Caring Ministries

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF CARING MINISTRY IN OUR CONGREGATION? 

Caring Ministry has been a resource for many years in helping our congregation to navigate thru difficult times. Historically it has been the place where a member or anyone from the community can call to have a listening ear for any need that they might have. While the church building and most offices in the church are closed, we are still very available for help.   

In the time of COVID, Caring Ministry has taken on new urgency for many of our members. This office is a source of well established, multiple resources to help others identify the best resources for their struggle. Whatever your need, all will be treated confidentially, and we will do everything that we can to assist you in finding resources and answers.  

When you make a direct call for someone that is in the hospital, or for prayers before a procedure, your call will be answered by Lisa Marsh, Coordinator of Caring Ministries. Caring Ministry has an established clergy and laity care team that meets on a weekly basis and coordinates appropriate care for our members. Together the team handles everything from hospital, nursing home, and homebound visits. The office also offers referrals for in-home medical and respite care, housing, mental health services, meals, and prayers. We have volunteers to assist you with grocery shopping, rides to medical appointments, pharmacy pick-ups, and other errands.  

For any of these needs, please call Lisa. Messages can be left on her church telephone extension (248) 646-1200, ext 3160, or at her home office where she is working remotely during COVID: (248) 579-6550. If you are calling after business hours you may leave a message or if your need is immediate you may call the Pastor on Call phone Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM: 248-646-1200 and Weekends and Evenings: 248-408-0038.

Mental Health Resources and Information

Samaritan Counselling Service

(248) 474-4701
The Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeastern Michigan provides professional therapeutic counseling and educational services to all God’s people seeking wholeness through emotional and spiritual growth.
This organization has a staff of over 20 counsellors who offer one-on-one counselling. Fees for their services are on a  sliding scale, based on income
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New Hope Center

Center for Grief and Support
(248)348-0115 
Offers a wide variety of counseling services, individual as well as peer group sessions.  Counselors specializing in trauma, grief, as well as ongoing support groups for First Responders, Loss due to COVID and others.
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PCS-Counseling

(734) 542-6969 
This organization offers counseling, therapy, and Life Coaching for adults, adolescents and families
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Giving and Receiving Help
Do you need assistance?
Would you like to volunteer?

Are you available to help? Send an email to let us know how you would like to help others in our community.

Sunday Social

A way for seniors to make new connections and break bread together. One Sunday per month at 12:15 p.m.

Check out our Special Events list for upcoming dates. 

Caring Ministries

Pastor on Call

Pastor on Call
Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM: 248-646-1200
Weekends and Evenings: 248-408-0038
When there is a hospitalization, a death in the family, or any other time you may need urgent pastoral care, we encourage you to use these numbers.  The clergy rotate on-call responsibilities to assure that one of them is always accessible.

First Nurses

Professional nurses share their nursing and spiritual skills with members of our church who are in need. They provide monthly blood pressure checks, educational programs, and individual education on current health care issues. First Nurses meet the fourth Wednesday, every other month, beginning in September at 6:30 PM. 

Prayer Ministry

Our Prayer Team will pray for you during times of need and also to praise the Lord during times of celebration. All prayers are kept confidential. Prayer Request Cards are available in the pews, in the church office, in the hall outside the sanctuary, and at the Christian Life Center desk. Submit a prayer request.

Voice of Hope

A weekly inspirational message, available 24 hours a day. Messages recorded by lay members provide hope, encouragement and spiritual nourishment when it is needed. To listen, call 248-646-6407 and press 2 when your call is answered by our automated phone system.

Visitation Ministry

Visitation Ministry

This ministry supplements the pastoral care provided by our pastors and is offered by members with warm hearts and good listening skills. Visitation volunteers make phone calls, make visits, bring flowers or bring communion to our members who unable to join us at church. We encourage you to let us know about hospitalizations, a death in the family, or if you or someone you know may need a form of visitation.

Geriatric Care Resources

Learn about connections and resources available that are specific to your current situation. The legwork has already been done for you! By appointment. Caring Ministries Office, Birmingham Campus.

Questions?

Lisa Marsh

Phone248-646-6407 Ext. 3160
Emaillmarsh@fumcbirmingham.org