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.
The doors of the Chapel of All Saints generally are open, allowing the shine of the sun or moon to light the room and offer an invitation to quiet meditation, prayer, or mindful solitude. If a chapel service taping or prayer gathering is not in session, please know that it is the chapel for and of the COMMUNITY for all to use as a place for respite, refreshment, prayer, etc. If there are resources that you would find helpful that are not available to you in the Chapel, please let Chaplain Theresa Brion know so that she can follow up appropriately. The Chapel/Chaplain also can come to you if you wish or need; just give Chaplain Theresa a call at Ext. 7224, so she can bring you what you need or come to visit.
SUNDAYS AFTER PENTECOST
We will be broadcasting the 10:30 a.m. service on Senior TV channel 2 every Sunday that we are unable to gather in person in the Chapel.
Theresa will attempt to guide everyone attending the service by noting the appropriate page in the BCP. A small number of printed copies also may be available in the mailroom and Chapel. If you take a copy, please re-use it for future services (or share it with someone else who may wish to have a printed copy). Link to service booklet HERE.
Hymns will be from various sources, so listen or sing along as you wish. No one will hear you singing, and Theresa requests your indulgence when she starts off on the wrong note as she did for the Easter Sunday service. Just put it on mute if you need for that portion!
If you wish to explore the Book of Common Prayer for daily prayers, you may find the following website quite useful as well: https://www.bookofcommonprayer.net/contents.
Forward Day by Day devotionals for August/September/October in both large and small print remain available in the mailroom and Chapel entrance. Help yourself as long as they last! If you need a cassette or Braille edition, contact Chaplain Theresa Brion (Ext. 7224) for more information. We also have a limited number of copies of Our Daily Bread devotionals for September/October/November.
Please let Theresa know if there are additional resources that you might find helpful. She is glad to explore obtaining additional resources for our various faith and spiritual communities. Please let her know if she can be of any support or assistance.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND SERIES
Shepherding Chaplain Theresa Brion weara many hats—pastor, listener, shepherd, spiritual director, friend. In these novel virus days, do not hesitate to call on her to discover novel and new ways she might be of service and assistance to you. The Chapel is always open, and she is open to new and helpful ideas on how she might be with you in body and spirit.---Chaplain Theresa Brion Ex. 7224.
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 2020-2021 Series is listed on the Spiritual Life Committee page HERE.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or x-7224. Or stop by her office in the first floor of the Pointe.