We are here to help
through our staff:
Reverend Jill Milidonis Edens, firstname.lastname@example.org, coordinates pastoral care for the Board of Deacons and provides pastoral care to the whole parish.
Reverend Richard Edens, email@example.com, provides pastoral care to the whole parish.
Alyson Breisch, firstname.lastname@example.org, is our parish nurse and Health Ministries Coordinator at UCCH.
Reverend Susan Steinberg, Associate Pastor for Children’s Ministries, email@example.com, provides pastoral care to children and their families.
and through our lay caregiving ministry, who provide care by:
- praying for those on the parish prayer list
- writing notes
- visiting in the hospital, rehab centers, and nursing homes
- coordinating care for those with long-term care needs
- providing food
- If You Have a Pastoral Care Need
- How to Become a Lay Caregiver
- Examples of care giving activities
- Forming a Care Community
- Final Care and End of Life Planning Form
Please call or email one of the pastors or write your prayer concern in the prayer book on Sunday morning and it will be included in the prayers of the church and the church pastoral care email. You may also come forward for healing prayer during the service.
You may call or email a member of the staff. We will talk with you about your need and will work with you in order to create an appropriate response.
The care-giving ministry of United Church is expanded and extended through a group of volunteer church members who
work alongside the pastors. While the pastors, of course, are available when you need them, pastoral care is the extension of that care, layperson to layperson.
Pastoral Care has been divided into tasks. This does not obligate you to respond to every need for pastoral care, it simply means that you will be notified each week via email (if you have it) and then if you are willing to write a note or provide a casserole you will respond via email and let us know what if any responses you are making that week.
The pastors will continue to provide regular pastoral care. Your participation will be in addition to regular pastoral visits and calls.
* Writing a note to someone who has been listed in the prayer book.
* Preparing a casserole for someone who has indicated a need for prepared meals.
* Visiting someone who is in a hospital or nursing care facility.
* Phoning or sending cards to someone who is home bound.
People with family members or friends with ongoing care needs have found a helpful online tool – LotsaHelpingHands.
LotsaHelpingHands is a secure website that is easy to navigate, intuitive to use, and enables families to easily coordinate needs of a family member with the resources (e.g., time) of team members. This coordination is accomplished through use of a shared group calendar listing opportunities for members to serve and to indicate volunteers who have signed up to handle certain tasks. It also has sections for “vital information”, “well wishes”, “photo gallery”, and “message boards” which you can include.
The coordinator selected by the family manages the website for the care group, sets up a LotsaHelpingHands webpage, and then adds members as people ask to be included. He or she updates the website with the care needs so that others can respond. The coordinator consults regularly with the person being cared for (or family care partner) to identify needs and then posts them on the website in a timely manner.
Steps for setting up a LotsaHelpingHands care page are found at HERE. They include 1) creating a community page, 2) inviting members to join, 3) entering volunteer tasks, and 4) adding more information as time and needs dictate. There is a tutorial that walks the coordinator through the steps HERE.