Mike's Monday Message

 

Community Servants

Posted by Jeffrey Eglen on OP9er @ 9:17 PM

The “success” of Rally Day reminded me just how many talented and dedicated folks we have at Palmetto. One of our talented and dedicated folks is Scarlett Bostick. We congratulate Scarlette on her recent appointment. Please read below:

 

As many of you know, as well as being an ordained minister with the PCUSA, for the last twelve years I have served God, not in a particular church, but have served as a Board Certified Chaplain certified through the Association of Professional Chaplains.  I did serve in the pulpit, but discerned my true calling to be Chaplaincy. My Chaplaincy entailed ministering to God’s children in the clinical arena; serving in hospitals and hospice facilities.

 

What many of you don’t know is that since retiring and moving back to Mount Pleasant I applied to the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy (CCC) to become a volunteer Chaplain. CCC serves the surrounding tri-county areas, Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties. In order to serve I had to start out as a “Trainee Chaplain.” As Mike indicated in last Sunday’s bulletin, after seven months of training, I received my appointment as a full-fledged Chaplain at CCC. I’ve never been more honored to serve God in Chaplaincy . . . and not get paid for it.

 

When Mike asked me to share with you, my community of faith, what I do with in my “position” at CCC, I related to Mike that I don’t have “a position” per se with CCC. I am one Volunteer of a larger Volunteer Team of Chaplains who is privileged to serve God’s people in some of their most vulnerable moments. However, I did thank Mike for an opportunity to share with you the value of CCC and how we minister to our community.

 

First of all, CCC’s mission is to support our communities First Responders; that would be the Police, the Firefighters, the EMS and others. In addition, another priority is providing Community Crisis Care in situations such as homicides, suicides, and traffic fatalities. Being a Volunteer with CCC is very different from Chaplaincy in a clinical environment. CCC is “boots on the ground” Chaplaincy; front-line support.

 

It’s true that we have some blocks to fill, some expectations – if you will . . . such as attending meetings and acquiring continuing education, but that’s only the paper work . . . those expectations keep us well trained to serve in a more sensitive and caring way. It is not what our ministry is about at its core. The heart of our Chaplaincy is about a deep desire to provide crisis and pastoral care to our first responders and the community at large.

 

Our hope, as Volunteers, is to be a comfort in crisis, delivering individuals emergency on-scene response through psychological and spiritual first aid. We also want to be a presence of peace, promoting collaborative unity, building community reconciliation and resiliency. Above it all, through the power of the Holy Spirit, who goes before us, we confidently strive to provide hope for healing, providing both emotional and pastoral continuity of care to first responders and survivors.

We all have a deep passion for this ministry and want to serve as an equally dedicated team. I personally am honored to be a part of an organization that reaches out in a very real way to the community and those personnel who keep us safe. My personal pray is that God will continue to keep our community in God’s care, that each individual will be physically fit, emotionally sound, and that no evil will cross their paths.

 

Blessings and peace,

 

Rev. Scarlette Bostick, MDIV, BCC

A Volunteer Chaplain of Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy

 

 

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