Wallingford, CT, September 10, 2013….. Aging, with its many challenges, is often a time when spiritual resources and emotional support are very important to the elderly and their families. Unfortunately, there simply aren’t enough people trained to provide the pastoral care and spiritual resources vital to an elderly person’s well being.
Masonicare and its affiliate, MasonicareHealthCenter in Wallingford, are meeting that need by offering the “Lay Training in Geriatric Ministry” program. Open to people of all faiths, the program has been teaching basic ministry skills to volunteers from the community for close to 20 years.
Participants in the 6-week training program, which will begin in mid-October, will attend 2 ½ hour sessions at Masonicare Health Center. A sample of topics covered include “Introduction and Orientation to our Facility,” “The Pastoral Care Visit,” and “Dealing with Issues of Loss.” Continuing education and support sessions will be offered monthly following training.
After completing the course, participants are expected to make a one-year commitment to provide approximately four hours of pastoral ministry at Masonicare Health Center each week. In addition to making a difference in the lives of residents, volunteers will learn skills that will enable them to minister effectively to older members of their own families, church, and the community as well.
If you have interest in participating in the Lay Training in Geriatric Ministry Program at Masonicare Health Center, please call Chaplain Thayer Quoos at 203-679-6259 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about Masonicare and Masonicare Health Center, or to obtain directions, visit Masonicare’s web site at www.masonicare.org or call the Masonicare HelpLine at 1-888-679-9997.
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