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.
Living With Loss Support Group
Next Session: March 9 through April 20, 6-7 pm — REGISTER
This group meets in person and on Zoom for the convenience of all our participants. We offer education and support for anyone going through a season of grief. We will use the book “Life After Loss.” Participants are encouraged to purchase these on their own. There is no fee for this group. Our Grief and Loss groups have been a part of Care Ministry for at least 15 years. If you are interested in training to serve as a group facilitator contact Vicki Krehbiel.
Single Mom’s Group
Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m. — RESUMES APRIL 2022
Via Zoom — Contact Vicki Krehbiel for more information
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. The group is open to the community and you can join at any time. If you know someone who would appreciate this kind of support, please invite them.
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 directly for a consultation.
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 Pastor Choongho Kwon.
Community Care Ministry Team
The Community Care Ministry encompasses care of the lives entrusted to us through connection to PWUMC and our local community. Our Community Care Team might:
- prepare a couple for marriage through our Marriage Mentor team,
- visit seniors in assisted living and homebound congregants,
- provide meals for those recuperating from surgery,
- design and send cards for the card care ministry,
- facilitate support groups,
- offer prayer for those in hospitals and for those dealing with a cancer diagnosis,
- deliver home communion,
- provide programs for strengthening healthy relationship.
For more information, please contact Anne Bartholow.
As COVID-19 (coronavirus) affects an increasing number of people in our community, Platte Woods UMC is committed to providing care and help. Please complete our online form so that we can provide as much support as we are able. Our team of care workers will follow up with you as soon as possible.
O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant … — Nehemiah 1:11
Prayer TeamOnline Prayer Request Form
We offer ongoing prayer teams and prayer for special events. For more information about Prayer Ministries, please contact Pastor Choongho Kwon.
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)
Sanctuary Prayer (Sunday Morning Prayer Time)
Sundays, 8:50-9:20 a.m. in the Sanctuary
“Sanctuary Prayer” is a new prayer meeting for those who are at Platte Woods UMC on Sunday mornings. You can prepare your heart for worship through devotion guided by a pastor and have a personal time of prayer before you go to worship or a small group.
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.
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 God by naming concerns, confessions and joys as well as by listening.