Griefshare is a special weekly seminar/support group for people grieving the death of someone close.  It's a place where you can be around people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss.  This can be a recent loss, or one that you have been dealing with for a long time. Registration is $15 (scholarships are available).


What TO expect:

Each GriefShare session includes a video seminar and group discussion.  A GriefShare workbook assists you with note taking, journaling and grief study.  The videos feature top experts on grief recovery, dramatic reenactments about living with grief and real-life stories of people who have experienced losses just like yours.

During the small group discussion time, you'll have the opportunity to interact with others who have experienced a recent loss, learn about their experiences and share your own.

GriefShare is a non-denominational group and features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics. Join us as we help each other cope with the loss of a loved one and ultimately receive hope for the future.

Fall 2019 - GriefShare will begin MOnday, September 16th

GriefShare will meet on Mondays 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fireside Room from September 16th thru December 9th. Email Nancy Switzer at with any questions. For information go to



Divorce Care is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences.  Led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help, Divorce Care meets weekly to help you face challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.  Registration is $15 (scholarships are available).

Lasting 13 weeks, each meeting will start with a video then move into a discussion time. DivorceCare is set up to allow attendance at any point during the 13 weeks.  

FALL 2019 - DivorceCare begins september 4th.

DivorceCare will run from September 4th - December 18th and meet in the church library. You can join at any time. For information go to or email Terry Lewis at 



If you are seeking support and understanding for the unique challenges single parents face, Single & Parenting is a special weekly group that will bring hope to your life. We’d love for you to join us.


This 13 week group will be held in the Fireside Room on Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Sept 11 - Dec 18 (no class Oct 30 or Nov 27). You can join at any time! Contact Adria Murphy at 209-505-4130 for more details and register at The registration cost is $15, but scholarships are available for those in need.

Stephen Ministry

What Is Stephen Ministry?

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.



Stephen Ministry is appropriate for people experiencing:

  • grief

  • divorce

  • cancer

  • hospitalization

  • physical rehabilitation

  • long-term care

  • chronic illness

  • terminal illness

  • job loss

  • loss of a home

  • military deployment

For more information about Stephen Ministry and/or to get connected with a Stephen minister contact Kay Haley: 523-0607,


The Deaconness ministry at MCC is a group of women (deaconesses) committed to praying and caring for the congregation. Their ministry includes:

  •   Visitation of those hospitalized, coordination of meals as needed

  •   Care of those “shut-in” by illness or infirmity

  •   Communion preparation

  •   Prayer time for the needs of the congregation

  •   Assistance for families when a death occurs

  •   Delivery of rosebud for birth of a baby

  •   Baptismal assistance

  •   Visitation of those experiencing health problems

 For Prayer & Praise Email updates: