Spiritual Life at Newbury Court
Following each quarterly All-Campus Memorial Service, a Memorial Book will be published (in print and as a PDF document, links below). The books are collections of written remembrances about and photos of the residents whose lives we celebrated at each service. If you'd like to contribute a remembrance and/or photo to the books below, please reach out to one of the chaplains.
Spiritual wellbeing has been at the core of The New England Deaconess mission from its beginning. Our care and concern for older adults reaches beyond physical and emotional issues to the eternal significance and worth of everyone.
Spiritual wellbeing is the affirmation of life in a relationship with God, self, community and environment that nurtures and celebrates wholeness.
Toward that end, two Chaplains are part of the staff, and ecumenical/interfaith religious nurture and experiences are provided for residents, families, and employees.
At our Concord Campus, Duvall Chapel is a place for regular worship, religious observances throughout the year, and individual meditation and prayer. Funeral and/or memorial services are also provided there. Weekly ecumenical worship services are held in Duvall Chapel on the Newbury Court campus. Many residents attend the Sunday service (during COVID-19, we have two small services to allow for proper social distancing), while others view it on the live video feed on their televisions in their suites/rooms or on Zoom. Some residents are active members of their faith communities and attend services at churches in the surrounding towns.
10:00 AM and 11:15 AM: Ecumenical Christian Worship Service, Duvall Chapel and Broadcast on Channel 918 & Zoom - contact a chaplain for Zoom link and info
Spiritual Life Newsletter and Calendar
News, reflections, and schedule of events from the Spiritual Life department (PDF copies):
*The Spiritual Life Newsletter will return to a monthly publication schedule in February 2021*
- February 2021 issue
- January 27, 2021 issue
- January 13, 2021 issue
- December 30, 2020 issue
- December 16, 2020 issue
- December 2, 2020 issue
- November 25, 2020 issue
- November 16th, 2020 issue
- November 4th, 2020 issue
- October 21st, 2020 issue
- October 7th, 2020 issue
- September 9th, 2020 issue
- September 2nd, 2020 issue
- August 26th, 2020 issue
- August 19th, 2020 issue
- August 12th, 2020 issue
- August 5th, 2020 issue
- July 29th, 2020 issue
- July 22nd, 2020 issue
- July 15th, 2020 issue
- July 8th, 2020 issue
- June 24th, 2020 issue
- June 17th, 2020 issue
- June 10th, 2020 issue
- June 3rd, 2020 issue
- May 27th. 2020 issue
- May 20th, 2020 issue
- May 13th, 2020 issue
- May 6th, 2020 issue
- April 29th, 2020 issue
- April 21st, 2020 issue
- April 14th, 2020 issue
- April 1st, 2020 issue
- March 25th, 2020 issue
- March 17th, 2020 issue
- March 2020 issue
Pastoral Care and Counseling
The Spiritual Life staff members are here for the spiritual wellbeing of residents and staff. We are available for spiritual care and counseling on a drop-in or regularly scheduled basis.
The Spiritual Life department supports a variety of faith traditions; Christians of various denominations, Jewish, Islamic, and other traditions and perspectives. If there is a need for a spiritual caregiver from a specific tradition, we can refer as desired by the resident and assist in making those connections.
One of the blessings of community life is the support we can offer to one another. At Newbury Court, we co-host a monthly caregiver support group for residents and families as they care for loved ones experiencing memory issues.
Residents learn and share together at a weekly sermon and worship feedback groups called "Chapel Chats," as well as at "Seeking the Spirit," a book discussion group that changes topics seasonally. There are also weekly “Spirituality Circles” at The Gardens & Rivercrest, where residents can share their faith, questions, and find spiritual care and support.
Hymn sings and other musical offerings are popular parts of the activities of the Spiritual Life department. Occasionally, van trips to a retreat center for a day-apart for spiritual formation are provided. Please note, during COVID-19 these activities have not been taking place.
Spiritual Life Activities
A typical calendar of the spiritual life activities of Newbury Court can include:
- Sunday Worship
- Meditation groups held in-person and broadcast throughout the week
- Weekly "Seeking the Spirit", Newbury Court
- Weekly Newbury Court Chorus Rehearsals (resuming March 4th at 11am!)
- Weekly Sing-A-Longs, Rivercrest and The Gardens (not currently meeting)
- Weekly Spirituality Circles, Rivercrest and The Gardens
- Monthly Caregiver Support Group
- Monthly Grief Support Group (not currently meeting)
- Special Presentations and Events
- Discussions and presentations on end of life care and planning are also held frequently.
Contact the Chaplain’s Office