Congregational Care

“Praise be to God…who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Congregational Care at Alpharetta Methodist offers encouragement, practical support and prayer for people in need. A network of volunteers is dedicated to meet the spiritual, emotional, physical and relational needs of all those people God brings our way. To seek help from or volunteer with any of these important ministries, please contact the appropriate person, as listed here.


Angel Ministry

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 above the narthex. 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.


Blanket Ministry

Handmade blankets are created by volunteers for those in need of comfort.

Learn about the Blanket Ministry. For more information or to volunteer, contact: Carla Ebright.


Buddy Bag Ministry

The United Methodist Women launched this ministry as a way to serve children in crisis. They share God’s love by creating bags that contain stuffed Teddy bears, books, blankets and writing materials.

Learn more about Buddy Bags. For more information or to volunteer, contact: Pamela Schiftic


College Care Packages

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


Congregational Care Ministers: Homebound Visitation

Whether it be at assisted living facilities, hospitals or private homes, Congregational Care visitors go out into the community to be a loving presence and show God’s love to individuals in need of company and care. For information, contact: Congregational Care Associate Pastor Rev. Terri Henkel


Flowers and Visitation

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.

Volunteers meet on Sundays following the 11 a.m. worship services. To volunteer, contact: Suzanne Wagner678-480-2041.


Funeral Guild

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 guild’s goal 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


Home Communion

Periodically we offer communion to our homebound members. If you know of someone who would enjoy receiving communion or would like to volunteer to visit these special people, contact: Mary Ann Coram.


Meals Ministry

The Meals Ministry provides 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.


Prayer Ministry

The prayer ministry of Alpharetta First United Methodist Church exists to glorify God, to promote personal, local church and community prayer, and to equip believers to enrich their relationship with Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. We have numerous ways in which we pray for our church family and friends.

Learn more about the Prayer Ministry.


Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers provide confidential, one-to-one care to people in specific situations such as illness, grief and divorce.

Learn more about Stephen Ministry at Alpharetta Methodist.