Parish Care

Staff Member: 
Lay Leader: 
Cathy Wilcox

Training and on-going support are provided for all areas of the Health Ministries 

In response to the healing ministry of Christ, we aspire to promote physical, emotional and spiritual health and well-being through our ministries of compassion and care.  

You are invited to join with other members and friends of First United Methodist Church in putting a human face and a personal touch on our ministries. By sharing in FUMC’s Health Ministries, you help to embody the loving presence of Christ in this world. 

What is the role of Health Ministries Coordinator? 

Our Health Ministries Coordinator is available to assist members and friends of FUMC with health and wellness issues in a variety of ways, including: home, hospital and nursing home visits; providing support and counseling on health-related issues for individuals and their families or loved ones; making referrals to community resources; providing support for those experiencing grief and bereavement; sharing resources on different health-related topics and illnesses;  and recruiting and supporting congregants in sharing their gifts through caring. Please contact Sage at 354-5484 or email her at sage-river@icfirstchurch.org if she or Health Ministries can be of support to you or your family.

 

Groups

Sew bags that will contain the certificate, candle, and gift given to the family when a child is baptized. Patterns provided. 

Write notes of sympathy following a death. Cards and supplies provided. 

Help to send cards to those who are in nursing homes, homebound, or are 85+. Cards and supplies provided. 

As part of a team, prepare meals for families with a newborn, or to those who need extra support during an illness. 

Assist children as they decorate cards, and address and mail the cards to nursing home and homebound persons. Supplies provided. 

Knit or crochet shawls for people who are experiencing illness, loss, or other difficulties. Patterns provided. 

Help to organize a team to bring communion to local care centers and assist in serving communion to those who live there. 

Be part of the team who delivers Easter Lilies to our people who are homebound or in nursing homes. Names, locations, lilies all provided. 

Keep the church’s three First Aid Kits stocked as needed. Supplies provided. 

Provide outreach, support, and education about mental illness, including NAMI (National Association on Mental Illness) and COMPEER- a local peer based support service. 

Be part of the team who delivers Christmas Poinsettias to those in our church family who are homebound or in nursing homes. Names, locations, and Poinsettias provided. 

The heart of our ministry in caring for others: After training, provide regular visitation with someone who is homebound or living in a care center. On-going support provided.