Congregational Care

The Congregational Care Ministry of Leesburg UMC is here to love and support the members of our congregation. We believe as Christians we are to love God and to love our neighbor (Mark 12:29-31), and we are here to share in that ministry with you.  

The primary mission of the ministry is to ensure that the care needs of the Leesburg UMC congregation are met. There are several areas within Congregational Care that create opportunities for the congregation to care for one another: Stephen Ministry, Faith Friends, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Prayer Chain, Grief Counseling and Extending the Table. To learn more about these ministries and how you can be a part, contact Rev. Heather Wray or call the church office.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system. Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. Since Dr. Kenneth Haugk began Stephen Ministry in 1975, it has reached over 13,000 congregations from more than 180 denominations in the United States and around the world. More than 600,000 laypeople have trained as Stephen Ministers, and they in turn have provided care to millions of hurting people.

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Grief Counseling

Healing Hearts and Minds

Jesus wept when Lazarus died. He knows the pain of grief first-hand. God, through Jesus Christ, has called our Congregational Care Minister, GC-C to serve anyone facing grief: anticipatory, disenfranchised, or symbolic grief with the goal of helping the bereaved reach a healthy adaptation.

Our Congregational Care Minister, GC-C is a certified grief counselor trained through AIHCP, a licensed professional organization offering certifications, fellowships, and continuing education for specialty healthcare  practices  and is approved by multiple  state Boards of Registered Nursing.

For more information, please contact Rev. Heather Wray or Maria "Terry" Kingsley.

Faith Friends

Share God’s love with our college students through care packages a few times a year. It is our hope that this program strengthens our connections within the Leesburg UMC church family and brings students encouragement during stressful times of year.

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry team knits and crochets shawls and baby blankets in lively fellowship and prayer for those needing comfort and a reminder of God’s love. Both new and experienced needle crafters are welcome to join this team of caring hearts and busy fingers happy to teach newcomers. The group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm in the church library and ends each session by praying over completed items. Contact Gail Bessom for more information or to get involved.

Prayer Chain

The Prayer Chain team prays daily for persons with special concerns. This ministry supports those facing illness, bereavement, family crisis or other difficulties.  The Prayer Chain is truly a blessing to our church, to the members of the prayer chain, and to those who are receiving our prayers. We have seen the power of prayer at work, not only in our own lives as we pray for others, but in the recipients of the prayers. Through prayer we spread God’s love and because of prayer we are drawn ever closer to Him. If you would like to become a member of the prayer chain, contact the church office and they will give the coordinator your name and email address. You will then begin receiving requests and updates via email.

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Extending the Table

One of the many ways we care for our congregation at Leesburg UMC is through Extending the Table to members who cannot attend church for health reasons, age related issues, or because they are recovering from surgery or taking care of a newborn. The Extending the Table Team, led by Sally Ann Tennyson, prepares and takes communion from our altar on Sunday morning to those who could not be with us in worship. This team is deployed the first Sunday of every month, families and individuals are welcome to join this ministry. There is a brief 30 minute training and once trained they are free to serve regularly or when able to in our Extending the Table ministry.

If you are interested in serving or need the table to be extended to you please contact: Rev. Heather Wray or Sally Ann Tennyson