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!
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 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.