Pastoral Care

We try very hard to support, serve and encourage those members of our parish family in need of pastoral care. There is a network of phone-calls, notes and visits - on the part of both the clergy and the laity. Arrangements are made to take Holy Communion to parish members unable to get to church. We also provide regular opportunities for worship at six seniors' residences and the Weatherby Pavilion at Peace Arch Hospital.
 

2016 PASTORAL CARE REPORT

 

Lay Home Communion and Visiting Ministry Report

The work of the parish pastoral care team remains a quiet, yet vital, presence of our church in the community. We collectively perform approximately 20 visits a month, including visiting those in hospital. We provide spiritual support and friendship at individual residences, assisted living facilities and both Peace Arch Hospital and Hogg and Weatherby Pavilions. We often have the pleasure of meeting family and friends of our parishioners as we provide spiritual continuity and care to those in our community who cannot worship with us regularly. We look forward to another year of care in 2017!
 
Respectfully submitted 
Paul Richards
 

Residences and Care Facilities

We continue to offer Holy Communion to the residents of Westminster House on a monthly basis, sharing this privilege with the clergy of St. Mark’s in Ocean Park.  This is done in the context of a traditional Anglican liturgy, always with a homily and occasionally augmented with music and hymns. We are also open to the possibility of holding similar services in other local facilities if there are sufficient numbers of our parishioners.
 
Respectfully submitted,
Neil Gray
 

Weatherby Pavilion – Mid-day Prayer Service

We provide a monthly Mid-Day Prayer service at Weatherby Pavilion of Peace Arch Hospital for most of the year, and we normally have residents, staff and family members attend. This includes services for Christmas and Easter, and in addition to prayers we provide a variety of hymns with piano and voice to accompany the service. A special thank you for dedicated ministry in joining our service to our pianist Cynthia Batchelor and her husband John Bliss, and my wife Lenore for singing accompaniment at Weatherby Pavilion.  
 
Respectfully submitted,
Paul Richards