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Care Ministries

“Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Gal. 6:2

We strive to meet individual needs through relationships with others in Life Groups and various ministries and events. When additional care is required, the Care and Support Teams can address unique life circumstances.

We offer the following care ministries:

Woodlands Support Teams

Care team

The Care Team is a group of Woodlands Church members and regular attendees whose primary purpose is to lift up in prayer the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of the church family. The team includes representatives from the pastoral staff and members of the congregation who adhere to a strict confidentiality code. The team gathers weekly to review prayer requests, pray together as a team and consider ways to encourage those in our church with various needs and concerns. If you have a current prayer request that you wish to convey, you may submit your request online.

The Care Team also explores other ways in which care needs can be made known, as well as other resources that might be useful in helping those in our church family. Recommendations about how to improve communication of needs as well as additional helping resources are welcome.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Encouragement team

The Encouragement Team sends cards of encouragement in response to prayer requests, medical issues, to those in nursing homes, to Woodlands pastors and staff, to those who have suffered a loss, and in appreciation of service.

If you know of someone within Woodlands who could use an encouraging note or you would like to learn about joining our team please email Laura Woods.

Visitation team

Our Visitation Team is a group of men and women who encourage people by visiting them in their homes. Once a month, we visit those who are homebound, recovering from illness and need someone to keep them company, or anyone who is lonely and desiring connection.

If you know of someone within Woodlands who could benefit from visitation or you would like to learn about joining our team please email Laura Woods.

Care Responders

Care Responders

The Woodlands Care Responders are trained volunteers who listen, encourage, pray with and point care receivers to resources within our church and community. Serving as the first point of contact, they provide a personal, compassionate, and safe response to requests for support or help. If appropriate, Care Responders will follow-up over the next year with the person with whom they worked. Each Care Responder is on call one week at a time on a rotating basis. Ongoing training and support is provided monthly.


Here are some of the needs a Care Responder may be able to help with:
• Emotional Needs
• Physical Needs
• Mental Health Challenges (Depression/Anxiety)
• Grief
• Loss
• Addiction
• Trauma
• Abuse
• Job Loss
• Separation or DivorceCare


Mondays 6 -8 pm

*This class is currently full. Check back for a future class.


A warm, caring environment led by people who understand what you’re going through. This group of people meets weekly to help you heal from the hurt of separation and divorce. Hear from nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics. Seminar sessions include: “Deep Hurt”, “Road to Recovery”, “Grief & Depression”, “Loneliness”, “Fears & Anxiety”, “Conflict”, “Forgiveness” and others.

To learn more about DivorceCare, visit their website,

A $20 contribution for materials is suggested.


Mondays 6 – 8 pm
Childcare is available

May 23 – August 29

Grief is universal. It will happen to all of us during our lifetime, but that doesn’t make it easy. Come join this group of people to discover that you are not alone in this journey. The group has a workbook, discussions, and videos that will guide you through the grieving process.

This class can be joined at any time.

A $20 contribution for materials is suggested.

Click here for more information, about GriefShare.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry offers lay Christian care to hurting individuals in our congregation and community. This ministry reflects the true nature of the church, by obeying Christ’s command to “love one another”. Our desire is to help you experience God’s love and care as we walk with you through a difficult time. The core purpose of this ministry is summed up in the words of Paul in his letter to the Ephesians. “To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-13).

Are you in need of care? Learn more about how you can receive care here.

Interested in Serving? Call the church office at 715-341-0800 or apply using the bottom below.

Stephen Ministry International Web Site

If you would like more information about getting involved in the Stephen Ministry please contact JoAnna Bradford.

Counseling Referrals


When we have emotional needs, we can usually lean on family members, friends, or members of our Life Group. Occasionally, however, problems can become more complicated and difficult and we may need the help of a professional. If that time comes, Woodlands Church has Christian counselors who are members of our church family and are ready to help.


Foster Friends


Foster Friends is a ministry at Woodlands Church that seeks to support families who are fostering children. Being a foster family is hard work and often very isolating. The family must navigate new personalities, needs, appointments and the trauma and grief that these new children bring with them. Often, the stress of all of this leads to burn out and about 80% of families quit fostering after 1 year, thus moving the child to another home. Each time a child is moved it creates more trauma and hurt for them to process. God has a heart for each one of these children and there is something we can do; not everyone is called to become a foster family but we can all do something!

Foster Friends creates Care Communities to surround each foster family at our church with a meal once a week, childcare and prayer. This tangible support helps the family to foster longer and avoid burnout.

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We are looking for people who would be willing to provide a meal or childcare one time per month to help alleviate a little of the burden foster families face. When their load is lightened they can focus more time on their children and marriage and can foster longer.

Here are some of the roles in the Care Communities:

Team Leader – This position is relational and administrative as it involved talking to the foster family each week and reporting back to the Care Community. The Team Leader works to build a relationship with the foster family, ensure their needs are being met and give the Care Community ways they can be praying for the family throughout the week.  The commitment for this role is about 1 hour per week.
Family Helper – The Care Community blesses the family with a meal each week, on the night of the family’s choosing.  Each family helper commits to bringing one meal each month.  We provide the family helpers with information about food preferences, dislikes and allergies.  As a Care Community gets to know the family the Family Helpers can also help with other needs such as yard work or light cleaning.  The Family Helper also prays for the family throughout the week.
Child Mentor – A child mentor commits to meeting with a child one time each month for a regularly scheduled outing.  They can also help with transportation or if something unexpected comes up during the month.  This role can be used to serve the children in foster care or the biological children in the family.  This role requires a background check.  The Child Mentor also commits to praying for the family throughout the week.
Interim Caregiver – An Interim Caregiver is someone who has developed a relationship with the family and children and provides overnight care for the foster children so that the family can have some time together.  This role requires a background check and is often a role someone will “grow into” over time.  The Interim Caregiver also commits to praying for the family throughout the week.
The Care Community seeks to match the gifts of the members with the needs of the family. Therefore, it can have endless possibilities but always seeks to support and encourage the foster family.
The commitment to serve in a Care Community is for 1 year.
Are you a foster family who needs support?

Sign up for a Care Community by clicking on the button below:

Men’s & Women’s Healing Groups

Tuesdays @ 8 – 10 AM

This weekly confidential small group is designed for women who struggle with any unwanted sexual behaviors.

Through the use of weekly exercises, strategic tools, and a self-care focus, we learn how to unravel the messiness of our struggle in order to experience lifelong healing from a greater understanding of who God is and who He created us to be.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Tanya Thomac.

Thursdays @ 6:30 PM

This group meets every week at Woodlands. The purpose of this group is to encourage one another to follow God’s standard for sexual purity. We do this by reminding one another of the Bible’s teaching on healthy sexuality. As a supportive team of brothers we are there to hold one another accountable and provide a safe, confidential place to share. Please contact Pastor David Hansen for more information or sign up below.

Sign up here!

Tuesdays @ 6:00 PM

“How did he get this way? How can I tell if he is getting better? Can I ever trust him again? Was it my fault? What do I do now?”
When a wife has been hurt by her husband’s sexual sin, finding answers to these questions is crucial in moving forward. The Betrayal and Beyond small group is a safe space for women to find healing by understanding the role of trauma, establishing healthy boundaries, exploring the depth of forgiveness, and learning to live in restoration.

Sign up here!

Mondays 6-8 PM
October 25 – December 6

A 6-week small group led by facilitators who are trained in Bible-based trauma healing. Together, we will make a safe space for group members to:

• Discover what the Bible says about suffering
• Learn about trauma and its effects

Sign up here!

This class will help you move from joblessness to finding fulfilling employment!

What is Jobs for Life?

  • Jobs for Life is an 8-week/16 session curriculum that teaches jobs skills and character traits that are necessary for gaining and maintaining meaningful employment.
  • The Jobs for Life certificate of graduation has recognized value to local employers.