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Weddington Church seeks to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who are hurting in our church and in the community. Support groups such as AA, NA, Food Addictions, GriefShare, and DivorceCare are how many people have found healing and hope.

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

John 15:12

Our Pastoral Care Support Groups and Programs

Adult Children of Alcoholics is an organization that is intended to provide a forum for individuals who desire to recover from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family. The group meets Fridays at 6:30 p.m. in Room 209 of the Sanctuary building. 

Al-Anon This support group for people who have loved ones struggling with addictions meets in-person and virtually on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Hemby House.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group This group meets to offer support for people who are caring for loved ones who have Alzheimer’s or dementia. A representative from the Alzheimer’s Association facilitates the group’s discussion. They meet on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. virtually. Contact Ginny Hunt the facilitator of this group for more information or for a link to be a part of this group.  

Caring Hearts (homebound and nursing home care) offers Christ’s love, nurture and support to those who are unable to be active participants in the congregation due to the incapacities of old age or other infirmities that confine them to their homes and nursing/adult care facilities. Caring Hearts visits, calls, deliver meals, offers prayer support and develops relationships with a homebound friend. Click here to watch a video on our Caring Hearts Ministry. If you would like to be a part of this ministry or would be interested in more information, please contact Rev. Ed Briggs or Sandra McKee.

DivorceCare Support Group This group features a DVD series with recognized experts on divorce and recovery. After the DVD is shown, there is a small group time to process the information received, as well as time to experience the caring support from group members. Click here to learn more about DivorceCare. Each week for 13 weeks, a topic related to separation and divorce is covered by video and discussion. If you or someone you know is interested in signing up, please contact Sandra McKee

Domestic Violence Support Group Jessica Moser leads a 12-week domestic violence support group.  For more information about this group that meets virtually, please contact the church office. 

Foster/Adoption Journey GroupThis group seeks to support, encourage and grow foster and adoptive parents in all places along the way while on their journey. The group meets on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Hemby House Room 1. The first meeting will be on November 1, 2021. If you want more information about this group or you would like to sign up to attend, please contact Patty Myers.

GriefShare Support Group If you or someone you know have experienced the death of a family member or friend, please know that help can be found through GriefShare. This class seeks, through a DVD series and discussion, to bring comfort and care to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Email Sandra McKee to become a part of this healing ministry.

Menopause Support Group for Women We are pleased to announce a new support group for women who are struggling with perimenopause and menopause. The group offers a safe space to talk about (or just listen to) the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual challenges of menopause – and receive compassionate support, information, and resources to help you thrive. The group meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the Hemby House. To register, please contact Sandra McKee or call the church office.

Mental Health Team It is the mission of this team to help erase the stigma of mental illness. Awareness of mental health and illness is their focus.  Implementing support will follow up this emphasis.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) NAMI offers a once a month virtual support group for family members who have loved ones living with mental illness. Contact Evann Duncan, group leader for the date, time, and link to the meeting.   

NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group meets weekly via Zoom. This group is peer-led for individuals living with a mental condition. For information on the dates, times, and a link, please contact group leader, Chris Spizzirri.

NAMI Family-to-Family Classes are for family members with a relative who has a mental illness. To register for classes, please contact NAMI Union County.

Narcotics Anonymous ministers to those who struggle with drug addiction. NA meets on Saturday evenings from 8:00-9:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Contact is Jon Boyer, 252.643.3551, slashtwentyfore@gmail.com. The NA Officers Meeting is the 1st Saturday of the month from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Contact is Jordan, 704.993.8995.  

PAL (Parents of Addicted Loved Ones) Parents are often collateral damage when a family member struggles with addiction. (PAL) brings healing and hope as it helps families deal with the issues surrounding a teen or an adult child struggling with addiction through free weekly meetings offering education, fellowship, and most important, hope. PAL gives parents the tools they need through an evidence-based curriculum that deals with critical issues ranging from enabling to delayed emotional growth; and the support they want through the sharing time between parents. This faith based group reinforces the role a relationship with God can make in the struggle with loved ones living with addiction. PAL meetings are on Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Hemby House. For more information, please contact the PAL facilitator Jennifer Wyatt.

Prayer Shawl Ministry is made up of people who prayerfully knit and crochet prayer shawls for women and lap quilts for men who need a reminder of our love and prayers. Anyone interested in this ministry contact Sandra McKee.

Stephen Ministry is a ministry in our congregation in which trained and supervised lay persons, called Stephen Ministers, provide one to one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges or difficulties. Weddington Church has several trained Stephen Ministers. Learn more about Stephen Ministry on the website and by watching this video.

Whole Hearted Ministry Support Group Did you know that according to the National Sexual Violence Center, nearly 1 in 5 women in the United States and 1 in 71 men have been sexually assaulted? Truly, these numbers are alarming! Behind each number is someone who has been traumatized. Unbeknownst to you, there are people around you who are a part of these statistics. The power of shame and embarrassment for these individuals keeps them from getting the help they need. We, as a church, are seeking to bring the Light of Christ to the darkness of sexual assault. If you are interested in more information about our Whole Hearted Ministries, please visit the Whole Hearted Ministry website. 

Weddington Christian Counseling Center

Weddington Christian Counseling Center is a place of healing and growth for members and visitors of Weddington United Methodist Church, as well as the surrounding community. Click for more information.

More Information

For more information on our Pastoral Care Ministry and support groups, please contact our Minister of Pastoral Care, Rev. Ed Briggs or Administrative Assistant, Sandra McKee at the church office.