2017 PASTORAL CARE REPORT
Lay Home Communion and Visiting Ministry Report
The important work of the parish pastoral care team continues throughout the year, with much of our ministry of care being done in quiet confidence and love for our parish brothers and sisters who cannot join us in worship. We perform about 15 visits a month, including hospital visits, as our team provides communion, prayer and friendship to those in our community who are unable to be with us regularly. We also have the pleasure to visit with friends and family, bringing our church family out into the community. We look forward to 2018 and another year of spiritual caring in the community.
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.
Weatherby Pavilion – Mid-day Prayer Service
We provide a monthly mid-day prayer service at Weatherby Pavilion at Peace Arch Hospital, normally in the early afternoon of the second Sunday of the month, excluding the summer months. We have good attendance for our service among the residents of Weatherby, as well as family members often join us in worship. We provide both prayers and music with hymns for the residents, with piano accompaniment provided by Cynthia Batchelor, and singing by Lenore Richards and John Bliss. The residents are always happy to see us and join in the service and singing, and many express their thanks and happiness at worshiping with us!