Christian Aid Week 2021
Many, many thanks to all who filled and returned the Christian Aid envelopes which went out with last month’s magazine. In total we raised £751.10. This was a new way of collecting for us but it has certainly proved to be very worthwhile.
Participation in the annual Kiltwalk has raised an additional £1,465 which will be increased by another 50% thanks to The Tom Hunter Foundation. This will see that total go up to over £2,000. Our final fundraiser, the 300,000 Step Challenge has raised £520.00.
We think you will agree that these are all wonderful sums of money. All in all, the West Kirk this year, has had an amazing fundraising week with a combined total in excess of £3,500.
Once again our sincere thanks go to everyone involved whether by donating, walking or helping in any way. As you know it is always a team effort. Thank you one and all!
Thank You NHS and Hospital Chaplaincy
The present Covid-19 pandemic has naturally focused our attention on health and the stresses the virus has placed on the NHS.
The NHS, established in 1948, is surely a wonderful blend of science, technology and personal care born out of a compassionate response to heal or ameliorate illness. Though for most people the physical and mental aspects most readily come to mind, health can also be acknowledged as being about body, mind and spirit. Hospital chaplains know the importance of spiritual care to health and wellbeing. At Ninewells Hospital there is a department of Spiritual Care and Wellbeing with a team of chaplains who support person-centred care built on their understanding that “spiritual care is part of the holistic care of people” and that, “caring and compassion are the focus of spiritual wellbeing”.
I have discovered this personally while receiving treatment at Ninewells and I am so grateful for the support that chaplains give. While the support focuses on spiritual care it is also thoroughly pragmatic and down-to-earth to aid patients, some of whom face a life changing or life ending diagnosis or treatment of serious injuries due to accident. Chaplains listen to life-stories, talk with and pray (by request) with patients, their families and the bereaved, as they share in the patient’s journey wherever that leads.
I will never forget the words of a chaplain on a first visit to me in the oncology day-care unit when he said “with regards to faith this is where the rubber hits the road” a neat phrase which put in a nutshell my feelings and combined with his advice to draw nearer to God, was just the encouragement I needed.
Hospital chaplaincy is a special calling and from personal experience I thank them for drawing alongside those in need of spiritual care at times of ill health, crisis or profound life changes by giving a sense of meaning to a new chapter in people’s lives.