The purpose of the care ministries is to offer encouragement, support, care, resources and prayer to individuals in our church family at various stages, places and circumstances of life and to engage the congregation in service and community with one another. Our team has a network of people who use their spiritual gifts and talents in service and we are always seeking additional volunteers who have a passion for caring to join us. For more information on volunteer opportunities or to receive care, contact the church office at 352-854-9550.

Stephen Ministry

This is a one-to-one, confidential care-giving ministry to those experiencing difficulties or life changes.


Silver Saints Respite Care

This ministry is for those providing in home care/supervision, 24/7, to an adult loved one who has a chronic illness.

Congregational Care Ministers

Our Congregational Care Ministers provide a ministry of presence for Ocala West members and regular attenders who are in hospitals, hospice, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities or are confined to their own homes; helping them stay connected to the church and to be a reminder of God’s love.


GriefShare is a special weekly seminar and support group designed to help you rebuild your life after losing a loved one.

Intercessory Prayer Team

Our prayer ministry team is committed to prayer for the urgent needs of our church family and other loved ones because we believe there is power in prayer.

Home / Facility Bound Communion

Ocala West UMC members who are homebound and no longer able to attend churchworship services receive communion at home on the first Sunday of each month or the week following, from a dedicated team of Homebound Communion volunteers.

Telecare Ministry

TELECARE MINISTRY The Telecare Ministry is a layperson phone ministry that provides support to members of our church family. When members are absent for several weeks, calls are made on behalf of the pastoral staff, which enables the pastors r in

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry The purpose of a prayer shawl is to offer someone a tangible example of God’s love and care. These shawls, along with lap robes, walker caddies and clothing protectors are made with prayer and given to members


Born Again Beads

BORN AGAIN BEADS Born Again Bead gift bags with hand-beaded Soncatchers and inspirational message have lifted the spirits of over 1,000 people since the ministry began. Gifts bags are given to first time visitors, patients in health care


Breast Cancer S.O.S (Sisterhood of Survivors)

BREAST CANCER SOS (SISTERHOOD OF SURVIVORS) This group meets the last Tuesday of each month in the chapel (Room 235) to offer support and resources. Our facilitator is a breast cancer survivor who feels called by God to this ministry of love .