Prior to the disruption caused by COVID-19, a small group of parish volunteers was spending a couple hours each Saturday afternoon at Franklin Plaza Nursing Home, visiting residents in their rooms, praying with them, and distributing Communion. Residents were also invited to gather in the dining room for a simple service involving reading the weekend Scriptures, prayer, and distribution of Communion.
Our parishioners would visit the nursing home to distribute ashes on Ash Wednesday, and to join in fellowship with members of other area churches to provide a modest Thanksgiving and a Christmas celebration. At Christmas, the parish also provided gifts of personal hygiene supplies and winter wear for residents who might need these things.
After months of being cut off from the residents, we look forward to reconnecting, to provide at least some of them with pastoral comfort and care. Testing for COVID-19 will begin at the end of July, and residents will then be allowed to see visitors on the patio—with masks, social distancing, and thorough sterilization of the visitation area.
If you are interested in ministering to these neighbors, please contact Deacon Bill Merriman at 216-631-6872 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can help.