SPIRITUAL LIFE AT GHBC
In its almost fifty years of serving residents, GHBC has fostered opportunities for spiritual growth. Spiritual well-being is an important component of personal wellness. There are regular opportunities for worship, as well as spiritual and religious activities in several faith traditions.
As the years have passed, opportunities for spiritual growth have increased. Several activities have been started by residents, including both study and discussion groups. Residents look forward to faith-related interactions including Bible studies and religious book reviews. There is an annual lecture series on a variety of faith and spirituality traditions. There are also quiet times for contemplative meditation and joyous concerts and celebrations. Many residents' imaginative ideas have been adopted and provide fulfilling growth opportunities. The Clinical Pastoral Education Program is always available to assist residents and management.
Special Programs, Services, and Series
Senior Quest for Meaning Lectures Senior Quest is an annual, themed series of lectures in the fall, winter and spring on matters involving spiritual considerations. The series has continued each year since 2010, with themes of contemplation, community, crises, and life as a journey. These lectures are designed to introduce people to the various faith traditions within which we live. Dates and times are announced in the weekly West Winds publication and on the Resident Website. Look for the annual flier distributed to each resident when the series begins. Copies of the flier are also available in the Chapel and from the Chaplain. The theme for 2018-2019 is "Human Rights and Social Justice: The Practitioners.”
Lenten Programs The Season of Lent is marked by special programs featuring guest speakers. On Holy Thursday, residents gather for an observance of the Last Supper with Holy Communion and a "loaves and fishes" supper. On Ash Wednesday, the Chaplain leads the Ash Wednesday Service, with the imposition of ashes in The Chapel of All Saints, followed by opportunities for the imposition of ashes throughout the campus. The Chaplain also officiates at our annual Good Friday service.
Advent and Christmas Advent and Christmas programs include musical offerings and opportunities to share with the less fortunate through gifts of resources, time, and talent. Residents also gather for a special Christmas Eve service in The Chapel of All Saints at 4 p.m..
Organ Recital Series Organ recitals by regional and local concert organists occur occasionally at 3:p.m. in The Chapel of All Saints, followed by a reception to greet the artists over refreshments.
Support Groups Various support groups exist for residents and their families. These include grief support, caregivers support, Parkinson's Disease support, and dementia symptom support. These offer opportunities to share deep feelings and advice on what has worked and what hasn't within a confidential, safe environment. Contact the Social Worker for Residential Living, ext. 7225. or contact Theresa Brion, Chaplain, at ext. 7224.
Memorial Services The Chapel of All Saints is available by reservation through the Chaplain for use for appropriate gatherings as well as for memorial (or other) services by residents and other members of the Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads community. Family members, residents, Priority Club, Goodwin House At Home members, and staff may request a religious service or non-religious gathering in the Chapel or in another location such as the Formal Parlor, Board Room, Top of the West, or Auditoriium. The Chaplain, Theresa Brion, is available to help in planning such services and also leads services when asked.
Please check Memorial Services under Spiritual Life.
Please look for these groups under Activities and Events:
* In-Depth Bible Study
* St. Ignatius Group
* Spiritual Companions
- The GHBC Chapel is available 24/7 for prayer and meditation by all members of the GHBC community (residents, staff, etc.) except when already in use for a service, meeting, or other scheduled activity. For other use please contact Chaplain Theresa Brion to see if the Chapel is available and most appropriate for the planned activity.
- Memorial and Remembrance Gatherings and Services—Chaplain Theresa Brion is glad to meet with any resident who wishes to do any advance planning so that it can be filed with their personal records and/or with GHBC. As you think about what might be important to you, remember that a memorial gathering need not be a spiritual or religious service and can be held in a wide variety of locations throughout GHBC (e.g., Board Room, Formal Parlor, Chapel, or Auditorium).
- Chapel Needs—The GHBC Chapel continues to seek additional assistance with greeting those attending services (and greeting supply clergy when needed), setting up and straightening up after services, assisting with rollators for those attending services, and service preparation (as well as other tasks). Additional readers, communion assistants, and altar assistants also are needed. Particular needs include assistance with communion and altar set up and clean up.Contact Chaplain Theresa Brion if you wish to learn more. All assistance is greatly needed and appreciated.
- Questions? Contact Chaplain Theresa Brion at email@example.com or x-7224. Or stop by her office in the first floor of the Pointe.