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:


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. 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.

Chronic Pain Support Group Julie Engle, Strategic Intervention Coach specializing in Chronic Pain and Relationships, will be hosting the newly formed Living With Chronic Pain Support Group. Monday evenings, starting September 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 214. Please call 704-443-8140 to reserve your spot! This meeting is for all who suffer with pain and their support or caregivers.  It is a time to meet others who understand you and experience a fun and informative evening. Julie is a chronic pain survivor herself.  Her desire is to help others achieve a better quality of life through the sharing of strategic techniques designed to target the needs of those in pain.  Learn ways of improving communications skills that can help you express yourself better with your doctors, family and friends.  Identify what is missing in your life and learning how to create, execute and then achieve your new goals. Learn how to deal with your diagnosis, all while learning new coping and relaxation skills.  This group is about you, encouragement, and finding your spark! For additional questions please contact Julie Engle,, or call 704-443-8140.

Daniel Plan is a ground-breaking healthy lifestyle program founded on biblical principles and focused on five key essentials: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends.  The Daniel Plan teaches a step-by-step approach and offers simple ways to incorporate healthy choices into your current lifestyle. Click here for more information.

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. Fall DivorceCare began September 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Youth Center. Click here to learn more about DivorceCare. Click here to see our Campus Map.

Domestic Violence Support Group If you are an adult woman here at WUMC, do you ‘walk on eggshells’, watch every word you say or every action you take in your marriage or in any relationship?  Are you constantly criticized and have your sense of worth diminished?  Do you live in fear of being physically harmed?  Living in the lies of abuse is difficult to stop on your own which is why WUMC will be offering an event just for you. If you are interested in learning more about this Safe Event, please call Pastor Ed Briggs at 704-846-1032 or Cathy DeLoach Lewis, MA, LPC, BCPCC at 704.370.0334.  Space will be limited to 15 women and will begin the week of October 3rd.  The registration deadline is Friday, September 30 and a nominal fee of $40.00 will be due no later than 9/30/16.  Childcare will be provided.  When you contact us, we will give you specific information about the time/date/location of this Safe Event.  We want you safe.  God wants you safe.

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. The first session of GriefShare will begin on Wednesday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hemby House.  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.

Health Ministry Events Based on info from the health survey, the Health Ministry Team is hosting an event: Healthy Tips For The Family On The Go! This event will be on September 22, 2016 from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at the Family Life Center. There will be a chef with cooking demos, recipes, and samples; a doctor giving healthy tips for the family; and pre-diabetes risk assessment. Childcare will be provided. Please register by clicking here. We hope to see you there!

Job Hunt Support Group Looking for employment or know of someone who is? Contact Angela Carter, who is experienced in recruiting and can give advice on interviewing, resume writing and networking.

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., Fridays at 10:00 p.m., and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Area Leaders meet the 1st Saturday of the month at 3-5:00 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.

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 practical care like meals and transportation to doctors’ appointments.  Special group projects are undertaken as well. Hospice of Union county has partnered with this team to give them names of people who would benefit greatly from their support.

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.