Groups & Classes
Our Care Ministry provides multiple groups and classes through the year, focusing on wellness and spiritual well-being. The following groups are available now. For more information about any of these groups, please contact Vicki Krehbiel, director of Counseling.
Single Mom’s Group
Wednesdays, 6:15-7:45 p.m.
All single moms are invited to this Christ-centered support group. This group offers a place where a single mom will find a community of caring women who will love her unconditionally, accept her as she is and support her with true and lasting friendship. Childcare is available through the WOW Kids program, and the group is open to the community. If you know someone who would appreciate this kind of support, please invite them.
Loss of a Loved One
Wednesdays, 6:15-7:45 p.m., January 8-February 26 or
Thursday mornings, January 30 – February 27 (no group on Feb. 20), 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
The PWUMC Care Team is offering a support group for those who have experienced a loss. The group is designed to provide compassion and support for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Together we will explore the emotions and experiences that accompany the death of a loved one. The group helps provide assurances, guidance and hope for healing. This is an open group so you are welcome to join at any time. There is no fee, however, registrations are appreciated for planning purposes. Register by contacting Vicki Krehbiel.
Grief Fellowship Group
(This group meets monthly at a local restaurant.)
You are invited to a time of fellowship for those who have lost a loved one. Rather than offering a formal class or support group, our Care Ministry Team is offering an opportunity to fellowship with others who have experienced a loss.
The next gathering will be February 12 at the Red Apple Diner at 6:00. The address is 211 NW Barry Road, KCMO 64155. This is an open group. Come when you can. Everyone is welcome.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Vicki Krehbiel so we can ensure enough room is saved at the restaurant.
Empty/Emptying Nesters Fellowship
Are you missing the duty of chauffeuring your child to and from various sports activities or music lessons? Now that you don’t have to attend games and recitals are you feeling a little lost as to what to do with your time? Have we got an idea for you! Explore the opportunities that lie ahead as you rediscover your faith, your personal identity and your new family identity now that your children are launching from home. Pastor Steve and Cindy Breon lead this group. Contact Cindy Breon for more information.
Our counseling ministry is unique in that we have a full-time Licensed Professional Counselor on staff here at Platte Woods UMC. 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 25 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.
Platte Woods United Methodist Church offers a variety of ministries designed to provide compassionate support to those struggling with relationships, spiritual questioning, and emotional issues. We also seek to make available opportunities for growth in these areas.
We believe persons with healthy relationships who choose to follow Jesus are in a good position to be equipped to care for others. We provide training to visit the sick and lonely; to pray with others; and how to provide the best care possible. One of the ways we show care is through prayer. We offer a variety of ways for people to pray for each other. For more information about congregational care, please contact Pastor Britton Fields.
Congregational Care Team
Congregational Care encompasses care of the lives entrusted to us through connection to PWUMC. 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,
- offer prayer for those in hospitals,
- pray for those who request it.
Blankets of Hope Ministry
Blankets of Hope is a group that meets to make blankets that are given to a variety of people, from new babies to those in the hospital. No specific skill level is required: members range from those who know how to sew to those who do pinning and designing. The group is open to everyone! There are two times available each month:
- Second Tuesdays of each month, 1-2:30 p.m.
- Third Wednesdays of each month, 7-8:30 p.m.
For more information, please contact Anne Bartholow.
O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant … — Nehemiah 1:11
We offer ongoing prayer teams and prayer for special events. For more information about Prayer Ministries, please contact Pastor Britton Fields.
Praying: People, Places, Problems, Praises
“You are in my prayers.” Some people say it. Others write it. PWUMC has a place for you to engage in prayer. The Prayer Room is open for you to share your joys and concerns; to follow a guided prayer process by rotating among the eight individual prayer stations; or to kneel and pray at the prayer bench. Prayer resources are also available. All are welcome. Let us join together in being people who pray when we say, “You are in my prayers.”
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. — Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)
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. They pray for the pastors every Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. in the Prayer Room. The team also 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 offers 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. The shawls are given to those in the hospital, as well as others who are in need of some tender loving care.
Small groups who pray together with focus. Contact Pastor Britton Fields for more details.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. — Colossians 4:2 (NIV)
If you have a prayer request, please leave a message at 816-741-2972, ext. 204. The prayer team will keep your request in confidence. During worship, there is the opportunity to write prayer requests on the tear-off in the bulletin to place in the offering plate. You may indicate the level of confidentiality you prefer.
Goals 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 be in relationship with Jesus by naming concerns, confessions and joys as well as by listening.