Worship for the Elders and Staff
Long-term & Short-term Care Nursing Worship: The call for diversity among worshiping elders in a Long Term Care setting emerges from a desire among residents to be open and respectful of each other's beliefs. Maple Knoll Village, has no corporate religious affiliation, is very sensitive about the various needs within the residents to have their faith tradition acknowledged and affirmed. Many elders in LTC settings are seeking a worship experience that create a connection with the Divine that is personal and real to their current life experiences and fosters loving relationships with other elders from a variety of abilities, values, and needs. Every Friday at Maple Knoll Village three services are held in the Bodmann Pavilion: 10:30 a.m. on the 3 rd floor in the Dining Room, 11:00 a.m. on the 4 th floor in the Dining Room, and 11:30 a.m. on the 2nd floor in the Dining Room.
Christian Chapel Worship: Christian worship services are held weekly and during certain holy days. The Maple Knoll Village Chapel On The Green offers Christian worship every Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Local clergy, many of which are our resident’s pastors, provide the message. Local musicians volunteer to provide instrumental and vocal music.
Inter-Faith Special Chapel Services: During the calendar year there are several services that are inclusive of everyone: Thanksgiving Eve, Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, National Day of Prayer, Annual Maple Knoll All Souls Memorial Service.
Memorial and Remembrance Rituals: We honor the memory of those elders that have died within our Maple Knoll family by having intimate “Celebration of Remembrance” rituals throughout the year. These services allow elders, families and staff the opportunity to grieve together. The service often has special music, selected readings and a reflection accompanied by a simple ritual that allows everyone who wishes to share a favorite personal memory. Sometimes photos or mementos are brought to share the elder’s story. In addition to our smaller regular group gatherings, each year we gather as one Maple Knoll family to have an annual inter-faith memorial service the first Thursday in November.