Congregational Care

All Christians are called to care for each other. Our Congregation Care ministries focus on healing and strengthening our relationships with God and our relationships with others. For more information about our care ministries, please contact Pastor Charlene Guider or call the church office at 919-362-7807.

Bereavement Ministry
A meal or reception is offered to the family of church members whose funeral service is held at church. Volunteers from women’s circles and other individuals prepare and serve the food. Contact Jeanne Hack: 919-362-6192

Blessing Blanket Ministry
Make blankets for the Duke Children’s Hospital, the Veteran’s Hospital and a homeless vets organization. No sewing skills required! Contact Alice Burrows or Norma Keyes.

Caring By Cards
Send cards to those experiencing grief and other personal crises as well as those on the prayer list in the bulletin for extended periods of time and to our shut-ins as requested by pastors. Contact Ellen Aiken.

Divorce Care
A 13-session weekly seminar and support group for people who are separated or divorced. Contact Pat Evans.

Flower Ministry
Make flower arrangements from altar flowers and deliver to shut-ins and others in need of a reminder their church family is thinking of them. Contact Charlene Guider.

Food Ministry
Help prepare and/or deliver meals to those in our church family who are undergoing a crisis. There are opportunities to prepare/deliver meals and to coordinate meals two weeks at a time. Contact Kristin Magee.

Visits to senior church members who have little or no family support in the area or are in extended care facilities or otherwise unable to attend church functions and could benefit from monthly visits from a visitation team. Visitors are paired with shut-ins by the Pastor of Congregational Care. Contact Charlene Guider.

Grief Recovery Group
Once or twice a year, seasoned leaders offer a grief support group consisting of six sessions. Content focuses on understanding grief, sharing experiences of grief over the death of a loved-one, and learning coping skills and new ideas for working through the loss. Contact Liz Williamson.

Grief Support Gathering
Once a month beginning November 2017, anyone who is experiencing grief from the death of a loved-one, whether recently or long ago, is invited to gather in the old fellowship hall for programs, conversation and mutual support. Contact Sandee Story.

New Baby Meal Ministry
As part of a welcoming ministry for families with new babies, one or two meals are prepared and delivered to all families who announce the new arrival to our staff. To announce a new arrival, contact Deborah Wade. To help with a meal, contact Brittney Pettis.

Prayer Ministry
Commitment to enhancing the prayer life of our congregation through several opportunities: lead a class or study on some aspect of prayer; participate in intercessory prayer weekly with the Prayers in Action team; help make blessing blankets several times a year (no sewing required); serve in the prayer room on Sunday mornings; serve in special prayer worship opportunities throughout the year. Contact Norma Keyes.

Stephen Ministry
Provide confidential, one-on-one emotional and spiritual Christian support to church and community individuals facing a crisis or difficult season in their lives. Extensive training and commissioning required. Contact Pat Evans.

Senior Adult Ministries/Merry-Go-Rounders
Our mission as the Senior Adult Ministry Council is to cultivate and coordinate programs for senior adults to help meet their needs in all areas of congregational life. Our Merry-Go-Rounders group goes on regular outings for lunch, education and fellowship. Special overnight trips are offered throughout the year for recreation and fellowship. Contact Toby White.

We Missed You Ministry
A team of volunteers send handwritten cards to members who have been absent from worship three consecutive Sundays, based on the attendance registration pads signed during worship. Cards provided by Paper with Purpose. Contact Lynn Jones.

Wrapped in Love Prayer Shawl Ministry
Knit or crochet prayer shawls and prayer squares as we fellowship together! Items are knitted/crocheted in prayer and blessed to be given to others as an act of compassion and love. Gather on the 3rd Wednesday monthly at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall parlor. Contact Marilyn Aub.

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Apex UMC provides space for many support groups to meet during the week. If you have any questions about these meetings, please contact the group leader directly.

Alcoholics Anonymous® (AA):
Fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Mondays, 5:15-8 p.m., Fellowship Hall. Email

Friends and families of problem drinkers find understanding and support at an anonymous meeting. Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall. Email

Multiple Myeloma Support Group:
Patients, caregivers, family members and friends are welcome! Meet and interact with other survivors and caregivers and learn the latest advances in the treatment and management of myeloma. 2nd Saturday monthly, beginning Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For more information, please contact Dana and Judy Borger or visit

Overeaters Anonymous:
A program of recovery from compulsive eating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. Thursdays, 7-8 p.m., Fellowship Hall. Call the church office for information at 919-362-7807.