Pastoral Care & Assistance

Get the help you need.

Sometimes you just need a bit of help to meet some needs, or a friendly visit when you're not well. We may never understand why we go through certain seasons, but we do know God is in the business of restoring our lives. We offer a number of opportunities to help you during difficult seasons.

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We believe there is power in prayer and comfort in knowing that God actively listens and answers. Northwoods provides many ways for you to partner in prayer for others or receive ministry for the needs in your life.

Life Help Staff

Life Help staff members are available by appointment to help you with short-term care through trying times.


The death of a loved one is always a tragic loss and begins a difficult season of grief. We would like to walk alongside you in this time. The planning of a funeral to honor the memory of the one who has passed away can seem overwhelming. Our pastors can help you during this time and will assist you in planning a service at the church oranother location. For assistance, call the Life Help ministries office at 309-243-2776.

Financial Assistance

If you call Northwoods your church home, we are here to help in your time of need. Use the Request Assistance button below to start the process. For assistance with food, housing, gas, an emergency bill, family or child services, call 211 on your phone for help.

Hospital Visits

If you or a family member is admitted to a hospital, call us to arrange a visit. Our team includes pastors and trained volunteers who will pray with you. In the case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911. Then, during normal business hours, call the church at 309-243-1550. After hours, call the church and select the Pastor-On-Call option.

Counseling Referrals

If you have an emergency, dial 911 to reach qualified professional assistance immediately! For non-emergency professional help with personal needs, Northwoods can help you connect with local providers. Although Northwoods is not responsible for the help you receive from these institutions, we believe that you will receive excellent care. The providers each have different payment requirements. Some will file insurance claims while others will work on a sliding scale to accommodate financial challenges.

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