Caring Ministries

Through the challenges and celebrations of life, God walks with us.

The congregation and clergy of First United Methodist Church want to be a part of your journey, too, providing support and love through Christian community.  

To let us know you or a loved one needs care, please use one of these contact methods or call the church office: 810-229-8561.

Prayer Requests

Submit your prayer requests online.

Congregational Care

Connect with volunteers from First UMC.

Prayer Quilt Requests

Submit a request for a prayer quilt.

Pastoral Care

Request a call or visit from one of the pastors.

Hospital Visits

Request a hospital visit.

Support Groups

Request information about support groups.


Request a call or visit from one of the pastors.

Memorial Services & Funerals

Connect with a pastor to plan a memorial or funeral.


Planning your wedding with First United Methodist Church


Inquire about Baptism at First United Methodist Church

Mental Health Crisis Lines

  • Livingston County, Community Mental Health Crisis Line, 517-546-4126
  • Washtenaw County, Community Mental Health Crisis Line, 734-544-3050
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-TALK
  • Suicide Hotline,800-SUICIDE, 800-615-1245

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Domestic Violence Resources

  • Livingston County – LACASA, 24/7 hot line 866-522-2725,
  • Washtenaw Country – Safe House Center,24/7 hotline: 734-995-5444,
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline, 24/7 hotline: 800-787-3224

Alcoholics Anonymous

  • National website:
  • Livingston County: 517-540-9533 or 877-545-3680
  • Al-Anon and Alateen Support:

Narcotics Anonymous

  • National website:
  • Livingston County: 1-800-230-4085

Gamblers Anonymous –

Codependent Anonymous –

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357

Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeast Michigan: 248-474-4701

Love INC: 517-552-3620

Assistance programs for individuals in Livingston County

  • Gas Vouchers: 517-552-3620
    A ministry of Love INC, providing gas vouchers to individuals in Livingston County.
  • Bedding Ministry: or 810-772-1863
    A ministry of Love INC, providing bedding, towels, sheets and linens.
  • Fish and Loaves:
    A ministry of Love INC, providing a free community dinner, every Sunday at a local Brighton church.
  • Hope’s Closet: 810-229-8561 or
    Clothing and essentials for foster families; newborn through children’s size 12.

Bountiful Harvest: 810-534-7275

Providing food, clothing, and assistance to those in need. Located next door to the First United Methodist Church Brighton Campus (behind First Presbyterian Church of Brighton).

VINA Dental Clinic: 810-844-0240 or

A low-cost dental facility on our Brighton campus, providing dental care to quality, affordable dental care to Livingston County residents with limited finances and little to no access to dental care.

Mental Health and Care

Login to your Amplify Media account, then search “Mental Health and Care” to find these webinars.
Not yet registered for your complimentary Amplify Media account with First UMC? Click here.

  • E1: The Effects of Prolonged Stress: Taking Care of Yourself
  • E2: Relationships in a Pandemic: Building Resiliency During Unique Challenges
  • E3: Compassion Fatigue: Helping the Helpers
  • E4: Pandemic as Moral Injury: How Do We React to Global Suffering

Caring for the Mental Health of Children

Sponsored by the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church
Guest Presented: Lauren Victor, LMSW

Prayer Team
Experience the power of prayer by praying for the needs of the congregation and community.

Contact Kris Philips:

Prayer Chain
Subscribe to the Prayer Chain to pray for members and loved ones of our church community.

Contact Wendy Carmack,

Prayers & Squares
Take part in creating the prayer quilts given to those in need of prayer and comfort. No experience necessary. Contact Carol Riffe:

Prayer Shawl Knitting Ministry
Create beautiful prayer shawls and other items for persons in need of care. Experienced and novice knitters and crocheters are welcome.

Contact Deacon Loretta Job:

Caring Cards Ministry
Send holiday cards to members of our congregation who live alone, are homebound, or live in nursing homes.

Contact Pastor Lindsey:


To learn more about any of our Caring Ministries, contact Stephanie Nichoff, Congregational Care Coordinator,

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