Pastoral Care

Bethany United Church provides compassionate care, support, guidance and spiritual nourishment to members of Bethany and the community beyond. This care is offered through Bethany's ministry of Pastoral Care to people who may be coping with illness/death, dying family members or bereavement; or people whose functions are now limited and may be in a nursing home or other care setting; people with spiritual or life questions; or those who may be facing other spiritual, emotional or life challenges. If you have need of this service, please contact us.

Bethany Congregational Care Ministry

Bethany’s Congregational Care Ministry consists of volunteer lay persons offering care and support to Bethany church family members. This ministry supplements the visitation ministry of our Minister, Kevin Little. This Team offers support to anyone who may feel isolated throughout the week and would appreciate a visit or phone call. We also provide support in times of crisis; such as illness or bereavement. If you know of someone who would appreciate a visit or a phone call from a Team member please contact our coordinator, Ann Bradley.

Home Visits/Phone Calls, Hospital/Nursing Home Visits, Transportation to Medical Appointments, Meals in Times of Crisis (illness or bereavement), Home Communion

Dog Fellowship Ministry

New! We will be offering a Dog Fellowship Ministry as part of our Congregational Care Ministry. Roxanne Sperry and her dog Drake have joined our care team. Roxanne is an AST student with a passion for dogs. This pilot project is part of her studies at AST. Gingerdrake will be available for pastoral visits through care team volunteers: Sharon Meadows, Janet Sponagle Hopper and Bev Johnson, all of whom have experience with dog therapy programs. See above for who to call regarding booking Drake for a pastoral visit. Our new furry friend was introduced to the congregation during worship on Sunday morning October 21, 2018. The following paragraph provides you with important information.

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Hi my name is Drake, I was named by a group of seniors in Marriott’s Cove.I am a 5 month old Rough Collie.I am here to be a part of your congregation.I am here to love you, comfort you, entertain you (I’m a very funny puppy) and be a companion you can talk to.Because I am a puppy I am learning about the world and learning about how to behave.I have a very sensitive tummy so please don’t give me any human food especially chocolate, grapes and raisins.If you want to give me a treat just ask my handler for some puppy biscuits.Please don’t ask me to sit because I am a show dog and if I sit in the show ring I will be disqualified.Please do help me learn to behave.I am not allowed to jump up on people so if I try to jump up on you please gently push me down and tell me no.I look forward to loving all of you and I hope you will love me too!