Care & Support

Prayer

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.

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.

Thanks for letting us pray for you.

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

Want to Talk With a Pastor?

Interested in a Stephen Minister?

Women’s referrals: Sue Shepheard, 757-481-4108
Men’s referrals: Dave Moore, h 757-351-3413.

Tuesday Morning Prayer Group/Intercessory Prayer

Weekly at 7:30am. Confidentiality is observed.
Gather to pray for requests received from Sunday worship services, our Internet prayer room, prayer@vbumc.org, and a variety of other sources.

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, 757-453-6235

www.stephenministries.org.

For more information about our Stephen Ministry program, click HERE.

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

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.

 The vision of the Knit Wits 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

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

Contact:  Barb Beverly or Janice Cagle, 428-7727

Emotions Anonymous

Tuesdays, 1:00 pm, Room N101

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.

Contact: Dave Moore, Sr., 757-351-3413 (home) or 757-407-2560 (cell)

Visit the Emotions Anonymous website for further information.Emotions anonymous