Congregational Care

Support when you need it most.

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.

Support Groups | Congregational Care Ministry

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

Caring for someone with memory loss due to dementia, Alzheimer’s, or stroke? Find comfort among a community of friends going through the same challenges the first and third Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in Room 129. The group is facilitated Rev. Maggie Dunaway.

Healing Hearts Spousal Loss Support Group, Begins March 8

If you or a loved one has recently lost their spouse, Asbury offers a spousal-loss support group, “Healing Hearts,” where participants can find community among friends and learn how to move forward. The group meets Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. in Room 136. The group is facilitated by Asbury Member Sunny Gilliam, working with Community Grief Support. 

Parent Support Group

Asbury and Kim Bailey M.Ed., ALC will partner once again to host a six-week Parent Support Group from April 6 through May 18 (off on April 27) from 6:00-7:30 pm in Room 109. This is a support group for parents of adolescents living with mental health challenges.

Special Ministries | Congregational Care

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

Asbury is privileged to host United Counseling: 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 by calling their central office at (205) 824-8320 or by visiting their website.

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.