Care

McFarlin has a big heart and our care ministries have a deep commitment to share the love of God with people in times of joy, healing or brokenness.

Care Ministries seek to love God and neighbor according to Jesus’ command to “love each other as I have loved you.” Because Jesus came to live among us and to experience life with us, McFarlin seeks to live among God’s people in a variety of ways. This Care Ministries page gives you opportunities to learn about those ways.  Maybe you need caring support, or maybe you are looking to serve in ministry; please use this as a guide to loving one another.  Please contact our care ministers listed throughout this guide to find more information about ways McFarlin cares.

Alzheimer’s Care Givers Support Meeting: Begins with a luncheon in Room 209 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM the third Wednesday of each month. A knowledgeable speaker addresses challenges common to caregivers. Members then share their experiences and concerns in a group setting. Facilitators are trained by the Alzheimer’s Association. Reservations may be made through Carol Dean Schreiner, Senior Adult Coordinator at 405-321-3484 ext. 108.

Congregational Care Ministry: A caring contact from the church is assigned to those who are having a baby, illness or injury, grief, or death of a loved one. Congregational Care Ministers visit, call, write cards and communicate with the pastoral staff. Please contact Jane Cook, Congregational Care Coordinator, for more information, 405-321-3484, ext. 115.

Crisis Pastoral Care Walk-in Hours: Guests may visit with a pastor. Pastoral staff is available Monday-Thursday in the Library from 1:00 PM -3:00 PM. After hours, please contact our 24-hour line 405-517-1305 for more information.

Devotionals at Senior Residential Living Communities: Arbor House, Brookdale, Cedar Creek, Noble Heath Care, Rambling Oaks, Reminisce Center, Rivermont & Veteran’s Center Clergy and laity visit local senior adult communities to offer Bible teaching, prayer, and communion. Please Contact Carol Dean Schreiner, Senior Adult Coordinator, for more information, 405-321-3484 ext. 108.

Funeral Services: When death is imminent, our pastors visit to pray with you and your loved ones. Our Pastors are available to plan and officiate at memorial services, funeral services and graveside services. We provide personal planning guides, planning guides for families who use funeral homes and those who do not. Please contact the church office so one of our pastors can help you make arrangements with the funeral home, 405-321-3484.

Grief Support: Our Congregational Care Ministers support grieving individuals, and we offer grief literature during the first year of loss and grief support groups. Please contact Jane Cook, Congregational Care Coordinator, for more information, 405-321-3484, ext. 115.

Home Communion: For those who are unable to attend worship any longer, pastors and laity will visit to serve the sacrament. Please contact the church office so one of our pastors can arrange to see you or your loved one, 405-321-3484.

Hospital Visitation: For those who are hospitalized or undergoing surgery, we provide pastoral presence, prayer and encouragement. Our pastors make visits almost every day, and our team considers it a privilege to pray for those experiencing health crises. Lay ministers deliver flowers from our Rose Ministry. Please contact the church office so one of our pastors can arrange to see you in the hospital, 405-321-3484.

House Blessings: For those who are moving to senior adult residences, we will come and bless your new home. Please contact Carol Dean Schreiner, Senior Adult Coordinator, for more information, 405-321-3484 ext. 108.

Meal Ministry: We are blessed to provide dinners for bereaved immediate family members upon a death, take dinners to the homes of those who are ill, infirm, injured or have welcomed home a new child. Please contact Jane Cook, Congregational Care Coordinator, for more information, 405-321-3484, ext. 115.

Pastoral Visitation: Pastors meet with congregation members in preparation for marriage, surrounding issues of death, in times of crisis and for spiritual development. Please contact the church office so one of our pastors can arrange to meet with you, 405-321-3484.

Prayer Shawl Ministry: Following the ancient practice of repetitive motion accompanied by prayer and meditation, several times a month we gather to knit or crochet prayer shawls. These shawls are given away with a card as a message of comfort to members and non-members. Please contact Jane Cook, Congregational Care Coordinator for more information, 405-321-3484, ext. 115.

Prayer Ministry: Share your prayer requests with clergy and laity. Prayer request cards are available in the Sanctuary pews, Lifeline bulletins, Children’s Ministry area, Food Pantry and at Welcome Centers. Prayer requests also may be submitted on our website at www.mcfarlinumc.org. Please contact Jane Cook, Congregational Care Coordinator, for more information, 405-321-3484, ext. 115.

Prison Education Team: We offer classes in life skills, reintegration into the community, Bible study and prayer at local jails and prisons.

Prison Visitation: Visitors go to local jails and prisons, some training is required. Please contact Rev. Harriette Leigh, Minister of Crisis and Recovery for more information, 405-568-1043.

Senior Adult Care Team: Visits homes, sends cards or makes phone calls to our seniors who are either ill at home or live in a retirement center or nursing home. Please contact Carol Dean Schreiner, Senior Adult Coordinator, for more information, 405-321-3484 ext. 108.

Support Groups Offered at McFarlin: Al-Anon, Alcoholics Anonymous, Depression and Bi-Polar Support Group, Foster and Adoptive Family Support Group, Gambler’s Anonymous, and Women’s Alcoholics Anonymous. Meeting information is available by calling 405-321-3484.