Circle of Care
At First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto we provide compassionate care for members and friends. Caring is an ongoing feature of our community. Our spiritual and everyday needs are met through companionship, love and respect. Our Circle of Care supports members with friendly visits and attentive listening during times of loss, illness, transition, unemployment, or changes in the family. The Circle of Care at First Unitarian is made up of many facets including the Pastoral Care Team, the minister, the Caring Committee and our entire community.
The Pastoral Care Team consists of members whose life experience or professional care-giving skills equip them for this role. They are vetted and trained. When a member or friend requests care and/or support, Pastoral Care Team members offer friendly visits and attentive listening; if the need arises, they help with tasks of daily living. The team also organizes educational workshops, open to all, on topics such as Alzheimer’s or mood disorders.
The minister works closely with the Pastoral Care Team to coordinate care for members of the congregation. He offers short-term counselling for pastoral or personal concerns and will make referrals to other professionals if more intensive support is needed.
Each member of the congregation at First Unitarian has an opportunity to ensure a loving community through acts of kindness, compassion and caring. The Pastoral Care Team encourages members to be mindful of the health and well-being of their fellow members and to report concerns to the minister or to a member of the team.
Chair of the Pastoral Care Team
The Caring Committee is another important facet of the Circle of Care. They send cards to those who are celebrating an accomplishment, or who are ill or grieving. This committee arranges and hosts memorial service receptions. They design and maintain a file of emergency information forms for members. Each month this committee writes a Wheel of Life column for Horizons.