Central CARES

Central CARES

At Central, we know God desires the church to be a place for compassion, healing, and renewal. Grief, health concerns, and financial issues are among the many challenging events we encounter in life. But with a church family, we never have to face them alone.

Central CARES:
Compassion, Accessibility, Renewal, Equipping and Support.

Call us, we are standing by to offer you comprehensive care, support, and encouragement when you need it most.

Prayer Ministry
We believe in the power of prayer. It is a part of our daily walk with Christ. We want to encourage you to pray often and hope you will allow us to pray on your behalf. All prayer requests and carefully considered and will remain confidential. Ways to share your prayer requests:
Altar Prayer – At the end of each Sunday worship service, we offer altar prayer, anointing oil, and the sacrament of Holy Communion. 
Prayer Cards – Prayer cards are available in the pews or in the worship attendance pads. Fill these out and place them in the offering plate. Our team will be in prayer the following week.
Prayer Line – Call 479-528-4673 (HOPE) or click here to make a confidential prayer request. Each request is prayed over by a member of the prayer team.

Healing Prayer Ministry
We believe God restores and will ultimately make all things new. We have team members specifically trained to minister to wounds caused by damaged emotions and difficult life experiences. For a Healing Prayer appointment, call 479-442-1840.

Stephen Ministry
You don’t have to face the difficult times alone. Stephen Ministry is a compassion ministry for people facing difficult challenges in their lives such as loss of a loved one, divorce, or illness. It is one-to-one, confidential, Christ-centered care provided by laypersons who have been equipped by the church with specific training. Stephen Ministry is a practical and powerful way to respond to Christ’s commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Visitation Team
When you can’t come to see us, we will come to you. We are readily available in times of hospitalization, rehabilitation, and loss. Our Visitation Team moves out weekly to visit those members who are homebound, in residential facilities, or physically unable to attend worship services.  

Pastoral Visits
Pastors visit the hospitals daily. We also offer an on-call line in the evening and on weekends for emergency situations. Please call the church office at 479-442-4237 for more information.

This grief support group is a class designed to walk an individual through the grieving journey. This 11-week class offers group discussion, workbook, and video components. The cost is $15 and the group meets from Sept. 12- Nov. 26 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Wesley Building room 307. For more information contact Kim Witte at or 442-1840.

Baking Ministry
The Central CARES BakingMinistry provides care to our members. Come and join our group of volunteers who make casseroles.  Each month our cooks prepare and freeze casseroles in their own homes and bring them to Central to be stored in our freezer. Members of the Central CARES Ministry Team will deliver them to our members who are coming home from a long hospital stay or who are undergoing current medical treatment.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Knit prayer shawls and blankets.

Interested in being a part of the Central CARES team?
Are you compassionate, love to pray with people, or feel God is calling you to be more involved in the life of Central? We believe congregational care comes through the congregation and we will work closely together, equipping you for the ministry you feel led to serve.
Stephen Ministry Training – Receive training to provide confidential one-to-one Christian care.
Visitation Team Training – Learn how to make the most of a caring visit.
Prayer Team Training – Learn how to pray in ways that align with God’s will based on the words of Scripture.

Want to hear more?

Contact Kim Witte, Director of Congregational Care, at 479-442-1840, or email .