Chaplain encourages spiritual balance for Presbyterian Manor residents
Chaplain Greg Spring’s job at Wichita Presbyterian Manor is to support the spiritual health of the community. Along with physical, mental and emotional health, spiritual health is an important part of leading a balanced life, he says. In order to do his job well, Greg focuses on building relationships. “I really work to meet all the residents as they move in,” he says.
Greg has worked at Presbyterian Manor for the past five years. Prior to that, he served in local church ministry for most of his career, and he also spent some time as a hospice chaplain. That varied background means that he knows many local pastors, including some who lead churches where residents are members. This is one way he establishes a common bond with many residents.
“Our mission at Presbyterian Manor is to provide quality senior services guided by Christian values. We have a high percentage of residents who have been active in their church for a significant part of their lives,” Greg says. “Some residents are still active and able to attend their home church,” which he encourages.
“We have chapel services on Sundays and Wednesdays,” he says. “We offer both in-person and virtual services directly to residents’ TVs. We have very faithful attenders to all of our services. When there is severe weather or other hindering circumstances, we become a backup service for independent residents who can’t make it to their own church. Before COVID, one of our favorite events was our annual pastor’s breakfast. This provided an opportunity for local ministers to enjoy a meal and fellowship with the Presbyterian Manor community.”
Greg enjoys talking to residents about their experiences in their own congregations. “Our folks invested many years teaching classes, working with children, caring for the property, or engaging in volunteer work. One thing that changes with age is the physical ability for service,” Greg says. “With age, some things are no longer possible, and that’s one thing residents miss.”
Many residents remain spiritually active through worship, singing, the study of scripture, and prayer. A popular devotional booklet is “Our Daily Bread,” which the community provides in both regular and large-print editions.
When residents need help in their spiritual lives, Greg is available to talk through things. “When needs come up, we try to meet those needs,” he says.