The Reverend Paul Richards
Deacon


DEACON’S REPORT 2016

 

 
It has been a very busy year as your deacon at Holy Trinity. I have been active in the liturgy with you at both services on Sundays, Christmas, Easter and other feast days. I have been invited to give the occasional sermon and also occasionally conducted Morning Prayer on Thursdays. I have also participated in funerals and a wedding, as well as organizing and participating in social events at the church. 
 
In the community, I have been active in pastoral care with a number of parishioners who are unable to join us in worship, some of whom now live in communities far from White Rock. I have responded to, and provided spiritual care, to a number of parishioners in health crises and at the end of their life, and I have frequented Peace Arch Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital and Royal Columbian Hospital. Working with parishioners, we visit and provide communion to those who cannot join us, and we provide Mid-Day Prayer service monthly to the patients at Weatherby Pavilion at Peace Arch Hospital. My focus continues to be outside the walls of Holy Trinity and bringing our church to the community.

I continue to work on your behalf with Atira Women's Society and White Rock Hospice Society, providing prayer shawls and lap robes to those in need, as well as continuing to work with our parish committee on our refugee sponsorship project. 
 
I have attended, with Neil, our regional clericus meetings, diocesan clergy days and the annual clergy conference. I am also participating in the diocesan working group on our spiritual relationship with our partner diocese of Northern Philippines.  Along with Neil, I have participated in, and instructed our Lenten Lecture series, and I also participated in diocesan training of prospective deacons. It was my great pleasure to travel in the fall with Lenore to the Holy Land and Eastern Mediterranean on the path of St. Paul, having brought those experiences back to parishioners. Outside of church, I also remain committed to youth programs as a regional leader with Scouts Canada. I am also active with St John's Ambulance provincially, and locally as a veteran with the White Rock Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. 
 
I thank you for your continued support and prayers in my servant ministry as your deacon.
 
Respectfully submitted,
Paul Richards

 

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