional balance is often restored, spiritual health is enhanced, and relationships are healed. For the Christian the basic purpose of spiritual healing is to renew and strengthen one's relationship with the living Christ.

Prayer Team: Our Prayer Team meets each week on Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m., to pray over concerns expressed by our members and guests. They regularly touch base with those who have requested prayer and are dedicated in their daily prayer life to pray for you. If you have a prayer concern for you or someone else, you can submit it by a prayer card, located in the pews or registration books on Sunday (to be placed in the offering plate) or by email, prayer@fumchs.com.

Checkmates: Checkmates are volunteers who provide a friendly phone call or visit to those in our congregation who have returned from the hospital or who are homebound. We will be expanding this program in the next six months and need volunteers to call or visit. If you would like to receive training and participate in this ministry, contact Teresa at the church office

Support Groups We provide small study support groups from time to time. Check out or Adult Discipleship classes or contact Teresa Holt for more information.

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