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.
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.
Co-Facilitators: Connie Danks, M.A., with Benevilla and Rita McBride with A Better Solution. The group meets the first and third Thursday of each month in the Library Lounge.
Established to provide support and information to Willowbrookers and friends in grief, the New Beginnings group has expanded to include support for those facing the many challenges of aging in today’s society. The group meets on Wednesday mornings.
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 Willowbrookers reconnect homebound and frail members of our congregation to our vibrant circle of warmth and care in our local church. Through Touches of Love, Willowbrookers extend the pastoral care of the church into private homes, care centers and group homes. The ministry meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.
GriefShare is a network of thousands of grief recovery support groups meeting around the world. GriefShare is a program with direction and purpose. With GriefShare you will learn how to walk the journey of grief and be supported on the way. It is a place where hurting people find healing and hope.
GriefShare is held at Willowbrook on Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. in our Library Lounge. GriefShare takes the place of New Beginnings, Fall through Spring. For specific class schedule please contact the church office.
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.