Recovery, Counsel and Care

From time to time, we all need help – an understanding ear, a shoulder to lean on, someone who understands where we are because they’ve been there themselves.  Wilmore Free Methodist Church offers a variety of support and recovery groups in specialized areas including:

Pastoral Care and Counsel

Purpose:  To provide pastoral counsel, visitation and spiritual care to the WFMC family.

As you might imagine, four pastors attempting to provide pastoral care to a church of 1200 people is a daunting proposal.  Thus, we have several mechanisms in place to assure excellent pastoral care happens in our church family.

ABF’s   The Adult Bible Fellowships are the first line of pastoral care at WFMC.  These are the churches within our church and serve as places of learning, fellowship and care.

Team Ministries  There are a variety of teams that assist the pastors with the provision of care to our congregation, including the Belonging Team, Homebound Visitation Team, Hospital Visitation Team, Financial Counselors, Communion Serving Teams, and Parish Counselors, as well as those teams listed in this brochure.

Pastoral Care  The pastors at WFMC are accessible to the congregation.  Anyone can make an appointment to speak with them about concerns and/or needs.  The pastors do give priority in their visitation to the ‘orphans and widows’ and other marginalized persons of the congregation, but truly attempt to make at least one substantial annual visit with every parishioner and member.  WFMC pastors keep in regular contact with the seniors and “intense care” persons of our congregation, and make hospital visits, in conjunction with the Hospital Visitation Team, as circumstances warrant.

Crisis Care  WFMC pastors respond to crisis situations using a rotational responsibility mechanism, meaning, each pastor is responsible for a certain group of congregants at given times.  The same pastor may not always respond to your crisis, but one of the pastors will always respond.

Counseling  WFMC pastors will enter into short-term counseling relationships, but time does not generally permit them to maintain long-term counseling schedules.  Those in need of longer-term counsel are often referred to competent Christian counselors in our area.

Pre-marital Counseling  WFMC offers two types of pre-marital counsel: traditional pastoral counsel and couple to couple pre-marital mentoring.  Requests should be submitted to the church office at least four months prior to the scheduled wedding date.

Parish Nursing

Purpose:  To assist clergy and health care professionals in providing “whole person” care to the church family.

Parish Nurses are registered nurses that promote physical, emotional, social and spiritual health.  Parish nurses take blood pressure readings, review medications, promote health and safety, provide caregiver support and encouragement, promote blood drives and wellness programs, and visit in home and hospital settings.

Parish nurses do not do “hands-on” nursing.  Referrals are made to the appropriate health care agency.

If you believe a parish nurse could help you, or if you would like to participate in WFMC’s Parish Nurse Team, please contact the church office.

Overseas Fellowship

Purpose: To minister to persons transitioning back to life in the United States from an overseas culture.

If your life calling has taken you – or will take you – overseas and/or into other cultures (missionary, military, business, short or long term) and you would enjoy fellowship with others in those circumstances, then Overseas Fellowship is for you.  Overseas Fellowship hopes to strengthen the natural bonds of those charged with overseas service and to provide a place for like-minded persons to find understanding and encouragement with the unique challenges of changing cultures.

Gatherings are typically monthly, and include an informal time of food and fellowship.   Questions about the ministry can be directed to the team leaders, Dick and Barb Barker, at 858-0555.

Whitewater Ministry

Purpose:  To minister to religious leaders and their spouses as they deal with the issues of transition.

Whitewater presents both risks and opportunities, fears and the thrill of new discoveries.  Whitewater is unsettling, and yet full of opportunities for personal and professional growth.  Whitewater does not last forever; we navigate our way through it and life becomes normal and peaceful again.

Whitewater Ministry is WFMC’s ministry to ministers (and spouses) going through times of transition.  Ministers and spouses meet monthly with others involved in similar transitions and that have emerged to tell their tale.

Gatherings will include sharing of stories, hurts, fears, etc., as well as discussion concerning where each participant is in the whitewater experience and how they are coping.  Resource people are utilized to share how they came through their own “whitewater.”  The general aims are that of emotional support, insight, fellowship, and the sharing of common experiences.

Going through “Whitewater” alone is dangerous – the risks are best shared with others who care and who will help keep us afloat.  Direct your questions about Whitewater to Pastor Dean Cook, 858-4940.

Caregiver Support

Purpose: To minister to those who provide care for elderly or sick loved ones.

Are you responsible for the care of aging or ill parents or other family members or friends?  Does the weight seem unbearable at times?  Join us for a time of sharing, support and prayer on the first Thursday of each month.  The group is led by Ralph and Nellie Kester, representatives of WFMC Marriage and Family Ministries, and Janice Purdy, facilitator with Hospice of the Bluegrass.  Contact the Kesters at 858.9979 or at mkester@aol.com with your questions.  No reservations necessary to come – main building, room 114.

Grief Counseling

Purpose: To minister to persons who are suffering grief over the loss of a loved one.

WFMC offers grief counseling through a partnership with Hospice of the Bluegrass.  If you are struggling with the loss of a loved one, don’t take this journey alone.  Learn skills and find support as you live through your grief.  Contact Judy Eldridge or Janice Purdy at 887.2696 for more information.