Care Ministries

There are multiple ways that we care for each other at First Christian Church.  

Below are some of the ways we can help you in your time of need.

Dealing with Anxiety Part 2 - Lisa Newton goes deeper in helping us understand and handle our anxiety.

Dealing with Anxiety Part 1 - Lisa Newton offers advice on dealing with anxiety.

Loss Overload with Jenny Lowry - teaching from the book Too Much Loss: Coping with Grief Overload

  • Hospital Care - Calls & Visits

    Are you or a family member scheduled for surgery? In the hospital for an illness? We would love the opportunity to pray with you and for you. If you are staying at Columbus Regional Hospital and would like the on-call minister to visit, contact us here. The hospital can no longer give out they type of information. 

  • Prayer Comfort

    Prayer shawls, blankets, and baby hats are giving to those in need of support, empathy, or celebration. We call them knitted or crocheted hugs to show Christ's love and kindness to a hurting world. do you know someone celebrating the birth of a baby? We can get them a baby hat. Do you know someone in need of a special blanket or shawl to be reminded that they are loved? We would be honored to get one of these to them. Contact Nancy Lewis, Connections Minister, at 812.379.4491 or here to express the needs.

  • Helping Hands - Hot Meal Site

    First Christian Church serves a community hot meal on Saturday's from 4:00 - 5:00p. Please enter through the Franklin Street doors. The doors open at 3:45p. The 3rd Saturday of the month the meal is served at Second Baptist Church.

    If you would like to serve at one of our Helping Hands meals, you can see the available dates here.  Call the church office at 812.379.4491 or send an email to sign up to serve. Check out our guidelines for our Helping Hands meals. If you have any questions, send an email to Carol Wilkins, Helping Hands Coordinator.

  • Meals for Moms

    This ministry offers meals for families with a new baby. If you are expecting, contact Kate Cain, Early Childhood Coordinator, here or at 812.379.4491 and she will add you to the calendar.

  • CareBnB

    CareBnB (Care Benevolence & Beyond) is a ministry to help people in need locally through skills, resources and generosity of our church family and friends. CareBnB (formerly Benevolence Ministry) exists, in part, to enable us to live out Jesus’s guidance on how to be blessed by God through aiding struggling people who are hungry, thirsty, cold, strangers, or in prison.

    “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why: I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.’

    “Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:34-36; 40 (The Message)

    If you would like to donate electronically to support this ministry, click here.

    We are also always looking for people with special skills and a desire to help others. If you would like to get involved or have questions about this ministry, email the leadership team.

  • Blessing Box

    This is a volunteer led, community embraced way to help others. Take what you need & leave what you can. Questions? Email us here.

    Suggested items for Blessing Box:

    • Peanut Butter
    • Peanut Butter Crackers
    • Granola or Protein Bars
    • Shelf Stable Milk
    • Snack Mixes with Nuts
    • Crackers
    • Canned Meat
    • Canned Fruits and Vegetables
    • Canned Soup
    • Tooth Paste
    • Tooth Brushes
    • Shampoo/Conditioner
    • Soap
    • Deodorant
    • Toilet Paper
  • Stephen Ministry

    Going through a tough time - emotionally or spiritually? Struggling with a crisis in life? Or simply feeling down? Do you have a friend, neighbor, coworker or relative going through a tough time? 

    Consider letting a Stephen Minister help. A Stephen minister is a member of First Christian Church who is trained to listen, care, encourage, pray and walk alongside you during difficult times. It's confidential, free, and very helpful. 

    To learn more about how a Stephen Minister may be able to help you or someone you know, contact the Leadership Team, Nancy Lewis, or Dan Boyer.

    You do not have to be a member of First Christian Church to work with one of our Stephen Ministers


    Do you feel called to help others? Maybe you can be a Stephen Minister.

    Stephen Ministry is one-to-one lay care-giving named for Stephen, one of the first seven laypeople called by the church to assist the apostles in caring for others. (You can read Stephen’s story in Acts 6 and 7.) Stephen Ministry is truly ministry—that is, service to others, caring for others in Jesus’ name, doing the work that God has both called and gifted his children to do. Do you feel a calling to care for others who are hurting? Do you desire the personal joy that comes from sharing Christ’s love with people? 

    Watch this short video about Stephen Ministry.

    To learn more about Stephen Ministry, email the leadership team here.

  • Grief Support

    We want to help you get through the tough times of grief.

    Friends In Grief - Offers resources to those that have recently lost a loved one. You can contact the team here.

    GriefShare - This is an opportunity to meet together in a group setting and walk through the GriefShare booklet. To find out when the next session will be offered, contact Marilyn Kandel here.

    Step Into the Light - This is a group for women only facilitated by Jenny Lowry. The study uses the book Living in the Shadow of Ghosts of Grief by Dr. Alan Wolfelt. This class is for seekers of peace with old losses and stored grief. Find God's life-affirming message for you to step out of the shadows of grief. Move gently toward hope and healing, finding new potential for happiness and spiritual growth. This study is offered a couple times a year. Contact the Friends in Grief Team to find out when the next session will begin. 

    Bereavement Meals - We offer a meal to FCC families who have lost a loved one. This is an opportunity for the family to come together for a meal after the service. Contact the church office for more information, 812.379.4491.

  • Budget Support

    Financial Peace University - Planning for the future is hard when you're still paying for the past! Listen - there's a better way! Join the Financial Peace University class, and you'll learn how to beat debt and make a plan for the future. Contact us to find out when the next class is scheduled.