The need for chaplaincy to those in Nursing Homes, Hostels, and their own homes became a matter of concern after seeing many people in Hospital who had become separated from contact with their Church because of age and infirmity.
A survey of Nursing Homes and Hostels revealed that many were not receiving regular ministry from local parishes. The result is those who could no longer get to church themselves were often receiving no contact from the Church.
Thus, Aged Care Chaplaincy was born in August 2000 under the mantle of the Home Missions Department with Deaconess Dianne Parker as the Chaplain.
Nursing Homes, Hostels and those providing Community care packages meet the physical needs of their clients. They attempt to provide emotional support too, along with the family members. However, spiritual needs are just as important. This is the Churchs role- one which has been sadly neglected.
Dianne is willing to speak to your church or group about Aged Care/Hospital Chaplaincy issues - please contact her on 0438 703 492
Who are our contacts?
Residents of Nursing Homes
People in their own homes
People contacted after funerals
How often ?
Usually visits are made monthly
The nature of the visit depends on the individual concerned, and the ministry varies according to the particular need. A friendly relationship is established and from that flows the opportunity to share from the Scriptures, pray for specific needs and bring encouragement. Through this contact comes the opportunity to reach family members as well.
In some homes, we visit people from other
denominations as well because they are unable to receive ministry
from their own church.
For the people we contact -
in their own homes
in Nursing Homes
the staff who provide care
families and friends who provide a
Pray for the Chaplain -
For continued opportunities for visiting people in their own homes
Sensitivity to the needs of all whom I visit
The right words to say to bring comfort and encouragement
Safety in driving
Further opportunities to extend the work of Aged Care Chaplaincy
Pray for your local Church -
For a concern for those in your own area
For those who minister to them
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are being wasted away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.....
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, what is unseen is eternal.
2 Cor. 4:16,18
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