Grief Recovery Ministry
Persons who have lost loved ones to death are on a journey that is often frightening, painful, and lonely. To be "bereaved" literally means to be torn apart. No words, written or spoken, can take away the pain. First United Methodist Church offers a six week educational and support workshop series about grief and mourning to help bereaved individuals explore and understand their grief and to help them on their journeys of healing. The workshop series is scheduled in the fall and in the spring and is open to the community. The content is based on the work of grief educator, Dr. Alan Woffelt. Contact the office for more details (765) 643-6977 or .

Hospital Visitation
One of the pastors visits hospitalized parishioners daily and offers prayer and encouragement. Call the church office to communicate upcoming surgeries and hospitalizations.

Homebound and Shut-In Ministry
Brenda Taylor makes regular visits to parishioners who are confined to their homes or to nursing homes to offer prayer and encouragement. He also oversees a team of volunteers who deliver a C.D. and bulletin of the weekly worship service to shut-ins.

Our church strongly believes in the power of prayer. Prayer requests are shared on an email and a telephone prayer chain and a prayer list in the bulletin each week. Please communicate prayer requests by calling the church office or by writing in the "Glad you are here" form in the worship service. Prayer requests are only shared by permission of the recipient.

Stephen Ministry
This ministry connects specially trained members of the congregation with people experiencing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministers offer high-quality, one-to-one listening and support to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Confidentiality is an important part of the support.