The Inside Column 27/4

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Good Morning and a very warm welcome to all.
If you are visiting with us today we pray you will feel at home here at St Barnabas. Please make yourself known and feel welcome to stay for tea or coffee after the service.

What a privilege it is to be working as Chaplain at Whareama Rest home. Loosely translated Whareama means “house of prized possessions”.

We hold a communion service on Wednesday and Sunday mornings which is very important for those residents who can no longer attend their parish church. I am very grateful to St Barnabas
members who are rostered on to lead or assist at the Sunday service and to Betty Edridge who faithfully assists each Wednesday. The rest of my time is spent visiting residents, sitting alongside them, listening to their stories, praying with and for them, sometimes out walking with them.

Plato said “It gives me great pleasure to converse with the aged. They have been over the road that all must travel and know where it is rough and where it is level and easy.” What inspires me in listening to people’s life stories that even those who have suffered great sorrow will often say “But I have had a good life.” I pray my most important message to these people who I indeed consider to be ‘ prized possessions’ will be the words from Psalm 115:12.”The Lord remembers us and will bless us.” Many thanks to you all for supporting me.

– Angela

Sometimes I am asked what being a chaplain involves. Put simply, it involves being a listening and comforting presence to others in the power of the Holy Spirit, to be attentive and supportive of people’s emotional and spiritual needs.

Jesus washed his disciple’s feet to model what servant hood looks like; He was willing to converse with all, to touch the ‘dirt’ of others, to embrace with love those who were social outcasts.

We are all called to be a servant of each other; to listen, to empathise, to share and to pray for others. Chaplains simply do this in a more formal and very intentional way. It is personally rewarding to witness people’s restored confidence in God and a renewal of their own sense of spirituality and prayer life and to make new steps of faith.

This principle forms the basis of my chaplaincy ministry – embodying Jesus’ love to those who need to know that they are loved and valued.

Yours in Christ,

– Marianne

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