Our Congregational Care Ministry develops, implements and oversees ministries which provide compassion, care and support to members and friends.
The following ministries, under the umbrella of this ministry, offer special Christian nurturing, loving and caring.
The Bereavement Committee assists members of the church family when there is a death in the immediate family. When there is a death, the family is asked how the committee could best assist them. We usually prepare a meal for the members of the family prior to or after the service or prepare food for a reception after the service. If one of the family members is a member of a Sunday School Class or a UMW Circle, that group is asked to assist with the preparation and serving of the food.
Journeying Through Grief book sets:
A set of four short books is delivered to those during the difficult first year after losing a spouse or child. Church members losing other relations who are particularly struggling with the grief process may also be referred by our Pastors or FUMC Stephen Leader. These four books are delivered in person 1) within 3 weeks after death, 2) three months after death, 3) six months after death and 4) eleven months after death- just before the 1st anniversary.
Lay Visitation Ministry:
Lay Visitation is a ministry where Lay volunteers are matched with Church members who are homebound or cannot get to Church over long periods of time. Many receive monthly visits, others prefer monthly phone calls or cards instead of personal visits. Volunteers select whatever day and time works best for them and the one visited.
Our Lay Visitation ministry can always use more volunteers (men and women of all ages) because our list often changes with an increase of members’ declining health or accidents. Also, if you are especially creative and would like to help make gifts for those we visit, we welcome your participation. If you would like to volunteer, please call our Church office at 706-884-4635 or email email@example.com who will get you in touch with our Lay Visitation Coordinator.
Our Church’s Prayer Ministry meets weekly to pray confidentially for our Congregation, our members’ special concerns, our Church leadership, our community, country leaders and world peace. They also give praise for thanksgivings and joyful events, such as births, new members, graduations, and confirmations. Personal notes are sent for compassion, sympathy, or celebration. Come join us Thursdays in the Resource Center (former library) 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
We care about our family and their prayer concerns. We offer three different ways you can submit your confidential prayer requests: 1) Call the Church office at 706-884-4635, 2) Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3) Complete the online form located on the front page of our website and look for the praying hands.
The Resource Center, our revamped library, provides: 1) resources for the congregation, group leaders, Sunday School teachers, and the Stephen Ministry team, 2) a storage place for our Church historical records, 3) reference books not easily available elsewhere and 4) a networking of resources from Sunday School classes, bible studies, United Methodist Women, prayer groups and youth ministries.
The Resource Center is set up in four sections: Reference, Congregational Care, Church Archives and Curriculum. The Resource Center accepts only new or gently used books as donations and encourages classes and study groups to donate their material for sharing with others in the congregation.
We are in the process of adding a TV, DVD player and computer to better utilize our resources and enable small groups to use the room as a classroom.
S.O.U.L. Group- Survivors of Unexpected Loss:(Suicide Survivors Support Group)
Losing a loved family member or friend through suicide is a devastating and tragic loss for a survivor. Not knowing what to do, where to turn, or who to speak with after such a loss was a problem that survivors faced in our community. For that reason, the S.O.U.L. Group was created in 2016 by a few survivors of suicide to help in the grieving and healing process. By understanding and sharing stories of loved ones lost, the group is a support system for survivors.
The meeting dates vary depending on attendees’ schedule. The meetings are open to anyone in our community who have experienced a loss through suicide. For more information and the date of our next meeting, contact the church office at 706-884-4635 or email email@example.com. Whether your loss was a month ago or years ago, you are invited. Meetings are very informal–come as you are!
This is a newly reactivated ministry at our church. Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry where Christ cares for people through people. Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who receive special training to provide this Christian care to people (Care Receivers) in our congregation and community who are experiencing grief through losing a loved one, divorce, hospitalization, disability, job loss and many other life difficulties. They listen, care, encourage and provide emotional and spiritual support. The care is always confidential and free. Men are matched with male Stephen Ministers and women with female Stephen Ministers.
Stephen Ministers are recruited, trained, and provided continuing education by specially trained Stephen Leaders. Six Stephen Ministers were commissioned March 5, 2017 after a 50 hour classroom training. We hope to train more by the end of 2017.
To recommend someone to receive one-to-one confidential care from one of our Stephen Ministers or if you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister, please call our Church office at 706-884-4635 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about this ministry, click HERE.