“We care for one another in mutual love”

“As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34

God loves you and cares about what you are going through. God also calls us to love others and share the burdens of those who are put in our path. Care Ministry at Hempfield UM Church exists to provide love and support to people who are struggling with life’s challenges. Whether the struggle is physical, emotional, relational or financial we want to help you move from crisis to stability. The Care Ministry mission is to help people through life crisis and to help them find spiritual and emotional health so they can engage in the purpose God has for their lives.


To get involved in any of these ministries, contact Joyce Young.


Coed Care
Volunteers pray for our college and graduate students, and send encouraging notes and care packages to them throughout the school year.

Card Care
Team members send cards to missionaries and to those in the congregation who are in need of encouragement, sympathy or get well wishes.

Caring Stitchers
These knitters and crocheters make prayer shawls, prayer squares, Baptismal “Blankets of Blessing”, and lap blankets to be given to Care client-families and to those in the congregation.

Pass It On Ministry
This team visits homebound members on or near their birthdays.

Stamps of Love
Volunteers in this ministry create handmade cards for the Care Ministry.


Blue Prayer Card/ E-Prayer Research Team
This team verifies concerns shared on the blue prayer cards (located in pew racks and the lobby) and also those concerns received through email so that a Plan of Care can be created if one is needed.

Volunteers place calls to HUMC members to let them know they are important to God and to the church. Volunteers also ask if there are any prayer needs or if there is any information that can shared with staff so that the church can respond to needs.


All Saints Team
This team coordinates a special observance during All Saints Sunday to honor those who have died in the faith during the previous year.

Back-to-School Supply Drive
This ministry provides school supplies to local-area school children, whose families have limited income.

Breast Cancer Pillow Ministry
This outreach provides a specially made pillow to individuals having breast surgery. Requests for a pillow should be made to our Director of Care.

Cancer Care Ministry
This outreach provides a specially made breast pillow for patients following surgery.

Holiday Meal Support
This ministry provides Easter and Thanksgiving meals to Care client-families, and families from our church and community who are in need.

Share A Christmas
This ministry partners with the Serve Team and HUMC members to provide gifts for children whose families are in relationship with Care and Hope Ministry throughout the year. We also provide gifts for residents at Faith Friendship Ministries and Sylvan Retreat Apartments.

Stephen Ministry
Caregivers provide care, encouragement, emotional and spiritual support to people facing a crisis or going through difficult times.

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
This is a free tax service in partnership with United Way of Lancaster County for elderly taxpayers, and also for those with special needs, disabilities and limited income.

Health and Wellness

Bipolar Support Group
This ministry provides a monthly lunch and a support group meeting (facilitated by a representative from Mental Health America) for those living with bipolar disorder, as well as for their families and friends.   

Emergency Response Team
Professional healthcare workers provide emergency response for large church events such as Christmas Eve services and conferences held at HUMC. 

Homebound Ministry
This ministry serves as the connection between church and family to HUMC members who are unable to attend services due to extended illness, residents of a care facility, or confined to their home. 


Funeral Care

This team provides a presence and support to the family experiencing the death of a loved one, and works closely with funeral directors and officiating pastor(s).

Grief Care

This ministry provides individualized support, through cards and phone calls, to congregation members experiencing the loss of a loved one. 

GriefShare, a 13 week support group for those dealing with the loss of a loved one, is offered twice a year.  Contact Joyce Young for more information.


Called to Care
Volunteers provide the following services to HUMC members in need: transportation to doctor appointments, and meals to members recovering from surgery, illness or experiencing the death of a loved one.

Called to Care: Helping Hands
Helping Hands volunteers provide these services to HUMC members in need: housecleaning, grocery shopping, yard work, painting, window washing, sewing/mending, small home repairs and pet care.

Crisis Care
This ministry meets the critical needs of congregation members or community members by connecting them to agencies that can meet their longterm needs.

Food Cupboard
This ministry provides a three-day supply of food, paper products, and toiletries each month to congregation or community members in need.