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Programs - Compassion and Care
No one falls through the cracks
Pastoral Care at St. Christopher's
• if parishioners are in hospital, they are visited;
• if they are unable to come to the church, they stay connected;
• if they are bereaved, they are comforted;
• if they are going through a tough time, they know they are not alone.
Our care is supported through prayer and
appropriate sacramental ministry.
To help us stay connected with each other, we offer visits to parishioners of all ages,
• at home, wherever they live; this includes nursing homes and long term care residences
• in hospital; for support, silent company, to help with feelings of loneliness or apprehensiveness
• for communion at home or hospital; by a trained lay volunteer or by a member of the clergy
• by telephone; to help people feel connected, especially for people who live alone.
If you or someone you know are unable to get
to St Christopher’s because of illness, frailty, or
just having a difficult time, a parish volunteer
or clergy can visit you wherever you are,
whatever shape you are in.
Visits can be arranged on a regular basis or just
once in a while. You may wish a friendly visit
to keep in touch, or you may have a pastoral
situation you wish to discuss.
A request to the Prayer Chain is usually made
through the clergy, for special emergency
situations. Prayer is offered every day for two
weeks, by volunteers who include the request
in their daily prayers. Only the people on the
prayer chain are aware of who is being prayed
for. The length of time can be extended as
As an alternative, the Prayer List is published
in the bulletin each Sunday. People on the
prayer list are included in the prayers each
Thursday at the 11:00 am worship.
Alongsiders is a prayer ministry, where
parishioners whose active ministry at St
Christopher’s is praying ongoing for other
parishioners, who are unable to take part
in parish life in other ways. Alongsiders
themselves, often have limited access to St
Christopher’s activities and praying for others
helps keep them in touch.
Therapeutic Touch is offered on Sunday
mornings 8.50-9.15 and 10.30-11.15, by
volunteers with Therapeutic Touch training.
The TT practitioners work with your energy
flow and attempt, with God’s help, to bring
wholeness and relaxation.
A session usually lasts about 15 minutes and is
followed by a period of rest. The treatment is
given with loving intention and compassion for
wholeness and health in mind, body and spirit.
The clergy are available for individual
appointments. Please call the church office and
speak directly with the clergy.
The week before Christmas and the week after
Easter, seniors are invited to a worship service
at 11 am, followed by a hot luncheon made in
St Christopher’s kitchen.
After lunch the choir leads us in singing
favourite carols and hymns. Every effort is
made to reach people who are unable to
get out to church at any other time.
A reception is available at the conclusion
of funerals or memorial services held at St
Christopher’s, to provide refreshment and an
opportunity for family and friends to meet
Funeral Hospitality is available at a nominal
fee. Your guests are graciously welcomed with
tea and coffee, dessert or a light lunch after the
service, usually before the burial of your loved
Notify the clergy helping you plan the
memorial or funeral service, or call Carol Henley, Parish Administrator, at 905.634.1809.
A service to remember family & friends who
have died - on or around November 2nd.
A quiet, reflective Christmas service the week before Christmas.
Being a Compassion and Care Volunteer
Being a volunteer in compassion and care is
rewarding as well as challenging. If you have
compassion and enjoy interacting with people– this ministry may be an opportunity for you.