We Love Because God First Loved Us
Caring Ministries at John Wesley UMC involve ordinary people who have made caring about others a priority. Following the example of Christ, Care Team members devote themselves to providing caring hearts in order to serve persons with diverse needs in the church and community at large. This ministry of loving service is just one of the ways we express our devotion to God. We are not counselors, but caregivers who trust in Jesus as the curegiver.
Areas of care and compassionate support include celebrating the birth of a baby as well as response to persons facing health concerns or times of loss. For more information involving any of the areas of ministry listed below, please call the church office or email Rev. Cheryl Smith, Pastor of Community Life.
JWUMC partners with Houston Hospice to offer Wings, a seven-week bereavement support program for children and teens ages 5-18. Wings provides emotional support and education to anyone in the community who has experienced a loss through the death of someone significant in their lives. Groups offer peer support with adult facilitation. A concurrent group for parents/guardians is also available. Although there is no charge to participants of Wings, registration is required. Contact the church office to learn about the dates for the next session.
The Respite Care Team offers a ministry of hope, healing, warm friendship, and respite care to people suffering memory loss and to their caregivers. Team members provide emotional, spiritual, and practical support to persons afflicted with memory loss whether due to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or other causes.
The Respite Care Team wants to interrupt the cycle of stress and fatigue of caregivers by assuming the supervision of the impaired loved one for brief and regular periods. These respite breaks offer an opportunity to rest, attend to personal needs, enjoy the company of friends, attend worship, have quality time alone, or engage in other activities free for the constant demands of caregiving. The sustaining presence an emotional support of team members help caregivers to fell less alone and hopeful that they can lovingly bear the responsibility of care.
In order to carry out this ministry, John Wesley United Methodist Church partners with Interfaith CarePartners, an ecumenical Houston-based, non-profit organization, helping congregations with caring ministries since 1985. Click here for the Interfaith CarePartners website.
CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
Very often, caregivers of loved ones with memory loss feel isolated and burdened. This support group meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 10:45 to 11:45 p.m. The group is a safe place for caregivers to receive care, friendship, support, and encouragement.
ASSISTED LIVING/ NURSING HOME CARE and LIMITED MOBILITY/ HOMEBOUND CARE
Team members offer a caring presence while ministering to the needs of church members or their immediate family. Visitation, celebration, the sacrament of Communion, cards, supportive friendship, and other expressions of care are extended.
PARKINSON'S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP
Open to the community. Meets 7:00–8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays August 25, September 22, October 27, November 23, and December 15. Held in the Courtyard Room.
TAI CHI EXERCISE PROGRAM
This exercise program is especially for persons with Parkinson’s Disease, their caregivers, and families. Tai Chi movement’s gentle balancing enhancement movements help to reduce the gradual loss of balance that an individual often experiences. Held each Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. in the Scout/Activity Building.
Tai Chi is an ancient form of exercise/discipline that focuses on concentration, breathing and motion that enhances balance and control of motor functions. HAPS groups are not based on any particular religious teachings or orientation. That is part of our Diversity and Discrimination Policy (attached). We require that all employees, group leaders and volunteers must read, sign and date our “Policy and Procedures” document (attached) when hired. Here is a good website from Mayo Clinic that refers to tai chi http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/tai-chi/SA00087