Congregational Care

Congregational Care during COVID-19

As with all programs at Westminster, our Congregational Care activities are being affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The information below reflects activities during a typical year, many of which have been cancelled or modified in 2020. Contact Heidi Hudnut-Beumler for current information about programs for fall 2020 and beyond.

The Congregational Care Ministry responds to Westminster’s mission of Living Out the Word by reaching out to provide personal care and support to members and friends. The Congregational Care Steering Committee seeks your assistance in identifying and communicating needs as we strive to serve each other.

Opportunities for Care

Blanket and Prayer Shawl Ministry

Westminster connects with members and friends who are hospitalized, in treatment, or other special need, through prayer blankets and prayer shawls.
For Prayer Blankets Contact:
Pam Wylly, 615-383-­2083
For Prayer Shawls Contact:
Beth Drake, 615-972-6032
Staff Contact: Heidi Hudnut-Beumler

Communion@Home Team

On the first Sunday of each month, teams of elders and pastors take communion to at-home members of Westminster.
Contact: Carolyn Harris, 615-720-6486

Hospital Visitation Team

This team makes visits each Wednesday and Friday to members of our congregation who are hospitalized.
Contact: Rosemary Verrall, 615-269-6875

Independent Living Care Team

This group visits congregational members who are living in independent situations such as Park Manor, Richland Place and The Blakeford. Each team member visits a different person each month.
Contact: Nancy Langdon, 615­-646­-3060

Pastor’s Aides Team

This group of men and women visits church members who reside in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or who are homebound. Each committee member is assigned certain members to visit once a month. Team meeting time: First Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the church.
Contact: Susie Batchelor, 615-319-2659

Prayer Request Team    

The Prayer Team receives prayer requests from individuals, pew prayer request forms, and from pastoral staff referrals and then prays as a group as well as individually.
Staff Contact: Heidi Hudnut-Beumler, 615-292-5526

Response Team for Immediate Need

In the case of emergency or special situations, a team of church members may be organized to help someone in a time of immediate need.
Staff Contact: Heidi Hudnut-Beumler, 615-292-5526
Rosemary Verrall, 615-269-6875

Special Meals Team

This group takes meals to the homes of members during times of special need.
Contact: Ann Humbracht, 615-260-4498

The Lending Closet     

Westminster maintains a supply of durable medical equipment for use by those in need. Among the items available are walkers, wheelchairs, shower seats, toilet chairs, crutches.

Contact: Ward Dewitt III, 615-500-3761
Tom Wilson, 615-300-2144

Worship Flower Delivery Team

This group delivers chancel flowers each Monday to members of the congregation who are homebound.
Contact: Jane McDow,  615-665-1364

Additional Services and Resources:

* Care Notes
These informative brochures are displayed just inside the church’s west entrance.
* Career Transition Network                                                                         
This group meets at Brentwood Methodist Church, on Mondays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To help those needing assistance and support in finding or upgrading employment or in returning to the work force. Contact: Dan Ryan, 615-656-3535.
* Divorce Adjustment Group
This six-week nondenominational program is designed to assist individuals in adjusting to the end of their marriage. Participants must be either divorced or legally separated and in the legal process of divorce. Staff Contact: Trisha Presley, 615-292-5526.
* Knitting and Crocheting Ministry: Joy in Learning – Adults
Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels meet in the church parlor
on the second and third Thursday mornings of each month, at 10:00 a.m., to work on a variety of creations.
Contact: Beth Drake
* 12-Step Programs
AA, Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Koinonia Youth Cafe
* Prayer Service of Wholeness
Monthly prayer service for wholeness are provided following the 11:00 a.m. service, usually on the second or third Sunday. These services are brief, and allow for a time of individual and communal prayer in the Chapel. Prayer requests and needs are shared, candles are lit, and the power of Christ’s presence is experienced, for “Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20)
* Prayer Request Cards
The Prayer Team of the Congregational Care Committee and the pastors are called to be in prayer for the needs of the congregation. Prayer requests forms can be found in the pew racks, or please reach out to any staff member with needs for prayer.
* Pre-Planning Services of Witness to the Resurrection
Staff Contact: Heidi Hudnut-Beumler, 615-292-5526. Help with pre-planning is provided by all pastors.
* Weddings, Funerals and Counseling Services
These services are provided by all pastors. Contact the church office at 615-292-5526.

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