Our Pastoral Care ministry responds to the call to serve those in need in our congregation. Our purpose is to make way for the divine Spirit to move in, through and among us by reaching out with compassion and love. Our activities include -

Visiting: Spend quality time with individuals who are home-bound, hospitalized, or dealing with other personal challenges. Visits in person replaced with phone calls during CoVid.

Seasonal visits: Visits around Christmas and Easter to present a small plant and a card.

Check-ins: Periodic phone calls to reconnect with people, to get updates and to assess the need for assistance. During the CoVid restrictions there is a group of CallOut people making regular contact with many in the congregation.

Small group ministry: Monthly informal worship programs and sharing time held at sharing time held at Berwick (Comox), Comox Valley Seniors Village and Glacier View Lodge with the assistance of congregation members. NOTE: These have all been suspended during CoVid.

Cards: Personalized cards sent to individuals, couples and families observing special life events or facing challenges.

Prayer Chain: Prayers offered regularly as requested by individuals.

Special Events: Present or host congregational events that address pastoral concerns such as advance care planning and dealing with dementia.

Healing Touch: Sponsorship of the Hospice healing touch sessions at our church.

Caregiver Retreat: We have, in the past, hosted one Caregiver Retreat on the shores of the Salish Sea and have another one planned for 2022. This is offered to congregation members (and friends of the congregation, if we don't have enough to fill the retreat with 12 participants) as a 2-day responsibility-free break from taking care of their loved ones with dementia or other debilitating conditions. A few group activities are planned but are not compulsory. This is meant to be a short, restoring break for the caregivers themselves.

The Comox Valley Hospice Society offers free Advance Care Planning workshops to the community on a regular basis. Advance Care Planning is making decisions about the healthcare you would want to receive if you are ever unable to speak for yourself.

These decisions are based on personal goals, values and preferences. and include discussions with healthcare providers and loved ones.

These practical and informative workshops explain the importance of documenting personal wishes for future healthcare and describe how to complete a Representation Agreement.

For information on upcoming workshops, please call the Hospice office at 250-339-5533 or by email at [email protected]

For further information about our Pastoral Care Ministry, please contact Marni Fisher via email at [email protected] or by phone at 778-428-1996; or contact our Pastoral Care Minister, Wayne Hughes via email at [email protected] or by text (or phone) at 250-203-7258