There are times when, for many of us, life is difficult.
As a Christian community, we are called to share in the responsibility of caring for one another.
Care and comfort of the bereaved is something that communities gather around and offer. During this Season of COVID-19, members of our community have felt the acute loss of family, friends and neighbours through death from the virus or other illness. While we cannot physically offer support, the pastoral care and music teams, have created this message that we hope will remind all that we remember and we care. May these words of hope, bring you comfort.
Redeemer’s pastoral care team assists the clergy in supporting those in need of support and connection.
Our team organizes and delivers support in a variety of ways:
- Home & hospital visits: For those who are experiencing difficulty getting out, or other health limitations, our team is happy to come by for a visit and share some conversation, prayer, reflection and communion – whatever is needed and appropriate. Members of the pastoral care team have received a mandatory background check and training in dealing with people in vulnerable positions.
- Meal assistance: In some cases, dropping off an easy-to-reheat meal is a great way to help someone struggling with health issues or isolation.
- Redeeemer Gifts: As the Christmas season nears, our parish pulls together with hand-delivered gifts for those amongst us experiencing isolation, health or other life challenges.
- Blue Christmas service: The Christmas season can be difficult for those grieving the death of a loved one, experiencing the sorrow of a broken relationship, facing an illness, or a career setback. During December, in a candlelit setting, we offer a quiet service of song, prayer, reflection and silence, providing space to honour the feelings that make Christmas less joyful for some.
If you are seeking support, or if you’d like to help out, please let us know and someone from our team will be in touch.