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.
Chapel Service Timings
Sundays 09:00 am Tamil Service
06:30pm English Service
1st Sunday 09:00am Tamil Holy Communion
3rd Sunday 06:30pm English Holy Communion
Monday 07:40am Devotion at Chapel
Tuesday 07:40am Devotion at OPD
Wednesday 07:40am Devotion at Chapel
Thursday 07:40am Devotion at Chapel
Friday 07:40am Devotion at Medical Quadrangle
Saturday 07:40am Corporate Worship at Training Unit Auditorium
All are welcome!
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
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 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.
Staff core group
Staff Families (of campus residents)
Weekly Cottage prayer meetings
Conducting meetings on special occasions
Visiting non-resident families whenever required
Sunday services – staff families, students and patients (morning Tamil and evening English services)
5. Students and trainees
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.
6. Special programmes
Christmas programmes: Patients, ward carols, campus carols, language carols, and Christmas Eve services.
Lent season meditation on the Cross.
Harvest festival, Shanthigramam, Educational assistance and missionary organizations.
Outreach ministry – IGL colony, Shanthigramam and surrounding villages
Ministry to children
Retreat for Sunday school
Vacation bible school
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.