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.


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 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 meets on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, Room 2. This group helps those struggling with alcohol addiction.

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 second Wednesdays of every month at 6:30 p.m. in Room 16 in the Sanctuary building.

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.

Divorce Care 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. Winter Session begins on Wednesday, January 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary Building. Please contact Rev. Ed Briggs at the church office for more information about Divorce Care.

Divorce Care for Kids meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Youth Center. Separation and divorce of parents can be difficult for children.  Mixed emotions, combined with insecurity over what life is going to look like now, can cause a child anxiety and fear.  DC4Kids is an 11-week series that ministers to children of divorcing or divorced parents.  Each session covers topics that are relatable to where these children are in life.  Karen Thayer, an elementary school counselor, and Jennifer Parker are the group leaders who have a heart for helping children.  Please note DC4Kids is for children from Kindergarten to Fifth grade. Please contact Sandra McKee at the church office if you would like to sign your child up for DivorceCare for Kids. Learn more.

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.

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. Winter Session begins on Wednesday, January 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Hemby House. If you or someone you know would like to attend GriefShare, please contact Julie Kemp at

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 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. We also have a group that meets at our Monroe campus on Saturdays from 11:00 am to 12:00 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.

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.

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