Fellowship of Brethren Homes
As a ministry to those who are aging and their families, the 22 retirement communities related to the Church of the Brethren are committed to providing high quality, loving care for older adults. This group, known as the Fellowship of Brethren Homes, works together on common challenges such as uncompensated care, long-term care needs, and nurturing relationships with congregations and districts.
The Fellowship’s video, Inspired by Faith, Operated with Love, can be used in training retirement community staff about the traditions and values of the Church of the Brethren and can help churches and districts understand how retirement communities are part of the church’s greater mission.
The Church of the Brethren endeavors to continue to the work of Jesus. This video, Who are the Brethren, and Why Do They Do What They Do?, hosted by Dr. Wallace Landes, provides a brief history of the Church of the Brethren and the many ways the denomination makes God’s love tangible in the world, including the church’s participation in long-term care ministry with older adults.
Departing With Dignity—A Service of Celebration
The Good Shepherd Home in Fostoria, Ohio, has created a brief service that celebrates the life of each resident when they die. Before the deceased’s body is removed from the Home, family members, staff, and residents who wish to participate gather to pray and say goodbye. You can download a copy of their service, Departing with Dignity: A Service of Celebration, by clicking here.
To learn more about a particular community, please see the Directory of Homes.