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Peace United Methodist Church – Care and Counseling

Care and Counseling

Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11

Peace is not just the name of our church, but what we strive for in our lives in todays very troubled world. Jesus promised to give his followers a peace that passes all understanding and a peace that is different from anything the world tries to give us. The Hebrew word for peace is shalom and means much more than an absence of war or conflict, but a wholeness or completeness that comes from being in relationship with God and Gods people. So, even in the midst of conflict, we can find this peace.

The following are some resources for those who are in need of mental health counseling, spiritual counseling, or recovery support.

Recovery Support


Talking with others is a healing ingredient in the journey of grief. Griefshare is a 13-week support group open to anyone that is dealing with the death of a loved one. Our classes meet on Thursday nights, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Youth Room. For more information about this ministry, contact Gloria Barber at 407-276-4025. For more information about Griefshare, please go to

Al-Anon – AA Family Groups

is a 12 Step Program for the Family and Friends of Alcoholics. Help is available whether the Alcoholic/Addict is still drinking/using or living with sobriety. Al-Anon is an Anonymous fellowship. Al-Anon meets at Peace every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in Classroom C.


Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs have become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other live drug-free. It costs nothing to attend a meeting. There are no dues or fees; the only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs, which includes alcohol. The fellowship focuses on recovery from the disease of addiction. Anyone may join us regardless of age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion or lack of religion. Two groups meet weekly at Peace on Tuesday and Friday nights at 7:00 p.m. in the Youth Room.


Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. There are no dues or fees for Gamblers Anonymous membership. Our primary purpose is to stop gambling and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same. GA meets on the Peace Church campus every Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Classroom D.

Christian Counseling

St. Lukes Community Counseling Center is a nonprofit group providing help to persons of all ages by Licensed Mental Health Counselors. The Center is open to anyone looking for comfort, wholeness, and non-judgmental support. The universal values of healing, wholeness, caring and confidentiality are the foundation, with every person being welcomed where they are. Counseling enables each person to gain clarity in their life while counselors offer support on the journey. Counselors offer help in many areas: parenting, self-esteem, relationships, stress management, addictions, depression, anger, domestic violence, bereavement, illness adaptation, crisis intervention, conflict resolution and career counseling. Counselors are approved providers for many insurance companies and everyone in the community is welcome. Two counselors meet on site at Peace Church. Call 407-876-4991 Ext. 250 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Spiritual Care

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is a person-centered, holistic approach to care that complements the care offered by other counseling disciplines while paying particular attention to spiritual care. The focus of pastoral care is upon the healing, guiding, supporting, reconciling, nurturing, liberating, and empowering of people in whatever situation they find themselves. For spiritual care appointments with our pastor, or one of our retired clergy, please contact the church office 407-438-8947 ext. 200.

Spiritual Direction

Sometimes we feel the desire to seek spiritual counsel from a mature Christian or to talk with someone about our spiritual walk. Spiritual Directors are trained to help others pay attention to how God is working in their lives and to seek God in their current circumstances.

Spiritual Directors are not trained counselors. If you are seeking counseling, please see our care and counseling page.

How do I find a Spiritual Director?

  • Peace member Carolyn Sargent is a certified Spiritual Director. She can be reached at (407) 298-7520.
  • Audire is a local Spiritual Direction program that maintains a directory of graduate.
  • Spiritual Directors International has a database of its membership.

Short-term Assistance

Meal Assistance Program (MAP)

Peace UMC, in partnership with Publix and through financial and food donations from groups and individuals in the church and community, is able to provide a bag of food for these families in desperate need of assistance. Each bag feeds a family of four for several meals. Bags of food may be picked up in the church office Monday Friday from 8:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m.

H.O.M.E. (Helping Others Make the Effort)

HOME is a non-profit organization in Osceola County that assists homeless women and children to get back on their feet. For more information, visit their website.