Communion by Extension
An important part of our caring ministry is 'communion by extension' for those who are, through frailty or poor health, unable to join with us in the celebration of the Eucharist Sunday by Sunday. Part of the sacrament is reserved so that there may be a tangible sacramental link connecting us to the worship of the Parish as a whole. Arrangements for this ministry (either in the home or the hospital) can be made with the Parish Priest.
Hospital and Nursing Home Visiting
Caring for people in hospital
The Hospital Visiting Group visits Belmont Hospital weekly. All Anglican patients are visited; some of whom receive few other visitors either because their family live out of the area, or they have had to travel away from their hometown for treatment. The Parish provides 'emergency kits' for people who go to hospital unexpectedly. The kits contain some basics such as toothpaste and brush, soap and shaving gear.
On the first Wednesday of the month at 10.30 am the Parish provides a service of Holy Communion in the STRAS unit (Short Term Residential Accommodation Service).
Caring for people in nursing homes and retirement villages
The Nursing Home visitors, visit the four Aged Care facilities in our Parish. We visit Nazareth Village (Vincent St, Nth Belmont) fortnightly which includes a service of Holy Communion on the 3rd Friday of the month at 11am; Narla Village (21 Lentara Rd, Nth Belmont) including services of Holy Communion on 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month at 9 am; St Francis Village (Gleeson Ave, Eleebana) including a service of Holy Communion on 1st Friday of the month at 11 am; and Lake Macquarie Village (10 Gibson St, Belmont) on a monthly basis including Holy Communion on Sundays at 11 am.
Aged Care visiting is very rewarding as friendships and relationships are built with these special people. If you know someone who would appreciate a visit, please let Rev'd Killen know, and we will make an effort to make sure we include them. All our visitors must undergo police checks.