Caring Ministries is divided up into several programs, all which serve, support, help, and minister to those who are in need of spiritual and mental healing.

Stephen Ministry

The Stephen Ministry is a Caring Ministry that uses the Stephen Series training system.  Through this ministry, we are able to empower our lay people to go forth into the congregation and community and provide one-on-one Christian care to people who are hurting.

This program has been in our LMUMC congregation since 1982. Every so often we offer Stephen Ministers training, which focuses on learning the skills of listening, feelings, spiritual care, aging, grief, and divorce.  This training equips the Stephen Ministers with the ability to discern and empathize with people facing a crisis in their lives.

On a daily basis, many people will face job loss, financial burdens, illness, divorce, and more. The Stephen Ministry is here to help lessen these burdens by providing a confidential ear to listen and a spiritual hand to hold. If you are in need of a Stephen Minister, please contact Doug Robey at the number listed below.

Questions? Contact a Stephen Leader: Doug Robey at 502-298-0261

Interested in becoming a Stephen Minister or learning more about the program? Visit the official Stephen Ministry website at to learn more!


Starting Thursday, January 17th  | 6:30 pm
GriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group designed to help you rebuild your life after losing a loved one. Our group is led by caring people who have experienced grief and want to help you through the difficult days ahead. Workbooks are $20 with some scholarships available. We will meet in room 310 of the Christian Education Center (CEC) building here at Lake Magdalene UMC.  Please call Ellen McDonald for more information at 813-961-1254 ext 215, or visit and go to "Find a Group" to reserve you space.


Starting Tuesday, January 8th | 6:30 pm
Anyone who is getting a divorce or a separation, may want to consider attending Divorce Care. Through media and group discussion, this 14-week session can help you cope with and manage things like anger, loneliness, financial issues, legal issues, and all of the other problems we face when our worlds are turned upside down by relationship turmoil. The workbook for this class is $15, scholarships are available.
Please contact the front office to find out the current schedule at 813-961-1254 for questions or additional information.

Widow's Group

This group meets on a monthly basis as a support system to help one another through the sometimes difficult times as a Widow. Whether you're recently widowed, or widowed for many years, we offer fellowship, support, care, and time to spend with others who can relate to and understand your situation. Please contact Susie Crites, Faith Community Nurse, for more information at or 813-265-3448.

MS Support Group

The Lake Magdalene Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets from 7 pm-9 pm the first Tuesday of each month in the Isaac W. Bearss room behind Heritage Hall. This group focuses on coming together to share MS experiences while providing support, educational and mutual aid. We learn new information from various speakers and strategies for coping with problems. All of those from the newly diagnosed to those who have been coping with this disease for a life time are welcomed along with their families and caregivers. Please contact Jan Birberick at 813-767-9233 or at for more information.

Hospital Ministry

If you feel compelled to visit and pray for those who are hospitalized either at hospitals or rehab centers, our Hospital Ministry Team visits several facilities in the Tampa Bay area. New team members are needed all the time. Please contact Cyndie Petrus at the church office (813) 961-1254 ext. 280 You can sign up for a time that best fits your schedule. Anyone with a caring, compassionate heart is encouraged to participate!

Hospitals in the Tampa Bay area to visit include:

  • Memorial Hospital
  • Moffitt
  • St. Joseph's Hospital
  • St. Joseph's Hospital- North
  • Tampa General Hospital
  • Town & Country
  • University Community Hospital-Carrollwood
  • University Community Hospital-Fletcher
  • VA Hospital

Faith Community Nursing

Faith Community Nursing Ministry offers FREE blood pressure readings on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 9:00-9:30 a.m. & 10:30-11:00 a.m., in the reception area of the CEC building.

Our Faith Community Nurses, in collaboration with the pastoral staff and congregants, participate in the ongoing transformation of the faith community into a source of health and healing. Through partnership with other community health resources, Faith Community Nursing fosters new and creative responses to health and wellness concerns.

If you have any questions, please contact our Faith Community Nurse, Susie Crites, at


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