Support Groups

Sometimes we really need each other, maybe for a little encouragement or, occasionally, a helping hand. Sometimes we just need others to pray for us. First Church knows and understands the importance of sharing life good times and bad. Therefore, we offer support groups, home visits for shut-ins, crisis intervention and emergency care in times of need.

We also offer encouragement and spiritual guidance for people who are going through the pain of divorce, unemployment, financial difficulties, or life-change uncertainties. First Church partners with Southwestern Christian Counseling Services and offers 2 complimentary visits for attending church members. In times of crisis, you may also call our 24-hour emergency hotline: 866-695-0501



Stephen Ministry is an international volunteer ministry equipping individuals to provide one-on-one Christian care to hurting people in and around the First Church community. A Stephen minister provides confidential care, support and encouragement for emotional and spiritual needs to adults experiencing an immediate crisis. 


When the hurt from the loss of a loved one won't go away, it helps to find support. GriefShare offers information on the stages of grief and support to help you through each stage.

The next session begins September 7th, 6:30-8:30 at the St. Joseph Campus.



The First Church Pastoral Care Connection is a team of about 40 people who focus on one-to-one visitation, support and care to members of the church who are home-bound or residents in nursing or extended-care facilities. Home visits occur once a month with an additional 2-3 contacts via phone calls, notes and cards. Each team member provides a one-year commitment to the ministry and is sometimes a team of couples or parent/child.