Congregational Care

Support when you need it most.

Congregational Care exists 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, 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 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

Spousal Loss Grief Support Group Begins Sept. 7, 2022

After losing her husband Mike, Asbury UMC Member Sunny Gillam dedicated her life to helping others find purpose and meaning by leading grief support classes. “Grief can be overwhelming but support groups really do help,” Sunny says. “You don’t think you want to hear stories about other spouses passing. You don’t want to take on anyone else’s grief, but empathy is what helps you heal.”

If you are grieving for your spouse, or you know someone grieving, you’re invited to a free, 10-week grief support seminar at Asbury United Methodist Church Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. in Room 128.

Sunny Gilliam is a volunteer facilitator trained in bereavement by Homewood-based nonprofit: Community Grief Support. The class will use educational materials prepared by experts in the field of grief and loss. Sunny’s role is to provide hope and encouragement and “companion” participants who are just beginning their grief journeys.

“The hardest part is just showing up,” Sunny says. “But I always tell people: Just go, see it, try it, stay. In the long run it will make a difference in your life. It’s been a blessing in mine.”

Caregiver Support Group

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.

Parent Support Group

Asbury Family Ministry, in partnership with Kim Bailey, M. Ed., ALC, offers a support group for parents with adolescents living with mental health challenges. The group meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the RESET Student Ministry wing.

Special Ministries

Anchor CRM

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.

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.


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.