Care and Support
The Care and Support Ministries at Grace Avenue are designed to create a sense of emotional home for all.


As a part of Grace Avenue Mission to "eradicate homelessness in whatever form it presents itself" we believe the everyone needs and emotional home. Our experience teaches us that loved people love and hurt people hurt. When people have an emotional home, they thrive in their sense of well-being and vocation.

Grieving Hearts
Meets on 2nd Sundays at 4:00pm
Bride's Room
led By Chaplain Betty Brownsted

This is a monthly support group focused on persons who have lost their spouse/partner.  The group is open anyone at Grace Avenue or the wider community.

In our time together, we will learn about the on-going journey of grief, how to care for ourselves, ask for what we need, and be able to share what we miss the most. This is a free community event.

Please contact Betty Brownsted at or  Laura Echols-Richter at to get more information.

Parents of LGBTQ+ Discussion Group
2nd Wednesdays

Join us for this discussion group for parents of LGBTQ+ children. This will be a non-judgmental and confidential space where we can learn from and support each other. 

For detailed meeting time and location, email with subject line: Parent Group. 

LGBTQIA+ Support Group
2nd Sundays | 2:00pm | Bride’s Room
Facilitated by Katrina Watland

You deserve to live in a welcoming and affirming world. Yet many people in the LGBTQIA+ community experience negative mental health issues due to the prejudice and biases they face. Research shows that the biggest protective factor for LGBTQ+ people is social support. This queer support group will meet once a month with an experienced facilitator to provide a safe outlet to discuss the challenges of being queer and find a sense of community through peer-to-peer interaction. To register or for questions, email with subject line: Queer Support.

Abundant Life: A Support Ministry for those who are living with a chronic health condition
Led by Rev. Handi Jo Dolloff-Holt and Heidi Stevens

This group is breaking for the summer and will resume meeting in the fall.

Are you looking for a safe and confidential place to journey with others facing the challenges of living with chronic illness? In this support ministry we will learn about coping strategies, health advocacy, and grow from our shared journeys.  We will meet in person at 7 PM with a zoom link for those who need to participate from home.

Contact Handi Jo at for more details and to sign up for the zoom link if you need one.

Caregiver Support Group

This group is breaking for the summer and will resume meeting in the fall.

Are you a caregiver for someone with health challenges?  This groups provides  caregivers have a safe and confidential space to talk about the challenges of providing care for a loved one.  Join us and find an understanding and supportive community. 

Contact Rev. Judy Brock for more information at

Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA)
Led by PJ Hall
Saturdays at 10:30 AM 

Meets in the Prayer Room

EDA is a Twelve-Step fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders.  This is an open meeting with a rotating format with a focus on EDA literature.  For more EDA information please visit our website at: In EDA, recovery means living without obsessing on food, weight, and body image. In our eating disorders, we sometimes felt like helpless victims. Recovery means gaining or regaining the power to see our options, to make careful choices in our lives. Recovery means rebuilding trust with ourselves, a gradual process that requires much motivation and support. As we learn and practice careful self-honesty, self-care and self-expression, we gain authenticity, perspective, peace and empowerment. 

Contact with any questions.



Grace Avenue hosts grief group support sessions from Journey of Hope for children, adolescents, and their parents or adult caregivers who have lost a loved one to death. Find more information at

Sober Speak

Are you or a loved one navigating the path of recovery? Are you interested in learning more about the AA community but uncertain about attending a meeting for the first time? Sober Speak is a podcast for those in recovery, those who love someone in recovery, and those who support someone in recovery. It is a podcast where stories of the power of redemption are shared. We know our stories matter. We know sharing our stories in an honest way is important to our own mental and emotional health.  Sober Speak has become a place where stories are shared, and we discover we are not alone. Learn more at

Grace Avenue periodically hosts live Sober Speak events. Email John M. at for details about our next event.

Awakenings: Alcoholics Anonymous
Mondays & Wednesdays in the edge room

Awakenings is an ongoing AA group that meets at Grace Avenue UMC and is always welcome to new members! Contact WD Hall at for information about this group.


“In loving and appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something sacred.”   
--Fred Rogers


Care Ministries at Grace Avenue is comprised of members living out our call to love our neighbors during life’s difficult times.  We do this by offering to join with and serve both those in our congregation and the community at large through prayer, meals, transportation, connection, conversation, and worship.

Please email if you would like more information on volunteering with these ministries or if you or someone you know is in need of care.


Care Partners

Serve through committed presence at a Sunday worship service each month where you welcome members and/or visitors who need of prayer or a listening ear.


Prayer Partners

Serve through weekly commitment to praying over all prayer requests presented to the church for those in need.


Visitation Partners

Serve through visiting members of our community who are in long term care or homebound. (This includes Prairie Estates)


Meal Partners

Serve through helping in cooking and/or delivering meals to those in need.


Worship Partners

 Serve through assisting a minister in taking elements of worship to those unable to attend services on campus.


Transportation Partners

Serve through providing a ride to those with the ability and desire to attend a service but who are unable to drive themselves.


Prayer Shawl Partners

Serve through making blessing blankets and other items of comfort. Read more about the Prayer Shawl Ministry HERE.


Hospitality Partners

 Serve through assisting with all church meals as well as providing comfort in times of grief for families who have lost a loved one by helping with luncheons following funeral services.