Caring Ministries and Support Groups

We believe that as Christians, we are called to bear one another’s burdens and be instruments of God’s grace and healing. 

FUMC Hurst sponsors various support groups for individuals who are dealing with difficult issues in their lives. If you are struggling with a physical, emotional, or spiritual need, we encourage you to connect with one of our ministries for help and support. 

Pastoral Counseling

Pastoral counseling is available for those who would like to discuss faith issues or personal concerns. Click here for contact information for our clergy.

Caring Ministries & Support Groups

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Caring Ministries

Stephen Ministry

Lay persons who are trained in pastoral ministry, a Stephen Minister can help you through a difficult time or crisis in your life. A Stephen Minister promises to be a faithful friend, to refrain from lecturing, preaching or judging, and to maintain strict confidentiality. Click here for more information about Stephen Ministry. If you are in need of a Stephen Minister, contact the church office, or Kitty Hickerson, Stephen Ministry Leader, 817.268.0908 or 


Men@Work is a group of men from FUMC Hurst who will come in pairs to your home at your request to help with small jobs around the house. (You pay for supplies and materials.) Guys can change light bulbs, trim shrubs, help with computers, move heavy items, perform minor home repairs and more. If you need help, or if you would like to serve with Men@Work, call the church office, 817.282.7384, x41. 

Caring Friends

Caring Friends is an important visitation ministry of our church to persons who can no longer attend church due to health or mobility issues. Caring Friends visit their home-centered friends regularly, calling them on the phone and send greeting cards on special occasions. If you would like to serve as a Caring Friend to one of our home-centered friends, or if you know of someone that is in need of a Caring Friend, contact Sarah Boyette, 

Prayer Ministry

Prayer is the needful practice of all peoples and the exercise of faith and hope. If you are in need of prayer, CLICK HERE to submit a request online. You may also complete a Prayer Request Card and place it in an offering plate or in the prayer box located in the narthex. If you would like to participate in the Prayer Ministry Team, contact Sarah Garza, 817.282.7384 x44 or

Faith Community Nursing

Faith Community Nursing, also known as Parish or Congregational Nursing, seeks to intentionally integrate the practice of faith with the practice of nursing.  Nurses who volunteer their time for this ministry do not practice medicine on site, but help to plan and carry out educational and preventive activities. Contact Jenny Ellis at for more information. 

Joyful Creations Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawls are available for those in the midst of a life struggle, such as the loss of a loved one or an illness. If you know someone who is in need of a prayer shawl (they do not have to be a member of FUMC Hurst) or if you would like to participate in this ministry that meets in the Bride’s Room (Wesley 120) between 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursdays, contact Eileen Thrash at 817.282.2424 or Cindy Ware at 817.284.9720.  

Grocery Ministry

The Grocery Ministry is weekly shopping and delivery for residents at Parkwood Retirement Community. Both shoppers and recipients enjoy the connections made through the regular visits. Lists are received by Friday and grocery deliveries are made on Saturday, although this is highly flexible to accommodate busy weekend schedules. If you know someone in need of this service or someone interested in serving in this way, contact Mary Griffitts at

Soup Sisters

This group meets once a month at the church to prepare and deliver soups or casseroles to persons in need due to illness, disability or death in the family. Contact Sandra Hill at or 817.282.7384 x. 17 for more information. 

Lay Chaplain Ministry

Lay Chaplains are laypersons whose primary task is to make weekly visits to persons in rehabilitation centers. They offer care, support and help persons maintain connections when they are unable to be present at church. Contact Henry Schraub at for more information. 

Extending the Table: Home-Centered Communion Ministry

This ministry is an extension of the shared Communion Table.  The consecrated elements are taken by servers to those who are no longer able to be present due to physical limitations.  If you are interested in participating in this ministry or if you know of someone who is home-centered and who would like to receive communion, contact Sarah Boyette at .  

Bereavement Meal Ministry

This ministry provides a meal before or after the memorial service for any bereaved family who is currently connected to our church, but is not connected to a Sunday school class. If you would like to serve in this important ministry, contact Eileen Thrash at .  

Support Groups

Monthly Grief Support Group

Offers information and support for those dealing with the death of a loved one. The group meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in Wesley 124. Contact Rev. Donna McKee at for more information.  

Caregiving: Space for Grace

Offering support for those in a caregiving role. Caregiving takes on many forms. If you are the one doing the caregiving, it can be difficult to find God in the midst of the daily challenges. And yet, God is there. Let's find God's grace together. The group meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. in Wesley 120 (Bride's room). Contact Sarah Boyette at for more information. 

Living with Cancer

For support, resources, and more information contact Jenny Ellis at 

Recovery Groups (AA and Al-Anon)

Last Stop Alcoholics Anonymous Group and Last Stop AL-ANON Family Group meet weekly. We welcome all interested individuals at our 12–step meetings. All are open discussion format, and have a “home meeting” flavor. All are non-smoking.

AA meets in Wesley 203; Al Anon meets in Wesley 202.
Both groups meet Sundays, 7–8 p.m. and Wednesdays, 7–8 p.m. Contact Bob H. at 972.786.6445 for more information. 

Child care is available with online registration through the church calendar.


NEXT (New Experiences Together) is a group for widows that meets twice a month to share and have fun together. Contact Lori Friend,   for more information. 

Open Hearts

Open Hearts provides a sacred space in which LGBTQ+ persons, families, and friends can share and connect human sexuality and faith. For more information contact Rev. Donna McKee at 

Do you feel called to serve?

If you feel called to serve or would like more information about any of the the Caring and Support Ministries, contact Rev. Donna McKee.

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