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Care & Prayer
Care & Prayer

Cornerstone is a caring church and a praying church. That’s not just something we say—it’s who we are and what we do! We have a very active Care & Prayer Ministry. We believe God responds to prayer, and in fact invites us to be in a prayer relationship with Him. He also tells us in the Bible to care for others.

Care & Prayer

All of us experience times in our lives when we need help. You may be hurting from or rejoicing in a challenging life circumstance (like illness, grief, birth of a baby, etc.) or you may know someone who is. Below, you will find some of the ways we can help you and pray.


How We Can Help

Choose a button to explore more of the ways we can help you:

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are laypeople—Christian men and women—trained to provide one-to-one care for anyone experiencing a difficult time in life: grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, or separation due to military deployment.

Stephen Ministers aren't counselors; they're specially trained people from all walks of life with a passion for being great listeners, and bringing Christ’s love and care to people during hard times. A Stephen Minister usually meets with a person once a week for about an hour.

Training to Become a Stephen Minister

Stephen Minister training is a Christ-centered experience that equips you with essential caring and relating skills. Participants learn how to listen to, care for, and walk with those going through difficult times. The training equips you to provide high-quality care to people who are hurting.

Training begins this Fall (2019), and applications are due by August 31.

Apply for Training

Watch a testimonial video about Stephen Ministry.

If you have any questions, or just want to learn more, email Mara Marsman or call her at 616.698.3170.

Care Visits

Comfort and encourage those at home, in hospitals, and in nursing facilities because of illness or physical limitations. Our lay chaplains—trained Christian men and women—listen compassionately, offer encouragement, and pray with individuals.

For more information about this ministry, email Karen Baker or call 616.698.3170 ext.1009.

Care Cards

Encourage and remind people that they are loved and valued, in all circumstances such as illness, grief, celebration, etc. Our team prays over each person’s circumstance and sends cards with personal, written encouragement.

For more information about this ministry, email Karen Baker or call 616.698.3170 ext.1009.

Care Grief Packets

Grief packets are sent to those who have lost a parent, spouse, or child and focus on what they are likely experiencing at different points of the grief journey. Our team sends each of four different Journeying through Grief books at specific, crucial times during that first year of grief.

For more information about this ministry, email Karen Baker or call 616.698.3170 ext.1009.

Care & Repair

We assist families and individuals with physical or financial limitations by helping with minor/occasional yard work or home repair. Our team offers their volunteer resources as available.

For more information about this ministry, email Karen Baker or call 616.698.3170 ext.1009.

Care Meals

Care meals assist families or individuals with illness, a baby, or other circumstances that temporarily limit their ability to prepare their own meals.

For more information about this ministry, email Karen Baker or call 616.698.3170 ext.1009.

Care Gifts

Encourages children and teens that experience illness needing hospitalization or medical treatments. Let our team know about a child or teen who could benefit from a gift.

For more information about this ministry, email Karen Baker or call 616.698.3170 ext.1009.

Blood Drives

Cornerstone supports many local non-profits, but did you know we also have a partnership with Michigan Blood? We host blood drives during the year to make sure our local hospitals have the supply they need.

Get details about the next blood drive.

Financial Counseling

Our financial counselors are lay leaders who provide confidential, Bible-based financial counseling to individuals and couples who desire guidance in honoring the Lord with their finances. A financial counselor helps to develop a budget and debt repayment plan through our budget-counseling ministry. The counselor encourages spiritual maturity and discovering the joy of incorporating God-honoring financial management principles into their lives.

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Professional Counseling

While Cornerstone does not offer professional counseling, we do partner with many Christian counselors in the area who are trained to help with many situations a person faces in life, including depression, anxiety, addiction, marriage struggles, parenting difficulties, parental bonding, post-partum depression, and other difficult circumstances. We encourage children, teens, and twenties to seek help with our age specific counseling partners.

For more information about this ministry, email Karen Baker or call 616.698.3170 ext.1009.

Spiritual Healing

Heart of Healing Prayer is offered by prayer servants trained to walk an individual through a prayer time toward spiritual healing. Spiritual healing is a key part of relationship health, physical health, emotional health, and overall well-being.

For more information about this ministry, email Karen Baker or call 616.698.3170 ext.1009.

CareGroups are peer support communities that offer emotional and practical help. Along with faith in Christ, it’s helpful to identify the circumstances underneath emotions and presenting behaviors (like grief, anger, or addiction) that may keep us isolated, stuck, or hopeless.

While our groups are not professional therapy, they do offer emotional and practical assistance to help cope with challenges, find hope, and move forward. Groups also foster connection because the people in them often have common experiences, and share similar feelings, worries, and challenges.

Why participate in a CareGroup? 

Because they can help you: Feel less lonely, isolated or ashamed • Reduce stress, depression, anxiety and/or fatigue • Talk openly and honestly about your feelings • Improve skills to cope with challenges • Gain a sense of empowerment or hope • Learn about emotional and practical resources • Strengthen or develop faith in Christ

Groups meet Tuesday nights. Most get together at the 84th St. Campus, but some meet in different locations – details below. Some groups run all year; others have 8 to 13-week cycles.

Groups Meeting at 84th St. (1675 84th St. SE, Caledonia, MI 49316)

  • Anger [84th St. Campus]

    September 10 - December 3, 2019
    6:30-8pm

    Registration closes October 16

    This group uses the curriculum “What’s Good About Anger?” to self-reflect and identify ways to cope positively with anger, while recognizing that the emotion itself isn’t always a bad thing. Cost: $25 for the workbook; scholarships available.

    Register

  • Blended Families [84th St. Campus]

    September 10 - October 19, 2019
    6:30-8pm

    A community for couples who are, or anticipate, being in a blended family. “The Smart Stepfamily” curriculum discusses practical, realistic solutions to common challenges faced by blended families. Join any time! Cost: $8 for the workbook; scholarships available.

    Register

  • DivorceCare [84th St. Campus]

    September 10 - December 3, 2019
    6:30-8pm

    This group is for anyone who’s separated or divorced. We come together once a week to process the pain of the past, and look forward to reshaping our future. You don’t have to go through separation or divorce alone. Join any time! Cost: $15 for the workbook; scholarships available.

    Register

  • DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) [84th St. Campus]

    September 10 - December 3, 2019
    6:30-8pm

    Games, music, and videos are designed to help children ages 5-12 heal from hurts caused by the separation or divorce of their parents. Kids can join any time! Cost: $15 for the workbook; scholarships available.

    Register

  • GriefShare [84th St. Campus]

    September 10 - December 3, 2019
    6:30-8:30pm

    Find help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Join at any time. Cost: $15 for the workbook; scholarships available.

    Register

  • Infertility & Pregnancy Loss [84th St. Campus]

    September 10 - December 3, 2019
    1st & 3rd Tuesdays
    6:30-8pm

    For anyone navigating the complex emotions of infertility and/or the pain of pregnancy loss. Discussion is led by teacher, speaker, and author Sarah Rollandini. You can check out her blog at sarahrollandini.com. No cost; join any time.

    Register

  • LGBTQ+ [84th St. Campus]

    September 10 - December 3, 2019
    1st & 3rd Tuesdays
    6:30-8pm

    Registration closes October 30

    A peer-support community for anyone who identifies on the LGBTQ+ spectrum and wants to discuss relationship with Jesus. This group aims to lift the shame that prevents people from engaging with their faith. No cost. Meeting information provided after registration.

    Register

  • LGBTQ+ for Family Members [84th St. Campus]

    September 10 - December 3, 2019
    1st & 3rd Tuesdays
    6:30-8pm

    For family members of anyone who identifies on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. Instead of choosing sides or debating theology, this group focuses on ways to love one another in ways that strengthen family relationships, and encourage personal relationships with Jesus Christ. Join any time. Cost: $20 for the book; scholarships available.

    Register

  • Living Grace: Anxiety & Depression [84th St. Campus]

    September 10 - December 3, 2019
    6:30-8pm

    Registration closes October 16

    This peer support community is clinically proven to decrease the severity of symptoms of depression and anxiety. The Living Grace Group curriculum incorporates biblical and clinical insights for anyone who is experiencing depression and anxiety. Cost: $17 for the workbook; scholarships available. (This group is for adults; there is a group for high school students below.)

    Register

  • Reboot: Combat Recovery [84th St. Campus]

    September 10 - December 3, 2019
    6:30-8pm

    This is a community for veterans and service members. It combines clinal and faith-based perspectives to help people heal from the spiritual and moral wounds of war. No cost. Join any time.

    Register

  • Single & Parenting [84th St. Campus]

    September 10 - December 3, 2019
    6:30-8pm

    This group is for single parents to encourage one another, and discuss practical solutions to shared challenges. Cost: $15 for the workbook; scholarships available. Join any time.

    Register

  • Starting Oct 1: Redefine Grace: Anxiety & Depression (For high school students) [84th St. Campus]

    October 1 - December 3, 2019
    6:30-8pm

    Registration closes October 23

    This group incorporates a curriculum which combines clinical and faith-based insights to help high school students cope with the stressors in their lives, and manage symptoms of anxiety and depression. No cost.

    Register

Groups Meeting at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Please Note: While construction is ongoing at Cornerstone’s South Wyoming Campus, the groups below will be meeting at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (next door to South Wyoming): 2670 56th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49418.

  • AA: Alcoholics Anonymous

    Meets Every Tuesday
    6:30-8pm

    This group shares experiences to learn from and support each other along the journey to recovery from alcoholism. No sign up – just show up.

  • Al Anon

    Meets Every Tuesday
    6:30-8pm

    This community is for anyone who has been impacted by someone else’s alcoholism, whether or not that person has admitted to a drinking problem. No sign up – just show up.

Need Prayer or Want to Pray for Others?

If you have a prayer concern, our prayer team or the whole church will pray for you, depending on the level confidentiality you prefer. If you would like an individual to pray with you in person, we can arrange for you to meet with someone to do that, too. Or, if you are looking to pray for others, you can connect to the weekly public prayer list.

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Response Cards

Each Sunday you have the opportunity to write your prayer requests and praises on your Response Card. These are emailed out to some members of the Prayer Team and then placed in the Prayer Room for prayer during the week. Team members also attempt to contact those who submit a prayer request to offer encouragement.

Prayer Room

Our Prayer Room is available for you to use any time the building is open. There are materials on prayer to aid you as you pray. The prayer room is located in room 302 at the 84th St. campus.

On Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00pm, you can also use the Prayer Room if you have a prayer concern and would like someone to pray with you one-on-one, or whether you'd like to pray for and with others in a small group. There's no sign up necessary.

Prayer Time

After each worship service, you have the opportunity to meet in the Prayer Room to pray together briefly, then spread out through the building to invite God’s presence and pray over the pastors, the people and the ministries of Cornerstone.

Prayer Walk

Individuals, families and Life Groups are encouraged to “prayer walk” in neighborhoods. We have packets with instructions and suggested prayers. There are door hangers available to let folks know you prayed for them. You can pick up a packet in the Prayer Room.

Care & Prayer Team Lead

Karen Baker
Karen Baker

P 616.698.3170 ext. 1009
Email Karen