MINISTRY TO THE ELDERLY IN COMBER
Protestant Churches in the town have the opportunity to take Sunday afternoon
Services, in the accommodation in the town for the elderly. These services are from 2.30 pm – 3.00 pm on
a rota basis drawn up by Rev I Gilpin.
Whilst Mount Alexander has a service every Sunday, the Four Seasons and
Weir Court have a service only once a month.
There are three types of Accommodation in
Nursing Home – Comber Care Home run by the
Four Seasons Group
obvious the Four Seasons Home provides nursing care. Many of the residents have dementia, are not
mobile and have medical and other problems; yet despite their difficulties they
always enjoy the Sunday afternoon Service and can join in the singing and Bible
Verses as they are able. The staff are
very good at bringing the residents for the Service and those on duty at the
Office also have opportunity to hear the Service.
Residential Home – Mount Alexander
residents here are reasonable mobile with assistance and do not need nursing
care. As Mount Alexander is an EMI
(Elderly Mentally Infirm) home and most suffer from some memory loss then like
Comber Care Home, the messages need to be short, simple and reinforce God’s
Word. The residents come from that generation who attended Church and Sunday school
and had to memorise Bible passages in their youth. God has promised to bless His Word and the
messages brought by our team can reach into the long-term memory to touch,
bless and encourage those who attend.
Retirement/Sheltered Housing – Weir Court
Sheltered Housing the tenants have their own flats and mostly look after their
own needs. They come together and share
in the Services which are held once a month except July and August. The tenants in Weir Court are the ‘young
elderly’ and are very attentive, appreciative and participate in the singing of
the hymns and Bible Verses.
Retirement/Sheltered Housing – Stepping
Stones is not on the Rota for the Sunday Services but we take an Easter Service
and a Carol Service there each year.
God’s Word is powerful and is
living and active; sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to
dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and
attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).