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Faith and Spirituality

Overview | Worship | Chapel Location | Services | Clinical Pastoral Education | Contact Information

Chapel at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Chapel at Texas Health Stephenville

Overview
Texas Health Resources strives to provide health care services for the whole person — body, mind and spirit. In keeping with this commitment, the Department of Pastoral Care maintains a presence at each Texas Health hospital and at the corporate office. In addition, each site offers a chapel for prayer, meditation, quiet time and worship.

Spiritual care delivered through the Pastoral Care Department and by others in the organization addresses concerns of the spirit: faith, hope, despair, meaning, purpose, life, death, guilt, forgiveness, fear and doubt. Pastoral care offers help for people trying to connect meaning with life circumstances that don't often make sense or seem fair.

Members of the Pastoral Care departments have answered a call to offer hope for those in the middle of brokenness. Pastoral Care Department chaplains do not try to convert people. They are trained to help bring together the physical, emotional and spiritual components that are necessary for an individual to experience healing, health and hope. Spiritual care services are available to patients, family members, hospital employees and medical staff members.

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Worship
There are no regularly scheduled worship services at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville, but the chapel is available around the clock for patients, family and staff members.

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Faith in Action

Prayer Beads and Cross

When a Stephenville mother arrived in the Emergency Room at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville after having been stabbed in the back at an area park, it was soon apparent that she needed to be transferred by CareFlight to Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital. Before the woman and her mother left, an Admissions staff member slipped prayer beads and cross in their hands. "These are for you. You're going to need them," she said.

With tears in her eyes, the victim's mother later told a Texas Health Stephenville employee how much the beads and cross had meant to them and how they had gone everywhere with the patient.

Chapel Location
When entering the hospital through Emergency Services entrance, the chapel is on the left.

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Services
The Pastoral Care department offers the following services:

  • Patient and family visitation
  • Response to referrals by physicians on the medical staff, nurses, patients and clergy
  • Pastoral support for families of inpatient or outpatient procedures
  • On-call availability 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Counseling and care for medical staff, employees and members of the community
  • Support groups for persons who experience loss or chronic illness
  • Worship experiences for patients, employees and medical staff in the chapels and at the patient's bedside
  • Bibles in patient rooms and other areas as well as literature related to spiritual and emotional issues concerning health care
  • Sacramental and ritual services (baptism, holy communion, anointing) provided by Pastoral Care staff or by arrangement with representatives of a recipient's religious community
  • Decedent care and memorial services
  • Journals provided in most chapels for expression of prayers, meditations and spiritual requests

Texas Health Stephenville provides a staff chaplain on duty one day each week, with the rest of the time covered by volunteer chaplains who aid the community by providing pastoral care at the hospital. The volunteer chaplains are local clergy who have received training and respond on an "on-call" basis. A patient, family member or medical staff member can request a chaplain visit through the attending nurse, who will page the on-call chaplain.

Requests for chaplain services from outside the hospital can be made through the Social Services office at 254-965-1535.

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Clinical Pastoral Education
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is practical, hands-on theological education for ministers or seminarians.  CPE combines ministry with a curriculum designed to help CPE students learn about themselves as ministers as well as how to meet the spiritual needs of those in their care.

Learn more about opportunities in Clinical Pastoral Education available through the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospitals CPE Center. 

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Contact Information
The Pastoral Care team provides pastoral and spiritual care to patients, employees, families, medical staff members and their families. Local clergy provide pastoral care to members of their congregations.

To contact a chaplain or a representative from a particular faith, please call the switchboard operator at 254-965-1500 and ask that the chaplain on-call be paged. A chaplain is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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