Congregational Care is a vital ministry of Auburn United Methodist Church. It is our responsibility and our joy to care for those connected to our church. Please take a look at our ministries and discover ways you can help us to provide the highest level of Christian love and care to our congregation and community.
In cooperation with other area churches and community organizations, Auburn United Methodist Church has launched REACH, A Community Respite Ministry.
For REACH Participants:
- REACH (Refresh, Encourage, Activities, Care, Hope) is now meeting every Tuesday AND Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Epworth Center at Auburn United Methodist Church.
- This ministry is for persons with early to moderate memory issues. Participants must be able to interact socially and attend to their own bathroom needs.
- Those interested in participating must apply through Auburn United Methodist Church. Applications are available in our Church Office or by contacting us directly (see below for contact information).
- The cost for each REACH Respite Day is $30/day* and includes physical, mental and emotional interaction with other participants and volunteers. Lunch is also provided. *Scholarships are available for eligible participants.
For REACH Volunteers:
- If you are interested in volunteering with this incredible ministry of our church for our community, you must complete our 3-hour training.
- Our next training date is TBD. However, you can express your interest in being a part of this ministry now by contacting us (see contact information below).
For more about REACH, please contact Rev. Julie Hare at 334-826-8800 ext. 232 or by email at Julie.Hare@aumc.net
Caregiver Support Group
Please join us the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the Auburn UMC Conference Room (Room #B160) for our Family Caregiver Support Group Meeting.
These meetings provide a time to share and gain ideas about issues one faces in providing care both physically and emotionally on a daily basis. This group is free and confidential.
If respite care is needed so you can attend, please contact Parish Nurse Judy Guin at 826-2218.
- GriefShare is a non-denominational grief recovery support group that features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics.
- Our Fall Session will be held on Tuesdays, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. from August 22, 2017 – October 24, 2017 in A106.
- For more information on GriefShare, please contact Rev. Julie Hare, Director of Congregational Care Ministries at Julie.Hare@aumc.net or 334.826.8800, ext. 232.
Other Congregational Care Outreaches
- Special Friends: Volunteers provide ongoing visitation to homebound members who are no longer able to attend worship and other church activities. In some cases this connection goes beyond the congregation to include relatives or acquaintances of members. Special Friends extend the reach of the congregation to persons who need to know they are still loved and a part of the body of Christ. Coordinator: Flavin Glover, 821-7091
- Communion to the Homebound: Communion elements are consecrated by our pastors and then served in the home by a Deacon. This ministry is available for those unable to attend worship for significant periods. Coordinator: Julie Hare, 826-8800 or Julie.Hare@aumc.net
- Check-in-Methodist: Individuals who live alone may request a daily telephone call at 8:00am each morning. This call assures that the individual is alright, and helps them to feel cared for and encouraged. Check-In Methodist Volunteers are asked to call for one week during the year. Coordinator: Rosemary Anders, 821-8484
- Flower Angels: Flowers used in the sanctuary during worship services are divided and taken by lay volunteers to members who are in the hospital or homebound. A special card accompanies the flowers noting that they were present in worship and carry the love of our congregation to the recipient. Coordinator: Dani Halverson, 821-8334
- Hospital Visitation: All members in the hospital are visited by a Clergy person and a lay volunteer each day as a demonstration of the care and love of our congregation. Coordinators: Ann Moss and Julie Hare,
- Parish Nurse Ministry: In cooperation with East Alabama Medical Center, a nurse employed by EAMC who is a member of AUMC serves as a Parish Nurse within our congregation. The Parish Nurse works to develop a holistic health program for the congregation serving as a bridge between health and faith. The Parish Nurse organizes a health committee and works to provide numerous health related programs to the congregation. The Parish Nurse does not provide hands on care, but does assist members with questions concerning health and health-related problems. Parish Nurses: Judy Guin, 826-2218 and Nancy Teel, 887-5583
- Pet Ministry: Volunteers bring pets which have been certified as gentle and friendly to visit the elderly in care facilities in order to brighten their day. Coordinators: Ann Moss, 826-8800 and Rhonda Scott, 749-4852
- Mending Hearts Ministry: Volunteers carry the congregation’s love to those who have lost a loved one, through personal contacts on significant dates, cards, and other expressions of love. This ministry ensures that grieving members experience care in a tangible way during a difficult time. Coordinator: Penny Hundley, 821-4117
Auburn United Methodist Church | 137 South Gay Street, Auburn, AL 36830| Church Office: (334) 826-8800