Caregivers Support is a community of caregivers that share the struggles and successes of constantly caring for a loved one. New caregivers attending a group usually feel great relief knowing they are not alone. Periodically, professionals from different disciplines are invited to provide much-needed information and services. Caregivers acknowledge that the group has made them feel less alone on the journey.
This group is for those who are dealing with general caregiving needs and for caregivers with loved ones who have various diagnoses.
Facilitators are currently provided by Benevilla in Surprise. The group now meets EVERY Thursday in the Library Lounge.
This unique ministry keeps in touch with our homebound members. Each pastor, on a rotating basis, will record a message on our broadcast machine; this machine in turn will dial the phone number of our homebound members and they will then receive a message. Following the message the homebound member can respond with their own message. This ministry has allowed our homebound members to stay “connected” in a very unique way.
Touches of Love
Touches of Love is a lay ministry of the church in which loving Willowbrook members reconnect homebound and frail members of our congregation to our vibrant circle of warmth and care in our local church. Through Touches of Love, Willowbrook members extend the pastoral care of the church into private homes, care centers and group homes. Check the church calendar or call the church office for meeting dates.
GriefShare is a nationally known support group for people grieving loss through death. Using a video featuring experts on grief, along with a workbook and group discussion we help each other sort through those erratic emotions and peaks and valleys.
Each session is “self-contained” so you can attend any time you want nor do you have to attend in sequence. No matter when you begin, you will find encouragement. You do not have to be a member of, or attend the church to be a part of the GriefShare program.
GriefShare is held at Willowbrook on Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. in our Library Lounge.
If you need to find a GriefShare group in another location, go to their website for a listing of locations.
A Stephen Minister is a trained lay member of the congregation who will visit, listen, offer resources and referrals, pray with and for you, and offer Christian love and support. Training classes are held in the fall. This is a vital ministry at Willowbrook on which the pastors heavily rely.
Personal Assistance Program (PAP)
The Personal Assistance Program (PAP) provides resources and seminars to the Willowbrook UMC members, their families, and the community regarding: medical, housing, and financial issues. The PAP is a special ministry to assist those, generally without families or friends, with personal issues and/or locating agencies to answer their needs.