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Caring Ministries

"Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interest of others."
- Philippians 2:4

There are many opportunities at First United Methodist Church both to receive encouragement and support and to minister to others who have needs. Caring Ministries at FUMC offers help as needed and training in the ministry to others. If you would like to serve as a volunteer in any of the Caring Ministries or would like further information about any of the following ministries please fill out the online Volunteer Sign-Up Form or contact the Minister of Caring Ministries, Rev. Patty Walker at or 719.471.8522 x204. 

Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministers are laypeople who receive Christian care giving training in their congregation and then provide one-to-one care to hurting people. Stephen Ministers provide care to individuals facing a variety of crises or life challenges such as grief, divorce, cancer, financial difficulties, chronic illness, job loss, disabilities, loneliness, a spiritual crisis, or other life struggles. A new class of Stephen Ministers is usually trained every other year at FUMC. Each Stephen Minister is prepared with 50 hours of training and participates in regular peer supervision. Applications for this process may be obtained through the Minister of Caring Ministries. 

Grief Support
When a person has experienced the loss of a loved one we offer assistance and care through our Bereavement Ministers.  A book series, "Journeying Through Grief" is used during the first year to help guide and support one through the initial year of transition following a death.  Bereavement Ministers are available to meet one-on-one with folks who are grieving.  In addition, we offer an annual grief support group. 

Transportation Ministry "Wheels to Worship"
We offer a free bus riding service to church. Signing up for the riding service is easy! Just call us at (719) 471-8522 to sign up for our regular Sunday pick up service to attend the worship service or Sunday School class of your choice and we will take you back home afterwards. Our busses can only accommodate residents within 3 miles radius of the church.

Welcoming Andrew Ministers in red jackets will greet you when you arrive at church. First United Methodist Church is located at 420 N Nevada Avenue.

We can also accommodate anyone in a wheelchair or scooter who can safely board and ride our buses. Please let us know if you have any special needs when you call to sign up. 

Flowers of Love
Each Sunday after worship the altar flowers are delivered by a team, “Flowers of Love,” to church members who are hospitalized, homebound, or going through a difficult time. 

Home Communion Servers
Home-bound members are seen every month and served communion by trained communion servers in their own homes. This group of volunteers touches the lives of others by sharing one of our most sacred sacraments with them in a loving manner.

Caring for our Home-bound
This team of dedicated volunteers visits church members who have become home-bound. These caring visits demonstrate to members that we care and have the time to show them our love and concern. 

Hospital Visitation
Persons who are hospitalized and have notified the church that they are in the hospital are visited by this dedicated group of volunteers.

Health Ministry
Under the guidance of medical professionals who are also part of our congregation, we offer a number of periodic and ongoing practical health and wellness aids for our congregation, including weekly blood pressure checks on Sunday mornings and seasonal flu shots. 

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