by Mary Dickau

CHAT Canada has an exciting invitation to give you during the coming Fall season.

We are offering an 8-week Spiritual Care Series training course in partnership with Beulah Garden Homes and First Baptist Church Vancouver. This course will be available online across Canada and in person at Beulah Garden Homes.

This internationally acclaimed training course fits like a glove with CHAT’s mission to offer resources, education and connection around the transitions of ageing that reveal the Good News! God is with us and for us ‘even to our grey hairs’.

What does this mean when frailties are increasing, when disease encroaches, when loss and lack need to be faced?

We want to understand and walk with our parents as they live out their transitions; we wish to be in a fulfilling relationship with our neighbours and the elders within our church; we believe that God’s purpose in one’s life does not end with retirement, or at age 70 or with the onset of Dementia; we trust in our ability to be deeply authentic and hopeful as we live out the promises of our faith as we age; but how is this practically accomplished?

The Spiritual Care Series training course is internationally informed training for health professionals and volunteers alike. It is specifically designed to equip participants with the skills they need to offer thoughtful, relevant spiritual support to those involved in the ageing journey.

This course was created with the expert collaboration and participation of Professor John Swinton – a world-renowned expert in dementia and meaningful ageing, and the founder of the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability in Scotland. Professor John Swinton is also a registered nurse for people with learning disabilities and is a registered mental health nurse.

We are happy to announce that CHAT will produce this series in an exciting hybrid seminar/webinar format. We invite you to join us in person or online through zoom at Beulah Gardens every Wednesday morning from 9:30am to 11:30am starting September 29th.

You can choose to take this course as a local group by gathering a cohort within your church, family, or institution to meet in one place and join us online. The shared experience of online learning in the local context will give you and your group a head-start in establishing a meaningful ministry of care for seniors. For more details, contact us at connect@chatcanada.org.

You are warmly invited to join us in this workshop in whatever way works for you.

To register please visit us online at scs.chatcanada.org or contact us at connect@chatcanada.org

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Mary Dickau
Transitional Director,
CHAT Canada

About the author

Mary Dickau offers Spiritual and Community Care for a community of more than 350 Older Adult residents at Beulah Gardens. Mary is an elder at Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, and her other job is facilitating an urban retreat called Stillpointe, where she hosts weekly rhythms of prayer and meets with people for Spiritual Direction and Healing Prayer. She is passionate about looking for the love and grace of God found within our shared stories and journey of life. Mary's family includes three adult sons, two daughters-in-law, a therapy dog named Bella and whoever walks in their door. Mary is a founding member of CHAT.

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