What is the Pastoral Caregivers Program?
Pastoral Caregivers is a program providing caring support and a healing presence to the Horizon congregation. Pastoral Caregivers offer support and information to those who may find themselves in transition or crisis.
What do the Pastoral Caregivers do?
Pastoral Caregivers develop trusting and confidential relationships with individuals needing and requesting care. The relationship can involve support in many ways during a difficult time, whether at the hospital, at home or through telephone conversations. We offer information in the form of resources and contacts. Pastoral Caregivers provide a hand to hold, a quiet, listening presence or a shoulder to lean on.
Will others find out what I tell a Pastoral Caregiver?
Confidentiality is required for all Pastoral Caregivers. Information will never be shared without permission from the person or people involved except within the confines of the group itself.
Why do people request a Pastoral Caregiver?
When we are in pain, sick, lonely, or struggling with life’s changes, it is nice to know that we are not alone. It helps to have someone from the community who listens, cares and offers support. Pastoral Caregiver support is usually requested during times of life transition, such as illness, accidents, death of a loved one, divorce, birth, or confinement to a nursing home or hospice.
Who are the Pastoral Caregivers?
Pastoral Caregivers are members of the congregation who undergo training in areas such as the grieving process, effective listening and communication, boundaries, responsibilities of care-giving, confidentiality and self care. They are primarily effective and accepting listeners and supportive friends who care deeply and sincerely.
How do we reach a Pastoral Caregiver?
Why is the Pastoral Caregivers program important to Horizon?
No one should be alone in hard times. Like an extended family, a church community should provide comfort, recognition, a sense of belonging. Pastoral Caregivers is the formal group that cares for the church community and could be considered the heart of the church. However each of us can be a caregiver and each of us is called to minister to those around us.
How are the Neighborhood Groups related to Pastoral Caregivers?
While Pastoral Caregivers can attend to the needs of those in crisis, sometimes they can benefit from the help of the wider church community. Neighborhood Groups can provide rides, child care in emergencies, meals and other help. Everyone belongs to a neighborhood group, so all are part of the care-giving network.
To voice something you’re feeling and put observations into words with another person
who is totally present is a creative act embodying soul and love.
- Jean Shinoda Bolen