Directory of Parish Ministries!

gifts-and-talentsSpiritual Gifts and Associated Ministries : To inquire about participating in any of these Ministries please contact the office for contact information and or seek our the individuals on any Sunday. You can check with Clergy. We prayerfully discern with you where you may be most suited.

Care & Compassion – compassion toward others in distress and the resources to lessen their suffering in a kind and cheerful way.

Encouraging – exhortation, Christian counseling

Hospitality – the ability to help others feel welcome and cared about

Leadership / Administration – ability to guide others in the church, to set a new course or fine tune an existing one

Stewardship – caring for God’s creation, nature, the Church, people

Teaching – analysis and proclamation of the Word of God/Scripture

All ministries involve the spiritual gift of faith!

Christian Education: Adult Focused: Do you love to study scripture? Or contemplate and discuss the writing of Christian scholars with clergy and your fellow parishioners? St. Peter & St. Paul offers study in the evening, between Sunday services, at Wednesday service and on Thursday mornings.

Special quiet days and prayer times are offered in Advent and Lent to allow for focused contemplation. Did you know that Holy Week is essentially one long service from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday? Come, learn, and share. Christian Education & Spirituality.

Child Focused: Children have the opportunity to explore God working in our world through stories, activities and social time under the direction of adult enablers. The children meet most Sundays, September through June, during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. We are happy to welcome your children, grandchildren or young friends. Leadership is currently in transition. Please speak to Ven. Lon if you have an interest in contributing to this ministry.

Young Adult Focused:Young Adults in our parish spend time together studying faith related books. While the time is organized by young adults in our church, all are welcome. This study time is coordinated by Heather Tyler and Rene White.

Education for Ministry (EFM): This is a program of theological education for lay people in on-line or small group weekly meetings with a trained mentor. There are four years of study; participants commit for one year at a time. The program combines Scripture, church history, theology and ethics with theological reflection. This program is available to anyone in our parish. Further information is available on our Diocesan Website www.bc.anglican.ca under Ministries.

Pastoral Care:

Pastoral Care Team: The Pastoral Care team assists the Rector by visiting parishioners who are in hospital, in care homes or in their own home but no longer able to attend church regularly. The team members work in twos when visiting in parishioner homes but may visit hospitals and care homes singly. If you feel you would like to be a member of this team, please talk to Ven. Lon who will assist you in your discernment.

Prayer Shawl Ministry: Parishioners and friends from the community knit Prayer Shawls for people needing comfort every Thursday from 1:30pm to 3:30 pm. with tea and cookies served. Needles and yarns are provided. Laughter, prayers, and warmth draws the group together as prayers are knit into every prayer shawl. For further information, please talk to Sue Williams.

Telephone Tree: Parishioners who do not have internet access or do not wish to be on the Parish Email List are “kept in the loop” by the members of this team. Telephone calls are made on a regular basis. If you wish to receive a telephone call rather than an email or know someone who would, please advise Ven. Lon.

Hospitality: Women’s Fellowship Ministry Women’s Fellowship provides social activities for the women of our parish. The gatherings vary in nature as the women in the group may suggest or plan an activity. Any woman from the parish may join the ministry at any time. Since this is an informal ministry, there are no positions to 8ill and no business meetings. To find out about future events, please give your name, phone number and e-mail address to Merle Wall.

Prayer Chain: The members of this team work closely with Ven. Lon to pray for parishioners and parish friends as needed. Confidentiality in this ministry is vital. If you would like prayer for yourself or for a friend, please contact the office or Barbara Holt.

Healing Ministry: The ministry of the healing teams is primarily focused on listening and then praying for the particular concerns voiced. It’s done in a private and very confidential setting. Please see Fred King or Lynn Schumacher with questions.

Hospitality:

Women’s Fellowship Ministry:  Women’s Fellowship provides social activities for the women of our parish. The gatherings vary in nature as the women in the group may suggest or plan an activity. Any woman from the parish may join the ministry at any time. Since this is an informal ministry, there are no positions to 8ill and no business meetings. To find out about future events, please give your name, phone number and e-mail address to Merle Wall.

Newcomers: It is the role of all parishioners to welcome visitors to our parish and to invite them to join us for coffee hour following the services. In addition to that welcome, newcomers are given an information package and one of the Wardens will ask them to complete an information sheet so that they can be added to our Parish Mailing List and Ven. Lon can visit them. Ven. Lon and Marian host regular lunches for Newcomers where they have the opportunity to learn more about our parish in a relaxed setting.

Coffee Hour: A coffee hour follows both the 8:30 and the 10:30 services. These are important to our parish as a time to welcome visitors and newcomers and for parishioners to socialize with one anther. The 8:30 group is nourished with muf8ins provided weekly by Jeanette Wight and coffee prepared by Ven. Lon. The 10:30 coffee hour is a larger group and depends on volunteers who will prepare tea and set out cookies, mugs, cream and sugar etc. There is help available with the heavy kettles, coffee pots and clean-up especially for those who have physical limitations. If you are interested in volunteering as a Coffee Hour host, please let one of our Wardens know.

Parish Life: Parish Vision Team (PVT), This team has reviewed the Diocesan Vision for Selkirk Region with particular reference as to how it relates to our own parish. Through meetings and discussion we have produced our own analysis and action plans. This is a “work in progress” and we truly welcome your feedback or observations. Please write on our Vision Board directly, or talk or e-mail with any one of us.

Stewardship Development: Stewardship is the blessed function of God’s people – to respect creation, the good reputation and well-being of family, friends and neighbours. The Stewardship Development Team helps parishioners recognize how their stories, contributions of time, money, spiritual gifts and good care help not only their own sense of well-being but that of their parish family and the community at large as well.

Worship:

Healing Ministry: The ministry of the healing teams is primarily focused on listening and then praying for the particular concerns voiced. It’s done in a private and very confidential setting. Please see Fred King or Lynn Schumacher with questions.

Altar Guild: The Last Supper would have been very different if the table had been bare when Jesus and the apostles arrived. Today, the altar team continues the unseen work of physically preparing for our parish family to be able to share communion. If you would like to share your gift of hospitality (commitment of once a month), please consider this ministry of care for the community and God’s house.

Chancel Guild: The members of the Chancel Guild are responsible for purchasing and arranging the Memorial flowers in the church each Sunday, and decorating the church at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Common Ground Gatherings: The concept of Common Ground Gatherings and/or Worship Experiences is that they are ideas of and led by Lay People. If you have an idea for a small gathering and wish to pursue hosting and facilitating an event, the 8irst step is to find a partner to work with you as we minister two by two or in groups in our parish. Please see Ven. Lon for guidance. The key is that you be prepared to follow it from A-Z. We have had Healing Services, teachings with videos, drama, poetry, worship with alternative music styles, lay talks and testimonies, Theology in the Pub or Bistro Nights.

Residential Care Home Services: What happens to those who are in care and not able to attend church? The need for a faith community does not diminish with ability and so Gorge Hospital, the Lodge at Selkirk Place and Sunset Lodge are visited monthly by a group who share the Anglican service with music and communion. More importantly, together we share our time and selves in the presence of God.

Outreach: Outreach Team

We tend to the needs of the people in our community and beyond by supporting Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, preparing Christmas Hampers, hosting Mustard Seed Baby Shower and fund-raising for the Rice Mill in the Philippines. Contact person: Betty Ann Townsend

Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF): PWRDF’s is the Canadian Anglican response for emergency relief, refugees, development and justice. And it’s making a difference in the world. Its guiding principle is to listen and learn from partners in its development work. Donations can be made through the local parish or direct debit can be set up through the PWRDF website. Myrna Bennett is our Parish Contact.

Mission and Evangelism: In fact all the ministries one way or another tie to these two areas. One theologian, David Bosch wrote that “the Christian Church by its very nature is Misseo Dei (Mission of God)”. If any one wants help, discernment, or direction please see Fr. Lon or the wardens.

St. Peter and St. Paul Community Lunches: This team fulfills a vital need in our surrounding community of feeding hungry people and providing safe community gatherings and socialization opportunities.

Our Deacon’s Cupboard: The Cupboard is stocked by donations including those taken to the altar each Sunday. A basket is available each Sunday by the church entrance for your donation. Thanks to Walter Adams and his associates we often have frozen meals as well. All food is given away to those who request it or need it. Recipients are treated with dignity and respect. If you have a need or are aware of someone in need, please speak in confidence to Ven. Lon, Deacon Wally Eamer, Walter Adams or to our parish office.

St Peter and St Paul Toddler Group: We meet Tuesday mornings to share in a Bible lesson catered to a 0-4 age group. Crafts, songs, stories, and videos are used to create exciting lessons toddlers can understand. After the lesson parents, grandparents, and caregivers share in fellowship over coffee and baked goods while children enjoy free play time. A great opportunity to share God’s truth & love in our community! Contact: kathleencormie@outlook.com

Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) Dinners:

Our parish works with the MFRC to provide a monthly meal for military families any time a naval ship is in deployment. Following the dinner, MFRC staff use our space for an adult group session while children enjoy activities with MFRC volunteers and staff. Our parish prepares a meal using donations from parishioners and funds from MFRC. If you are interested in helping, please talk to Ven. Lon or one of the Wardens.

Our Refugee Ministry: As a Church we are called to Love one another, and one way that we do this is by helping others. Our parish helped to sponsor a Syrian family under the auspices of the Diocese. We are very grateful for the help of an ecumenical community group which raised the necessary funds. The family has been in Victoria for one year and is moving out from under our care.

Relationship Matters: is a Diocesan Committee co-chaired by Ven. Lon and Sr. Brenda Jenner. The committee goals are to assist parishes in our diocese to live out, by actions and sometimes words, Truth-telling and Reconciliation thereby accepting the Calls to Action that came from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. Several Parishioners, Doug Bowen, Victor Flett Jr.  and our deacon the Rev. Wally Eamer have been active in this group. A key multi-denominational initiative in our Diocese is “Aboriginal Neighbours”. Ruth D’Hollander, a Steering Team Leader, David Buckman, Victor Flett Sr., and Lon are among regular participants. Victor Flett Sr. recently attended his fourth Sacred Circle Gathering of Canadian Indigenous Anglican and is a respected expert and elder.