PASTORAL CARE

The Minister routinely provides counsel, support and guidance to individuals in need.

CANDLES OF COMMUNITY

If you have news that you would like to share with our UUCC community, please send a brief writeup (no more than 5 sentences, please) to Nancie Shillington-Perez or call Nancie at 803-553-2280. This is similar to Joys & Concerns, in that it helps us know what is going on in each other’s lives. But “Community Updates” is in a written form for those that cannot/do not tune in for our Sunday Zoom services or would benefit from having it in written form. Please know that we may need to edit submissions.

LAY PASTORAL ASSOCIATES

The Lay Pastoral Associates, part of the Caring and Hospitality Committee, assist the minister in pastoral work by providing expressions of emotional and tangible support.  They offer home visitation to persons who are homebound for reasons of health, depression, lack of mobility or otherwise unable to be out.  These pastoral associates meet monthly for peer supervision and ministerial oversight.  Members of the congregation are encouraged to make referrals to the Committee by email, by phone or in person.

SUPPORT GROUPS

The UUCC offers many opportunities for small group interactions (social, educational, or spiritual) through which we support one another.  Support groups on the topics of bereavement/grief and separations/divorce are offered periodically.  AA meetings are available weekly.  Contact the Administrator for times and meeting rooms.  Note:  Since our building is closed at this time (at least through the end of 2020) we are not able to offer these services at this time.

CARING AND HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE

In coordination with the Minister, the Caring Network shall provide leadership in physical and emotional support to Members and Friends in time of crisis and need.

The Caring Committee:

  • Helps members and friends connect to the services they may need (food, medical care, transportation, mental health care)
  • Creates and maintains a list of Members and Friends available to provide assistance to Members and Friends who may have an illness or other needs (Caring Network)
    • Assistance may include: transportation to medical appointments, delivering meals, shopping, visits, a listening ear.
  • Sends cards to let members and friends know that we are thinking of them in their time of need.
  • Organizes and hosts receptions following Memorial Services for members or friends of the congregation.

If you have a special need or know of someone who does, please email caringchair@uucolumbia.org or call (or text to) 803-605-8625.

If you would like to help the Caring Network on an occasional or as needed and available basis, please email caringchair@uucolumbia.org.

Please note that during this time of sheltering in place to prevent further spread of Covid-19 some activities of the Caring Network may be suspended. Moral support and a listening ear are always available. Visits, rides to medical appointments, shopping – all will be determined on a case by case basis with the safety of Caring Committee members and all members and friends of the congregation our primary concern. We are often able to help members and friends find community resources to fill the gaps in the services we usually provide in person.