Dunwoody UMC offers a wide variety of support groups and counseling to provide assistance during difficult seasons of life. Whether you need to talk privately with a highly-skilled counselor or you are looking for a group of people experiencing the same life issue, you will find support and care. If you have a need not listed here, contact Rev. Kathy Brockman at kathy.brockman@dunwoodyumc.org.

The Summit Counseling Center at DUMC

We partner with Summit Counseling to provide professional and confidential services to our members and the community. Summit addresses mental health issues with an evidence-based approach of combining professional, licensed counseling with the client’s faith. Services are available for every age and stage of life, from preschoolers to aging seniors. You may see a counselor on the lower floor of the Dunwoody UMC Chapel, or at another Summit Counseling location. Call Summit Counseling at 678-893-5300, or visit summitcounseling.org

Prayer Ministry

The Prayer Ministry is a group of volunteers that use intercessory prayer, meaning they pray for others including our ministries, pastors, members in need, those on mission trips, people in need around the world and those who have specifically asked for prayer. It includes a 24-hour Prayer Line at 770-671-8239 and a Prayer Room just inside the entrance to the church offices. Call the Prayer Line at 770-671-8239 or email prayer@dunwoodyumc.org.

Stephen Ministry

The motto of Stephen Ministry is "Christ Caring for People through People." The Stephen Minister’s role is to bring God’s love into the lives of people who are going through a difficult time or experiencing a crisis. As trained and supervised lay persons, Stephen Ministers participate in 50 hours of training in Christian care-giving. In addition to general topics, the training also covers specialized areas such as ministering to the divorced, hospitalized, bereaved and aging. Above all, Stephen Ministers listen, care, support, encourage and pray with and for a person who is hurting. In the midst of this confidential, one-to-one, caring relationship, God’s healing love comes pouring through. To learn more about the Stephen Ministry, please call Pat DeBolt at 404-931-5443.

Support Groups

Dunwoody UMC offers several life-specific support groups that meet regularly to help members and the community deal with difficult issues such as memory loss, divorce or death.

Caring for a family member or a dear friend who has Alzheimer's or another form of dementia can be overwhelming, frustrating and can leave you exhausted. But know you are not alone. Under the auspices of the Alzheimer's Association, the church is offering a virtual support group via Zoom. This virtual support group meets the second Thursday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Being with others in a confidential, caring group can help participants know how to safely enter the member's world and how to validate their feelings and re-direct their focus. For further information as well as the Zoom link, please contact JoAnn Akers at 678-352-9334 or akersjoann@gmail.com.