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.


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 friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you.  You don’t have to go through the grieving 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.

Celebrate Recovery
Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12-step facilitation program for anyone struggling with hurts, habits, or hangu-ps 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.



Stephen Ministry is an international volunteer ministry equipping individuals to provide one-on-one Christian care to hurting people in and around the First Church community. A Stephen minister provides confidential care, support and encouragement for emotional and spiritual needs to adults experiencing an immediate crisis.
Questions? Contact Pastor Bill Shepard 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 [email protected]

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