Congregational Care: Creating a Sacred Space for Healing
Congregational Care is the ministry of care and support provided by Ministers, Prayer Chaplains and other trained lay volunteers to members of their church, congregation or spiritual community. Congregational Care in this sense includes listening, supporting and encouraging those in need. The Unity on the Bay Congregational Care Program consists of: spiritual support or hospital visitation.
Spiritual Support Program
The Spiritual Support service offers congregants compassionate care, support and encouragement by trained facilitators during periods of adjustment to life experiences. Facilitators assist individuals, through prayer and empathic listening, in developing a growing understanding and appreciation for the presence, comfort, and guidance of God.
Spiritual support facilitators are committed to their own spiritual growth and daily spiritual practice as the basis for their ability to create a sacred space where healing can happen. They serve as catalysts of transformation by providing compassionate listening, reflective inquiry, and comforting support to others in order to help them discover their own inner divine guidance, abilities, strengths and potential.
We offer individual spiritual support services for the following life issues:
Coping with stress, anxiety or depression. Receiving comfort and support in times of grief and loss. Exploring new directions in life. Managing relationship difficulties. Adjusting to changes in health. Adjusting to life transitions. Finding meaning, purpose and fulfillment. Developing self esteem. Questioning sexual identity. Addressing family concerns. Learning parenting skills. Issues related to addiction and/or eating disorders. Transforming experiences of childhood abuse and trauma. Supporting caregivers of people who are ill, aging or dying.
Unity on the Bay’s Spiritual Support Program offers congregants up to three (3) individual spiritual support sessions within a six (6) month period. Trained facilitators will use prayer, empathic listening, and reflective inquiry to help you access inner guidance and intrinsic wisdom. They will also assess for additional care needs and refer to affordable community resources as needed. Group spiritual support will be offered as needed by the community. Look for announcements regarding scheduled support groups.
An offering will be accepted for all our services, a minimum of $50 is suggested, but you have the opportunity to give as much you wish. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.