Care for the loved one.
This ministry provides fellowship and stimulation for people who have memory loss due to Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinsons, or stroke. Trained professionals and volunteers provide supervision, lead activities, and serve a nutritious lunch. Participants have the opportunity to socialize with others while enjoying a variety of stimulating activities:
- Music and Dance
- Bible Study
- Arts and Crafts
- Intergenerational Activities
- Pet Assisted Therapy
- Service Projects
- Enrollment is available at an affordable cost.
- Participants may choose to come one or more days.
Care for the caregivers.
Caring for a family member or loved one is gratifying, but it is also challenging. FUMC Respite Care Ministry is designed to relieve the caregivers for free time so they can:
- Run Errands
- Take care of business
Caregivers enjoy peace of mind knowing their loved ones are cared for in a safe and caring environment. Caregiver support groups meet the third Monday of each month from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Emmaus Room, located behind the sanctuary of FUMC.
Participants must be independent in the following:
- Attending to their own bathroom needs
- Participating in social activities
- Feeding themselves
We require a completed medical examination from the participant’s physician and a list of current medications. Caregivers are invited to call and schedule a tour of the Respite Care Center prior to enrollment. If you would like to learn more about Respite at First United Methodist Church, please contact Director Daphne Johnston or Assistant Director Laura Selby, or call the church office at (334) 834-8990.
Respite in the Media
- Ministry offers meaning and purpose for those with dementia
- Memory Loss Victims Put On Patriotic Concert for Community
- First UMC’s Respite Ministry thriving in caring for those with memory loss
- Respite Ministry: ‘He has found his worth’
- UAB practitioners applaud Respite Ministry
- Side by Side choir at First United Methodist Church brings together dementia patients and caregivers.
- Side by Side Choir performs at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
“I was drowning and Respite was my life preserver. Honest! Those volunteers truly love and believe in giving value to those the world has written off as useless. The staff of volunteers is like an army of angels. I can’t tell you how much hope Respite brought to my life, THANK YOU. I know God will grow this ministry and hopefully the flame of service will spread to other cities…Thank you again for loving my mother and showing me how to!!” – Lori Smart
Stephen Ministry is grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another. Through one-on-one caring relationships, those who are hurting receive the love and care they need to support them.