Update | May 1, 2020
A big part of who we are as a community is our tangible expression of care and support one another. We share this responsibility with Rev. Julie with open hands and hearts; she offers pastoral care and counseling, while community members offer other kinds of care.
That support could come in many forms, such as preparing or delivering a meal, providing transportation to Sunday services and other appointments like visits to the doctor, making friendly home or hospital visits, writing occasional cards, making phone calls to members, or helping members with chores such as shoveling or dog walking.
For quite some time, we’ve had a “Circle of Care” in place whereby monthly facilitators acted as a communication hub…gathering requests for support and matching those needs with people who are willing to offer that support. The folks who stepped into the facilitator role over the years have provided an amazing and much appreciated service.
We realized that it was time to evaluate our care system at about the same time as Rev. Julie was leaving for some sabbatical time at the end of 2019. So, we arranged for a Pastoral Care Worker (Martha Comfort) to, during the sabbatical time, both cover what was previously done by our Circle of Care Facilitators, as well as to do an assessment of how we’ve provided care to one another.
Martha’s ‘contract’ as Pastoral Care Worker ended on April 30. She has provided a written report to the Committee on Ministry (COM). That report, along with the feedback gathered at a Community Conversation in February, will be used by the COM to make some recommendations about how to best move forward to provide a care system that is sustainable and which adequately services our community.
But a new or revitalized system is not yet in place!
If you need help, or want to offer help…
If you have a need, or if you know of someone with a need, please contact Rev. Julie or 705-933-3746. She has a list of volunteers and will match the need with some help.
And if you can provide assistance to others…rides, grocery shopping, phone calls, chores…please let Rev. Julie know so she can put you on the list.
This is a lovely way to live into the interconnected web of existence of which we are a part.