So many of our older church members who reside in area assisted-living facilities are no longer able to attend their own churches to join in worship. Through the efforts of many caring volunteers, both clergy and lay people alike, the Broome County Council of Churches provides weekly worship services at the various facilities.
Volunteers are always welcome and no specific training is necessary, only a desire to share one’s faith and to extend the blessings of your worship community. The commitment is very flexible. Some volunteers visit monthly, others once or twice a year. It may be one individual’s undertaking, or a church may be willing to sponsor a ministry with various members taking turns.
The service should be non-denominational and last no more than a half hour. It consists of a Bible reading, an up-lifting reflection, followed by the singing of hymns from the large-print hymnals provided. Most facilities have a piano available. Volunteers may bring an accompanist with them or lead the singing on their own. While one person can certainly conduct a service alone, oftentimes church and/or choir members (adult or children) like to participate and are encouraged to attend.
The facilities we serve are as follows:
Absolut Care – Sundays, 2:30 PM
301 Nantucket Drive, Endicott, NY 13760 Nichols Notch – 2nd Mondays, 2:00 PM
301-401 Hayes Avenue, Endicott,NY 13760
Bridgewater – 2nd Monday, 2:30 PM
159-163 Front Street, Binghamton, NY 13905
Susquehanna – Sundays, 2:30 PM
282 Riverside Drive, Johnson City, NY 13790
Castle Gardens – Sundays, 3 PM
715 Castle Gardens Road, Vestal, NY 13850
Castle Gardens Alzeheimers Floor, 2:15 Vestal– Sundays, 3 PM
Temporary 2 Locations
At Willow Point Nursing, 3 North
3700 Old Vestal Rd, Vestal 13850
At Greater Binghamton Health Center
425 Robinson St. 4th Floor Garvin Bldg
Binghamton, NY 13904
Good Shephard Fairview – Sundays, 3:30 PM
Fairview Ave, Binghamton, NY 13904 Woodland Manor – Sundays, 4 PM
505 Clubhouse Road, Vestal, NY 13850
Ideal – Tuesdays, 2:30 pm
602 High Avenue, Endicott,NY 13760
Volunteers who participate in this ministry so enjoy their visits with our participants and say they receive as many blessings as they give. Please call if you’d like to join us in this worthwhile endeavor.
Senior Living Ministry Coordinator
Phone Number: 607-748-7250