Purple Door Cares

We offer a variety of personal ministries where someone comes alongside you or a loved one in time of need. If you or someone you know is in need of care, please contact Karen Brantley at our church office: 614/875-5612.

STEPHEN MINISTRY: Facing a challenging period in your life?   Stephen Ministers are not clergy or professional counselors, but individuals trained to walk alongside you in support and prayer when the challenges in life come.  Our Stephen Ministers go through extensive training—over 50 hours in order to be able to minister to the hurting of our congregation.


We have eight new Stephen Ministers ready to walk alongside you in times of despair: Kelli Newhouse, Nina Kowalczyk, Sharon Thompson, Faye Davidson, Kelly Davidson, Amy Hirth, Mary Heeter and Sandy Reed. They are joining  our longtime Stephen Ministry Team:  Bill Hosterman, Andrew Frost, Debbie Delozier, Bev Stephenson, Jody Spain, Diane Zimmerman, Brenda Burton, Rayma Dietz, Erma Clark, and Sally Wentzel.

Are you, or someone you know, walking through a difficult season in life? Perhaps you lost your job, a loved one, are enduring financials stress or the changing of life as you know it. We have people who will walk alongside you in life’s journey, who will be there for you – in confidentiality – to help you through the transitions and struggles you face. Contact Erma to get in touch with a Stephen Minister.

Grief Share Support Group4th Tuesdays at 6:30p.m. in the Fireside Room

Join us for a potluck, study, and encouragement for all who are grieving any loss.

  • February 25: TOPIC: Why is grief so hard?

Join us for a special session with guest speaker Rev. Elaine Sturtz, author of Living in the Different, as she shares why grief is messy, hard, painful, filled with tears and loneliness, but it also includes faith, hope and love

  • March 24: TOPIC: Who is here to help me?
  • April 28: Topic: How do I help myself?

Alanon – Every Wednesday at 7:30p.m. in the Library

Alcoholics Anonymous – Every Sunday and Wednesday at 7:30p.m. in the Fellowship Hall

CANCER COMPANIONS:  Cancer Companions are trained to walk alongside those who have cancer, or family members of those with cancer, in order to pray for, uplift and encourage during this difficult time in life. We have a group of four people in our church who are now trained to facilitate this ministry, and our Stephen Ministers have also received this training. Our Cancer Companions are ready to be a source of comfort and care to those who currently have cancer, to the family members, including children, who are walking alongside a loved one with cancer, or to those who have lost someone to cancer. Please contact Erma if you would like to be connected with a Cancer Companion.

SOAR – A ministry for Teens and young adults with special needs
Mondays 6:30 p.m.

WHAT IS IT?  A time set aside just for them to socialize, learn new skills, share life, and snacks!

WHAT IS A TYPICAL SCHEDULE?  Gather in the café at 6:30 then enjoy snacks, basketball/games in the Family Life Center. 7pm we move to the Worship Center for a lesson, prayer time and activity of group’s choosing. Email Karenb@gcumc.org for more info,