GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
11700 OLD FORT ROAD
FORT WASHINGTON, MARYLAND 20744
PASTOR ROBERT E. SLADE
The newly formed "TIME" Ministry is off to a great start! Chaired by, Sister LaVerne N. Knight and co-chaired by Pastor Robert E. Slade, the ministry officially rolled-out to the church, during both services, Sunday, September 17, 2017. Not claiming to be clinicians; yet, the conduit for those in need of services, who may be experiencing mental health challenges. The Ministry will address: Cyberbullying, depression, and suicide awareness, just to name a few. The church has often avoided these issues and "TIME" would like to confront them head on. It's "TIME" for healing, in a non-judgmental, safe environment. "TIME" Ministry meets every second Sunday, directly following the 10:45 a.m. service, in the Parsonage.
Mission, Vision & Values
The Mission of "TIME" Ministry is to be the conduit in assisting those in promoting an improved mental health well-being. Additionally, the environment and approach will always be supportive, discreet, and non-judgmental in nature. In pursuit of our Mission, we strive to:
- Trust in God, in all that we do and exalt Him.
- Pray without ceasing for all concerned parties.
- Be the bridge to resources available within the community to assist with the healing process.
- Empower those with the tools and knowledge necessary to overcome their challenges.
- Maintain confidentiality of any information: Verbal, written, or otherwise shared with the Ministry.
- Improve the community's understanding of mental health and the mind-body/spirit connection between mental and physical health, while removing the stigma attached to it, especially and specifically, in communities of color.
In pursuit of our Vision, we strive to:
- Envision a climate for mental well-being and a holistic approach to health.
- Value the dignity of those we serve.
- Assist the church and community-at-large, serving as a voice, with credible, relevant and current information.
- Provide a safe haven for those in need.
In pursuit of our Values, we strive to:
- Provide every person, regardless of their disability, race, ethnicity, gender, age, economic status, or sexual orientation, with the rights and responsibilities to realize their full potential in our society, the right to be treated with compassion, respect and dignity, free from stigma and prejudice.
- Make the connection between mental health well-being and its essential need for a productive life.
- Promote community understanding of mental challenges, plus tolerance, and acceptance of people living with the challenge, to promote healthy conversation regarding mental challenges.
Disclaimer: "TIME" Ministry does not claim to be mental health experts; but, moreover, the link between the community, church members, and resources.