Karen McMillan
Serving at the children’s hospital at westmead

Karen McMillan

Chaplain

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...To really connect with children and their adult carers, in a way that helps them understand that God is with them and truly cares for them as they go through this hard time.

Karen serves as a chaplain at Westmead Children’s Hospital, supporting children and their families in the cardiac ward and the liver and kidney disease ward.

 
Meet Karen

What led you to become a chaplain?

I’d been a case manager for children and adults with disabilities, and have also done pastoral work with women and children in our local church. I decided to take on the role as a chaplain with the desire to provide spiritual, as well as physical and emotional, support to children and families in need.

 

What is it like serving in this context?

When I arrive at the hospital, I firstly have some time spent reading the Bible and praying with my fellow chaplains before I check my ward lists and begin my visits.

I find it really satisfying being able to generously give time to really build relationships with children and parents going through the very stressful event of an often prolonged hospital stay. One of the most challenging aspects of my work is in situations where I’m meeting a family for the first time to provide spiritual support because they have just lost their child in a tragedy.

I see my role as walking alongside people in times like this. I try to connect with people in a way that helps them understand that God is with them and truly cares for them as they go through this hard time.

 
 
SPONSOR Karen

Supporting Karen with a regular donation ensures that she can continue to share the Gospel with those in hospital.

You will receive regular updates from Karen about her work as well as prayer points – so you can partner with her in prayer.

Sponsor Karen

STEP 1. Set up an recurring donation, indicating the purpose “Chaplaincy”.

STEP 2. Email partnerministries@jerichoroad.org.au to let us know which chaplain you are supporting. We will allocate your funds to that chaplain and add you to their supporter list to receive updates and prayer points.

Where Karen Serves
The Children's Hospital at Westmead
The Children's Hospital at Westmead is the largest centre for paediatric care and health treatments in NSW. Treating over 80 000 children each year, the hospital sees sick kids and their families in times of stress, fear and uncertainty.

In NSW, the government provides funding for chaplaincy roles like Karen’s, acknowledging the benefits of chaplains in hospitals and correctional centres. However, this only covers part of a chaplain’s wage.  To ensure we can sustain our chaplaincy ministry, we need your help. To find out more about how you can support chaplains financially as an individual or as a church, click here.

Stories from Karen
When God makes a way
24 May 2022
Hospital chaplain Karen shares about a time where she saw God turning a difficult situation into a Gospel...
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Don’t forget: You can support Karen financially and with prayer by becoming a sponsor.

Sponsor Karen

STEP 1. Set up an recurring donation, indicating the purpose “Chaplaincy”.

STEP 2. Email partnerministries@jerichoroad.org.au to let us know which chaplain you are supporting. We will allocate your funds to that chaplain and add you to their supporter list to receive updates and prayer points.