In our institution we have been holding services and devotions for years for our homeless clients several times a week. Our services are constantly expanding, for example, we have introduced the “Silent Prayer” open prayer circle. The venue for this is the hospital workshop, where by lighting a candle, we think in prayer of every person who lives in homelessness.
We also place emphasis on bringing our church holidays close to our homeless brothers and sisters. We strive to make sure that they are real participants in the holidays from which many of them feel excluded. We pay special attention to enriching the festive gatherings by involving them in the programs (with the help of the Oltalom Culture Circle) to make the holiday community richer by rhyming together, reading and singing.
The attendance of our “Breakfast devotion” on a weekly basis is also high during the extra-critical periods. On these occasions, our guests will come across printed quotes from the Bible after having breakfast together and are free to comment on them. The goal is for them to be able to talk freely about their own internal problems in the light of or next to the quotes. Due to their different life paths, and after sharing their ideas, disputes often arise that can help them resolve a conflict situation. Social workers also take part in our events. This special coexistence with these homeless people is not only a great help in learning about the fate of the homeless, but also makes our caregivers more open to approaching them.
We also practice our pastoral care work among the homeless in the hospital area, and we plan to make it available to those stranded outside the institutional walls within the framework of street social work.
The latest order of worship and devotion:
09.00-11.00 – “Breakfast Devotion” (Daily Public Room)
17.00-17.40 – Evening devotion (Oltalom Hospital, 2nd ward)
18.30-19.15 – Evening Devotion (Daily Public Room)
15.30-16.30 – Worship (Daily Public Room)
17.00-18.00 – Worship (Oltalom Hospital, 2nd ward)
18.00-18.30 – Silent Prayer (Oltalom Hospital, cellar workshop)
Latest order of pastoral hours:
Monday: 13: 00-17: 00
Tuesday: only at a pre-arranged time
Wednesday: 09: 00-11: 00 14: 00-17: 00
Thursday: 15: 00-17: 00
Friday: 09: 00-11: 00 14: 00-17: 00