Well Beings (Community Care)
A Ministry of Care and Presence
As a congregation, we all play a part in promoting a community of compassion, care and support. Sometimes, we need more than words of encouragement or a hug from a friend. The Well Beings Care Team (WBCT) is available to help at such times. Team members are volunteers from our congregation that are skilled in compassionate listening and care.
Team members may:
• visit persons who are ill at home or in the hospital;
• support those going through a major life transition or personal challenge;
• make contact with individuals unable to attend church due to illness/other;
• support family and friends involved in care giving;
• comfort the bereaved;
• assist with spiritual support;
• connect individuals to community resources (therapy, support group)
Contact the WBCT:
Cindy Wells can be reached by phone/text at 720.989.5695 or by email. If a staff member is contacted he/she will direct the request to Cindy and she will communicate this to the WBCT team.
Why a Care Team?
In a large congregation it is not possible for the pastors to give full attention to each member who might need additional care. Caring for each other in a conscious and healthy way is important to the life of the church. The care team believes that supporting individuals to function and live more fully helps to create a more loving, healthy and authentic community.
WBCT Principles Grounded in Community Covenant
BE SELF AWARE
Self-Care — Team members know that the best caregivers are those that practice good self-care, establish good boundaries and know their strengths and limitations. They are aware of the difference between offering support and care vs. enabling and interfering.
Opportunities to Grow — Well Beings offers a wide variety of groups and workshops designed to enhance education, awareness and personal growth.
COMMUNICATE TRUST TOGETHER
Active Listening — There is healing power in telling one’s story. Team members listen with compassion as they hear what the person is telling them through the use of words, body language and, at times, the absence of words.
Trust and Confidentiality — Caring relationships are built on a foundation of trust. The care team recognizes the importance of treating this opportunity with the utmost confidentiality when providing support and after.
SEEK GOD TOGETHER
Presence of Partnership — Providing emotional and spiritual care is a process of working together with another individual. As such, members encourage those they support to recognize, value, and use their own inner wisdom to help navigate their spiritual, emotional and relational journey.
Honour the Beliefs and Doubts of Others — We know that persons have varied faith and spiritual backgrounds. We seek to acknowledge, understand and affirm this process.
RESPECT EACH OTHER
Non-judgmental Presence — Respect is foundational to Highlands and this team, and allows and encourages one to listen and respond without judgment, accepting and affirming people as they are.
Equality and Wholeness — Healthy care recognizes that we’re all valuable – that each and all of us share human/spiritual experiences that are both unique and common. Team members know that the time shared with another is a blessing and gift to both persons in the relationship.