Nurturing the spirit.
We believe that spiritual health is important. Just as we care for our physical bodies, the soul and spirit need care as well. We nurture our spirits through silent reflection and prayer, the study of Scripture, practicing stillness and listening for God, participating in community worship, and living our faith by loving and serving others.
Choosing to live at The Village means being part of a spirit-filled culture open to people of all faiths. The Christian values of the Spiritual Life Ministry of Presbyterian Village North guide us in providing a number of ministry opportunities to nurture the body, mind and spirit of our residents and their families. These opportunities include:
- Bible study
- Prayer Chain
- Services for Catholic and Episcopalian residents
- Five weekly non-denominational worship services on Sundays and Tuesdays
- Special holiday services on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, Christmas, and Epiphany
- Services on days of national observance and remembrance
- Workshops on spiritual practices and prayer
- Home and hospital visitation by our community chaplains
- Support of The Stewpot (ministry to the homeless and hungry of Dallas)
- Service of Blessing of the Hands for volunteers and teammates
- Remembrance services to honor those who died the previous year
- Memorial services and grief support groups
Programs with special focus.
Journey Through Grief
This monthly support group offers a way to gather and listen. There is no judgment, no need to “fix,” and no need to rush. In the presence of love and acceptance, the group empathizes with one another’s deep sorrow, offering support and hope for the joy that will come. This group is open to all community residents.
An Annual Event: Camp PVN
This special event occurs each summer on the campus of Presbyterian Village North. It’s a time of fun, fellowship, caring and sharing. During this intergenerational week, residents and children in 4th through 7th grades enjoy mixing, mingling and learning from each other. They work on craft projects, and the children learn about the residents’ gifts, talents and hobbies during what are called “Gift Hours.”
The campers study the Bible, share lunchtime meals, and work on outreach projects that will help improve the local community – a free carwash for residents with donations of canned foods accepted for The New Mt. Zion Baptist Church food pantry is one example. The children also participate with residents in some of their own outreach activities, such as making teddy bears for mothers and children at Pedi Place and learning about The Stewpot Ministry, a local organization that feeds the homeless of downtown Dallas. This special event will be held this summer from August 8 -12, 2016.
Providing Emergency Advocacy
If a resident of The Village needs active support during a health crisis at an area hospital emergency room, or if the individual’s family or designated care companions aren’t immediately available, an Advocate from Presbyterian Village North will step in.
The Advocate provides a caring presence for the resident or family, helping coordinate communication between the hospital and community caregivers, and ensuring the resident’s immediate needs are met. This advocacy program is a vital part of our dedication to extending exceptional care and services to all those we serve.