Congregational Care

Support when you need it most.

Support Groups | Congregational Care Ministry

Healing Hearts Spousal Loss Support Group, Begins March 8

Grief Support

If you or a loved one has recently lost their spouse, Asbury offers a spousal-loss support group called “Healing Hearts.” The group is facilitated by Asbury Member Sunny Gilliam, working with Community Grief Support. The group meets Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. in Room 136 (Adult Ministry Wing).

Parent Support Group

Mental Health

Asbury partners with Licensed Local Family Counselor Kim Bailey, offering support groups and classes for parents of adolescents struggling with mental health challenges. Kim will return to Asbury in the spring, but if you’re looking for a support group this fall, email us

Caregiver Support Group | Congregational Care Ministry at Asbury UMC Birmingham, AL

CAREGIVER SUPPORT

Caring for someone with memory loss due to dementia, Alzheimer’s, or stroke? Find comfort among a community of friends the first and third Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in Room 126. No registration required.

Now through December, join us for an informative and interactive series of presentations given by Renée Harmon, MD, author of “Surfing the Waves of Alzheimer’s: Principles of Caregiving That Kept Me Upright.” Through engaging stories and lectures, you will gain knowledge, understanding, and a deeper compassion for persons living with all forms of dementia. The series is intended for persons who are currently caregivers as well as for those who want to learn how to best support these families. 

Struggling with an addiction? Reach out.

Substance Abuse Support (Families)

Is a loved one struggling with Substance Use Disorder? If so, free trained support and education is available Monday nights from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The group, endorsed by the Addiction Prevention Coalition, is open to all sober family members and friends age 18 or older. The group meets in Room 132 (Adult MInistry Wing) weekly. No registration required.

Asbury UMC hosts an AA support group.

Substance Abuse

If you are struggling with addiction, a licensed local counselor can help you determine the best treatment plan. Asbury also hosts an Alcoholics Anonymous, a global peer-led mutual aid fellowship dedicated to abstinence-based recovery from alcoholism through its spiritually-inclined twelve-step program. AA meets Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Room 120 (Adult Ministry Wing). To find a meeting near you, visit the Alcoholics Anonymous website.

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Anchor CRM | Congregational Care Ministry at Asbury UMC Birmingham, AL

Anchor Community Respite Ministry provides fellowship and stimulation for people who have memory loss. Anchor operates every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Asbury’s campus. The memory-loss program gives care partners a break each week to run errands, visit with friends, and rest.

Congregational Care Ministry at Asbury UMC Birmingham, AL

ReNew Ministry provides spiritual, emotional, and practical support and encouragement in a confidential Christian atmosphere for those experiencing a career transition. While not a job placement program, Asbury has a team of career transition coaches that can offer feedback on your resume, help with interview preparation, and help you network.

Resources | Congregational Care

Congregational Care Ministry at Asbury UMC Birmingham, AL

United Counseling is a ministry of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church that has provided counseling to children, youth, adults, couples, and families for more than 45 years. Request an appointment. Counseling sessions can be held at Asbury.

Asbury is pleased to offer in-person or virtual spiritual direction sessions for members, clergy and anyone in the community seeking to deepen his or her relationship with God. Learn more about spiritual direction below or email Facilitator Robyn White, Asbury’s Adult Ministry Director.

About Congregational Care

Congregational Care Ministry exists at Asbury United Methodist Church in Birmingham, AL to provide support, encouragement, and prayer during challenging times. Volunteer teams strive to carry God’s love to Asbury members, visitors, and the community. This assistance takes many forms:

PRAYER TEAM: Lifts church members, visitors, community, and world prayer concerns up in a private, online community.
CONGREGATIONAL CARE MINISTERS: Visit church members who are homebound, hospitalized, or facing life trials.
CARE MEALS: Provide meals for church members in cases of illness, death, or birth of a new baby.
LOVING HANDS: Create prayer shawls and blankets for church members and friends facing adversity.
CARE CARDS: Send timely cards to celebrate joys and to give encouragement for concerns and illness.

To be added to the weekly email distribution of prayer concerns or to volunteer in a Congregational Care Ministry of Asbury UMC Birmingham, AL, please contact our Pastor of Congregational Care Maggie Dunaway at 205.515.1029.

If you have an emergency and need to speak with a pastor, please call the Asbury United Methodist church office at 205-995-1700. If you reach the voicemail after business hours (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday) or during a holiday, you have the option to forward your call to the pastor on call.