Our pastors and lay volunteers work together to serve the pastoral and caring needs of the church community. We strive to be the hands and feet of Christ, caring for each other as He taught us to do. Our Karing Ministries provide a variety of services, offered by several different people and groups. Below is a description of each service and the leader’s contactinformation. The spelling of Karing Ministries honors the life of Karen DeBenedet, a longtime Parish Nurse.

Pastoral Care
When members and constituents cannot attend a worship service during times of ill health and limited mobility. Our pastors are available to make home visits and hospital visits for prayer and spiritual guidance. You may email our pastors or call the church office to request a visit.
Rev. Marsha: mwoolley@fumcnorthville.org
Rev. Doug:  dvernon@fumcnorthville.org

Prayer Requests
First United Methodist Church is built on the foundation of prayer. We pray with and for one another and our community. Whatever your prayer needs, finding peace of mind provides a foundation of strength to face any situation. Your request is a sacred trust and is kept confidential. Prayers can be submitted on our connection card, email to the leader or the office, and on our website. Leader: Faith McClory, prayers@fumcnorthville.org.

Lay Visiting Ministry
Lay visiting volunteers extend the love of Christ to our home-bound church members through calls and visits. Working together with our pastors, our goal is to help people stay connected to their church and know that we care for them in Christ’s name. Anyone with love for God and a gift for caring for others is welcome to join us! Leader: Lynn Ryan, lcgray46@yahoo.com, 248-924-0842.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Prayer Shawls are given to people who are in need of a warm embracing hug and need to feel the love of God wrapped around them. Faith and love is in each stitch made from beginning to end. These shawls are made from “Home Spun” yarn and are made from members and friends of the church. Leader: Norma Maxim, normamaxim@hotmail.com

If you are interested in making/donating a prayer shawl, you can contact Norma or just place your finished shawl on a hanger in our prayer shawl corner opposite Rev. Woolley’s office in the main corridor between Fellowship Hall and the elevator to the second floor.

Stephen Ministry
Are you struggling through a difficult time in life? Experiencing grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or some other life crisis? Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister comes alongside a hurting person and meets with that person on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support. If you are in need or interested in this kind of support, please contact Nancy Schuerman via email at nschuerman17@gmail.com.

Angels @ FUMC
Our church family is starting a new ministry to help families during challenging times. Maybe there is a new baby in the family, someone has had surgery or is going through cancer. We hope to have volunteers provide a meal for our church family members in need. A meal not only feeds the body, but it also feeds the soul.

Those who sign up to provide a meal will be given any dietary needs of the family/person, when and how the food should be delivered and the address of the recipient. Some people may just want the food dropped off on the porch. Some may enjoy a few minutes of conversation during the drop off time.

Angels@FUMC will use a website called LotsaHelpingHands, to set up the needs and volunteers. It will show which days we need a meal and you can sign up for whatever works best for you! As the name implies, the more hands we have helping the better this will work! Because of the sensitive nature of this ministry, we will make sure that everyone who signs up to help has some relationship to the church.

If you have questions or know someone who could use a meal or would like to join the Angels@FUMC team, please contact us at angels@fumcnorthville.org.

Komfort Bags
Komfort Bags, offered to church family during their stay in the hospital, give folks a lovely collection of items to help ease their stay. A cup with lid and straw for water, chapstick, small mirror and comb or hairbrush, a puzzle book, notepad, pencil, mints and more are lovingly delivered to hospital reception for delivery to the room. There is no visit involved, just a token of love and care from the FUMC church family. If you know of someone who might need a Komfort Bag, contact Debbie Bartley at dbartley@fumcnorthville.org.