Platte Woods Church shares the celebrations, sorrows, and challenges of life with one another in a community of faith. Through prayer, support, and opportunities for growth, we endeavor to meet the spiritual, emotional, and relational needs of the community.
Platte Woods Care Team offers a variety of care ministries designed to provide compassionate support to the congregation and our local community.
Community Care (CCM)
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 the Community Care Ministry, please contact Vicki Krehbiel.
Community Care Ministry (CCM) Team
The Community Care Ministry (CCM) is a laity-centered person-to-person care ministry. We believe persons with healthy relationships who choose to follow Jesus are in a good position to be equipped to care for others. CCM provides training to visit the sick and lonely; to pray with others; and how to provide the best spiritual support and care possible.
Trained and commissioned by the church, CCM volunteers* participate in the following ministries:
- pray daily for the assigned care-receivers.
- contact and/or visit the assigned seniors or homebound congregants.
- deliver home communion**
- provide meals for those recuperating from surgery.
- design and/or send prayer cards
- facilitate support groups
* All CCM volunteers are trained and certified by the Safe Gathering office of the Missouri Conference of UMC. CCM ministries are operated under the supervision of Platte Woods pastors and Care staff.
** The elements of home communion are consecrated in a Platte Woods Communion Service.
Special Prayer Teams
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. Prayer requests may be submitted by completing the prayer request form. If you would like to join the team, contact Vicki Krehbiel.
“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. For more information, please contact Vicki Krehbiel.
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 30 years of experience. Vicki relies on this experience as well as years of networking with other counselors in the Northland to make appropriate referrals to mental health providers in our area.
For counseling or a referral, contact Vicki Krehbiel for a consultation.
Support Groups & Classes
Platte Woods Church provides multiple groups and classes through the year, focusing on wellness and spiritual well-being. For more information about any of these groups, please contact Vicki Krehbiel, director of Counseling.
Living With Loss Support Group
The Living with Loss Support Group provides support and connection to anyone going through a season of grief.
No registration needed if attending in person. We will meet you at the front door. If you would prefer to attend via Zoom, request your link here.
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality/Relationship Class
“It’s impossible to be spiritually mature, while remaining emotionally immature.” Peter Scazzero
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (EHS) class offers a road map for your emotionally healthy spirituality and relationship with others as a follower of Jesus.
In the class, you learn:
- How to identify emotionally unhealthy spirituality;
- How to grow your soul through grief and loss; and,
- How to develop into an emotionally mature adult.