Congregational Care

Pastoral Care Request

The First Methodist Waco pastors can support you and your loved ones during seasons of crisis and uncertainty. If you or a loved one needs pastoral support, please contact Sara Holmes to schedule a time with a pastor.

Prayer Request

The First Methodist Waco Prayer Team is comprised of individuals who are committed to praying for you and your needs. We believe in the healing power of prayer. If you would like for us to pray for you or a loved one, please contact Sara Holmes or click here to fill out a request form.

Congregational Care

Our team visits those who are homebound or living in a care facility. The Care Team will visit monthly and provide spiritual support and communion. Please contact Pastor Steve Holston or Karen Brunson.

Stephen Ministry

This group of caring individuals reaches out to members of the church during trying circumstances including difficult life transitions, sick loved ones, an employment crisis, and much more. Through a discrete referral process, our Stephen Ministers reach out to those in our congregation who need one-on-one support. Please contact Pastor Steve Holston or Karen Brunson.


Grief takes more than TIME to heal. GriefShare is a grief recovery support group that meets for 13 weeks twice a year. It utilizes a video seminar, group discussion and a personal workbook to help participants as they make their journey through grief. The only charge for this class is for the workbook, but scholarships are available upon request. GriefShare also offers other 2 hour classes: Loss of a Spouse and Surviving the Holidays.

Are you finding comfort in food or other things after the loss of your loved one? Do you stress eat or notice that you’re bingeing on the wrong things?

People seek comfort in different ways—eating, shopping, searching the Web, exercising, praying, sex, alcohol, drugs, reading the Bible. Some of these choices are good, and some can cause even more hurt.

At a GriefShare group, you can find comfort and support in a healthy, nonjudgmental community. You’ll learn practical ways to manage your emotions and lessen the pain. People who’ve attended GriefShare say that they found great comfort in being with others who understood what they were going through.

Questions? Contact Karen.

Widowed? Help is here and hope is possible.

Do you dread the lonely days and nights? Wonder what to do with your spouse's belongings? Feel like your brain is in a fog? Unsure of how you'll go on?

At a Loss of a Spouse seminar you'll discover:

  • Other people understand and have found ways to make it through
  • Why it won't always hurt so much
  • Reasons for hop
  • Practical tips for coping with the death of a spouse

Questions? Contact Karen.

What is Surviving the Holidays?
2-hour supportive holiday event

For people who've lost a loved one, the Thanksgiving and Christmas season can be bleak. This event offers coping tools and support for grieving people.

Questions? Contact Karen.

Join our GriefShare Team