The Pastoral Care Team at Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church is composed of church members who have
committed their time and care to help others through the ordinary and extraordinary challenges of life. Team members are
available to listen, express concern and love, and point the way to further resources.
What We Offer
Team members provide a listening ear, so that individuals can express the feelings and fears related to their current life
circumstances, as well as sharing the joys that life brings. Often team members will be able to help others find resources in the
community that are appropriate to the needs of the moment.
Pastoral Care Team members are not counselors, and their care should not be considered a substitute for professional
counseling if that is appropriate. The Pastoral Care Team offers companionship on the journey of life and faith, knowing that
God in Jesus Christ walks with us as well.
Jesus called men and women to be disciples, learning from him that they might serve in God’s name. He sent his disciples into
the world to heal and share the good news of God’s grace and love. Ever since the church began, followers of Jesus have
offered hope and help to their sisters and brothers in the name of Jesus.
(see Acts 3:1-10)
Our membership vows call us to work against all the conditions that hurt or diminish human life and to provide for each other “a
community of love and forgiveness that we may grow in our trust of God.” Lay pastoral care is an expression of that
The word “Pastor” comes from the Latin and means “shepherd.” Jesus is our chief pastor or shepherd, the one who watches
over God’s children. In caring for one another, we are continuing the “pastoral” ministry of Jesus. Team members work
alongside the ordained pastor of the church, sharing a caring ministry. Neither is a substitute for the other.
Ways We Serve
A Pastoral Caregiver might be found serving in any of the following ways:
Visiting a hospital patient.
Waiting at the hospital with family members while a loved one undergoes surgery.
Spending time with persons in the weeks and months after the death of a loved one.
Taking Holy Communion to homebound persons.
Making a friendly visit to an elderly person or one who lives alone.
Leading a worship service at Wicke Health Center, a United Methodist nursing home in Shelton.
Providing friendship and support for a new mother or single parent.
Having coffee or lunch with a person who just needs a listening ear.
How to Request Care
To request care from a Team member, contact the Church Office at 203-874-1982 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
|PASTOR BRIAN continues house-to-house visitation.
The goal is to build relationships on the foundation established last summer through the cottage meetings. Weekday, evening and
Sunday appointments are available. You may call him directly at 203.895.3753 (cell) or 203.874.1982, ext. 11 (confidential voice mail) or
Mary Lou Kampert at 203.874.1982, ext. 10 if you would like to schedule a visit.
|PASTORAL CARE: Thank you for letting us know when someone is hospitalized, placed in skilled nursing care, or otherwise needs
pastoral care. Most know that HIPPA privacy laws have restricted pastors’ access to hospital registration records for many years, so
we only know if your loved one is hospitalized if you call us or the church office (203.874.1982).