Aldersgate is A Caring Community
Aldersgate has been recognized as a Caring Community by the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, which means that as a congregation, we intentionally minister to persons with mental illness and their families.
As United Methodists, we are called to a ministry of health and wholeness — body, mind and spirit. Mental illness touches many families. And we know that healing and wholeness can be found in community. Aldersgate has made a covenant that states that we are a community where people with mental illness can find healing and wholeness— we are a Caring Community!
As members of the congregation we can let friends and family members living with mental illness, such as depression, know that they are welcome at Aldersgate and that there are resources here to assist and support them in a community of faith and healing. The Parish Nurse has helpful resources on mental health and serves as an advocate, a health counselor, and an educator.
Stephen Ministers may be able to provide spiritual caregiving. Mental health professionals and clergy serving on the Caring Community Task force can welcome and help shepherd someone new to our congregation. Prayer Team members can pray specifically for individuals.
So keep all this in mind and help us live our covenant to be a Caring Community. Our church covenant and other information on our Caring Community ministry can be found on the table outside the parish nurse office.