The fourth week of the month from 1:30 - 2:30 pm we need volunteers to help lead the church service and connect with seniors at the Strathcona Care Centre - 12 Brower Drive. Volunteers can sing, share an encouragement, and help seniors turn pages in their song books, or just sit and chat. It is a valuable ministry and your presence is a blessing. Great opportunity to sign up as a individual, family, or small group.
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- December 16 (Please note, this is a Saturday at 2:00 pm)
Please contact Anne Dawson at email@example.com for more information or to sign up for a date. Enjoy our blog below!
Care Centre Blog - November 1, 2017
It was another reverent service today at the Capital Care Center in Strathcona County as God’s love was celebrated with our local seniors. The Heartland Alliance team focused on a message of peace as we portered, engaged and worshipped alongside the residents. This is truly a ministry of presence. To be in company with those who are often lonely and unable to celebrate His love in a church setting, provides a sense of fellowship they don’t often realize.
In keeping with the message of peace, our seniors often find this in both the love of our Lord and the community of brothers and sisters in Christ who visit to remind them that they are not forgotten and will always be in His grace...
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Care Centre Blog - February 28, 2017
Our Capital CareCentre Ministry at Heartland continues to encourage those who feel God’s pull to give back in a ministry of presence! We thought it best to explain what it is that we do and what it is all about through a Q&A session below. Enjoy ??
Q: What is this ministry all about?
A: Our seniors love interaction! Many of them have been Christ-Followers for most of their lives but often find themselves lacking a place to worship together or celebrate God’s love in a defined setting. We offer them this opportunity as we come together to celebrate what He has done in our lives. The service begins with a welcome and prayer before we move into song. There is a very brief devotional in the middle followed by more songs and ending with a prayer. The residents can associate with songs moreso than words. It brings them back to earlier days of worship.
Q: What do you do? What can I do?
A: To be honest, there isn’t much to it! It is vital to appreciate that your presence makes the biggest difference! Many of them don’t often get visitors. We start by setting up the service items(Piano, Hymn books, pulpit) and then move on to interacting with the Seniors in the common area. An offer is extended to participate in the service; and if they accept, we move them to the service area and sit amongst them during the service to assist with the hymn books. You might think it is simple and otherwise inactive, but I ASSURE you, your engagement and service means the world to these wonderful Seniors.
Q: When and where is it?
A: It is held every 4th Sunday from 2:00pm to 2:30pm. We do encourage you to arrive at least 30 mins prior to assist in preparations and interact with the Seniors. It is located at 12 Brower Dr in Sherwood Park. Contact me at (Anne.firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to participate! We would love to have you!
Q: Can my kids come?
A: Absolutely! In fact, this is a favourite of the residents. They utterly love children! It brightens their day!
A child's pint of view......!
Q: Georgia(4 years old) – What is your favorite part about the Care Centre?
A: Ummm…I love Stollie(The local cat) and pushing the seniors in their chairs! They point at me and smile!
Q: Autumn(9 years old) – How do you feel when you are at the Care Centre?
A: I like it! The Seniors really like talking to me when they can talk. I enjoy moving them around to the Church service area and helping my Daddy setup the podium and hand out song books.
Q: Chloe(11 years old) – How does the relationship represent your faith in Christ?
A: Well, I feel like God wants us to give our time to be around these people as they seem to be very lonely. I know that one day it will be me too. I feel if I'm here helping with the seniors it's like I'm serving Jesus!
Please feel free to investigate this opportunity to spread God’s love to those who cannot attend a regular church service. We hope to see you there!
Care Centre Blog - October 11, 2016
As we concluded our September service, it occurred to me that over time there have been more residents of CCS attending our monthly services. It was a moment of pause on my part. A reflection of God’s work in this dwelling for those who are nearing the end of their lives.
It is never too late to find Jesus; there is no age limit. My presence at CCS continuously reminds me that time is precious and that we really do not know how long we have on this earth. This is personified by the realization that many go to be with the Lord on a monthly basis.
James said it best:
"Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." - James 4:14
It also reminds me how rewarding it is to serve by simply being present! A comforting friend; holding their hands or sitting beside them as we sing hymns that they remember fondly from childhood.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cheryl for her amazing worship and the rest of my volunteer friends who make it a priority to commit to this ministry in whatever way they can. You are all a blessing! For those who would like more information, I encourage you to reach out to me or the church office.
We would love to see you there. Bring your kids! While not overly stimulating, the Seniors absolutely love watching children play and interact.
Come as you are...
Care Centre Blog - July 29, 2016
The Capital Care Centre ministry continues to grow in both participation from the seniors and attendance from our brothers and sisters at Heartland! In the last 9 months, we have been blessed with more and more seniors feeling a pull from God to attend. Equally, we continue to welcome more volunteers on a monthly basis! For those who have stopped by, you will know first hand the impact of your presence. Many of our seniors cannot communicate, they cannot demonstrate their feelings. But, under the surface, you can sense their happiness from the emotional appreciation that results from someone like you taking the time to greet and porter them to the ministry area. Our services are 30 mins long and filled with joyous hymns. Opening/Closing prayers and a short devotional encompass the remainder of our time. As a ministry group, we sit among our elders and assist them with hymn books and such as we share special moments immersed in Gods word.
It has been His grace that encourages the community at the Capital Care Centre to eagerly anticipate every 4th Sunday as an opportunity to worship our Lord with brothers and sisters in Christ of all ages. They especially love watching our young children!
We continue to pray for our seniors and call upon those who do not know Jesus to join us at our services and bless His Holy Name.