Pastoral Care Ministry Teams serve our congregation in a variety of ways. The Pastoral Care ministry team members provide a network of care to all congregants, especially some of our elders, many of whom are no longer able to attend our Worship services.
Heart & Soul
Heart & Soul: Nourishment for the whole self
A monthly daytime program for all ages that provides nourishment for the whole self. Bag lunch, social time, exercise, and a variety of programs. Runs from September to June on the 4th Wednesday of the month, from 12:00 noon to 3 pm.
Bring your bag lunch for a Social Time in the Great Hall at noon, followed by Gentle Exercise at 12:45 pm and Spiritual Reflection at 1:05 pm.
The Program part of the afternoon begins at 1:30 pm. The gathering concludes with tea and cookies at 2:30 pm. Come and join us for any or all parts of the afternoon.
Visiting and Teleministry
communicating through music
old friends from different care facilities getting together for a visit
Pastoral care visitors meet with senior members of the congregation, especially those who are no longer able to regularly attend worship services, in their home, residence or hospital on a regular basis to bring the spirit and love of Christ to them while teleministers have telephone visits with those who benefit from this contact to help them feel included in the life of the congregation.
Card Making and Writing
Linda Washington & Gloria Breault
Flower Donations & Delivery
Flowers donated to the Sunday worship service are afterwards delivered to identified members, along with a visit. The donors of the flowers are advised as to the distribution of their arrangement. Derek Nanson, 604-899-0884, currently coordinates this ministry.
Reiki and Healing Touch are ancient healing arts that utilize Universal Life Force Energy to promote relaxation, physical and emotional healing, pain relief and spiritual growth. Team members are available many Sundays after the service in the Centre for Peace (room 201) or the Great Hall.
For sessions at other times contact Coordinator,
Daytime Bible Study
Seniors are vital participants in our weekly daytime bible study which meets on Tuesdays, in the Centre for Peace, 1:30–2:30 pm. The scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday are the basis of stimulating discussion as those who attend share their insights and perspectives. This is a drop-in group and no prior study is required, so feel free to come whenever you feel inspired. All are welcome.
The Knitting Ministry was begun in April 2006 as a tangible way to give comfort to members of our congregation, relatives, and friends who are ill, and to recognize important celebrations in peoples lives. In the first year, almost 50 shawls and lap robes were knitted, crocheted, and blessed before being given away. As with other groups within the church, new friendships have developed.
Pastoral Care for those who live with animals
offers this ministry to those who share their lives with pets that may be sick or injured, elderly, dying or have died. Kathy, who lives with companion animals herself, is available to provide compassionate and understanding support for others who also live with animals as companions. She will provide a listening ear and prayers to comfort and support you in your concern and grief.
Stories (Seniors Telling our Rare Interesting Experiences Sacredly)
This ministry was formed to help enable seniors to either have their stories heard and recorded one-to-one by a Memoir Minister or write their own stories in a facilitated group setting.
Members with cars and time are called upon to enable seniors to attend services, events and activities.
The Over Ninety Club
Unfortunately this "exclusive" club is only open to Nonagenarians. (Octogenarians will have to wait their turn, so hang in there.) The privileges of being a member are having your photograph on a special bulletin board, receiving an annual birthday card from the congregation for the rest of your life, and being held in prayer by the prayer team. We have around twenty nonagenarians currently. Several are actively involved in the life of our faith community.
- On Remembrance Day or during Advent special visits are made to deliver plants to the members of our congregation who are unable to attend worship services.
- Blue Christmas Service is offered every December. This is a service for those for whom "Christmas hurts."
- In-home Communion - To receive this ministry contact, Rev. Beth Hayward.