Serving and strengthening our beloved community by providing spiritual support to those in the congregation experiencing a difficult or challenging time.

If you are struggling, facing unusual stresses or changes in your life, experiencing illness or a hospitalization, struggling with a recent loss, or just need someone who can listen, there is someone here for you.  We have a fantastic team of staff members and lay Pastoral Care Associates, screened and trained in pastoral care and active listening who are an important part of the congregation’s overall pastoral care. Pastoral Care Associates work with our minister to create a loving community and an atmosphere of acceptance for those in need.

Our Pastoral Care Associates provide short-term support with the following:

  • Cards or calls to cheer someone up, especially to people who are home-bound and can no longer attend on a regular basis
  • A caring presence by visiting someone at home, in the hospital or in hospice, during times of crisis brought about by bereavement, health issues, or life crisis
  • Assistance with receptions at memorial services
  • A Comfort Cloak, hand-made by a member of the First Unitarian Knitting Ministry

Our Pastoral Care Associates program also coordinates:

  • A food shelf for members and friends experiencing food insufficiency
  • Specialized support groups for caregivers and those with chronic illness
  • Rides to and/or from a Sunday service or doctor’s appointment
  • Errands when people are unable to drive
  • Prepare or deliver a meal to your home

Reverend Roberta Finkelstein and Scott Ward can provide short-term pastoral counseling, spiritual guidance as well as referrals to community resources for ongoing support such as:

  • When someone is confined at home
  • When there are family or personal problems
  • When a loved one dies
  • When someone is hospitalized
  • When you or someone you love is dealing with a chronic illness or disability

You can reach us by calling the church office  at 302-478-2384; ask to be referred to the Pastoral Care Associate of the month. Or, you can contact Rev. Roberta Finkelstein (roberta@firstuuwilm.org, 703-508-1336) or Scott Ward (scott@firstuuwilm.org).  You may also contact the Pastoral Care Associates by email at pastoralcare@firstuuwilm.org. The name and email address of the Pastoral Care Associate of the month appears in the order of service and E-news each week.

For information on Caregivers Support Group, please click here.
For information on Knitting Ministry, please click here.
For information on Living with Chronic Illness, please click here.
For information on Rides, please email rides@firstuuwilm.org.

NEWS!

Spotlight on Pastoral Care for July

Pastoral Care is not just available for urgent situations. We provide visits and calls if you are hospitalized or homebound. We provide rides and food to those who find they need help on a short time basis. Suzanne Perry had this to say about her Pastoral Care experience: “I was delighted to receive notes and […]