April 25, 2018

Pastoral Care

Care of one another is one of the fundamental aspects of our work as “the church,” and the Pastoral Care Committee is just the formal part of what takes place in our church community. We work with the clergy in providing a caring outreach to people who cannot attend services and others in need of a visit.

Currently we have two visiting programs. The main one involves the rearrangement of flowers from the altar into small containers on a Monday morning. These are then delivered to parishioners for a variety of reasons and usually in conjunction with a home visit and conversation. We attempt to have at least 2 visits per year to parishioners who are unable to attend church but more frequently to those in hospital. Other reasons for a flower visit include family bereavement, good works, anniversaries, etc.  Sometimes we visit those households listed in the bulletin particularly if they are not regular attendees in order to aid in keeping the parish list up to date. Our second visiting program involves keeping in touch on a monthly basis with those on our befriending list. This list contains parishioners who are isolated for various reasons and they are paired with a member of the committee. The monthly contact may be in person or by telephone. Records are kept of all visits and a list of these sent to the clergy on a weekly basis.

We arrange a Seniors’ Eucharist and Tea at Christmas and Easter. This is appreciated by those who cannot attend the Cathedral services on a regular basis and would like to receive communion at these special times of year.

For many years, on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 2pm, The Rev. Canon Alex Wakeling presided at a service at Providence Manor.  This service is now provided by Dean Don Davidson and The Right Reverend George Bruce with assistance from members of our parish who take residents to the Chapel, worship with them, and return them to their rooms. 

If you would like to join the Pastoral Care Committee or wish to recommend that someone receive a visit please contact John Poland at info@stgeorgescathedral.ca
 

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