Care & Prayer Ministry

We care for you and your family!

For more information contact the church office at (513) 871-1345.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Pastors will always be on the front lines of care, especially during times of crisis.  Gifted, trained and supervised lay people support and extend the care that pastors provide.

We all experience challenges in life, times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend.  Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care you might need by companioning you through a tough time.  God cares about you!  We care about you!

To learn more about this ministry, please contact Bonnie Stowell, Carolyn Keil  or Pastor Dave Weaver.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is a centuries old practice in Christianity that helps you notice where God is active in your life. It provides an opportunity:

  • To talk about your life story;
  • To slow down and to be more mindful of God’s presence and action in your life;
  • To listen to the movement of God in your life;
  • To discern the leading of the Holy Spirit.

To learn more about this ministry, please contact Christine McHenry

Prayer Requests

If you have a prayer request, please send it to It will be forwarded to the Intercessory Prayer Group and Electronic Prayer Chain so people of faith can lift up your prayer concerns.


The Intercessory Prayer Group are people who meet weekly to praise God and pray on behalf of others (intercessory prayer). The prayer group at HPCUMC meets every Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 am in the Library to pray over these requests and needs. The group is open to anyone feeling led to join the group to pray. There is no membership. If you have questions or would like more information, contact Jude DeWitt at .


A prayer shawl is a symbol of God’s unconditional embracing love and a physical demonstration of community presence and support. As a prayer shawl is being made, the maker prays for the recipient. Once completed, the Prayer Shawl Ministry Team blesses the shawl. Thus each prayer shawl is bathed in prayer and blessing. Prayer shawls are given for life challenges, life celebrations, and service to God’s Kingdom. The Prayer Shawl Ministry Team meets the second and fourth Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm, in room 205. For more information, contact Chris McHenry at


A prayer labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool that has been walked by millions of people of all cultures and traditions. A labyrinth is not a maze which is designed to confuse you, but a sacred path designed for you to find your way. This path becomes a metaphor for your individual journey through life. People walk a labyrinth for a variety of reasons including to pray, reflect, meditate, problem-solve; to grieve a loss; to ask for forgiveness; to seek wisdom. There is no right way or wrong way to walk the labyrinth. It is important to walk with an open mind and heart, to have no expectations of what you might experience, and to experience the experience! Our permanent prayer labyrinth is located outside the chapel at the corner of Observatory and Meier. If you would like more information, contact Chris McHenry at