Community

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” (Romans 12:10-13)

At Alpharetta Methodist, you’ll find a friendly atmosphere filled with caring people committed to sharing God’s love. We enjoy sharing hospitality with our neighbors in north Fulton County, and when life is especially difficult and you need a little extra support, we are here to offer individual counseling and support groups.

Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous groups meet regularly at Alpharetta Methodist. AA is a good and honest place to begin dealing with the role alcohol plays in your life. All groups meet at the Vaughan House, located on Cumming Street near the church parking lot.

Learn more about Alcoholics Anonymous.

For more information about AA meetings at Alpharetta Methodist, contact Congregational Care Associate Pastor Rev. Terri Henkel (770-475-5576).

Next class TBA. (Dates will be published here.)

Divorce Care helps women and men who are separated or divorced process and share the many emotions they have experienced. It is a time for healing with people who have been through similar situations. Open to men and women who are experiencing or have experienced separation and/or divorce.

Learn more about DivorceCare and other classes offered in the area.

To learn more about DivorceCare meetings at Alpharetta Methodist, contact Rev. Terri Henkel (770-475-5576).

Mondays, August 10-November 9
6:45-8:30 p.m.’

Online group (via Zoom)

If you’ve lost someone close to you, years ago or just recently, we have a place for you to find support. GriefShare is a special weekly support group for people grieving the death of someone close. It’s a place where you can be around people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss. At GriefShare, you’ll learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life, and you’ll connect with others who understand and care about what you are going through.

$20 for materials.

Learn more about GriefShare and other class offerings in the area.

To learn more about GriefShare meetings at Alpharetta Methodist, contact Rev. Terri Henkel (770-475-5576).

Nar-Anon is a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. As a 12-step self-help program, we offer our help by sharing our experience, strength and hope.

Nar-Anon is an open meeting; all are welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact Beth (678-448-2546) or Karen (404-403-7958).

A Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs has been a major problem. The group consist of recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.

Learn more about Narcotics Anonymous.

For more information about NA meetings at Alpharetta Methodist, contact Tim Deitrich.

Congregational Care Ministries

These ministries offer encouragement, practical support and prayer for people in need. We have a network of people dedicated to meet the spiritual, emotional, physical and relational needs of our congregation and community.

Handmade angels can be a powerful tool to help remind people in need that God loves them and is with them in times of need. Angels are available just outside the Sanctuary balcony entrance. Please feel free to pick one up and share it with someone who is in need. Learn more about the Angel Ministry, contact John or Sherri Tanner.

Handmade blankets are created by volunteers for those in need of comfort. A label stitched on each blanket describes how it was crafted with love and that prayers are being lifted for whoever is wrapped in the blanket. Want to give a blanket to someone who is ill or going through difficult times? Look for baskets of blankets located throughout the church.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Linda Sokowoski.

Buddy Bag Ministry Logo

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)

A Buddy Bag is a canvas bag containing a handmade Teddy bear, a blanket sewn by our Blanket Ministry, a book, crayons, drawing paper in a pocket folder and an activity/coloring book. The Buddy Bag Ministry shares the love of Christ with children (infant-teens), by providing the bags to comfort them in the midst of a crisis, like family distress, a fire or hospitalization.

The Buddy Bag Ministry needs:

  • Crayons – 16 or 24 count
  • Pocket folders (no metal brads)
  • White copy paper (8 1/2″ x 11″)
  • Construction paper (8 1/2″ x 11″)
  • Coloring books
  • Books — new or gently used, especially for middle and high school age

Buddy Bags exist because of you and your generosity. We are funded solely by your donations. Financial contributes to purchase additional supplies are appreciated. Please make checks to AFUMC and write “Buddy Bags” on the memo line.

To volunteer, contact Pamela Schiftic.

 

If you know of a child in crisis who needs a Buddy Bag, please contact Mary Morgan or the church office (770-475-5576).

Buddy Bags
A handmade Teddy bear is included in every Buddy Bag.
Buddy Bag Tag
Buddy Bags are made with love, and each bag comes has a tag and scripture verse.

CareNotes are written for people dealing with intensely emotional situations who are looking for concise, easy-to-read guidance and support. The booklets offer strength, help and healing for those who are hurting.

Care Teams provide food for those in need. This ministry was created to help feed those within our church community who do not have a small group already doing so. If you or someone you know is suffering with illness or loss and there is not a small group providing food, please contact Ellen Shadeed.

Each semester during final exams, Alpharetta Methodist sends care packages to college students who are members of the church to offer encouragement and support.

To participate in this ministry by helping to collect donations or mail packages, or to sign up your college student, please contact Catherine Dozier.

When flowers from the altar or narthex or a wedding are designated for shut-ins, volunteers make smaller arrangements and take them to area hospitals, nursing homes, and personal care facilities. They also deliver the arrangements to homebound members of our church.

To reserve a Sunday to place flowers for the altar, contact June Carringer (404-449-1759).

The Funeral Guild is a group of volunteers who support families experiencing a loss by arranging a place to gather for fellowship after a funeral service. Members of the Funeral Guild set out food dropped off by friends or provide light refreshments. They work with families to display photos and memorabilia in the narthex and at the reception. The Funeral Guild’s objective is to lovingly help people on one of their most difficult days. To learn more or volunteer, contact Congregational Care Associate Pastor Rev. Terri Henkel.

HEROES Care is an affiliation of program partners working together to provide support to military families in the communities where they live. HEROES Care combines the power of national organizations dedicated to providing emergency financial aid, employment opportunities and mental health care services through a network of specially trained care givers before, during and after deployment. To learn more about HEROES Care at Alpharetta Methodist or to volunteer, contact Congregational Care Associate Pastor Rev. Terri Henkel.

Volunteers visit assisted living facilities, hospitals or private homes to serve as a loving presence and show God’s love to people in need of company and care. For information, contact Congregational Care Associate Pastor Rev. Terri Henkel.

The LIFT-Full Ministry provides transportation on the church buses for residents of area assisted living communities. For information, contact Congregational Care Associate Pastor Rev. Terri Henkel.

Prayer beads can offer structure, a path, a safe place even, for prayer by helping you maintain your focus on prayer. Volunteers create prayer beads, which are free. The beads are available in our Prayer Chapel on the third floor.

Our Prayer Ministry exists to glorify God and to promote personal, local church and community prayer.

Church Staff Prayer

If you’d like a person on the church staff to pray for or with you, please call the church office, 770-475-5576, Monday-Thursday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Email Prayer Team

This prayer team receives prayer requests through email and lifts them up to the Lord.

Flamebearers

This group meets in room T333 and the Prayer Chapel on the fourth Thursday of each month to pray for the ministries, missions and leadership of the church. To join Flamebearers, contact: Karen Barber770-740-0419

Healing Ministry

All healing is of God. The Healing Ministry offers an opportunity to seek healing and wholeness of body, mind and spirit through prayer. When requested, healing prayer is available for you at the church, in your home, in hospital rooms, etc. Contact Rev. Terri Henkel.

Prayer Chapel
The Prayer Chapel is designed to help you honor the words from Psalm 46, "Be still and know that I am God." The Prayer Chapel is located on the 3rd floor (room 302), and you're invited to make use of it! The Chapel is focused on a rough-hewn cross made from reclaimed lumber from our own church property. Kneelers invite you to lower your position as you approach the cross. There are several comfortable seats to pause, spend time, reflect and pray. Gentle music sets a peaceful tone in which to seek -- and encounter -- God's presence.

The Prayer Committee of Alpharetta Methodist exists to remind church members that prayer is the most fundamental act of Christians. The committee encourages and provides opportunities for the people to be more effective in their corporate and individual prayer life. Education about and leadership in prayer are the committee’s main task.

The Prayer Committee is an administrative group whose work includes communicating prayer requests to three prayer groups: Prayer  Supporters, the Prayer Chain and ministers. When you submit a prayer request, you may designate the Prayer Chain, Prayer Supporters or ministers  or all three groups — to receive your prayer request.

  • Ministers: David WaltersBrad Greene and Terri Henkel; administrative support by Cindy Burkett.
  • Prayer Supporters:  A group of nine church members.
  • Prayer Chain: 200+ church members (Any member of the church may become a member of the Prayer Chain. The Prayer Chain’s sole purpose is  to pray for the prayer requests.)

The Ride Ministry helps members of the church family who are in need of assistance with transportation. For information, contact Congregational Care Associate Pastor Rev. Terri Henkel.

Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one caring ministry to help people who are experiencing a crisis or challenge such as divorce, grief, loss of job, hospitalization, relocation or loneliness. Alpharetta Methodist’s Stephen Ministry is a critical part of the church’s pastoral care ministry.

The Stephen Ministers are church members who have gone through 50 hours of training so they are equipped to provide high-quality, confidential Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

When Stephen Ministers are assigned a care receiver, they call that person and begin meeting with him or her for about an hour every week. This caring relationship lasts for as long as the care receiver needs it. Everything the care receivers say to their Stephen Minister is kept confidential. Stephen Ministers don’t try to solve problems; rather, they listen, care, pray for and help the care receiver find his or her path to healing and wholeness.

Learn more about Stephen Ministry.

 

Do you need a Stephen Minister?

If you’re struggling through a difficult time in life — experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis — and wish to be matched with a care giver, please contact Congregational Care Associate Pastor Rev. Terri Henkel (770-475-5576).

 

Are you called to be a Stephen Minister?

If you have a gift for listening and caring, please consider serving as a Stephen Minister. Learn more here.