Congregational Care

There are times on everyone’s journey where a little more care and compassion is needed because of a challenging experience. At First United Methodist Church we promise to listen, empathize and be a reminder that we, your faith community, care. We will visit you when you’re in the hospital or those who for health reasons cannot leave your home, and provide you resources when you experience loss and pray for you each step of the way! At First Church Lex, when one of our members is hurting we are all affected. We want to partner with you to show you our support and connect with you as you grow in your own ministry of caring for others.

The Ministries of Care Available

When you or a loved one is in need of prayer and support, please call the church office or email office@firstchurchlex.org The office staff or pastor will work with you in determining if you want your concern forwarded to our Prayer Team or to stay confidential between you and the pastor. Prayer grounds us as a community of faith for it is an ongoing practice of faith and hope.

Hospitals do not notify churches when members are admitted. They will contact us if you ask them to do so. If you or a loved one is hospitalized, preparing for surgery, or will be spending time in rehabilitation and would like a visit or phone call, please contact the church office. Please note that during this time of covid-19 some hospitals may limit visitations.

The Pastor and Congregational Care Team Members make visits on a regular rotation. If you or a loved one wish to be added to that rotation, please contact the church office and let us know. You are always welcome to contact the church office if you would like to request a visit. Please note that during this time of covid-19 in-person home and care center visitations may be suspended due to local guidelines/ recommendations.

Pastoral Care Sessions, Spiritual Counsel, and Discipleship Coaching are available to members and to the community as individuals, couples, or small groups. Pastor Anne is a certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator that is available for pre-marriage preparation, relationship challenges, or for folks who simply wish to develop healthier communication in your relationship. Please email pastor_anne@outlook.com to initiate a visit.

We encourage everyone to have a Health Care Directive that outlines your wishes for end of life care, to consider planning the particulars that are important to you for your funeral, and to plan for conversations with your loved ones about your wishes. If you would like someone to walk through these items with you, please contact the church office to set up a time.

Ways to Get Involved in Care, Prayer & Support

If you would like to send a note of support and a little cheer to someone in need, Care Cards can be found outside the church office. Simply fill a card out, add the members name and leave it in the message box and it will be addressed, stamped and mailed.

Our prayer team ministry is a group of people who value the ministry of spending time with God in intercessory prayer. Do you want to participate in lifting up family, friends and neighbors in prayer? If yes, then consider being on our email Prayer Chain. Prayer requests from Sunday will be shared to the Prayer Team every Monday. Throughout the week, new requests are shared as they are received. If you would like to pray on an on-going basis for First Church Lex prayer concerns, please contact the church office.

 If you are interested in helping to organize, prepare food for or serve funeral receptions for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, please contact the church office. There is no prior experience necessary and you always serve as part of a team. You will receive instructions and support from the Courtesy Committee chairs. If you would like to help, please call the church office.

Prayer Shawls are delivered to those who need to be wrapped in some extra love and prayer. If you are interested in making or delivering prayer shawls, please contact the church office.