Pastoral Care

Weddington UMC seeks to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who are hurting in our church and in the community. The Pastoral Care Ministry consists of staff members Rev. Ed Briggs and Sandra McKee. Feel free to call the church office at 704.846.1032, if you have any questions about our Pastoral Care ministries.

Needing Extra Care

You may need some extra support because of these very trying times we are in due to the Coronavirus. We at Weddington UMC are offering a variety of options for care.  The following resources are available for you:

  • Tony Gibson, counselor at our Weddington Christian Counseling Center
  • Stephen Ministers, who are church members trained in listening and care giving
  • Congregation Connectors, who are church members who will connect with you for the sake of conversation and prayer
  • Caring Heart volunteers, who reach out to our home bound elderly
  • WUMC clergy, who are also willing to speak with you

If you desire any of these support opportunities, click here for more information. We will be in contact with you in an effort to best connect you with the right person to help. May God Bless you and your families with His peace and protection.


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. Click here to read a testimony from an ACA beneficiary.

Al Anon offers support for people with family members who suffer from addictions. It meets on Thursday at 7:00 p.m in the Hemby House.

Alcoholics Anonymous This group helps those struggling with alcohol addiction. Please contact the church office for more information.

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. We also offer a group for the people who have Alzheimer’s and dementia at the same time as their caregivers’ support meeting. A representative from the Alzheimer’s Association facilitates the group’s discussion.  They meet on the third Wednesdays of every month at 6:30 p.m. in Room 16 in the Sanctuary building.

ATLAS (Advocates for those Living with Addiction Stigma) Our Addiction Awareness Team has a new name. The new name is ATLAS which stands for Advocates for those Living with Addiction Stigma. Our mission is to be the voice for those who have been shamed into silence. To erase the stigma of addiction through awareness and education and to offer support to all those affected by addiction.  We will be complying a list of various resources that will be helpful for  the person in addiction and the family and friends of this person.  We are also looking towards having a panel of speakers who will address the subject of addiction and teenagers on a Sunday evening in October during youth.  Our efforts can and will grow as we get more people on board to serve on our team.  Please prayerfully consider being a part of what we are doing to combat an addiction epidemic. If you are feeling led by God to join our team, please contact Rev. Ed Briggs at the church office.

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. Fall DivorceCare meets for 13 weeks and will begin on Wednesday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 1 of the Hemby House. Please contact Sandra McKee to register by September 4.

Domestic Violence Support Group Jessica Moser will be leading a 12-week domestic violence support group beginning again in September 2019. An exact date and location will be determined shortly. For more information about this group and for the location, please contact the church office.

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. Fall GriefShare will begin on Wednesday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Weddington Campus Fellowship Hall. Please contact Sandra McKee to register by September 4.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Connection Recovery Support Group (“Connection”) is a free, peer-led support group for adults who have experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. The NAMI Connection Support Group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month in Room 214/215 of the Sanctuary building from 7:30-9:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the church office.

NAMI Family-to-Family Classes are for family members with a relative who has a mental illness. This series of 12 free classes starts on Tuesday, September 10 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. in Room 214/215 of the Sanctuary building. To register for classes, please contact NAMI Union County.

Narcotics Anonymous ministers to those who struggle with drug addiction. Groups meet at our Weddington Campus Fellowship Hall on Fridays at 10:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. We also have a group that meets at our Monroe campus on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Area Leaders meet the 1st Saturday of the month from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

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 Ministry Team meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in Room 18 downstairs from the Sanctuary. You are invited to join this team for prayer, sharing and taking the initial steps toward becoming the house of prayer that God has called us to be. It is important to note that praying out loud during our time is not a requirement.

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 UMC has several trained Stephen Ministers. Learn more here.

Stroke and Brain Trauma Support Group This group meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 10:00-11:30 a.m., beginning in February in the Hemby House Room 1.

TLC (Tender Loving Care) Team This team seeks to offer care to people in our congregation and community who are dealing with an extended illness.  Some of the volunteers who serve on this team give one on one emotional and spiritual support. Other team members help with the practical care of bringing meals.  Special group projects are undertaken as well.

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.

Whole Hearted Ministry Support Group The shame of sexual abuse can be swept under the rug and not addressed by people who are survivors of this type of trauma. Shame can be the motivating factor for this avoidance. There needs to be a safe place for survivors of sexual abuse to go where they can move beyond their shame. Weddington UMC offers a loving and accepting environment like this through our Whole Hearted Ministries. We will be offering a support group led by Nancy Cooke and Kim Trout beginning on Tuesday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. for 13 weeks upstairs in the Hemby House. This ministry is truly making a difference. Click here to read a testimony of someone who has benefited from this type of ministry. If you or someone would like to find out more about our Whole Hearted Ministries, plan on attending our Open House on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. This evening will be an informal evening of information and inspiration.  If you would like to sign up for the Open House or to be a part of the support group, please contact Sandra McKee.

For more information about any of these groups, please contact Sandra McKee.

**Please note for all upcoming Pastoral Care support groups we practice social distancing and the wearing of face masks.**