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.
Our Pastoral Care 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 213 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 meets on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, Room 2. This group helps those struggling with alcohol addiction.
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. Please contact Rev. Ed Briggs at the church office for more information about GriefShare or if you would like to sign up for this group.
Drug Addiction Awareness Team Opiate Addiction is rampant in our country. Numerous people are loosing their lives to overdosing. The Drug Addiction Awareness Team seeks to raise awareness to opiate addiction in order to better combat this nationwide crisis. This team is also making plans to offer a support group for family members and friends who have loved ones living with opiate addiction.
Food Addiction Support Group meets Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
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 thirteen-week class seeks, through a DVD series and discussion, to bring comfort and care to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Please contact Rev. Ed Briggs at the church office for more information about GriefShare or if you would like to sign up for this group.
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.
NAMI There is a once a month support group for families who have loved ones with mental illness that meets the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm. in the Jay Emry Room.
Narcotics Anonymous ministers to those who struggle with drug addiction. Groups meet on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at our Marvin Campus Fellowship Hall, Fridays at 10:00 p.m., and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. Area Leaders meet the 1st Saturday of the month from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
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.
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.
For more information about any of these groups, please contact Sandra McKee.