|Care & Support|
Orchard Hill Church realizes that caring for our people will help them grow in the Lord. We have several support groups and care ministries aimed and healing journeys.
This is a caring ministry for the Orchard Hill congregation. If you are in need of a relationship with a caring Christian to walk alongside you through a difficult life circumstance, you may contact Susan Parker, Dee Monson, Glenda Cuvelier or Pam Van Hauen
Connect and Care
The Connect & Care ministry at Orchard Hill is a volunteers based group with a heart for the older generation. We reach out to older people in our congregation who are no longer able to get around well, often unable to get to church services or hit with illness or disability. This may leave folks feeling lonely and disconnected from their church family. The main focus of the team is making visits although sometimes we may drive someone to a doctor visit or on an errand. Wonderful relationships are often built between the volunteers and the older generation.
This ministry serves in various ways which include:
This team meets once a quarter. People of all ages are invited to serve with this team.
Advice For the Bereaved
2. Take time for nature's slow, sure, stuttering process of healing. The sooner you start this process, the better you will feel. Eventually you will grieve.
3. Give yourself massive doses of restful relaxation and routine busyness.
4. Know that the overwhelming feelings will lessen with time.
5. Be vulnerable, share your pain, and be humble enough to accept support.
6. Surround yourself with life: plants, animals, friends.
7. Use mementos to help your mourning, not to live in the past.
8. Avoid rebound relationships, big decisions, and anything addictive.
9. Keep a diary and record successes, memories, struggles. Use this diary to re-visit your thoughts weeks, months and years down the road to see how you have progressed. You might be surprised.
10. Prepare for change, new interests, new friends, solitude, creativity, growth.
11. Recognize that forgiveness (of ourselves and others) is a vital part of the healing process.
12. Know that holidays and anniversaries can bring up the painful feelings you thought you had successfully worked through.
13. Realize that any new death-related crisis will bring up feelings about past losses.
This is not an all inclusive list, but merely a collection of ideas. Everyone grieves differently. Whatever you are feeling at any particular moment is OK. As long as you are working through your feelings and trying to find that "new normal" you are progressing.