Pastoral care is an essential ingredient of Christian ministry.
This is true for congregational members and for our professional leadership team.
Pastoral care is the outward expression of inner spiritual strength.
Quiet, dependable acts of loving kindness and restorative compassion, at the right time, in the right manner, are the marks of a caring congregation.
Rosedale has a tradition In this congregation the sick are visited, the troubled are counseled, the bereaved are comforted. On each occasion the response is appropriate to the need. We have a tradition of readiness for pastoral ministry. Acts of loving kindness are usually cloaked in practical works. Casseroles are kept on hand. Personal notes and letters are written. Flowers arrive. People confined in home or hospital are remembered. A Samaritan Fund is in place. Funeral receptions are offered.
Beyond this kind of restorative compassion there is an awareness of timely caring in Rosedale. This can be as simple as the welcome to Sunday worship, and to the Friendship Hour following. This becomes more intentional with overtures to newcomers, more intentional still with sponsorship of refugees, new comers to our country.
Many people speak appreciatively of Rosedale as a friendly church where worship is truly enriching and many good things happen.
Much of what we do as a congregation can be described as ‘Spiritual Care’.
Clergy are available for conversation, encouragement, and counselling. There are specific groups for learning, praying, companionship, and other practices such as yoga, and meditation.
In the pages under this menu you’ll find some specifics of these ministries, or you can contact Karen Bowles for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org