The Inside Column 3/3

Posted in: The Inside Column- Mar 03, 2013 No Comments

Good morning everyone and a warm welcome to you all.

 

This week I started my new role(s) as Chaplain at Otumarama Rest Home/ Hospital and as Stoke Rest Homes Outreach Coordinator which are funded through the Older Persons Ministry Fund.  My last five years of ministry at Nelson Public Hospital including my ministry as a Locum Chaplain for the last two, has given me invaluable experience and for some time it seems that the Lord has spoken to me about the emotional and spiritual needs of those in rest homes.

Last year, I undertook a course at BTC which gave me the opportunity to reflect on ways we might be able to build on our current rest home ministries. The result was I put together a suggested strategy which now forms the basis of my job    description.

During the course of my research, I came across a study done by the New Zealand Government in conjunction with Grey Power in 2010 which revealed that many elderly in rest homes suffer from depression, loneliness and a sense of loss of meaning and purpose to their lives.

As Christians, we know that it is through hearing and responding to the Gospel message of Jesus’ personal love and experiencing it in an embodied way (through his people) that these needs are met.

Last Sunday, Margaret and I led a brief Pastoral Care meeting between services at which we discussed pastoral care at St. Barnabas in general and I explained my roles. I have put together a draft diagram of how our pastoral care network is constructed at the present time. The idea of this is to look at what we are doing and to reflect on what we might be able to build on. Copies updated since the meeting are in the foyer. Please let me know if you think anything might be missing off it, or if you have some ideas or would like to help in some way.

The suggestion box in the foyer is also available.

A very big thank you for all of your personal support towards our being a caring group of believing people.

 

Yours in Christ,

Marianne

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