Caring for Others

At Southwood, we believe that caring for others is just one of the ways we are called to live in response to the grace and love of God. Our team includes pastors, Care Ministry staff, and many volunteers. We extend care to others through prayer, visits, support groups and other resources. We are here to support you in daily living or moments of crisis.

Christmas Giving Trees

Christmas Giving Trees

Giving Trees are up in the narthex, filled with Christmas wishes from our Mission Partners and Southwood families. By taking a tag from the trees at Southwood or online, you can fulfill a wish and brighten Christmas for a child, a woman escaping abuse, or a family going through crisis.

Online tags are available.  Online Giving Trees

Bring your new, unwrapped gift or have it shipped directly to Southwood by December 3rd.

Prayer Requests

photo: Praying Hands

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

Prayer is the foundation of all that we do. Pastors, staff and Prayer Team members pray daily for the needs and requests of our church family.

Submit a Prayer Request

Join our Prayer Team

Healing Prayer Services

photo: Sanctuary for the Healing Prayer Service

Wednesday, December 20, 12:15-12:45PM in the Sanctuary.

Our Healing Prayer Service provides comfort, support and healing for many difficult life situations. During the busy Christmas season, it can be especially difficult if you are dealing with hard circumstances. Come and find peace in the candle-lit sanctuary with music and light. We will focus on scripture and prayer as we are reminded that God is always ready to receive our worries and concerns. There will be communion and a time for anointing (if desired).

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV)


photo: lady making a Care visit

Request a Visit

Care Ministry staff and Care Team members are available to visit you or a family member who is having surgery, is hospitalized, or is homebound and feeling isolated.

Please make us aware of your request with the request form or by calling the church office and requesting to speak to a Care staff member.

Request a Visit

Support Groups

Groups provide education as well as support and compassion. You will find strength in Christ and from one another.
Grief Support

photo: lady and support group

Grief support groups are offered periodically for an 8-week session. These groups are for those who have experienced the death of someone significant and provide an opportunity to share, support and begin healing.


Join with others who share in the process of rebuilding their lives after a separation or divorce. Participants grow emotionally and spiritually through this group.

graphic: Volunteer in Care Ministry

Care Ministry has many ways that you can help support others. Joining the prayer team, visiting members unable to attend church, or helping at a funeral lunch are just a few examples.

graphic: Funeral Resources

Planning a service can be a blessing to those in grief. It is a time to laugh and cry as stories are shared. Pre-planning a service is also an option.

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Care Staff

Michael Ryan

Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care

office: 402-423-5511

Amy Hansen

Director of Care Ministry

office: 402-423-5511