Support at Boston Avenue
You’re not alone
Whether you are facing the challenges of illness, grief, mental health, or other life struggles, support groups at Boston Avenue offer a safe and welcoming space for individuals to find compassion, solace and understanding. With a commitment to inclusivity and empathy, the church embraces people from all walks of life, ensuring that no one feels alone in their journey.
If your pastoral care needs are an emergency, please contact the congregational care cell phone at 918.292.9829.
If you are facing illness, our Minister of Pastoral Care, along with members of our Congregational Care Ministry, are available to visit you or your loved one in the hospital. However, we can’t visit if we don’t know that you are in the hospital, and most hospitals in the area no longer provide this information to us. If you are experiencing illness, please contact our pastoral care team at 918.699.0147 so that we can provide you with support and care!
Congregational Care Ministers
Congregational Care Ministers (CCMs) are trained lay persons who work with the Boston Avenue UMC staff to meet the care needs of our church family. They may be assigned to make hospital visits, telephone or visit persons in need of contact, meet with persons needing a listening ear for prayer and encouragement, offer support to grieving families or others dealing with challenging life experiences, and proactively seek to encourage and care for persons within our congregation. CCMs are required to take the training course offered by Boston Avenue UMC, attend Care Ministries meetings and to make an annual commitment to this ministry. If you are interested in becoming a CCM, please contact our pastoral care team.
Take heart and be encouraged! Our prayer ministry team prays daily over the needs presented to us through the prayer request cards we receive on Sunday morning (located in the pew backs) as well as the messages left on the 24-hour prayer phone line (918.699.0158), forwarded to us from Sunday School class prayer chains, or sent by email. We welcome additional prayers at any time. Let us know what’s weighing on your heart.
Funeral & Memorial Services
When a death is imminent, our pastors are honored to come and pray with you. If there is time, please call the church at 918.583.5181 and ask for Pastoral Care. We will make every effort to have someone come to you. If it is outside of office hours, please call the Pastoral Care cell phone at 918.292.9829.
When a death has occurred, our pastors and staff would also be honored to provide the service for your loved one here at the church, at a funeral home, or graveside depending on the family’s desires. A service of death and resurrection enables surviving family and friends to face the reality of death while celebrating God’s promise of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Our pastoral care minister officiates at most funerals, but any of our pastors may be requested to officiate.
The church has pre-planning documents available to help you begin thinking through the specific details of a funeral or memorial service. Click here for help planning your own service (It is never too early to plan well for the end of your life.) or click here if you are planning the service for a loved one who is nearing death. Completed forms can be returned to the church, and we will keep them on file.
Please know that you are not alone at such a difficult time. The congregation mourns for and with you, and our clergy are honored to support you as you move through the loss of a loved one.
Grieving the death of someone you love can be difficult. Find comfort, guidance, and spiritual support on your journey through grief recovery classes offered a couple of times a year.
For more information regarding our next set of classes, please contact Evelyn Caruso at 918.699.0147.
A number of support groups meet at Boston Avenue; many of these are run by organizations outside of the church that are addressing pressing needs in our community. Please contact our church office at 918.583.5181 if there is something we can do to better support you on your walk of life.
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