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Volunteer chaplains in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties

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ORGANIZATION: SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors

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Pastors taking a service

SpiritCare is looking for volunteer chaplains who can lead worship and communion services in residential facilities for the elderly. These may be assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation or skilled nursing communities.

You must live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area. You also need to be able to drive around the Bay Area to visit care communities.

SpiritCare will provide you with Christian hymns to sing with residents, so it is helpful if you are able to lead singing. You may work with SpiritCare's board and volunteers to recruit accompanists, singers and worship assistants.

A service is typically 30 minutes to an hour in length, depending on the number of residents coming to a service in a facility. You will be flexible as facilities may close if they have a 'flu, COVID or other outbreak.

Services are typically during the day, midweek. Occasionally, there's an opportunity for Saturday or Sunday afternoon services.

You are encouraged to expand SpiritCare's ministry by being an ambassador for our mission among your peers. You are encouraged to find new locations to serve. This starts as a volunteer opportunity, but if you serve more than 2 locations then together we may consider raising the funds to pay you a salary.

This ministry serves people of all faiths and none, so you must be welcoming to people of all backgrounds in your services. We expect all volunteers to be passionate about our mission on https://www.spiritcareministry.org/our-mission.html.

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About SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors



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


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.


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Faith-Based, People with Disabilities, Seniors


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Multiple locations Burlingame, CA 94010



  • Elder care
  • Music Arts
  • Program Management
  • Bereavement Support
  • Spiritual Healing
  • Community Outreach


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • A service may take 30 minutes plus an hour's travel time. Then we'd allow an 2 hrs preparation a month. So for most people the time commitment might be 3.5 hours/month.
  • A degree from a recognized seminary or university in theology, divinity, Christian ministry or similar subject. Chaplaincy specialty training and experience is highly desirable. Experience leading communion services.

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