Stephen Ministry

The Stephen Ministry program is a complete system of training and organizing lay persons for caring ministry in and around their congregations.

In Stephen Ministry congregations, lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge.

This is a wonderful service to God, Central, and our community. For more information, please contact Rev. Tom Pietila (843-662-3218).


Care Giver Support Group

This is a group for people providing care for family members that cannot care for themselves. The group will offer workshops periodically to provide tips and resources. For more information, please contact Rev. Tom Pietila (843-662-3218) or speak to Connie Lee or Kay Pierson.


Grief Support

Periodically Central provides a class and support group for those who are grieving. If you are interested in participating or leading a support group or class, please contact Rev. Tom Pietila (843-662-3218).


National Alliance on Mental Illness: Family to Family
A Course of Study and Support for Families Dealing with Mental Illness

Periodically, Central will host this course, which is led by NAMI-trained teachers, including the most current information about schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder (manic depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and co-occurring brain disorders and addictive disorders as well as information about medication. The group offers support and empathy for families as well as ideas about caring for the caregivers and handling stress and worry. The course will also focus on strategies and problem solving. There is no cost, but registration is encouraged. For more information, please contact Rev. Tom Pietila (843-662-3218).


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Support Group

Central hosts this support group for families dealing with mental illness at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. There is no cost for this group.


Financial Peace University

New format – only 9 weeks!

Financial Peace University is a financial system based on the Bible and an excellent resource for families to help encourage open discussion between spouses and those that may be sharing financial responsibilities for family members. Central UMC is offering Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Classes in the winter and fall, at a reduced cost. Please watch the bulletin for details of upcoming classes. To learn more abut Financial Peace University, please contact Rev. Tom Pietila (843-662-3218) or Doug Poster.


Christian Health - Community Support Groups and Classes

Central will partner with community groups, such as the Senior Citizens Association, to offer classes for our members and the community that are easy to attend, and are free or offered at a reduced cost. We also offer information on classes that are being held in the community that will provide information for healthy living. Better Choices, Better Health is an example of one of these programs, offered at Central in the spring, as is the Understanding Dementia class offered by the Methodist Manor and the Multiple Myeloma Support group. Please contact Rev. Tom Pietila (843-662-3218) to find out more about these classes and groups, or to see if your group might be a good fit to partner with Central.

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