Care & Prayer

We all have defining moments in our lives when we experience of celebration, difficulty, or suffering. To care for you and help you move forward, Care and Prayer’s network of ministries provide emotional and practical resources: peer groups, varied one-to-one support (like calls, visits, meals or cards), counseling and Stephen Ministry referrals, and prayer. Along with faith in Christ, it is helpful to identify the circumstances underneath emotions and presenting behaviors (like grief, anger, or addiction) that may keep us isolated, stuck, or hopeless.

Help is Available

All of us experience times in our lives when we need help. You may be hurting from or rejoicing in a challenging life circumstance (like illness, grief, birth of a baby, etc.) or you may know someone who is. Below, you will find some of the ways we can help you and pray with or for you.

Care Groups

You feel alone, but you are not. There are others going through similar challenges. Find emotional and practical assistance in a peer support setting.

Care Teams

Sometimes life is overwhelming and we need a little practical assistance: someone to talk with, a few meals, a visit, a card, help with a cancer diagnosis or grief or a repair in your home. We get it.

Prayer Teams

Prayer is a powerful gift. We have people who will pray for you or with you.

Care Pros

No matter the circumstance, there is a counseling option for you. We’d love to help you navigate this. We can help narrow the choices and make sure that finances are never prohibitive.

“…We know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Romans 5:3-5

Additional Information / FAQ

I have an emergency! Who do I call?

  1. Call 911 or go to an emergency room.
  2. Call National Suicide Prevention Line at 800.273.8255.

I have an urgent need to see a counselor for a same day appointment! What do I do?

I need to talk with someone, but I don’t know where to start.

  1. Call or email Karen Baker (see below) to help sort through options in a brief, confidential referral.
  2. Go to our Care Pros page to find what resources are available.

I need help with anxiety and/or depression. Where do I go?

  1. Call the church office or email Mara Marsman to help match you with a Stephen Minister.
  2. Grace Alliance offers tools to cope with anxiety and depression through blogs or products like the Thrive Workbook.
  3. Find counseling resources on our Care Pros page.
  4. We offer Living Grace: Anxiety and Depression, a Care Group offering practical information and peer support for those with symptoms.

I (or a member of my family) have an addiction. Where do I go for help?

  1. Pine Rest.
  2. Our South Wyoming Campus has Care Groups for AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and Al Anon for families.
  3. Michigan Recovery for substance abuse.

Questions? Not Sure Where to Start?

Sometimes it can be helpful to talk to someone confidentially about the situation you are facing. Please contact the church office, email Karen Baker or call her at 616.698.3170 ext.1009 for assistance.

Karen Baker

Karen Baker

Care & Prayer Team Lead