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 need help 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 the Community Room, the 3rd Monday of each month, vets share their experiences, concerns and find support. Does not meet in the summer and will resume in the fall.

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.
Monday Prayer Meeting is open to all who wish to pray for each other, our church and requests. They meet in the church library at 6:45 pm.
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 Van Veldhuizen (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.


Provides healing and hope for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Sessions, which are video and discussion based, run 13 consecutive weeks. Contact the office at 225.5680 for upcoming sessions.

Divorce Care

Provides spiritual care and support to those who are separated and/or divorced. Sessions are self-contained, so newcomers can join the group at any time. Those of any faith may attend. Childcare is available for attendees’ children who are five or younger. Childcare must be arranged in advance by contacting the church office at 605-225-5680. Divorce Care meets Mondays from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room 209.
To register and for more information, contact the First United Methodist Church at 605-225-5680.

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 Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the room #209. Doesn’t meet during the summer but will resume in the fall.

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 Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the church Community Room, participants receive needed encouragement and support.

Widow Support Group

A monthly breakfast for widows, which includes fellowship and a devotion. 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.

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
Chronic Pain Support
MS Support
Widow Support
Veteran’s Support Group
2nd Wednesday each month at 1:30
1st & 3rd Wednesdays at 1:30 pm
Saturdays at 10:00 am 
Wednesdays at 6:00-7:30 pm 
1st Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm
Tuesdays at 8:00 am
Last Monday each month 9:00 am
3rd Monday each month at 7:00 pm
Community Room
Community Room