The congregational care committee of Grace United Church is composed of the ministers, a chairperson and a number of church members who volunteer and are recommended to the committee.
The committee is involved in helping the ministers in the welcoming of new members, talking to and assisting members when there are significant events in their lives such as births, concerns with children or partners, deaths of loved ones, illness of themselves or a family member or friend, moving or life transitions such as going to assisted living, and caring for seniors.
All members have received additional training in pastoral communication, confidentiality training, and have passed police and vulnerable persons checks.
Our roles include phone calls and visits to people homebound or in hospital, delivery of prayer shawls to those with need, cards to people, arrangement of Reiki services for members of the congregation, information sessions and much more.
There is a proverb that says “It takes a village to raise a child”; we also believe that “A loving and caring church community nurtures all in need, no matter their age or circumstance.”
You can reach us by speaking directly to one of the ministers or members of the committee, filling out one of the cards at the back of church or placing a message in the congregational care e-mail on our website. All messages will be confidential and not placed in the general e-mail. We look forward to hearing from you.
If you would like to send an email regarding a congregational care concern, please click here.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Twenty five prayer shawls from Grace United Church went to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission to be given out to the people who came to share their experiences in the residential schools. The congregation at St. Paul’s United blessed them before they were delivered.