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Care/Prayer Ministries

The Care Ministry is here to serve you.  We have Stephen Ministers, Congregational Care Ministers, a Card Ministry (making cards and sending cards), Prayer Quilts, Prayer Shawls, Grief Support, Healing Prayer, and a Prayer Group. You are also invited to come pray in our prayer room, at your convenience, any time our office doors are open. The prayer room is located in CR 1 - down the hallway past the Sobremesa Cafe. If we can assist you in any way, please call Janice Braden, Care Ministry Assistant at 352-571-4665 or email We welcome those who are called to serve.


     We are invited to pray in many ways with thanksgiving to God for His many blessings and for the needs of others and for ourselves. The Prayer Team meets weekly (Thursdays at 3 PM in Class Room 4) to offer up the various prayer requests received through Prayer Quilts and Shawls, Prayer written on the prayer cards from weekly worship, online prayer requests that are submitted through the website, and prayer requests that are left in the collection box, prayer request that are submitted at the connection center or that are received by calling the office.

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     Do you have a prayer request? You can call the Care Department at 352-571-4665 or submit your request online by clicking the button below. We can visit you in the hospital! Please let us know by calling the Care Department when you, a relative, or a friend is in a local hospital. We will schedule a visit from one of our pastoral team and or congregational care ministers. It is important for us to follow up when a member of our community needs us to come alongside them. In case of a death or hospitalization of a loved one, or if you are going through a difficult time, let us know. A Congregational Care Minister or Stephen Minister can support you through this time.


     We want to connect with you and help you find your place here at Lake Deaton.  We want you to find a place to grow and serve within our community and this all starts with forming connections.  


     Grief is a natural part of human experience. Care Ministry of Lake Deaton offers Grief Support Sessions and other resources to help people experience comfort and strength on their journey through grief to acceptance and hope. Grief Support Resources, in addition to the Stephen Ministry and Grief Support Sessions which are scheduled periodically throughout the year include:


     Healing prayer is a time set aside to usher in Holy Spirit's presence to bring about healing that only God can provide.  It is a confidential prayer time for the recipient. Healing prayer can offer:

  • Freedom from anxiety/worry

  • Release from Fear

  • Physical healings (all sorts)

  • Forgiveness (for self and others)

  • Release from addictions

  • Transformation of hurtful memories.

     Jesus is at the center of all healing prayer bringing the peace that we often seek. We offer Healing Prayer classes and Healing Prayer services. To learn more, email: or call the Church office.

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There are two ways individuals can receive prayers in time of need for illness, grief, or just for general comfort.

Since 2016: Over 190 prayer quilts given

Since 2020: Over 300 prayer shawls given

Does the recipient need to give consent to receive a quilt?

  • Quilts: Yes. Their name will be published in Lake Deaton's Weekly email, which goes out every Thursday at 4pm to all subscribed members.

  • Shawls: No consent is needed.

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You can complete the on line request form by clicking the button below. Once the request is submitted, an appropriate quilt will be selected. The quilt will be hung in the Narthex or near the altar for the congregation to pray and tie a knot for the recipient. Click the button to request a prayer quilt:

Shawls & Small-Size Lap Blankets

Shawls and lap blankets are always available on the rack in the narthex when the church is open. Shawls are prayed over while they are being knit or crocheted. Complete the yellow information card that is attached to the shawl and drop it in the basket provided, or turn in at the office.

Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers are specially trained lay people in our congregation who provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to those who are facing a crisis or going through difficult times, such as loss of a loved one, chronic or terminal illness, or other life challenges. Stephen Ministers meet with their care receivers on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. The caring relationship lasts as long as the need for care exists. If you, or someone you care about, is going through a difficult time, please call the care office to find out how you can connect with a Stephen Minister.

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Congregational Care Ministers

Lay volunteers who have been specifically trained and commissioned to serve alongside our pastors and staff in meeting the care needs of our community. These ministers serve through making hospital visits, praying, and providing one-to-one encouragement. For more information call the church office at 352-571-4665.

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