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 through November 11, 7-8 p.m.
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.
Living With Loss Support Group
Wednesdays, October 7-November 11, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
PWUMC Parking Lot
The PWUMC Care Team is offering a support group for those who have experienced a loss. The group is designed to help educate and comfort those who are grieving a loss, and to know that you are not alone. 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. On October 7, we will meet in the parking lot at 6:00. We will take some time to show group members how to log in to a Zoom meeting, so if this is something you struggle with, please bring your technology (phone, iPad or computer) and we will help you get logged in. Beginning October 14, we will meet through Zoom since it gets dark earlier. Register by contacting Vicki Krehbiel.
Rebuilding After Divorce Support Group
Tuesdays through November 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
PWUMC Parking Lot & Zoom
Learning to navigate life on your own after a relationship break up can be rough. Our Rebuilding study provides benchmarks to help you know you are on a healthy path as well as providing social support along the way. The group is open to anyone who has experienced a relationship breakup, and new members to the group will be welcome through September 29. Childcare will not be provided this session.
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.
Our Community Care Team is holding a Basic Training starting October 1. For more information, visit our Event Page.
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 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,
- 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.
O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant … — Nehemiah 1:11
Online Prayer Request Form
We offer ongoing prayer teams and prayer for special events. For more information about Prayer Ministries, please contact Pastor Choongho Kwon.
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 Choongho Kwon for more details.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. — Colossians 4:2 (NIV)
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.
In Need of Care or Help?
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.