Read about our Care Groups below


Sometimes we really need each other, maybe for a little encouragement or, occasionally, a helping hand. Sometimes we just need others to pray for us. First Church knows and understands the importance of sharing life good times and bad. Therefore, we offer support groups, home visits for shut-ins, crisis intervention and emergency care in times of need.

We also offer encouragement and spiritual guidance for people who are going through the pain of divorce, unemployment, financial difficulties, or life-change uncertainties. First Church partners with Southwestern Christian Counseling Services and offers 2 complimentary visits for attending church members. In times of crisis, you may also call our 24-hour emergency hotline: 866-695-0501.


Celebrate Recovery
Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12-step facilitation program for anyone struggling with hurts, habits, or hang-ups of any kind. It is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that can control our lives. The 12 steps (with accompanying scriptures) and the 8 principles (based on the Beatitudes) offer participants a clear path to salvation and discipleship bringing hope and freedom. This group meets once a week, (year round) at our Benton Heights Campus and is open to all adults.


Divorce Care

Don’t go through divorce alone.  Our DivorceCare support group is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.  You will learn how to heal from the deep hurt of divorce and discover hope for your future.  This class runs for 12 weeks.

Grief Share

Griefshare is a safe place to find support, helping you to move through your grief.  You don’t have to go through the process alone.  You’ll gain access to valuable Griefshare resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life.  This class runs for 12 weeks.

Thursday’s beginning September 21st

6:30 – 8 p.m. in the St. Joseph Heritage Room

Surrendering the Secret

Healing the Heartbreak of Abortion

Many women hide the facts of their abortion and suffer the consequences of their guilt and shame in isolation.

Over 8 sessions of personal Bible study, learn to slowly release the burden of hidden pain to discover freedom in the redemptive story of God. Replace shame with hope, joy, and beauty through the study of God’s word, journaling exercises, and a confidential, caring community.

Tuesday Evenings, beginning September 19th in the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph area.


Physical and Inner Healing

Jesus still heals today, both of our physical and emotional hurts.  This class will focus on your relationship with the Lord, learning how to hear from Him, and being empowered by the Holy Spirit to bring healing to those around you.  You will also learn how to do ministry with people who are experiencing emotional hurts and pains to help them get freedom.

Come join the adventure with the Healing Ministry of Jesus!

Thursday nights 6:30 – 8:15pm, starting September 21st for 8 weeks

Physical and Inner Healing


Care Connection Ministry
Care Connection Ministry

Care Connection Ministry is a one-on-one care giving ministry designed to provide hope, encouragement and spiritual support to people in our congregation who are homebound or living in assisted living facilities.  A Care Connection minister serves their care receiver through a weekly visit and prayer. They may also call, send cards or do other small expressions of Christ’s love. For more information about being a Care Connection minister or becoming a care receiver, contact Tracey Harlan at


What is Stephen Ministry?
What is Stephen Ministry?

A Stephen Minister provides confidential care, support and encouragement for emotional and spiritual needs to adults experiencing an immediate crisis.


CLICK HERE to email Pastor Bill Shepard or call 269-983-1524

Interested in receiving care from a Stephen Minister?
Interested in receiving care from a Stephen Minister?

We all experience challenges from time to time in our lives. During these times, we can benefit from care and support from another brother or sister in Christ.  Stephen Ministers are equipped to provide emotional and spiritual care when facing a crisis or difficulty.

Interested in receiving care and support from a Stephen Minister?

CLICK HERE to email Pastor Bill Shepard or call 269-983-1524

Interested in becoming a Stephen Minister?
Interested in becoming a Stephen Minister?

Interested in becoming a Stephen Minister?

CLICK HERE to email Pastor Bill Shepard or call 269-983-1524


Southwestern Medical Clinic Counseling

Because you’re part of First Church, you are eligible for 2 free counseling sessions at Southwestern Medical Clinic.

They are located at 675 Fairview St, Stevensville, MI 49127.

Call (269) 429-7727 to set up an appointment. They have phone call/video appointments available.

First Church Prays

Visit our First Church Prays Facebook page to leave a digital prayer request and read other requests from our friends at First Church. If you would like your prayer request to go to our Pastoral staff, please email it to

New Heights CCDA and New Heights Auto Services

Visit if you need help obtaining food. New Heights CCDA currently runs four Community Food Network groups, and serves 130 individuals and families, twice a month. Community Food Network provides members with 1/3 – 1/2 of their food needs for the month.

New Heights Auto Services remains open during this time and are ready to serve you and our community. Visit our website or call (269)932-3637 to make an appointment.

24-Hour Pastoral Help Line

The Pastoral Care Emergency Hotline is 866-695-0501

Michigan Suicide Prevention Hotline and Website
Help is available. Speak with a counselor today.
Call 1-800-273-8255 or visit