I was hoping to get some practical ministry advice here- no great moral or theological questions, just "nuts and bolts" advice from folks who have more experience than I.
Regarding the use of holy water in ministering to the sick and elderly... I have noticed this to be a comforting thing to people I have visited. Also, as a lay minister, It's nice to be able to "bless" someone with holy water, as they might do if they were able to walk into church, since I cannot actually bless them myself. I'm using a small bottle, from which I can bring a few drops onto my thumb and apply it to the forehead. Is there a better way? Is there any sanitary concern doing it this way?
I find while it is always challenging to comfort and encourage those in nursing homes etc,. it can be especially tough to help someone who is unable to talk. In the case of someone who is incoherent (Alzheimer's, sedation, etc.) I might pray silently of pray in the Spirit quietly. But a younger person who cannot speak due to illness such as MS or ALS but does make eye contact, is a real tough one for me. I imagine, there is no harm in touching someone and praying a short pray either way but I guess I'm trying to be as considerate of their needs as possible without doing any harm.
One thing I've learned early on... pray before I go out, pray when I get back. Pray for those I will visit, pray for guidance. Pray at all times! :thumbsup:
Thanks for your help.
(I didn't know where to post this. I don't see any "ministry" or similar section)