Platte Woods United Methodist Church has a number of ministries designed to provide special care to those who need support. From counseling to special opportunities for families to prayer ministries, we strive to cover those needs that arise in the lives of our congregation. For more information about congregation care, please contact Vicki Krehbiel, M.S., L.P.C., PWUMC director of Counseling.

Care Ministries

Care Night Logo -- croppedCARE Nights

PWUMC offers a variety of support groups and classes on Thursday evenings. Ranging from grief support to anxiety workshops and beyond, these groups will be open to church members as well as the community as a whole. Our director of Counseling Ministries, Vicki Krehbiel, MS, LPC, oversees these activities.


The Birdhouse Project
Thursdays, March 30-April 27  from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.
This spring the grief support group will meet jointly with the Hope & Healing support group. Together we will be using our HANDS to WALK through the journey of healing. Each participant will build a Birdhouse as we rebuild our lives after a season of struggle. The Birdhouse Project support group will combine the project created by Kris G. Munsch along with the healing words of Dr. Alan Wolfelt from his book “Understanding Your Grief”. We will explore the 6 needs of mourning as we create a lasting reminder of God’s creative power even in the midst of struggle. Woodworking skills are not required for the group. The wood is pre-cut and the nails and screws are provided. Cost is #10. Register
Facilitators:  Vicki (Dale) Krehbiel, Director of Counseling and Stephanie Womack, Counseling Intern along with Colleen Van Nostran, Care Team Member

Recovery Group
A recovery group for people in recovery and healing, led by Dr Al Starno, and is using the “BEST IDEAS” journaling format. An informal discussion group on what works for you in your recovery and what does not work for you in your recovery. Learn what “BEST IDEAS” is and how to put it to work in bringing about life changes. Improving relationships and mending bridges are crucial goals in recovery, so those topics will be covered as well. Learn and share with other people in recovery, to bring about mutual support, recovery, and healing. This ongoing group meets on Care Night Thursdays at 6:30 pm.

Anxiety Group
This 8-week skill building class is free and open to adults 18 and over. Book will be provided.
Facilitators: Sharmalee Pauling & Lori Dunlap

Our counseling ministry is unique in that we have a full-time Licensed Professional Counselor on staff here at Platte Woods Church. Vicki Krehbiel, M.S., L.P.C., is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a National Board-Certified Counselor. She has 20 years of experience in dealing with issues such as marital conflict, domestic violence, grief, adolescent struggles, depression, divorce and parenting issues. Vicki is available to provide counseling for individuals, couples, families and groups. Counseling is set up by contacting Vicki directly for a consultation.

Congregational Care Ministry
Congregational Care encompasses care of the lives entrusted to us through connection to Platte Woods United Methodist Church. Our Congregational Care Team might:

  • prepare a couple for marriage,
  • visit seniors in assisted living,
  • provide meals for those recuperating from surgery,
  • design and send cards for the card care ministry,
  • facilitate support groups,
  • help coordinate blood drives,
  • develop a Vets care ministry,
  • offer prayer for those in hospitals,
  • and much more.

Please contact the church office for more information about this ministry.

Prayer Ministry

O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant … Nehemiah 1:11

PWUMC has a vibrant Prayer Ministry. We offer ongoing prayer teams and prayer for special events. For more information about Prayer Ministries, please contact  Nancy Liston.

Pastors’ Prayer Team
The Pastors’ Prayer Team is a team of people who have committed to pray for pastors every day. Members of this team are given a specific scripture to pray each day. The team meets two times a year to pray together for our pastors. Pastors attend the team prayer meetings, and are encouraged to call or email their team whenever they have specific requests.

Cancer Prayer Team
The Cancer Prayer Team is a caring group of people who believe prayer makes a big difference in the lives and treatment of cancer patients. This team meets monthly to pray with and for cancer patients. Team members pray daily for a short list of cancer patients, and their doctors and caregivers.

“Threads of Faith” Prayer Shawl Ministry
“Threads of Faith” Prayer Shawl Ministry is a way to offer tangible evidence to those for whom we are praying. The common threads of fashioning a prayer shawl produce more than just a shawl, as it engages the knitters and crocheters in prayer on behalf of others.

Prayer Pods
Small groups who pray together with focus. Contact Nancy Liston for more details.

Prayer Chain
Help carry one another’s burdens … Galatians 6:2. If you desire immediate prayer support, please send a brief text (816-392-9272) or email to Kristi Weatherford. These requests will be prayed for by a dedicated team as they are received and kept in confidence among the prayer chain.

Goal of the PWUMC Prayer Ministry

      • To be a church where prayer is the center of everything that we do
      • To develop a hunger among all members to grow in the discipline and understanding of prayer
      • To educate each member of the congregation in the meaning and necessity of “praying without ceasing”
      • To glorify God as He responds to the prayers of His people
    • Congregational Prayer Concerns, 4-16