Christian Fellowship & Pastoral Care

Christian FellowshipWesbury maintains a strong relationship with the United Methodist Church, yet residents of all faiths are welcome to enjoy the Christian atmosphere of genuine care and concern that is a part of everyday life on our campus. Wesbury’s residents are served by two on-campus chaplains who host frequent religious activities and provide numerous hours of counseling and spiritual support each year. Multi-denominational services are offered in our own chapels and many houses of worship in the Meadville area are available to our residents.

The Pastoral Care Team is pleased to assist you in whatever spiritual needs you may have. Like the other staff at Wesbury, we are here to serve you and your family. If you are in need of a pastor, we are here to help. The pastor of your home church is always welcome to continue providing the nurture and care you need while you are here, at Wesbury.

Pastoral Care Services at Grace Rehabilitation and Health Center and Memory Support Center

A service of Christian Worship is held in Grace Rehabilitation and Health Center’s Barco Chapel on Sundays at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend. Volunteers and staff are available to assist getting residents to worship. Please be sure to let nursing or the chaplain’s office know if you are in need of assistance. Worship Services from Cribbs Residential Center’s McCracken Chapel are available on Channel 98 at 9:45 am each Sunday morning.

Pastoral Care Services for Thoburn Village and Cribbs Residential Center

A service of Christian Worship is held in Cribbs Residential Center’s McCracken Chapel on Sundays at 9:45 a.m.  Transportation is available for this service. The Worship Service from McCracken Chapel is broadcast live throughout the wesbury campus on Channel 98.

The United Methodist Women meets the first Saturday of each month in the Cribbs Residential Center’s Education Room. Christian women of all denominations are welcome.

Bible Studies are held Thursday mornings at 10 am in the Cribbs Residential Center Activity Room and Tuesday mornings at 10:30am in the Cribbs Education Room. A Men’s Bible Study group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 9 am in the Lingo Dining Room at Cribbs.

Vespers are held each Wednesday at 3:45 pm September through June in McCracken Chapel.

Wesbury’s Choir sings and practices for special occasions such as Christmas and Holy Week. Announcements are made for such in Campus Connections and on the monthly Religious Calendar.


Catholic Services

Rosary is prayed on the third Wednesday of each month in Grace Rehabilitation and Health Center’s Barco Chapel at 2 pm, and at 9:15 am each Thursday in Cribbs Residential Center’s McCracken Chapel.

Mass is held in Barco Chapel on the Monday before the first Friday of each month.

Eucharistic Ministers visit and serve communion to all Catholic residents each Monday morning.

Bible Studies are held on Village Center at Grace Rehabilitation and Health Center on Thursdays at 9:45 am.

Braun Prayer Chapel is available 24 hours a day just inside the Grace Rehabilitation and Health Center lobby for quiet meditation and pastoral visitations.


Other Faith Traditions

Services for other faith traditions are also available upon request. Please contact the Chaplain’s office if you have a spiritual need.

Chaplain, Pastor Sam Marchetta
Director of Music for Worship, Rebecca Borthwick-Aiken
Chaplain’s Office located at the entrance of Grace Rehabilitation and Health Center
31 N. Park Ave.; Meadville. Pa. 16335
814-332-9246 Chaplain’s Office
814-332-9000 Switchboard


UMA and the Order of Good Shepherds

Today, over 400 health and welfare ministries in this country share a common religious heritage, related to the United Methodist Church. Many homes and hospitals around the world also share this heritage. The strength of this heritage is due to clergy and lay people alike who believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ requires them to help the sick, the orphaned children and the aged.

As a member organization of UMA, Wesbury employees have the opportunity to participate in the Order of Good Shepherds (OGS). The mission of OGS is to affirm the ministry of employees of United Methodist related organizations within UMA. While respecting multi-cultural and multi-faith traditions, OGS extends continuing support to individuals who exhibit Wesleyan values for physical, emotional, social and spiritual well being of persons in their care.

In John 10:10-18 we are reminded of the parable of the Good Shepherd who cared for the security of the flock in spite of his own security. He is the Good Shepherd first, intent on his mission, surpassing the commitment of a hired hand. The members of OGS are called upon to strengthen each other in faith. They nourish each other with their words and presence. Our attitude toward work is enriched when we feel that an honest day’s work goes beyond earning money or making a living; that it is a way to glorify God.

Order of Good Shepherds at Wesbury

OGS is a voluntary program aimed at bringing together and acknowledging those employees of Wesbury who understand their work here to be an extension of their faith and commitment to God and neighbors. The primary gathering of such individuals is known as a “Connexion Group.” Connexion Group meetings are called periodically to celebrate and affirm our work together by breaking bread at breakfast or noon time meals. OGS sponsored Bible Studies Groups are held to encourage all employees in their faith journey. The OGS Prayer Line is a way to lift up residents, staff and their families in prayer. An annual Induction Service is held to welcome new individuals into the Order.

OGS is encouraged and supported by the Administration of Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community.

If you would like to join with the other members of OGS as a way to witness to your faith in God, contact Pastor Sam Marchetta. This is a nondenominational group open to employees of all faith traditions.