The dedicated pastors, staff, and volunteers of First United Methodist are here to provide encouragement, support, and prayer to the members of our congregations and neighbors in our community at various stages, places, and circumstances in life.

Please contact us if you or someone you know could benefit from any of the care and support ministries listed below.  If you have any questions, please contact Frances Ibáñez at 918-341-4580, ext. 331 or email

You may click on one of the boxes below to learn more about each of these ministries.

More Care Ministries of First United Methodist:

Stand in the Gap

Stand in the Gap (SITG) is a program that connects a neighbor “in need” with people who care. Prayer-based, faith driven, small group, focused on helping a neighbor rise above overwhelming life challenges through a loving, spiritual, family style friendship experience.

A neighbor in need is someone who has the courage to acknowledge an area of need in his or her life. It may be a need that is primarily rational, practical, or spiritual. People who have experienced loss-perhaps a job, death of a love one, spouse through divorce, bankruptcy, or loss of a business career very often are a neighbor “in need.” Some Neighbors are those who could benefit from wise counsel about how to cope with various difficulties of life-such as a child aging out of foster-care system, a single parent coping with teenagers while a spouse is on active duty, or a person struggling to make sense of repeated relationships or job losses.

SITG program is not for everyone, but if this is for you, you may benefit tremendously. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. It requires you to participate in two meetings a month for 12 months. If this sounds like God’s plan for you, take the next steep and contact the church. Coordinator: Norma Graham

Strong Hearts and Minds Depression and Bipolar Support Group

“Strong Hearts and Minds” is a peer-led support group.  It is not meeting in the summer, but will continue its regular schedule in August.  It will meet Tuesdays at 6:00 at our Central Campus. If you or a loved one suffer with depression or bipolar disorder you are welcome to attend. You are not alone. Support and encouragement are waiting. If you have any questions or need addition information, you may call the church to get Kim Holderby’s contact information.

Light of Hope Ministry

Light of Hope is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization. We are a family of people, who are focused on assisting others with making a choice to seek recovery from addiction or situational life difficulties.  Our meetings are held at Vessel Church, 1301 W. Country Club Road, Claremore.

We meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Child care is provided with R.S.V.P.  Hours:

  •  5:00 to 6:00 by appointment only – this is when we can meet privately to assess needs and develop a resource list
  • 6:00 – Doors open for coffee and snacks
  • 6:30 to 8:00 – “Encouragement” and Support Group (Herb Smith is our Support Group leader)

For additional information:

Flower Power Ministry

Our Flower Power team is a group of individuals that arrange and deliver flowers weekly to those who might be encouraged by them. The flowers from the sanctuary are re-arranged into smaller arrangements and then delivered. This is an exciting ministry for both our Flower Power team and the flower recipient.

If you will like to volunteer to re-arrange the flowers, deliver the arrangements or learn more about this ministry contact coordinators, Dorothy Cummins and Rennea Henn or call the church office at 918-341-4580.