The Congregational Care Ministry Team strives to provide opportunities for spiritual and community growth, with an emphasis on caring for people during emotionally trying times. This ministry team provides ongoing visits to the home-bound, respite care transportation ministry, and Stephen Ministers for confidential, one-on-one Christian care.
Support groups, special worship services, and workshops are offered for the benefit of our congregation as well as members of the community.
Central has an active prayer group that prays for others. The group prays individually and meets to pray communally before our Prayer and Communion Service on Thursdays at 12:00 noon.
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.
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.
Periodically Central provides a class and support group for those who are grieving.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 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.
NAMI 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.
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.