Care Ministries

Stephen Ministry

Stephen's Ministry is a program that equips trained lay volunteers to provide distinctively one-on-one confidential Christ-centeredcare to people who are experienceing difficult times in their lives. If you would be interested in becoming a Stephen Minister or know somone who would benefit from the care of this ministry, contact Jane Ann at 225-5680. Learn more at the Stephen Ministry website.


Errand Ministry

If you are too sick to get medicine, if you are elderly and needhelp geting groceries, if you have no friends or family to help, let the ERRAND MINISTRY HELP YOU! Those needing services and those willing to serve can contact Sheri at 225-8755.


Meals Ministry

WIth the help of countless volunteers, the meals ministry provides meals for those who have been blessed with a new baby or those who have been hospitalized for a surgical procedure. This ministry has provided meals since it started in May 2004. If you are willing to help with this ministry or know of someone who would benefit from this ministry, please contact Sheri at 225-8755.
 
 

Veteran's Support

Is for individuals who have served in the military. At meetings, which are held in room 205, the 3rd Monday of each month, vets share their experiences, concerns and find support.
 
 

Prayer Ministry

Jesus said, "My house will be called a house of prayer" (Matthew 21:13). In our desire to become that House of Prayer at Aberdeen First, we have in place several prayer chains. If you wish to add a prayer request or would like to be a part of a prayer chain, please contact the church office by 
email or by phone at 605-225-5680 to be a part of this ministry.
 
Prayer Requests many be written on Connection Cards during worship OR called in to the church office.
 
Email Prayer Group prays for the requests that are specified for a prayer chain.
 
Men's Prayer Meeting is open to all men who would like to pray for the ministry of the church and requests. They meet weekly at 8:15 am Saturday in the church chapel. The prayer time is followed up with breakfast at Hardees.
 
Tuesday Prayer Meeting is open to all who wish to pray for each other, our church and requests. They meet in the back of the church sanctuary by the fireplace.
 
Dial A Devotion - call 225-9610 daily for a recorded devotional/prayer.
 
Pray for the City - 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12:00 noon. Meet inside the canopy entrance.
 
 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Shawls are made to comfort and encourage those who are weak and weary. They symbolize the healing power of God and are made with prayers and love.
 
Do you know of someone who is discouraged, sick or hurting in some way? Prayer shawls are available in the back of the sanctuary or next to the Support Office for you to pick up and give to that person. Simply take the prayer shawl, fill out the card regarding the recipient of the shawl, and leave that card in the church office. Then, take the prayer shawl to that person. Take time to pray with the person when you give it to him/her.
 
Do you knit or crochet? Please consider making a prayer shawl. Directions can be found in the church office. You can also call Priscilla Hamilton (228-9966) for any information you need about making a prayer shawl. THANKS to everyone who has been sharing these with those who are sick or hurting. We have been hearing very good reports about how comforting it is to get one of these shawls.

Caregivers Support

Is for caregivers whose loved ones are at home or who have been placed in a long-term care facility. Meetings, which provide encouragement, support, and valuable educational information are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 1:30-2:30 in the Community Room.
 
 

GriefShare

Provides healing and hope for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Participants meet on Thursday’s at 4 p.m. in the church Community Room. Sessions, which are video and discussion based, run 13 consecutive weeks from mid-Sept. to mid-December.
 
 

Divorce Care

Provides spiritual care and support to those who are separated and/or divorced. Participants meet on Wednesday’s at 7:30 p.m. in Room 209. Sessions, which are video and discussion based, run 13 consecutive weeks, from mid-September through mid-December and mid-February through late May.
 
To register and for more information, contact the First United Methodist Church at 605-225-5680.
 
 

HALOS

Is a non-denominational support group open to those 18 and older, who have lost a loved one to suicide. The purpose of the group is to provide healing and hope amongst participants in a confidential, compassionate, and non-judgmental environment.   Weekly meetings, which are facilitated by a peer (a mother who lost her son to suicide) and a licensed clinical psychologist are held Wednesday’s from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in room 205 (church’s second floor). Child care is available upon request for children from birth to age five. Childcare must be requested in advance by calling the church office at 605-225-5680.
 
 

Cancer Support

Is for those whose lives are being affected by cancer. Meetings, which provide participants with encouragement, support, and helpful information, are held the 2nd Monday of the month from 4:00-5:00 pm in room 201.
 
 
 

Chronic Pain Support

Is for individuals who share the journey of chronic pain. Participants, who offer support and encouragement to one another, meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday’s at 1:30 p.m. in the church library.
 
 

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

Is for mothers of preschoolers, who gather for fellowship, support, and inspiration. The group meets on the 2
nd and 4th
Monday of each month from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the basement dining room. Childcare is available for infants-3 years of age. Preschool activities are available for 3-5-year-olds.
 
 

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Is for individuals who wish to take off pounds sensibly. Participants, who meet on Tuesday’s from 8:00-10:00 a.m. in room 201, share their goals, challenges, and successes.
 
 

MS Support Group

Is for individuals affected by multiple sclerosis. At the group meetings, which are held the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the church Community Room, participants receive needed encouragement and support.
 
 

Widow Support Group

Is for women who have lost their spouse to death. The group meets on the last Monday of each month at 9:00 a.m. at Perkins. The monthly breakfast includes fellowship and devotion. Special outings are frequently planned.
 
 

Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers: A Path to Wellness 

A new program that is being offered at the Aberdeen First United Methodist Church. This 9-week program will be held on 

Tuesday's, March 21st-May 16th from 1:30 -3:00 p.m. in Room 205 at the church. The group will be facilitated by Jane Ann Rayman from the First United Methodist Church and Melissa Johnson from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. There is no cost for this program, however we would like those interested to  pre-register so that sufficient program materials can be ordered.  To pre-register, please call the church office at 225-5680. Please contact the church office with questions.

All groups are nondenominational and are open to new members at any time.

For more information regarding any of these groups, please contact the church office at 605-225-5680.

 
Support Group
Day/Time
Room
Cancer Support 
 
Caregivers
 
Chronic Pain Support
 
Griefshare
 
 
DivorceCare
 
 
MOPS
 
 
 
MS Support
 
HALOS: Healing After a Loved One's Suicide
 
TOPS
 
Widow Support
 
Veteran's Support Group
 
Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers: A Path to Wellness
2nd Monday each month at 4:00 pm
 
2nd Wednesday each month at 1:30
 
Tuesdays at 1:30 pm
 
Thursdays at 4:00 pm (begins September 22nd)
 
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (begins September 21st)
 
Select Mondays at 9 am-11 am
(contact the church office for more information)
 
1st Saturday of the month at 10:00 am
 
Every Wednesday at 5:30 pm (begins September 21st)
 
Tuesdays at 8:00 am
 
Last Monday each month 9:00 am
 
3rd Monday each month at 7:00 pm
 
Tuesdays - March 21st-May 16th from
1:30 -3:00 p.m.
201
 
Community Room
 
Library
 
Community Room
 
 
209
 
 
Dining Room
 
 
 
Community Room
 
205
 
 
201
 
Perkins
 
205
 
205