Sun Lakes United Methodist Church


Stephen Ministry

The Stephen Ministry program is a part of the body of Christ who care, encourage, listen, share, and pray for you. Whether you are struggling with grief, long-term care, hospitalization, divorce, interpersonal relationships, discouraged, wrestling with faith and trust, or you need mentoring to maintain freedom in Christ a Stephen Minister is there for you to attend to the care-giving process and leave the results to God.

Grief Group

Weekly grief support groups are held on the Church campus at various times and days. It is not GriefShare, but instead an informal gathering of people, facilitated by our Associate Pastor, who are experiencing grief and need a safe place to come, share, and discuss with others what they are going through. There may be a theme or idea focused on each week, but if the discussion leads elsewhere, we will go with the discussion. Participants will build and dictate the agenda each week. What is most important is participants have a safe place to share their real and genuine feelings and ideas. Registration is not necessary; come as you are able.

Sunshine Friends

The Sunshine Friends provide a valuable service to the members and people who attend the church. They provide an intimate Christian setting for a memorial service reception at a reasonable cost. They work with you to provide a very personalized day of remembrance.


GriefShare is a nationally known program that offers help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend. Meeting weekly for 13 weeks and comprised of 3 elements:

  • A video seminar providing encouragement and information from leading grief recovery experts.
  • A support group that centers on the video content, and a workbook for journaling and personal exercises between sessions.
  • A few of the 13 topics covered include:
    • Is what I am feeling normal?
    • The challenges of grief.
    • Why?
    • Stuck in my grief.

Call the Church Office for dates and times.

Online Giving

Sun Lakes United Methodist Church allows you to donate online using either a major credit card or PayPal. Online Giving is a convenient, secure online system for contributions via PayPal. All information is encrypted and secure.
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