Well Beings (Community Care)
A Ministry of Care and Presence
As a congregation, we all play a part in promoting a community of compassion, care and support. Sometimes, we need more than words of encouragement or a hug from a friend. The Well Beings Care Team (WBCT) is available to help at such times. Team members are volunteers from our congregation that are skilled in compassionate listening and care.
Team members may:
• visit persons who are ill at home or in the hospital;
• support those going through a major life transition or personal challenge;
• make contact with individuals unable to attend church due to illness/other;
• support family and friends involved in care giving;
• comfort the bereaved;
• assist with spiritual support;
• connect individuals to community resources (therapy, support group)
Contact the WBCT:
Cindy Wells can be reached by phone/text at 720.989.5695 or by email. If a staff member is contacted he/she will direct the request to Cindy and she will communicate this to the WBCT team.
Why a Care Team?
In a large congregation it is not possible for the pastors to give full attention to each member who might need additional care. Caring for each other in a conscious and healthy way is important to the life of the church. The care team believes that supporting individuals to function and live more fully helps to create a more loving, healthy and authentic community.
WBCT Principles Grounded in Community Covenant
BE SELF AWARE
Self-Care — Team members know that the best caregivers are those that practice good self-care, establish good boundaries and know their strengths and limitations. They are aware of the difference between offering support and care vs. enabling and interfering.
Opportunities to Grow — Well Beings offers a wide variety of groups and workshops designed to enhance education, awareness and personal growth.
COMMUNICATE TRUST TOGETHER
Active Listening — There is healing power in telling one’s story. Team members listen with compassion as they hear what the person is telling them through the use of words, body language and, at times, the absence of words.
Trust and Confidentiality — Caring relationships are built on a foundation of trust. The care team recognizes the importance of treating this opportunity with the utmost confidentiality when providing support and after.
SEEK GOD TOGETHER
Presence of Partnership — Providing emotional and spiritual care is a process of working together with another individual. As such, members encourage those they support to recognize, value, and use their own inner wisdom to help navigate their spiritual, emotional and relational journey.
Honour the Beliefs and Doubts of Others — We know that persons have varied faith and spiritual backgrounds. We seek to acknowledge, understand and affirm this process.
RESPECT EACH OTHER
Non-judgmental Presence — Respect is foundational to Highlands and this team, and allows and encourages one to listen and respond without judgment, accepting and affirming people as they are.
Equality and Wholeness — Healthy care recognizes that we’re all valuable – that each and all of us share human/spiritual experiences that are both unique and common. Team members know that the time shared with another is a blessing and gift to both persons in the relationship.
Well Beings Workshop: Faith and Life: Understanding Trauma
Facilitator: Christian Swan
February 24, 9:30–11:30 am
Workshop summary: This is a workshop designed for individuals who would like to learn more about trauma and the body. Participants will walk away with a greater understanding of trauma, how to support those affected by it, and how to practice good soul care in the midst of caregiving. While it is likely that many participants may have experienced trauma themselves, it is important to note that this content could be triggering for individuals who have recently been diagnosed with PTSD or who are currently experiencing high levels of post traumatic symptoms. Please be gentle with yourself as you consider how this seminar will contribute to your overall health.
Christian Swan possesses a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary, is a nationally certified counselor, and a candidate for counseling licensure in the state of Colorado. She maintains a private counseling practice in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver. Christian has extensive experience working with survivors of sexual trauma as well as individuals struggling with anxiety, spiritual concerns, or difficulty maintaining meaningful relationships. Additionally, she enjoys working with pre-postpartum women as they navigate various life transitions. During sessions, Christian utilizes mindfulness based and narrative modalities in order to help individuals feel safer in their bodies and find confidence in their personal stories.