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Congregational Care at Topeka First UMC
As a community of faith, we each have the privilege and responsibility to care for each other. It is the responsibility of our church family to work alongside the pastor to ensure people at all stages of life receive the care of Christ’s love. This helps us carry out our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
While we strive to ensure quality congregational care to all persons connected to our faith community, we can only be sure that happens when we are told. Please do not rely on us hoping to find out. If you are aware of a need, call the church office at 233-8100 or email our Director of Congregational Care, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have many on-going volunteer opportunities as well as occasional special events. If you are interested in receiving or participating in any of these ministries, please contact Beth Evans.
Hospital Visitation (These visits have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19)
We have a team that visits both Topeka hospitals Monday through Friday.
When patients enter through the Emergency Room it can take up to three days to appear on the hospital admissions list. Therefore, it is helpful for the patient or someone close to them, to call the church office upon admission.
We have a dedicated group of “prayer warriors” who pray daily for individuals that are shared through Prayer Requests on Sunday morning, the Connection Card, though the website, or have contacted the church office.
Prayer Chain Team
Our congregation has individuals who were at one time active in our faith community but due to age, health or transportation, they are no longer able to attend on Sunday mornings. Through a group of faithful volunteers, our homebound members are visited at least monthly.
Our shawls are intended to be a reminder of God’s ever-present love. Shawls are given in times of sadness, times of concern, as well as times of joy and celebration. Each shawl is hand made by women in our church and while they knit or crochet them, they say prayers for the receiver.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Blood Pressure Checks
(This service has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19)
On the third Sunday of every month, we have two nurses available to check blood pressures between the worship services in the Library.
We also have trained medical staff available at the Community Luncheon on the last Wednesday of each month from 11:30-12:30 in the Celebration Room.
Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who listen, care, pray, encourage and provide emotional and spiritual support to people going through a crisis or a difficult time. Stephen Ministers receive special training to provide one-to-one Christian care to people experiencing challenges in life–grief, loneliness, divorce, hospitalization, disability, job loss, and many other life difficulties.
Call the church office if you are interested in joining the Stephen Ministry program or would like to be put in touch with one of our Stephen Ministers.
In addition to the one-on-one care, Stephen Ministers are available every Sunday at the end of each worship service to pray individually with anyone who comes that morning with something heavy on their heart.
As part of Stephen Ministry resources, our church provides Journeying through Grief which is a set of four short books that are given to grieving people at four crucial times during the first year after they have lost a loved one. Each of the four books focuses on the feelings and issues a person is likely to be experiencing during their difficult first year.
As a way to support persons who have lost someone, the Stephen Ministry program offers two programs in the fall and winter:
Surviving the Holidays is a support study for those who lost a loved one during the past year. This support study can lessen the emotional impact by learning what to expect and how to plan for the holiday. This study is offered early in November on a Saturday morning.
Service of Comfort and Hope is a worship service during the season of Advent for those who are struggling during the Christmas season due to loss. The worship service is offered mid-December in the evening.