The goal of the CareNet ministries is to make sure that everyone receives the care and support they need within a smaller circle of caring friends.
‘Where is Louise?” “Gee, come to think of it I haven’t seen her for a while. I wonder if she’s okay?” This kind of scenario happens over and over again in every congregation across the country. Five years ago, Fr. Michael shared a story with us about the importance of caring for one another.
As the story goes, he was a young senior pastor serving a congregation of 150 souls. One Sunday after service, a member of the congregation chastised him about not visiting one of the older, well-known women who had been sick for a number of weeks. Michael was blindsided. He didn’t know that this person was sick. He was deeply concerned. How many other people weren’t being ministered to just because he wasn’t aware of the need? Out of this experience the CareNet ministries was born.
The goal of the CareNet ministries is to make sure that everyone receives the care and support they need within a smaller circle of caring friends. What is the function of a net? Nets can be used to catch, to shelter, to cushion, to comfort and to protect.
Picture, if you will, a giant net covering all the members of St. Wilfrid’s. This is the CareNet. Within the CareNet there are smaller nets called units (you-nets) made up of 10-12 members. The members or more aptly, the ministers in each unit care for each other by keeping in touch in an intentional way—either by phone, text, email, tweet or just a special “Hi, how are you?” on Sunday morning. The important thing is that everyone receives the attention and care they need. It is really quite simple.
Jesus taught often about the need to minister to people in need. While Jesus is no longer physically here, his spirit lives in each of us. Think of the story of the Good Samarian. We are all in need of a kind word or healing touch from time to time.
Contact the Rev. Nancy Sinclair, CareNet director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen Thornton at email@example.com to learn more about the CareNet ministries and how you can make a difference.