**Update for Caring for One Another through Coronavirus Pandemic**

To join a UCM Small group “Caring Cluster” for COVID-19 support, please fill out this form.

While it’s hard to tell what the next few weeks or months may look like, having a local group to support us is reassuring and grounding. Your group can decide how and how much to communicate or assist, from just a weekly text check in to someone assigned to buy and drop off groceries or prescriptions to online meetings of any combo of members where you sip coffee and chat or play games.

Groups will be approximately five households. Each group will designate a coordinator, and agree on a preferred method of communication moving forward. The coordinator should set that up, be it a group email, text, Facebook group, or other, and send the first message to have everyone check in with the group with a hello message. Anyone may initiate contact with a request or offer of assistance, but if the group is quiet, the coordinator should send at least one message a week just to check in, and if anyone doesn’t reply, perhaps check on them.

This is a first-time experiment, and we will use that flexibility to have these groups evolve with the situation.

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Lay Pastoral Care is a freestanding ministerial program that provides a confidential caring presence to congregants who are undergoing stressful life challenges or who are in a time of spiritual discernment. The ministry is an extension of the Minister’s own pastoral care presence. Lay pastoral caregivers are recruited by and report directly to the Minister and a lay coordinator.

The Lay Pastoral Caregivers listen to congregants’ feelings and problems, visiting with them in a neutral setting or their home or hospital.  They provide a caring, sacred space for congregants to be heard and understood, and they offer support in pastoral crisis situations.  Lay Pastoral Caregivers are not counselors; however, they do offer referrals to mental health professionals for counseling if needed.

If you would like to speak to someone in the Lay Pastoral Care Ministry, please email the coordinator, Mary Jane Ohlson.


When To Call Your Minister or Lay Pastoral Care Coordinator

When you  ()

  • or a family member are ill.
  • or a family member or a church member are in the hospital.
  • are experiencing a life crisis and need to talk.
  • are celebrating one of lifes joys and want to share it.
  • have a child you wish to have blessed or dedicated. (Also talk to our Director of Lifespan Spiritual Exploration.)
  • have a concern about our religious community.
  • are considering joining the congregation. (also talk to the Membership Committee)
  • want to talk about religion/spirituality.
  • are planning to get married or celebrate a commitment ceremony.
  • would like to discuss your wishes for a memorial service.
  • need spiritual direction.
  • are looking for someone to listen to your thoughts and feelings.
  • are feeling challenged by your life circumstances and want to talk.
  • are feeling alone and want to be reminded of the support you have.
  • just got promoted or demoted.
  • simply want to talk.


    Call the church 802-223-7861 x1 to make an appointment with Rev. Joan Javier-Duval and/or email our Lay Pastoral Care Coordinator, ucm.laypastoralcare@gmail.com.