Chaplaincy in the Vision and Mission of Karigiri
The department functions mainly to transform the lives of patients and caregivers. The staff and their families and the trainees are also touched by the love of Christ.
The centre of our focus is Christ. And the activities of the Chaplaincy are reflected in the Mission Statement of the Institution.
Christ Centered Ministry at SIHR & LC
- Patients and Relatives:
- Personal counselling for patients and their relatives
- Bedside counselling for all in-patients
- Ward rounds and prayers
- Film show in the medical quadrangle and surgical ward twice a month
- Literature ministry
- Special programs during Easter, Teaching mission, Christmas and New Year.
- Daily devotions at SIH-R&LC and PBIHC.
- Departmental visit on every Saturday.
- Counselling for whoever requires it.
- Conducting retreats.
- Conducting teaching mission for three days every year.
- Conducting Women’s fellowship meetings.
- Staff support to chaplaincy
- Involving staff in the chaplaincy ministry by making them participate in choir music, ward visits and special prayers, including New Year Weekly prayer and CMAI prayer week. Encouraging staff participation in morning devotions.
- Interaction with Psychology, Social work and other departments including the clinicians.
- Chapel committee
- Staff core group
- Staff Families (of campus residents)
- House visits
- Weekly Cottage prayer meetings
- Conducting meetings on special occasions
- Bible study
- Visiting non-resident families whenever required
- Sunday services – staff families, students and patients (morning Tamil and evening English services)
- Youth Formation
- Moral Teaching on ‘Christian Response to Ethical Issues’ every Saturday
- Retreats for students
- Counselling and career guidance
- Weekly visits to hostel, interacting with students, based on Bible passages.
- Motivating students to participate in spiritual activities.
- Christmas programmes: Patients, ward carols, campus carols, language carols, and Christmas Eve services.
- Lent season meditation on the Cross.
- Easter program.
- Harvest festival, Shanthigramam, Educational assistance and missionary organizations.
- Outreach ministry – IGL colony, Shanthigramam and surrounding villages
- Sunday School
- Retreat for Sunday school
- Vacation bible school
- Target group
- Leprosy affected patients’ children
- Children from surrounding villages
- Staff children residing in the campus
1. Equipping the staff for the chaplaincy activities
Karigiri is blessed with many staff who are involved in the Lord’s ministry in their own churches. They can be identified and a core group can be formed, and they can be equipped for helping the ministry of the chaplaincy.
- Involving staff for preaching homiletic seminars
In our monthly devotion schedule, many of the staff are involving in preaching and conducting services. An intensive course can be given for such staff as to how to prepare a sermon, how to present the gospel to a mixed community with different faiths, how to convey the love of Jesus Christ in a short time etc.
- Community based ministry to the patients
Karigiri is surrounded by many villages from where patients visit our hospital. We have a very good platform to share the love of Christ through our morning devotions. Chaplaincy can collaborate with other departmental activities interacting with the community like medical camps by Ophthalmology, field work by Community Health, clinical counselling by Clinical Psychology.
- Strengthening the lay missionary prayer group / Women’s fellowship
Lay missionary prayer group is a vibrant lay group established by our Director (Dr. Mannam Ebenezer), which meets once in a month or two, for sharing with each other about the opportunities the Lord gave them to share His love with patients. This group as well as the Women’s fellowship can be further empowered and encouraged.
5. Leprosy Sunday to be observed in local churches
Our institution is highly regarded by the local churches. The yearly leprosy Sunday can be observed in all the local churches by sending our own staff for preaching and creating awareness about leprosy, thereby strengthening our relationship with the local churches.
6. Training volunteers among the staff for prayer and bedside counselling
Some patients and caregivers need more attention and a listening ear during their times of sickness and distress. A few staff can be given special training as to how to interact with and listen to and counsel these needy patients and caregivers.
7. Training for Theological College Students
Students from theological colleges can be invited to receive training in the Chaplaincy Department.
Rev. T. Devadoss,