Congregational Care

CARE: Doing life together

Carry each other’s burdens and so you will fulfill the law of Christ…let’s work for the good of all whenever we have an opportunity, and especially for those in the household of faith.
(Galatians 6:2, 9-10)

As Christians when we genuinely care for one another, we experience giving and receiving the love of Jesus. Through Congregational Care, we seek to meet the needs of members of our church family, especially in times of life transitions.

Through the work of our pastors and a network of dedicated lay persons, ministries that address spiritual, emotional, relational and physical needs are offered. We provide Holy Presence and Loving Touch at births, baptisms, weddings, memorial services, funerals and in-between times. We visit hospitals, care facilities and the homes of members who need special attention. Support ministries are provided to assist persons in times of grief, divorce, job loss and other stressful life situations. We are present in worship and share communion at table with Jesus. We also value the power of prayer.

To provide information about an illness, hospitalization or death, call the Congregational Care Office at 261-2106. After hours or on weekends, call the Emergency Message Center at 542-2570 to reach the pastor who is on call.  

Congregational Care Team

Rev. Ken Stewart
Director, Congregational Care

Jesse Johnson
No Whispers Program Director
Congregational Care Pastor

Mike Fitzpatrick
Marriage & Family Pastor

Leigh Anne Massey-Murray
Ministry Assistant

Congregational Care Ministers

Christ Cares…our church is dedicated to doing life together with excellence.  As Methodists we strongly believe that ministry belongs to all God’s people.  Lay persons who have received the spiritual gift of compassion and have felt a call to pastoral care are commissioned to carry out this sacred responsibility. They have been trained to serve as Congregational Care Ministers and work alongside our Congregational Care Pastors. 

Everyone has the capacity to be kind.  What makes pastoral care different from friendship is that Congregational Care Ministers intentionally seek to recognize the sacredness of the moment and become a visible sign of God’s caring presence, especially in situations where it may be difficult to see or hear God.

Our clergy staff responds to immediate needs of our members when notified of hospitalizations, births, the death of loved ones, or the need for spiritual support.  As a means of extending this presence, lay Congregational Care Ministers are committed to continuing pro-active care through prayer, visits, empathic listening, telephone calls, and encouraging notes. Some congregational care ministers are led to help with administrative tasks, such as organizing care schedules, and assisting with support groups.  This partnership between lay and clergy enables a deeper level of care for our church family. 

Worship Service

The Altar: A Place of Transforming Grace | Seabrook Hall | Saturdays | 5 p.m.
We all have broken place and seasons in our lives when we need the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

The Altar is a worship service that offers:

  • an inspirational experience of music, teaching and prayer

  • a safe place to receive healing prayers and anointing with oil

  • an opportunity to pray for the persecuted church and for others who are suffering

  • a call to pray for revival and renewal for the United Methodist Church and entire body of Christ