Our team has continued to grow this year. We now have a team of 19 amazing volunteers who attend 11 different churches. They visit rest homes, care homes, and nursing homes across our city, from Peacehaven in the east to Shoreham in the west. In most homes we lead a short informal service with traditional hymns, prayers, Bible readings, and a short talk, but this varies from home to home. We ensure that each person in the room is talked to before and after the service and often people appreciate the offer of prayer. Developing relationships with the people we visit is a vital part of our ministry. We aim to develop the befriending element of our ministry further by taking on a chaplaincy role. We would love to be able to contribute in a very real way to all those living and working in the homes, including the lives of the family members of the residents.
With the Church
In 2018, we are committed to expanding our work for the elderly with the local church. This will include the more traditional services, but also a broader chaplaincy remit. We will continue to work with churches that serve in rest homes, but will expand this united approach, working with churches in Peacehaven and Shoreham. Ministering in rest homes with the church means that we can reach so many more residents than we would alone. We have been able to advise and support others wanting to begin a rest homes ministry. This year we hope to offer training sessions to churches who wish to empower their congregation to start rest homes visits. We have also trained with Care for the Family as a Bereavement Care Awareness facilitator, so that we can offer this course to churches who wish to find new ways of supporting those who have been bereaved.
If you have connections with a rest home, care home, or nursing home, and you feel that we could be of service either by bringing a short Christian service to the lounge or by pastoral visits please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01273 609484.