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SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors

SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors needs pianists and other musicians to accompany the singing during worship services. You will play four, pre-selected hymns, as well as some background music when the residents receive bread and communion wine. Most of our hymns are traditional favorites as shown at the YouTube link here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeXBVY4R5ycHA5dhyLAt-Aw/playlists

The service might also include playing Happy Birthday for residents or seasonal songs, like the National Anthem around July 4th or carols around Christmas, as well as playing before and after a worship service while residents arrive and leave. The services are 30-45 minutes long.

This is an ideal position for a hobby pianist, a student, or an accompanist who would like to donate their time.

Acoustic guitar players can also accompany worship services, with or without a keyboard player. Other instrumentalists like flautists, trumpeters, and mouth organ players can also participate. Musical groups and ensembles are also welcome to join SpiritCare to play regularly or for a special event like a Volunteer Appreciation breakfast.

SpiritCare hosts dozens of worship services each month across the Bay Area in care communities, so we can find a location and time that works for your schedule. You can sign up for a weekly service or if you are not able to play regularly, then we always need backup musicians when our regulars are on vacation. Qualifications for Musicians

  • Intermediate ability to play the instrument of choice
  • Ability to accompany services, setting the tempo and pitch with a solid introduction to songs and hymns
  • A sensitivity to the noise level suitable for each situation - for example, if a care home has experienced some recent deaths then it may not want boisterous songs
  • Flexibility if something unexpected happens, for example, a pastor may be delayed and you may have to play some music to keep residents engaged
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID

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About SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors

Location:

1443 HOWARD AVE, BURLINGAME, CA 94010, US

Mission Statement

The purpose of SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors is to serve the spiritual and emotional needs of the elderly living in long-term care centers by: sharing the comfort and encouragement of the gospel of Jesus Christ providing chaplaincy services for hospital residents and staff organizing and supervising worship and visitation teams from various churches and community groups educating the public about issues of aging and spirituality through publications, seminars, and special events

Description

For over 30 years we have provided worship services in care communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. We need volunteers who can help with the services by accompanying hymn-singing on a piano, singing, reading scripture and helping hand-out music. We also need volunteers to help with our administration, helping in outreach to volunteers and volunteer management. We serve over 60 care communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and are looking for volunteer pastors who can take a home and provide a communion service once a month there. We served about 1400 residents a month in care communities. We need people who can visit regularly to chat with older adults one-on-one - maybe read a story, share a game, pray with people or share pictures. We also need board members who have a passion for helping older adults and agree with our mission to help raise funds. This is a ministry that families with children can participate in. Children can communicate with elders by sharing their stories, pictures and toys. The ministry also helps children develop public speaking and musical talent by encouraging them to help in the worship services - for example a group of children may sing a song or play music with a guitar. We also have talented musical children who can give recitals of acoustic instruments.

Community
People with Disabilities
Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1443 Howard AvenueBurlingame, CA 94010

(37.57596,-122.34693)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum is one hour/month plus travel & prep time. We also welcome musicians who can play multiple times a month.
  • -- Sight-reading is not essential, but occasionally there may be a need to play a different tune from sight -- Nice to be able to lower the pitch of high-pitched hymns to make singing more comfortable -- Knowledge of tunes that seniors like

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