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, Masonicare Health Center 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 will attend a 20 hrs. education program, held in October, at Masonicare Health Center. A sample of topics covered include “Introduction and Orientation to our Facility,” “The Pastoral Care Visit,” “Understanding Dementia,” and “Coping with Loss.”
Continuing education and support sessions are provided monthly.
After completing the course, participants make a one-year commitment to provide approximately four hours of pastoral ministry at Masonicare Health Center each week. In addition to making a valued contribution to the lives of residents, volunteers will learn skills that will enable them to minister effectively to older members of their own families, church, mosque or temple, as well as in the community.
Other opportunities to serve the worshipping community at Masonicare Health Center include transporting seniors to worship and other religious activities and instrumental accompaniment at worship services, vespers and hymn sings.
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.