This will be a First Sunday in Advent like no other.
We will honour our commitment to Right Relations with Indigenous themes throughout the service in music, drumming and prayers.
There will be a dedication of the new banner “United in Reconciliation”.
The choir will sing “The Gift” by Indigenous Canadian composer Russell Wallace about coming together as community that links beautifully to the donation of our angel gifts and to our communion, which will be served with bannock.
For those who are interested, we will offer smudging outside the East Door—this is an Indigenous purification ritual using sage, cedar and sweetgrass smoke.
What is prayer? How does it work? And more importantly, does it work?
The Tea and Talk on Mondays resume in April with a study on Prayer. Are you curious about how and for what to pray? Would you like to learn about what makes something a prayer? Would you like to know how to become a pray-er?
Tea and Talk resumes on Monday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. We will follow the video series "Prayer, Does it Make a Difference?" by Philip Yancey. “Prayer is the act of seeing reality from God’s point of view,” says Yancey. Filmed in different locations in the Rocky Mountains, Prayer takes you to the mysterious intersection where God and humans meet and relate.
The purpose of the Mission and Service Committee is to bring alive the work of the Church in the world and to encourage all members and adherents to participate actively in support of the Mission and Service (M&S) Fund. This purpose is accomplished by keeping the congregation informed of mission activities and areas of special concern and by coordinating the Church's response to requests for assistance from outside the local community.
Woodroffe's Pastoral Care Team is committed to providing love, concern and prayerful support to those in need. An emphasis is placed on confidentiality.
Each member of the team has received training in pastoral care and ongoing programs offer opportunities for further development in the ministry of care and love. The team also responds to the church's mission to minister in our local community and area hospitals.
Reaching out to the wider community has been an integral part of the programme of Woodroffe United Church since its inception. The congregation's current activities include giving emergency assistance to families and individuals who need help with food and other necessities of life. Help is given in consultation and cooperation with established social action groups such as Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre. Thanks to the generosity of contributors within the congregation, support of outreach work has been consistently strong and is indeed a significant part of Woodroffe United Church's Christian mission of sharing God's love in the community at large.