Care & Support

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Prayer
Stephen Ministry
S.A.I.N.T. Ministry
Knit Wits
Emotions Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous

A Conversation with God

To many, prayer seems complicated but it’s simply talking. Spending time in prayer is the best way to develop and grow our relationship with God.  



Prayer



We believe prayer changes lives.

Count your minutes spent daily in one or more prayer disciplines.  See where you are now, set a goal and see how God blesses your increased time with Him.

Seek the Lord your God and you will find him if you search after Him with all your heart and soul.  Deuteronomy 4:29


Opportunities for intentional conversation with God:

  1. Pray for our church: Pray for our church, our pastors and leaders, the ministries and the members of this church. Opportunities to pray include using the Prayer Request list, found in the bulletin insert..
  2. Pray with the pastors: Join with the pastors to lift them in prayer before the Sunday worship services at 7:45 AM, 9:15 AM, or 10:45 AM. Go to the Serve page to volunteer.
  3. Tuesday morning prayer group (Intercessory Prayer): Gather to pray for requests received from Sunday worship services, our Internet prayer room, prayer@vbumc.org, and a variety of other sources. This group meets each week at 7:30am. Confidentiality is observed.

Prayer Request

Are you scared, feeling alone, faced with a difficult decision? Experiencing illness, anticipating surgery? We want to pray for you. Please fill out the info below.

Thanks for letting us pray for you.

 

Want to talk with a pastor?

Rev. Ralph Rowley and Rev. Benson McGlone, 757-428-7727

Interested in a Stephen Minister?

Sue Shepheard, 757-481-4108

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Stephen Ministry


Stephen Ministry offers a one-on-one caring ministry by trained members of our congregation. It is an extension of pastoral care for those experiencing difficult life circumstances. God never intended for us to go through these experiences alone.  Every week, a Stephen Minister will meet with you privately and confidentially to listen, care, encourage, support and reflect Christ’s presence in your life.

Contact: Rosemarie Hughes, rhughes87@cox.net, 757-453-6235. or go to www.stephenministries.org.



To Receive a Caregiver

Women’s referrals: Zane Hoy, 757-301-9926
Men’s referrals: Dave Moore, h 757-351-3413 

Continuing Education Series

2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:15pm, Room S310

The education sessions are opportunities to meet our Stephen Ministers and find out more about the ministry. If you feel that you are being called to join this ministry, you are especially invited to be present.  All are welcome!  Check out our event calendar to see details on a specific session.

Consider Becoming a Stephen Minister

Next training class:  Fall 2017



S.A.I.N.T. (Senior Adults in Need Team) Ministry

S.A.I.N.T. (Senior Adult In Need Team) is a one on one contact/outreach ministry dedicated to our frail, elderly, home-bound residents of assisted living and nursing homes.  This is a concrete expression of the “hands and feet” of Jesus, offering care that allows volunteers to use their interest, gifts, and available time.  Our goal is for all our S.A.I.N.T.s to be connected to a team of two or three adults who offer consistent (weekly/monthly) encouragement through engaging relationships.

Opportunities for building engaging relationships include:senior visit 2

  • visitation
  • sending notes/cards
  • outings
  • transportation
  • yard/house work
  • errands
Contact:  Harriet Doub, harrietd@bhhstowne.com

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:3-5


Knit Wits

Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00pm, Parlor – September through May

Why would you want to get involved?  Here’s what our Knit Wits are saying :

  • Has given me a whole new appreciation for “praying without ceasing” as we pray before, after, and silently as we craft regardless of where we are.
  • Knitting is way of expressing my creative side as I select yarns and patterns.
  • Sharing in persons’ stories of pain and sadness and seeing their expressions as they receive their shawl has become a very precious blessing.
  • Knit Wits provides a purpose for my love of knitting & an outlet for items I knit in the form of a ministry to others.
  • Attending the meetings are a peaceful end to a busy day among other women who have become wonderful friends.

 Over 900 prayer shawls have been crafted and given away since we began October 2005!025

The vision of the Knit-Wit’s is to be the hands of Jesus:  “The yarn forms the stitches, the knitting forges the friendships, the craft links the generations and prayer weaves Christ’s love…thus our hands become Jesus’ hands.”

Prayer shawls are available outside Janice Cagle’s office, just inside the office suite to the right of the main elevators.  Please note the name of your care receiver in the book by the Prayer Shawl rack so that we may pray for each person listed.

Sweaters do not have to be expensive or elaborate. Use your imagination and have fun!

For pattern, Contact:  Barb Beverly, craftynurse@aol.com or Janice Cagle, jcagle@vbumc.org, 428-7727

Emotions Anonymous

Emotions Anonymous is a 12-step support group for anyone suffering from emotional difficulties, from a short term trauma to a long term chronic issue.

Our confidential meetings are conducted by EA members.  Participation at EA meetings is voluntary – no formal membership is required and the meetings are free.  You do not have to share personal information or even say anything at all.  Give it a try.Emotions anonymous

  • Mondays, 7:00 pm, Room N101
  • Tuesdays, 1:00 pm, Room N101
Contact: Dave Moore, Sr., 757-351-3413 (home) or 757-407-2560 (cell) or visit the Emotions Anonymous website for further information.



Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymousmeets every Monday and Friday at 8:00 PM at the Potter’s House (behind Domino’s Pizza on 18th Street).