Do you feel called to be a Congregational Care Minister (CCM)? A Congregational Care Minister is a trained lay person who assists our pastors in providing congregational care. A CCM works with the supervision and direction of our pastors to fulfill various roles and ministries.
For further information on becoming a Congregational Care Minister, contact Reverend H. William Green, Executive Pastor of Congregational Care, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Reverend Heather Herrin Wong, Pastor of Senior Adult Ministry, email@example.com.
If you are going to the hospital and desire a visit, please call the church office (919-467-1861) or contact directly one of our pastors. If you know a member of the church in the hospital, you may ask that person if he/she would desire a hospital visit and then notify one of the pastors on their behalf.
Your pastors continue to seek ways to provide you with quality pastoral care while balancing the other demands of ministry. In an effort to be available, we have an “on-call” system. If you need to reach a pastor in an emergency situation, you may call 919-467-1862 to reach the on-call pastor for that week. When you call this number, the pastor on call will respond as soon as possible. Please be mindful when calling this number, as it is for true emergencies only. This includes a death, critical hospitalization of a member, or other such situations. Pastoral care for non-emergencies, such as scheduled hospitalizations, can be arranged through the front office.
- To view our current Prayer Concerns List, please click here.
- To submit a name to be added to the prayer concerns list, please click here.
- To request to remove a name from the prayer concerns list, please click here.
Our church supports Triangle Pastoral Counseling, INC, and recommends them for ongoing counseling needs. Their website is www.tripastoralcounseling.org.
Elder Care and Grief Ministry Resources
Persons who need a good reference for resources dealing with issues of aging parents, the care of the elderly, or grief, are encouraged to connect with The Care Community at www.thecarecommunity.com.
Grieving the loss of someone you love is one of the most painful events we face in life. The death of a close family member or dear friend can literally rock your world, leaving behind devastation in its wake. The pain and emptiness is expected. But it is the unforeseen pitfalls of grief that seem to be most overwhelming. As the numbness wears off and reality sinks in, your grief can take over – you may forget to pay bills, stop eating, or in some cases overeat to dull the pain, maybe even shutting yourself off from the world. These symptoms, along with other mental and physical signs are normal during the grieving process. Understanding those symptoms and surrounding yourself with supportive, loving people can be a tremendous help.
Griefshare is a 13 week program designed to encourage healing by walking with others that are also grieving. Each week, different topics are addressed in relevant videos, with various individuals sharing their wisdom to promote healing. They share how they were able to find a “new normal” in their lives, filled with joy and hope for the future.
If you have lost a loved one and are struggling with your grief, we encourage you attend Griefshare.
Health Ministries at First UMC Cary has been created to provide resources and opportunities that will aid in improving overall health and well-being in all areas of life (physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual and relational) to our congregation as well as our community. Our purpose is to lead individuals and families on a journey toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Click here to go to the Health Ministry webpage.
Stephen Ministry helps to provide congregational care at First UMC Cary. In this ministry we train and organize some of our members to be lay ministers who provide quality and caring ministry. These skilled caregivers are equipped to bring Christ’s healing love to people who are grieving, in crisis, or experiencing other stresses of life. We all experience the challenges of life when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend.
If you or someone you know would like to receive the care of a Stephen Minister please click here. A Stephen Minister will visit with you once a week, listen to you, encourage you, and pray for you. Everything you say to your Stephen Minister is strictly confidential.
Stephen Ministers are available to you after Sunday morning services. (Look for persons wearing a blue Stephen Ministry name badge). Stephen Ministers are there for
prayer if you have an issue which is troubling you and they will be happy to step with you to the prayer chapel or other private area.
Schedule a Wedding
First UMC Cary is available for weddings for of members of the church family and/or their children. Weddings may be scheduled up to one year in advance. To have a wedding placed on the church calendar, please:
- Contact and meet with the First UMC Cary pastor that you wish to have officiate at your wedding to discuss his/her availability for the dates you are requesting.
- Contact and meet with the Lead Pastor’s Administrative Assistant to receive the Handbook for Weddings which includes Phase One of the Wedding Approval Form.
- Check the dates you prefer with the Administrative Assistant and request that they be penciled in on the calendar.
- Complete Phase One of the Wedding Approval Form.
- Contact and meet with the Wedding Ministry Coordinator.
Other procedures and policies for weddings at First UMC Cary are available in the Handbook for Weddings. Please be aware that you should schedule all dates and times with the church prior to making arrangements for reception halls, etc.
Schedule a Memorial Service
At the time of the death of a member, the family is encouraged to:
- Contact a pastor who has been in ministry to the family or the pastor-on-call (919-467-1862) and let the pastor know of the death
- Receive the pastoral visit that will follow. At that time, the pastor will assist the family in service preparation, including coordination of the church for service times and the invitation of other pastors to participate in the service. The family will also be given a Funeral Guide for Families.
Please do not schedule services with funeral homes nor invite other pastors to participate prior to meeting with one of the pastors from First UMC Cary.
Order a Columbarium Niche or Memorial Plaque
First UMC Cary has a Memorial Garden Columbarium. Click here for more information.