CapitalCare Strathcona - Senior's Service
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 CapitalCare Strathcona - 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 an individual, family, or small group.
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For more information please contact Patricia Nadworny at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy our blog below!
I often end up signed up to teach Sunday School on the same days that I am leading the singing at CapitalCare Strathcona, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence. God has been reminding me that whether I’m snuggling babies in the nursery, guiding high energy 5 year-olds through a variety of fun Bible story-inspired activities, or singing to and sharing with seniors, they all need the same thing. No matter what age we are, we all hunger for a knowledge of God and His love. We all need to learn, or be reminded of, the basic truths of his grace and mercy.
Today, as I spelled out the basics of salvation to the seniors, I reminded them that, although we can spend the rest of our lives plumbing the depths of the riches of the knowledge of God, the truths of God are simple enough for a child to understand and accept. I believe they are also simple enough for seniors to accept, even when they are in various stages of decline.
One of the seniors approached me after the service to thank the Heartland volunteers for coming into the CapitalCare Strathcona facility, and he said, “We really need God here in this place. Some of these seniors don’t know God, or they say they ‘know Christ’ but when you dig a little deeper, they don’t really. If it’s not a saving knowledge, then they will not be welcome into heaven, and many of these people are near their journey’s end, so this is really important.”
If you feel God’s calling to help out with this ministry, you are more than welcome to join us. Have a look through this website, and feel free to contact me at email@example.com. For our next service, which is on March 22, we will be studying the promise of the resurrection in preparation for Easter!
Philippians 3:10-14, one of my favorite Bible passages, says “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
May God bless you as you continue in your own quest for a deeper knowledge of God!
All this and Heaven, Too
At Heartland’s monthly CapitalCare Strathcona service, we’ve been exploring the promises of God since July. This week, we started delving into specific promises God has made to us, starting with the promise of fullness of life both here and in eternity.
As people age, they often tend to cling more tightly to life, and I think this is especially true for those who don’t know Jesus. God has built into everyone the knowledge that there must be more to life than what is physically experienced here on earth. At the same time, as people age, and particularly if health degrades, life here can often be unfulfilling and lonely as the part of the world they can access shrinks. The CapitalCare Strathcona service is a great opportunity to show seniors who have never chosen to follow Christ that there is more to life, that they still can choose to spend eternity with Jesus, and that they can experience the deep joy that is based on knowing him, rather than feelings based on their current situation. For some seniors who are nearing the end of their time here, it could be one of their last opportunities to hear this message and take it to heart. Sadly, between our October service (where God laid it on my heart to speak out the gospel very clearly) and today’s service, we lost five seniors to an outbreak of a stomach virus. This must be very sobering for the other residents, and I pray that they can find peace in Christ. During previous services, we’ve seen choking, a fall, and someone being taken out on a stretcher. The seniors at this stage of life are regularly exposed to the reality of the fragility of life, and I hope that it causes them to look deep into what God has to offer them.
On the opposite end of the scale, for seniors that have been Christians for many decades, this service is about providing them with encouragement, as well as renewing their hope for the future and joy in Christ. It is an opportunity to provide them with a continuing sense of purpose, by reminding them that they can still be serving God and bringing others to Christ where they are, despite the challenges they may be facing as they age.
Next month, we’ll be studying the promise of Joy in God as we sing Christmas carols together. We’d love to have you join us as we share the love of Jesus with these seniors. Anyone is welcome to come – there is no preparation required, as this is very much a ministry of presence. We love to see whole families or small groups come out!
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” - James 1:12
God bless you this week,
CapitalCare Strathcona Blog - June 2019
This past Sunday, we finished up our series on the “Fruit of the Spirit” at our CapitalCare Strathcona service by doing a quick review of all the fruit. It was great to see many seniors present who have attended faithfully through this study based on Galatians 5:22-23. As I prepared for this service, I was reminded of a sermon my Dad taught a few years back, in which he pointed out that the Bible doesn’t say “fruits” of the spirit – it is singular “fruit” of the spirit. The love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control listed in Galatians make up one fruit, and so we should be developing all of them together with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Luke 6:43-45 says “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” I pray that over the past 10 months, our seniors have been encouraged to continue to develop good fruit in their lives, and I hope that we all remember that we don’t have to do it in our own strength.
Thanks again to our faithful volunteers, young and old – you make their days brighter!
If you are interested in this service but haven’t come out yet, I would encourage you to be in touch with me for more information! In July, we’ll be starting a 12-month series on the Promises of God, and we’d be glad to have you join us!
Care Centre Update - March, 2019
I’d like to start with a quick introduction. My name is Patricia Nadworny, and I’ve been attending the Care Centre services since September, usually with some or all of my family in tow. Anne Dawson has passed the Care Centre services torch to me, and I am very excited for the opportunity to become more involved in seniors ministry.
We had a lovely service this afternoon studying faithfulness. I am grateful for the volunteers who consistently come to help set up, sit and talk with the seniors, and help them turn the pages of their hymnbooks. I am equally thankful for the seniors who come to the services so faithfully.
As we sang “When We All Get To Heaven” today, I was thinking how wonderful it will be to see these beautiful seniors, some of whom have followed Jesus for much longer than I’ve been alive, in heaven with their new bodies and renewed minds. I was also thinking about how important it is to share the love of Jesus with seniors who may not yet have accepted him as their savior, especially those who are approaching the end of their lives. It’s such a blessing to be able to spend time in worship with the seniors and watch their faces light up as we sing their favorite songs!
If you are interested, but haven’t ever come out to a Care Center service, I would encourage you to give it a try, or contact me with any questions you may have. The seniors especially love it when families with children come. It is a relaxed environment and it is not a problem if the children get out of their seats or play a bit – in fact, the seniors love to watch them. We would love to see you there and you don’t have to do anything to prepare. Just come as you are and join us in this ministry of presence.
Psalm 100:4-5 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
God bless you,
Care Centre Christmas Blog
Merry Christmas. Over the year, we have launched into a “Fruit of the Spirit” theme. September was love, October was joy, November was Patience, and this December we are focusing on the fruit of Peace!
God continues to bless this ministry with volunteers. Our presence alone provides both hope and a sense of community for our seniors who often spend many lonely hours in solitude.
We pray for the continued growth of this ministry and its prosperity with HIS blessings. Consider joining us as an individual, family, or small group this season.
Dec 23, 2018 -CCS SING-ALONG (You’re invited!!!)
When: December 23rd, 2018 at 2:00PM. (30-45mins)
Where: Capital Care Centre – Brower Dr – Sherwood Park (Heartland’s Monthly Service)
It will be a time of Christmas worship and praise signifying the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
This is a great time to bring the whole family and share in the best of the season with our local seniors.
Please do join us to spread some Christmas Cheer.
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.