John Wesley believed in the symbiotic relation between body and spirit.
The Congregational Care Team embraces this concept by promoting the physical, emotional and spiritual health of our First Church family through a variety of ministries. Our team encourages mindfulness to the well being of both the self and others by offering compassionate care, opportunities to form valuable relationships, and physical wellness information and activities.

Prayer Ministry

How can we pray for you?

Share your prayer requests with us.

NOTE: Contact information only required if you would like
to be contacted by a member of the pastoral care team.

Want to help pray for others?
Join our First in Prayer Partners Team.

For people who would like to receive the complete monthly First in Prayer List that includes general prayer requests, those celebrating a birth, grieving a loss, or serving on active duty in the military.

Babies First

When a new baby arrives into the First Church family,
a gift bag is delivered containing items such as a knit cap,
book, stuffed animal, and Baptism information.
If an older child joins the family, we celebrate their arrival, too.
Contact the church office to share the news of the new addition.

Military Families Outreach

Notes of encouragement are sent to church members
and friends who are serving our country. Those serving overseas
will receive a gift basket at the holidays. Additionally, we support
the loved ones of serving military members through our care ministries.

Comfort Foods

When a First Church family experiences an event such as injury, surgery, death of a loved one, or the arrival of a baby, we offer meals.
Hot or cold dishes, as well as casseroles to be enjoyed now or frozen for later. Knowing that a meal is on the way can be a relief for those in need. Volunteers are needed to prepare and deliver the meals.

Wrapped in Love

We create tangible reminders that we are Wrapped in God's Love.
Prayer shawls, baby caps and blankets, lovingly fashioned to share
with our church family and the Lawrence community to offer comfort
or celebrate life events. Knitted hats are mittens are also donated to children in the community during the winter.
Volunteers welcome and supply donations graciously accepted.
Contact Shari Raybern

Operation Christmas Basket

Each December, festive baskets are delivered to those in our First Church family that are home-bound, unable to regularly participate in church activities, in the hospital or in need of special care over the holidays. Baskets are delivered by our Youth Group, the Congregational Care team, and many First Church members who enjoy sharing Christmas joy. Volunteers needed to assemble and deliver.
For more information contact

Blood Pressure Checks

3rd Sunday morning each month
Downtown Campus

Flu Shots

One Sunday morning each fall
Both Campuses
Cash or Insurance Accepted

Blood Drives

Each Summer and Winter
West Campus

Medical Equipment Loan Closet

Located at our Downtown Campus. Hours of operation are 2:00pm– 4:00pm
Monday—Thursday afternoons or by appointment

There is a variety of equipment available for check out to all members of the Lawrence Community. Items include wheelchairs, canes, shower chairs, bedside commodes, walkers, crutches, and small adaptive aids.

Med Closet Contact: Rick Koester

Volunteers are needed to staff the closet and maintain the equipment.
Equipment donations are accepted as needed to maintain adequate inventory.

Need someone to listen?

Whether you’d like an occasional visit from a friendly church member, someone to walk with you during a challenging life event, or need the one on one Christ-centered care of a trained Stephen Minister, we have a companion for you.

Like to lend an ear?

Do you have a passion for supporting those in need of a caring companion? Whether you can share a little or a lot, First Church has an opportunity for you to serve. The level of training required is dependent upon the type of care provided.

Caregiver Support Group

The Caregivers Support Ministry provides education and training in caregiving skills to individual caregivers who serve the needs of a family member suffering from a chronic illness. If you are serving as a family caregiver or are interested in serving the families of the chronically ill, we invite you to learn more about opportunities to connect and serve with this ministry by contacting the facilitators, John and Janie Koonce at 479-644-5733 or email at

Wesley Walkers

Friendship and fellowship go hand in hand with those that walk
the trails of West Campus year round on Saturday mornings.
Conversations continue around mugs of coffee in the Celebration Center. Walking opportunities beyond our community are occasionally scheduled.
All ages and capabilities are welcome. Click the image for more.

Prayer Walk and Meditation Garden

All are welcome! A peaceful outdoor sanctuary at the West Campus. Offering opportunities for contemplation, quiet reflection, and prayer. Bask in the sights and sounds of nature as you walk the path and pause a moment to reflect upon the scriptures and prayers posted along the way. Benches are located along the path and at the Meditation Garden.

The Big Garden

First Harvest
Community Garden

West Campus Grounds
Click the image to learn more

Laurie Kallenbach, Director of Congregational Care

If you're interested in participating in one of our ministries or volunteering at one of our events,
please contact me