Hospital Ministry in Chinook Winds Region
Jesus Calls Us to Visit
“I was sick and you visited me,” Jesus reminds us (Mt 25:36, ESV).
Do you have a heart and a passion to follow Jesus and offer a message of hope to those who are sick in hospital?
The United Church of Canada, Chinook Winds Region wants to bring a message of hope into our hospitals based on Jesus’ teachings.
Is the Spirit moving in you to provide hopeful space in service of those who need a calm presence when they are in hospital? If so, please join us to learn about the skills and practice of hospital visiting. This is an important ministry that can make a positive difference in the lives of those we visit. Come and live out your faith by helping others in their time of need.
Intended Audience for Hospital Ministry Online CourseOffered Seasonally
This program is offered to all persons in the Chinook Winds region, both clergy and lay. Whether you have a good deal of pastoral care experience or none at all, this online Zoom course. This course will equip you for service as a hospital visitor.
A Snapshot of Those We Visit
Is this Program for me?
- Do you have a passion and a heart for visiting others?
- Do you have a warm presence and a spirit open to bringing comfort to those who are ill?
- Are you comfortable in your own skin and don’t want or need to change others?
- Can you see yourself sitting with people who might be seriously ill, and have experienced loss and grief of a wide range due to a wide range of causes? And who may have doubts and questions about their faith?
- Are you active in a United Church congregation?
- Are you willing to take further education through specific programs so you can be an effective team member with responsibilities both to the United Church and to the Alberta Health Services Visitors’ requirements?
- Are you open to guidance to being an ongoing learner?
- Do you have a strong desire to a hopeful faith to those who need a calm presence who can bring a ministry of presence?
- Exploring God’s presence in our own lives: Call and Response, Jesus the Master Visitor
Self-Care and Boundaries (Limits and Scope of Volunteers)
- Confidentiality and Ethics
- The physical and intellectual effects of ageing
- The Art and Skill of Visiting: Uncomfortable conversations and different perspectives.
- Next Steps: AHS Requirements and Expectations