Queen of Apostles Ministry of Consoling
With the “graying” of our community, each of us is gradually reaching those hallowed days called the autumn of our lives. Most of us have experienced the passing of a loved one, be it family or a friend. It is difficult to consider or even consciously face our own eventual passing.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2
QAC believes that as a community, we are family for one another. As such we need to be there whenever the need arises as one of our extended family members faces their last journey on earth.
We have started the Ministry of Consoling which is available to all members. There are times of need when our pastor, or any priest is not available – even times when our deacon cannot be there for us. However, someone in our ministry will be available to sit and talk, sit and pray, or simply just sit in the present with you. It could be at the hospital, at hospice, in your home, or wherever you feel comfortable. This is as much for the survivors as it is for the dying. We are even available for you, should your friend or family member not live in the area.
We envision three major events where we can be of service:
1. The time facing imminent death
2. The week of the funeral or memorial service
3. After the passage of weeks or months
We have also realized that there is a special gift of preparation. On the following web pages, there is a set of actions you can take now to help your surviving family members. We encourage everyone, regardless of age and wellness to take advantage and fill these forms out NOW as your special gift of preparation. We have also extensive list of web sites for further reading and advice.
“For I know the plans I have for you. They are plans of fullness not of harm, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
HOW TO REACH US: Call the QAC office (937 429-0510) and simply ask for the Ministry to contact you. Leave your name and phone number. No one should be alone when our QAC family is available.