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
- 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.
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 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.
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. Each week for 13 weeks, a topic related to separation and divorce is covered by video and discussion. DivorceCare will resume meeting on September 15, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hemby House, Room 1. 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.
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. GriefShare will resume on September 15, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the Weddington Campus Fellowship Hall. Email Sandra McKee to become a part of this healing ministry.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 at email@example.com.
NAMI Family-to-Family Classes are for family members with a relative who has a mental illness. This series of 12 classes will begin in the Fall. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. NA also meets on our Monroe Campus on Saturday mornings from11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 203. Contact is Chrystal L. 704-777-5079.
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. This group meets in-person and virtually. For more information, please contact the PAL facilitator Jennifer Wyatt.
Prayer Ministry Team meets by Zoom online on Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. 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. Contact Bill Mayes to get instructions to participate online. 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.
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 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.
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.**