One of the greatest rewards of belonging to a faith community is the caring. Not just the comfort of knowing that someone will be there for support in hard times. It is the gratification that comes from helping a shut-in with grocery shopping, driving an older person to church on Sunday morning, helping a single parent move, helping a child learn how to contribute to their community, or just a giving a hug to someone who is having a bad day. Perhaps without even realizing, we all work with the ministry staff as part of the Pastoral Care team.
The Pastoral Care Committee meets regularly with ministry staff to identify and monitor the needs of those requiring support. Trained Pastoral Care Visitors regularly visit those in hospitals and care facilities and individuals in their own home. In addition, men of the AOTS and women of the UCW branches regularly visit and provide support to members of their individual groups.
The Parish Nurse at Duncan United Church serves as a health counsellor, advocate and supportive presence for individuals and families throughout life transitions and medical and personal crises. Our Parish Nurse, Cathy Coulter is a registered nurse with a certificate in Parish Nursing who works in collaboration with the Minister and Pastoral Care Team. The Parish Nurse:
– makes home and hospital visits
– offers a listening ear and prayerful support
– assesses health problems and follows up with referral, advocacy and education as needed
– provides skilled guidance and support for families with chronically or terminally ill loved ones
– acts as a liaison to health care and community resources
– addresses issues of health awareness and health promotion
Health and healing encompass body mind and spirit. If you would like to speak with our Parish Nurse, please contact the church office.
In a time of need, many derive great comfort from prayer, especially the support of their faith community.
For over fifty years, there has been a group in the church who offer daily prayer for anyone in need. A word to the ministerial staff or a phone call to the office will activate this group’s “phone tree”, providing an opportunity to access their support in complete confidentiality.
On the second Thursday of each month, the Pastoral Care Committee provides an opportunity to connect with others in our church community. All are invited for a bowl of nutritious and delicious soup and a time to socialize.
After Soup Group
The After Soup group joins the Souperthursday crowd for a great lunch, and meets afterwards. We share our stories around chosen topics – a different one for each month. Rides are provided for those who no longer drive.
Loaves and Fishes
This programme provides meals to members of the congregation who are in need of assistance due to illness, bereavement or similar circumstances. Members of the congregation are encouraged to donate casseroles, soups, and baking which are frozen until needed, then delivered.
In the Fall of 2007, the Circle of Friends embraced the Shawl Ministry (www.shawlministry.com) begun by Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo in 1998. This ministry is an opportunity to offer our hands and our prayers to those within our community in need of comfort or in celebration of a joyous occasion. Each shawl is prayerfully created with love and blessings and is offered a final blessing by the Circle before presentation to the recipient.