by Anna Kroehn

National Carers Week, marked this year from 10 to 16 October, is a time to recognise and celebrate the 2.65 million Australians and 430,000 New Zealanders who provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend. Many people in our Lutheran communities are carers and we remember and celebrate them this month!

RESOURCES FOR REFLECTION

Messages of Hope by Lutheran Media has excellent resources that reflect the reality of being a carer and offer hope through this season. Episode 2 of the ‘Chronic Pain’ series at www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKlaRVk6rUY&t=2s explains what it means to be a carer and how to support carers. You can order a discussion guide at www.messagesofhope.org.au/product/chronic-pain-ebook/ to use as a Bible study with your small group or family; it can also be packaged with the Chronic Pain DVD series available from www.messagesofhope.org.au/product/chronic-pain-dvd/

Let’s give thanks to God for carers, honour their work, and support them in this essential role.

IDEAS FOR A CELEBRATION

  • Download the Christian Care Sunday resources at lca.org.au/ccs and plan to include a prayer for carers in your worship service in Carers Week.
  • Host a morning tea for carers to chat and connect – perhaps even virtually over Zoom.
  • Celebrate the carers in your community with a card, a coffee voucher or chocolate bar, or a prayer of blessing. Order cards or tracts from Lutheran Tract Mission https://www.ltm.org.au/

If you would like support to celebrate National Carers Week or Christian Care Sunday in your congregation, email me at anna.kroehn@lca.org.au

Anna Kroehn is the LCANZ’s Christian Care Sunday project officer.

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