Providing support during times of need

Advent Care Ministry offers several different support groups available to all in the Advent family. We know that life gives us challenges and sometimes the best way to overcome them is with the strength and support of a caring group.


We love to hear about the wonderful things happening in the lives of our Advent family. Please use the link below to let us know how we can rejoice in your blessings.


We believe in the power of prayer and would we love to pray for you. Please use the link below to let us know how we can pray for you in all of life’s circumstances.

Advent Care Team

The Advent Care Team (ACT) is designed to provide support in a variety of ways to people in the congregation who are sick, grieving, or have encountered other circumstances that require a little extra love and care. ACT is a relatively large team, headed by Pastor Rachel, that has a lot of smaller teams within it. Those teams include:

  • Bread Team: Delivers breads or cookies
  • Prayer Team: Prays for the church, our members, and other prayer requests submitted.
  • Prayer Shawl Team: Knitting shawls, throws and prayer squares to offer comfort, hope and love to those in need.
  • Flower Team: Arranges and delivers leftover flowers from church events to those needing cheer
  • Grief Booklet Team: Sends quarterly grief booklets to those who have lost an immediate family member
  • Card Team: Sends cards or handwritten notes


Christ caring for people through people

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers – called Stephen Ministers – to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

Stephen Ministers are laypeople who have trained 50 hours to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life. The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.

A Stephen Minister is there to provide the emotional and spiritual care you need when you are facing a crisis or difficulty with things like:

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Hospitalization
  • Divorce or separation
  • Loneliness or discouragement spiritual crisis
  • Unemployment or a job crisis
  • Separation due to military deployment
  • Terminal illness
  • Aging
  • Chronic illness
  • Relocation
  • Birth, adoption, or miscarriage
  • Infertility
  • Recovery after an accident or disaster


After the funeral, you are still grieving but you may not be sure where to turn for guidance and help. That’s the reason for the Advent Grief Support Group and GriefShare series. GriefShare is a video-based program led by caring people who have experienced grief and have successfully rebuilt their lives. The counselors and participants understand how you feel because they have been in the same place. Our Grief Support Group will walk with you on the long path through grief toward healing and hope for the future. The program features video seminars with experts, support group discussion with focus, and personal study and reflection.

This support group is open not only to members of Advent but to any in our community. Our Grief Support Group generally meets on Monday evenings. The times during the year in which GriefShare is offered is dependent on the needs of our congregation and community.

Caregiver Support

The group is designed to provide caregivers with emotional, educational, and social support on a monthly basis. All caregivers, regardless of the diagnosis or level of disability of your loved one are welcome.

Fresh Hope for Mental Health Support Group

Fresh Hope is a peer-to-peer Christ-centered wellness approach for those who suffer from mental illness and for their loved ones. This approach, connecting faith and recovery principles, empowers and encourages individuals to live full and rich lives in spite of their diagnosis. The Fresh Hope group meets on the last Thursday of each month at 7:00pm.