For the quickest possible pastoral care response, please contact either:
Church Office: (913) 859-0111 Pastoral Care: Rev. Caren Loper at 785-219-3119
Pastoral Care FAQ
Can you visit me or my family member in the hospital?
Yes, we visit members of the church who are in the hospital. Please call 913-859-0111 and let us know your name and what hospital you will be going to, along with the date of your admittance. HIPAA laws prevent the hospital from letting us know that you are there, so please be sure to contact us directly to let us know about your hospital stay.
How do I get someone on the prayer list?
You can lift up yourself or someone else in prayer by emailing the Prayer Chain or by calling the church office at 913-859-0111.
What do I need to do when my loved one dies?
The loss of a loved one is a difficult and draining time – but there’s no need to walk through it alone. Call the church office at 913-859-0111. We’ll connect you with one of our pastors, who will guide you through funeral arrangements and provide pastoral care as you grieve.
I am no longer able to attend church due to health issues. Can I still receive communion?
Yes, we have a pastoral care team that is happy to visit you and allow you to receive Communion. Please call 913-859-0111 to set up a time.
Do you offer grief counseling?
When in Need of Grief Support/WINGS is a mutual help grief support group which meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 2 PM at Grace UMC. On the 3rd Tuesday, members gather at a pre-selected restaurant determined by the group, and share lunch and conversation. One does not have to be a member of the church in order to attend – all who are grieving a loss are welcome. The group is facilitated by staff from Hospice of Olathe Health and is not a “therapy” group, but rather one in which bereavement is viewed as a journey unique to each individual, yet common issues and ways of healing are understood, respected and upheld. For more information contact a Bereavement Coordinator with Hospice of Olathe Health, at 913-393-8276.
May I meet with someone to make my funeral/memorial service plans ahead of time?
We welcome you to meet with a minister to make your funeral/memorial plans in advance. In fact we think it’s a wonderful idea to consider your wishes for this very important service. Please contact the pastor you would like to work with directly or call 913-859-0111.
How do I get an appointment to talk with a pastor?
Should you wish to speak to one of the pastors, you may phone the church office at 913-859-0111 or contact one of the ministers in the department directly.
Additional Pastoral/Congregational Care Ministries include:
Caring Cooks: provide meals to families or individuals as determined by a Pastor or other Care Minister.
Upper Room Ministers: provide a copy of the Upper room to church members who are homebound. Upper Room ministers also visit with congregants and notify the Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care about the person’s health and if a pastoral visit is needed.
Hospital Visits: The Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care checks the Olathe Medical Center twice a week and is on-call to go to other hospitals when a congregant notifies the church and requests a visit. Caring Connection Ministers are also available to make hospital visits when needed.
Stork visits are made by Grace Staff or Caring Connection ministers to families with a new baby, providing a gift bag and, if requested, arranging a meal for the family.
Caring Connection Ministers are trained to do Hospital Calls, Stork Visits, and regular visits for persons in senior care facilities, who are homebound or in need of short-time support.
Prayer Shawls & Stephen Ministries Grief Books are also available upon request.
Mutual Help Grief Support Group – As the name implies, this is a welcoming group that provides support for anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, no matter what stage of the journey. Some of the group have been members for a number of years and some have recently experienced their loss. It is not curriculum-based and is ongoing. The meetings are facilitated by social workers from the Olathe Med Center Home Health & Hospice and are held at GUMC, Room 123A, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 2:00-3:30 pm. On the third Tuesday of each month the group meets at an agreed upon restaurant for lunch. For information, call Julie McCowen, 913-324-8515 or Grace UMC contact: Sally Myers 913-732-2896 or email: [email protected]