Care & Nurture

Prayer Chain

Let us support you in prayer! Several members of the congregation belong to this group and pray for specific people when requested. The pastors and staff also pray weekly and prayer requests remain confidential unless otherwise noted. If you need prayers for yourself, a family member, a friend, or wish to become a member of the prayer chain, please contact the church office.

 

Shepherds

Shepherds serve a geographical area to provide support to members when needed, such as organizing meals during a recovery period or death in the family.

 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

A group that gathers to lovingly knit or crochet prayer shawls. When the shawls are completed they are prayed over and given to people who are ill or recovering from surgery or just need to be comforted. No experience is necessary. Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 3-5pm, in the Fireside Room.

 

Meals for New Parents

Meals are provided after the birth of a new baby.

 

College Care Boxes

The Care & Nurture Team creates personalized care packages and sends them to students in their first year of college.

 

Memorial Services

A team coordinates receptions after memorial services.

 

GriefShare

The death of a dear family member or friend is hard. If you are struggling with loss, Aldersgate offers GriefShare, a faith-based support program that can help you cope during this tender time and move toward healing.

GriefShare sessions take place weekly in a friendly, safe and caring environment. This support group helps you connect with others who are grieving and provides exercises and information that help you come to terms with your pain and rebuild your life.

With love and compassion, Aldersgate hosts the 13-week GriefShare series three times a year. Sessions are held in the Church Library, located upstairs in the back of the church, behind the front office. In 2019, weekly GriefShare sessions will be offered each Sunday at 2:30 p.m. from:

January 6th through March 31st
April 7th through July 7th
August 25th through November 17th

In addition to the GriefShare support groups, Aldersgate is offering a one-day “Surviving the Holidays During Grief” session, scheduled for Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

If you’d like more information about Aldersgate’s GriefShare program, or are interested in joining a group, please call our church office at 714-544-3653.

 

BeFriender Ministry

The BeFriender ministry of Aldersgate is a listening presence. This ministry is not a ministry of “doing”, but of “being,”–being present and listening quietly. Everyone is, at times, on a difficult journey and needs a caring companion who will listen, empathize, and be a reminder of a caring, faith community. All requests and meetings are confidential. If you are interested, or know of someone who might be, do not hesitate to contact the church office.