Christ United cares. We care when church members pass away. We care about those who are facing illness or divorce. We care about the new mother, the single parent, the aging parent, and the hurting teenager. Jesus spent his time on earth caring for God’s people and commands us to do the same. A list of our care ministries is below. Let us care for you, and we welcome you to join us in caring for others.
Current research has indicated the reality in our society of loneliness/social isolation and the weakening of communities that hold us together and keep us healthy. This situation points to the crucial role of the church in addressing the “epidemic of loneliness.”
As a result, every church, regardless of theology or denomination, is called to increase its efforts to reach, engage, and involve the millions of people whose lives are isolated or empty.
To this end, as part of the Christ United Care Ministry, the Assisted Living Ministry is to share the love of God and for one another with church members and neighbors who are residents of a “continuum of care” in our community.
For more information or to volunteer, contact ALM Chair Leslie Barlow.
Congregational Care Ministry
Christ United offers several care-giving ministries that support our members and others in the community. Our Stephen Ministry team provides one-on-one, confidential care for anyone struggling with a life issue, such as a death, divorce, or extended illness.
In addition, the Christ United care team provides visits to members and friends during their hospital and/or rehab stays. They are also able to provide in-home visits and communion for those who are homebound as requested.
We also have an ongoing “care call” ministry that provides quarterly calls to our senior members to check in with them and let them know we are thinking of/praying for them.
This 8-week program provides intentional steps toward healing and wholeness during and following divorce and is open to individuals at any stage of the separation/divorce process, as well as those who have been divorced up to three years.
NOTE: A divorce recovery class, “Becoming One Again,” begins March 20, 7:00PM, at First United Methodist Church Richardson. Additional information and upcoming registration is available here.
Christ United offers grief support for those who are experiencing the loss of a loved one. We provide a “safe space” in which anyone can participate, regardless of where they are in their grief journeys.
Monthly grief support meetings are the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00PM in room N154. For more information, or to be added to the email distribution list, please contact facilitator Margie Crews at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also offer a grief class every spring and fall to support individuals in their grief journeys. Our next 6-week class begins March 14, 2023 at 6:30PM and is based on renowned grief counselor Alan D. Wolfelt’s book “Understanding Your Grief.” You can register for the class here.
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, or purchasing a ready-made meal. This is a great way to connect with members and share the love of Christ.
If you have experienced one of the above situations and would like a meal to be delivered, please contact Rev. Mike Flynn for more information.
Christ United is committed to an ongoing prayer ministry that includes the following:
Prayer team: prays for others based on submissions from our prayer/care request page, prayer “pew cards,” and requests from our Chapel prayer wall. The team meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in the Chapel from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.
Kandeler Chapel: offers a quiet time for prayer/reflection. Hours are Monday-Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm, Friday 9:00 AM -noon, and Sunday 9:00 AM-noon. Communion is served in the Chapel on the 2nd-4th Sundays from 9:30-10:00 AM and from 10:30-11:00 AM.
Prayer shawl ministry: meets the 2nd & 4th Monday in N155 from 3:00-5:00 PM. Volunteers knit prayer shawls and pray over them, which are then used for our pastor/chaplain visits to those who are in the hospital or are homebound. You can open and view the prayer shawl pattern PDF file here.
Prayer crosses: Volunteers sew small quilted squares with a cross tucked inside and pray over them. They are then used for our pastor/chaplain visits to those who are in the hospital or are homebound.
Prayer resources: several books and resources on prayer are available in the Christ United library.
For more information or to volunteer for any of these activities, contact Janet Scheible.
Stephen Ministry is a lay-driven ministry that provides a way for our congregation to provide one-on-one, confidential care to hurting people in the church and community. NOTE: Stephen Ministry is NOT licensed professional counseling. For this type of service, please see the information on our Counseling & Stephen Ministry page.
Pet Loss Support
At Christ United, we offer resources that can help those who have lost a beloved pet. For information on current available resources, contact Rev. Mike Flynn.
The “Acceptance AFG” support group meets Saturdays 10:00-11:00 AM in room N158. For more information, email the group or visit the Al-Anon website. NOTE: you can also contact the Dallas Al-Anon office at 214-363-0461 for general information about DFW Al-Anon groups.
DFW Career Group
Provides support, networking, and skill development programs for the unemployed or underemployed. The group meets Fridays from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM in N255 A & D. Contact Jeff Morris for more information.
Christ United provides professional counseling services to our members and family. Visit our Counseling Ministry page to learn more.