“And they will know we are Christians by our love.”
Pastoral Care is a ministry of Christian presence reflecting the love and compassion of God.
Pastoral care support aims to respond compassionately and appropriately to the holistic needs of people who are hurting from the wounds of life; confused about what to do next; dealing with serious illness (either the sick and/or their families who care for them); have difficulty dealing with bereavement; or struggling to understand God and His ways. Pastoral care also provides emotional and spiritual support through visitation either at hospitals, home care facilities or at your home.
Very simply, when you have to deal with the “storms of life” personally and in our world, this ministry is designed to minister to your needs and offer support to our community in the name of Jesus Christ, who came to save and heal broken hearts. Of course, the Pastor is available during difficult times and is available for counseling and prayer. There is also a team of members who are willing to reach out and share God’s love in a variety of ways.
What We Offer
Member Care Team members are people who demonstrate caring, compassion, and have good listening skills. They provide a compassionate listening ear, so that individuals can express the feelings and fears related to their current life circumstances, as well as sharing the joys that life brings. Often team members will be able to help others find resources in the community that are appropriate to the needs of the moment.
Pastoral Care Team members are not counselors and their care should not be considered a substitute for professional counseling if that is appropriate. The Pastoral Care Team offers companionship on the journey of life and faith, knowing that God in Jesus Christ walks with us as well.
To provide comfort during difficult times, illness, or when preparing for a death. To share the Light of Christ during dark times.
Jesus called men and women to be disciples, learning from him that they might serve in God’s name. He sent his disciples into the world to heal and share the good news of God’s grace and love. Ever since then, the church, followers of Jesus Christ, have continued to offer hope and help to their sisters and brothers in the name of Jesus. (read Romans 12)
Our membership vows call us to work against all the conditions that hurt or diminish human life and to provide for each other “a community of love and forgiveness that we may grow in our love and trust of God.” Lay pastoral care is an expression of that commitment.
Examples of Ways We Serve
- Visitation (i.e. as a hospital patient, waiting with family members while a loved one undergoes surgery)
- Bereavement care – spending time with persons after the death of a loved one
- Taking Holy Communion to homebound persons
- Making friendly visits to homebound persons
- Providing friendship and support for new parents
- Having coffee or lunch with a person who just needs a listening ear
How to Request Support or Join in Pastoral Care Ministry
To request support from a Member Care Team member or if you are interested in joining this ministry, contact the Church Office at 914-962-5749 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: YUMC does NOT provide emergency care. It is important if you have an emergency to please call 911 and speak with a 911 emergency responder.
Did You Know?
The word “Pastor” comes from the Latin and means “shepherd.” Jesus is our chief pastor or shepherd, the one who watches over God’s children. In caring for one another, we are continuing the “pastoral” ministry of Jesus Christ. The Pastoral Care (member care) team work alongside our Pastor sharing in this ministry.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4