Congregational Care

Our Congregational Care Ministry develops, implements and oversees ministries which provide compassion, care and support to members.

The following ministries, under the umbrella of this ministry, offer special Christian nurturing, loving and caring.

Bereavement Ministry:

The purpose of this committee is to serve as an arm of the church to assist families who experience the loss of family members. Assistance may be in the form of a meal, reception, assistance with visitation or other assistance as deemed appropriate and agreed upon by the family and Bereavement Committee. The Bereavement Committee offers assistance to families of church members who experience the death of a spouse or a child OR when the deceased was a member of the church. The only exception to the above policy must be approved by the senior minister and the bereavement coordinator.

Journeying Through Grief book sets:

A set of four short books is delivered to those during the difficult first year after losing a spouse or child.  Church members losing other relations who are particularly struggling with the grief process may also be referred by our Ministers or FUMC Stephen Leader. These four books are delivered in person 1) within 3 weeks after death, 2) three months after death, 3) six months after death and 4) eleven months after death- just before the 1st anniversary.

Lay Visitation Ministry:

Lay Visitation is a ministry where Lay volunteers are matched with Church members who are homebound or cannot get to Church over long periods of time. Many receive monthly visits, others prefer monthly phone calls or cards instead of personal visits. Volunteers select whatever day and time works best for them and the one visited.

Our Lay Visitation ministry can always use more volunteers (men and women of all ages) because our list often changes with an increase of members’ declining health and/or accidents.  Also, if you are especially creative and would like to help make gifts for those we visit, we welcome your participation. If you would like to help, please call our Church office at 706-884-4635 or email who will get you in touch with our Lay Visitation Coordinator.

Prayer Ministry:

Our Church’s Prayer Ministry meets weekly to pray confidentially for our Congregation, our members’ special concerns, our Church leadership, our community, country leaders and world peace.  They also give praise for thanksgivings and joyful events, such as births, new members, graduations, and confirmations.  Personal notes are sent for compassion, sympathy, or celebration.   Come join us Thursdays in the Resource Center (former library) 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

We care about our family and their prayer concerns. We offer three different ways you can submit your confidential prayer requests: 1) Call the Church office at 706-884-4635, 2) Email at or 3) Complete the online form located on the front page of our website and look for the praying hands.

Resource Center:

The Resource Center, our revamped library, provides: 1) resources for the congregation, group leaders, Sunday School teachers, and the Stephen Ministry team, 2) a storage place for our Church historical records, 3) reference books not easily available elsewhere and 4) a networking of resources from Sunday School classes, bible studies, United Methodist Women, prayer groups and youth ministries.

The Resource Center is set up in four sections: Reference, Congregational Care, Church Archives and Curriculum.  The Resource Center accepts only new or gently used books as donations and encourages classes and study groups to donate their material for sharing with others in the congregation.

Stephen Ministry:

Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry where Christ cares for people through people. Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who receive special training to provide this Christian care to people (care receivers) in our congregation and community. Care receivers are those experiencing grief through losing a loved one, divorce, hospitalization, disability, job loss and many other life difficulties. Stephen Ministers develop strong relationships with their care receivers over time and provide care, prayer, encouragement, along with emotional and spiritual support.

Stephen Ministers are recruited, trained, and provided continuing education by a specially trained Stephen Leader. The church currently has 6 Stephen Ministers who can provide one on one confidential caring to members of the congregation and individuals outside the congregation.

To recommend someone to receive one-to-one confidential care from one of our Stephen Ministers or if you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please call our Church office at 706-884-4635 or email

For more information about this ministry, click HERE.