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The Tatura Guardian - - Community - — Rev Jude Ben­ton Tatura Angli­can Church

Care provider

You may have heard that Moy­ola has a pas­toral care provider, and won­der what that’s all about? What gives you mean­ing, pur­pose, and iden­tity? Is it your fam­ily? Job? Faith? Hob­bies? How do you in­tro­duce your­self to oth­ers? What is im­por­tant enough to you to tell oth­ers about?

How might mov­ing into aged-care af­fect these things?

Since the be­gin­ning to 2015 I’ve been spend­ing ev­ery Thurs­day morn­ing at Moy­ola Aged care, as the pas­toral care provider for res­i­dents and staff. Another name for what I do there is chap­laincy. At its essence, chap­laincy or pas­toral care is all about iden­tity, mean­ing and pur­pose. It’s around car­ing for a per­son’s emo­tional and spir­i­tual needs in or­der to add to their over­all sense of well be­ing and help them live as mean­ing­fully as pos­si­ble.

Pas­toral care can mean dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple, in­clud­ing: Lis­ten­ing to peo­ple share sto­ries of their life; Ac­com­pa­ny­ing peo­ple through dif­fi­cult times;

Nur­tur­ing spir­i­tu­al­ity through rem­i­nis­cence, re­flec­tion and rit­u­als; and

Help­ing peo­ple find mean­ing in their ex­pe­ri­ence.

Pas­toral Care seeks to sup­port peo­ple of all be­liefs, re­li­gious tra­di­tions and cul­tures.

Yes, I’m a Chris­tian min­is­ter. Where ap­pro­pri­ate I’ll read the Bi­ble, pray or dis­cuss faith with res­i­dents for whom this is im­por­tant.

Some­times I even lead ser­vices of wor­ship and com­mu­nion.

But, more of­ten my task is sim­ply to lis­ten, to hold some­one’s hand and to hear their heart. To let them talk about both the joys and strug­gles of their lives, and to keep their story con­fi­den­tial.

It’s a real priv­i­lege to serve the Tatura com­mu­nity in this way. Pas­toral care is avail­able to those liv­ing in Moy­ola, and their fam­i­lies. Please con­tact the of­fice for a re­fer­ral.

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