Jesus said

“I am the light of the world”

Recruiting, Training and Equipping Christian Volunteers for Nursing Home/Care Center Ministry

Residents love to see babies.

Many Residents appreciate help in finding a page.

Helping a Resident follow along.

Helping a Resident follow along.

Nursing Home Residents are truly patriotic and love our flag and country.

 

A Ministry For All Ages

The SonShine Society is an interdenominational organization for the purpose of challenging local churches and individual Christians to provide a consistent and effective Christian witness to people who, due to age or physical impairment, are unable to participate in the worship and instructional services of the Christian church. The setting is usually a Nursing Home, Care Center or other long-term medical care facility.

The SonShine Society provides training, lesson helps, large-print tracts, and large-print scripture and songbooks. A local church or group of concerned lay-Christians, that subscribe to the fundamentals of the Christian faith as set forth in the Apostles Creed, provide a “team” to conduct a “SonShine Class” at the facility where folks are confined.

A “SonShine Class” is a combination worship service and Sunday School class conducted by this team. It is as consistent, regular and dependable as the church itself. Nursing Home administrators, Residents, and team members agree this is the effective way to present the wonderful message of hope in Jesus Christ to these dear folks.

These services are provided through and with the Love of Christ. There are no offerings taken. The SonShine Society is a non-profit organization supported by those who share the concern of this ministry and desire from a glad heart and a willing spirit to participate.

All gifts are tax deductible.

 

Almost unnoticed in the flood of Christian ministries today is a small company of men and women quietly involved in the Nursing Homes and Care Centers of our land as ambassadors for our Lord Jesus Christ and witnesses of His love and saving grace. It is projected that unless God intervenes over 50 million of the people now living in the U.S. will spend their last days in a care facility of some kind. Faced with these staggering numbers, the Christian church is becoming increasingly aware of both the opportunity and obligation of Nursing Home/Care Center Ministry. If we are to dream of an outreach to the “four corners of the earth” we must not and cannot neglect our very own at our very door in their hour of greatest need.

Serving as a hub and a voice for many of the Christians now involved in this ministry is The SonShine Society of Lynnwood, Washington. The purpose of the society is to alert the Christian church to the needs and opportunities for Christian service in these facilities and to assist with motivation, training helps and materials.

Since its inception in 1973, the society has made a significant contribution to the lives of untold thousands of Residents. All materials offered by the society and found on this website are prepared both in structure and content for the Nursing Home Resident.

Serving as the “tie-that-binds” the loose-knit Society together is the “Bits of SonShine” newsletter, an attractive labor-of-love publication, published quarterly each year, specifically for those with an interest in and a burden for Christian Nursing Home Ministry. It contains items and stories to inform and inspire and a “mail box” page featuring anecdotes, ideas, poems, etc, from readers and fellow-workers. Subscriptions to “Bits” are free.

The SonShine Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It is governed (under God) by a board of directors and a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. All board members and officers serve without pay. The only paid help in the Society is secretarial and printshop; all other work is volunteer. We do solicit and encourage the support of those who believe that Nursing Home Ministry is an important outreach and that the SonShine Society is a worthy instrument of service.

Many men and women—past, present and undoubtedly in the future­–have, do and will minister in Nursing Homes/Care Centers, and do it effectively without being under the “SonShine” banner. But, the Society has given direction, voice, continuity and effectiveness in this “harvest field.”

Is Nursing Home Ministry effective… fruitful… life changing? The answer from thousands would be an emphatic, “YES!” Most Nursing Home/Care Center Residents have had to reduce life’s material possessions to what fits into three dresser drawers. Sometimes this happens in just a matter of days. They now know what “temporal” means and are ready to listen to things “eternal.”

There is a harvest field in the Nursing Homes/Care Centers of our land, and … it is WHITE !

(As understood in Scripture. See John 4:35) 

A Ministry of Compassion and Evangelism

Visiting the nursing home isn’t always easy.  Can you leave your own troubles behind, to tend to the troubles of the people you visit?  Are you afraid to shout into deaf ears, to look into blind eyes, and to hold hands with someone who isn’t physically attractive?

Nursing Home outreach is one of the most challenging fields of volunteering. Can you be one of the brave ones, who accepts the challenge to visit those who society has shut away?

“Simple Truths”

Having a helpful Activity Director as well as other Staff, goes a long way in providing worship services to the largest number of Residents. Yes, this is when an honest and sincere relationship with the facility’s activity director and staff is really going to help. As Ambassadors for Christ we know that a consistent and faithful witness, whether in the Nursing Home/Care Center or elsewhere, is paramount in Christian ministry. Of all the things we can do to increase the acceptance of our presence in Care Centers, being consistent and faithful in our outreach and sincere and honest in our effort to bring a Christian witness of compassion and evangelism to the Nursing Home Resident, is above all else the most important.

If a ministry team does not have a musician or it doesn’t have a song leader or a strong speaker, this will not necessarily lessen the teams effectiveness. One does not need a strong voice to speak or sing. To speak or sing at all will please Him. To be present consistently, faithfully and be of good cheer (hold a hand-wipe a tear-listen-pray) and share the message of salvation with those that have no hope and with believers hungry for The Word, is all that is required of any Nursing Home Ministry team member.

The miracle of our efforts is the blessing we receive in working to bring the blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ to them. We receive so much more than we give!

All that is required of any of us as team members-all that our Lord requires of us as His Ambassadors-is to spread the Good News of man’s salvation through The Good Shepherd, beginning right where we are. Just-brighten the corner where you are.

Woodé
“Bits of Sonshine”
Dec2002/Jan 2003

Reach Us

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

PO Box 327
Lynnwood, WA 98046-0327

425-353-4732

425-355-4376

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