Christ United Methodist Church
Christ United Methodist Church

Care Ministry

“We love because he first loved us.” ~ 1 John 4:19

CUMC cares. We care when church members or nearby neighbors pass away. We care about the sick, the new mother, single parent, aging parent, or hurting teenager. Jesus spent his time on earth caring for God’s people; we want to do the same. A list of our care ministries is below. Let us care for you or you can join us in caring for others.

If you have a care need, a representative from Care Ministries is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please call the church office at 972-596-4303. After office hours, you can access our answering service by calling 972-596-4303 and pressing 8.

CONGREGATION SUPPORT

Aging Ministries:

Watching a friend or family member age can be difficult. Children of Aging Parents and Others’ Support Group (COAP) – meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7 pm in Room N152 (our Chapel).

Assisted Living Ministry

Honors those residing in nursing homes, memory care facilities, assisted living facilities, and private care homes and reflects the love of God toward them and their care-givers. Visitors, piano players, bingo callers, sing-a-long leaders, game players, devotion presenters, and people willing to help with party planning are some of the volunteers that are needed in this ministry. All ages are needed as we bring the church and God’s love to those who are residents of area assisted living, memory care, nursing homes, or private care homes.  Individuals, Sunday School classes, and other small groups who are interested can contact marylin@cumc.com or Kay McGowan at 972.596.7186. Visit the Assisted Living Ministry page for more information.    

Alzheimer’s Support:

Meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 1 pm in Room N152 (Chapel).

Care Corps/Meals:

Do you like to cook? If so, this is a great opportunity for you. Volunteers are needed to prepare a meal for those who have been hospitalized, have a new baby, had a death in the family or are home-bound. Meal preparation is simple – usually a casserole, salad and a dessert. A great way to reach out to others using your culinary skills.   Contact marylin@cumc.com to volunteer.

Chaplains/Visitation:

Trained lay chaplains are on call and available around the clock. CUMC chaplains provide the primary hospital care for the church and make calls to members and friends during their hospital stays. They can also provide communion for those who are home-bound.

Correspondence Ministry:

How does a church of 5000 remember your birthday? The Correspondence Ministry makes it possible for us to acknowledge and send birthday cards and other correspondence to all members; it is meant to remind people how much they matter to God and to our church family.

Funerals/Memorial Services/Columbarium:

For more information about Funerals, visit the Funerals page on the website.

For more information about the Columbarium, visit the Columbarium page.

Grief Support Ministry:

We know that grief is an ongoing process and a continuous journey. The CUMC grief support group is truly a community of faith and provides a safe and caring environment for sharing grief.

Together we face our grief and discuss our faith and hopes for the future. A grief support group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in Room N152 (Chapel).

In addition, a five-week grief class is held twice a year (spring and fall) on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in Room N152 (Chapel). The next scheduled class is set to start on November 7, 2017 and will end on December 5, 2017. Fee is $10 and includes a book and journal. Registration will be available soon.

Prayer Requests/Joys & Concerns:

To submit a Prayer Request, visit the Prayer Request page here.

To see a list of current Joys and Concerns for CUMC, go to the Joys and Concerns Blog.

Prayer Shawl Ministry:

The Prayer Shawl Ministry (Genesis Women’s Group) of CUMC meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month. The group meets in Room N155 from 7 to 9 pm.

Members knit prayer shawls and, once the shawls are completed, pray over them at the bi-weekly meetings. The shawls are then taken by our CUMC chaplains to church members, visitors, home-bound community members, and family and friends who are in the hospital or have lost a loved one. The hospital chaplains also take prayer shawls when visiting a patient at the hospital. Prayer shawls can also be sent to friends or loved ones by contacting Marylin Smith.  If you are interested in joining this group, contact Marylin Smith.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a program that provides a way for congregations to provide one-on-one, confidential care to hurting people in the church and community. For more information, visit the Stephen Ministry page.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Al-Anon:

Meets every Saturday morning at 9 am in Room N261. Participants enter through the entrance on the East side of the main building.  There will be a sign indicating location.  For more information, visit the Al-Anon website.

Career Focus:

Meets every Friday at 9:30 am in Room N156. The Career Focus Practice Interviewing group meets every Wednesday at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit the Employment Ministry page.

Compassionate Friends:

Have you lost a child or grandchild? The Compassionate Friends can help. The mission of the organization is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.

This group meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in Room N154.  Visit the Compassionate Friends website or contact sponsor Sandi Craig at ewfarm@airmail.net for more information.

Counseling Services

CUMC provides professional counseling services to the CUMC family. Visit our Counseling Ministry page to learn more.

Parkinson’s Support:

A Parkinson’s Support Group meets at Custer Road UMC in Plano at 9:45 am on Mondays and Thursdays for physical therapy and at 11 am on Thursdays for speech therapy in room B32.

A Parkinson’s Caregivers Support Group meets at Custer Road UMC on Mondays in room B26. For more information, call 972-620-7600.

CUMC also cares for the Plano community by partnering with neighborhood agencies who can help. If you have questions about the resources available through our church, please call us at 972-596-4303 or email mike@cumc.com.