Spiritual Life programs provide care, support for residents

Spiritual Life programs provide care, support for residents

Since its founding, The Summit has been a Life Plan Community with a strong spiritual component.

A joint venture between Centra and the Disciples of Christ of Virginia, The Summit provides numerous spiritual life opportunities.

“The Spiritual Life Committee was one of the first when The Summit began so it was obviously an important part,” said resident Marilyn Taylor, who spent several years on The Summit board.

An afternoon worship service – featuring spiritual messages from ministers and clergy – is held at 4 p.m. every Thursday in the community room. The Summit is home to several gifted pianists, taking turns performing preludes and hymns.

The Summit choir also performs during worship services, providing another outlet for singers wishing to share their gifts. Each service also includes time th share joys and concerns with residents sharing prayer needs and then leaving notes on the doors of those prayed for.

“I love the spirit here in which we live together, take care of each other and enjoy being with one another. It feels very safe, secure and caring and, to me, that is a big part of spiritual life,” said Taylor, a retired minister, who moved to The Summit in 2016.

The Spiritual Life Committee, co-chaired by Wayne Greenlaw and Hazel Harrison, plans services and activities. A prayer group meets each week. Resident Nathan Brooks, a retired minister, often leads Bible study on Wednesday afternoon.

Ministers are selected to bring messages from a wide array of churches, providing a very inclusive feel for residents. There is always room for involvement on the Spiritual Life Committee and other resident-led groups.

“When the moving van moved away, I said goodbye to my condo, came here and felt at home. From the very beginning, it was just a place of caring and welcome,” Taylor said.