SEPTEMBER 14, 2021: We welcome Amy Haynes to the ministerial staff at St. David's in the capacity as Pastoral Care Minister. Amy will be presiding over the worship service on September 19, 2021.
Amy's Letter to the Congregation: Refer to the September 2021 Newsletter for an update of the Pastoral Care Ministry at St. David'.
JULY 24, 2020
A NOTE FROM REV. DEBBIE:
Hello Church Family!
On July 19, 2020, we talked about joy and many of you shared what brings you joy. Here are the ideas for you to enjoy. I hope they will trigger some new ways for you to seek out joy in your lives.
- Watching the birds take a bath in my fountain in the backyard!
- Uncle John’s cute quips
- Walking by the river
- Walking Nose Hill and enjoying the incredible display of wild flowers
- Coffee in the morning
- My nieces! Alaina is 1.5 yrs and Aria is 3.5 yrs. Talk about unconditional love and joy
- Baby giggles brings me joy
- Trimming hedges and pulling weeds
- My felines purring and cuddling
- Seeing my children and grandchildren
- MusicListening to classical music, playing with grandchildren, sitting with our dog Ramsay with usDragonflies and butterflies
- Thinking about the new puppy that is joining our family this week!
- Walks with my dog in Bowness parks...driving
- Watching the baby birds being fed by their parents
- Reading a funny book, listening to great music - doesn't matter what.
- Talking to great friends haven't been in touch with for a while.
- Getting my 7500 steps in daily.
- Walking in a beautiful garden and enjoying the flowers!
- Seeing the beautiful earth!
- Going golfing with the hope of getting better and laughing when it doesn’t happen
- The par I got yesterday at Livingstone golf course!
- I feel joy when I am listening to an audio book or a radio show. I feel joy when my husband and I are holding hands and walking in our neighbourhood. I feel joy when I am visiting with my family and friends. I feel joy when I am reading on the couch with a cup of tea.
- Watching the new speckled robins enjoy my yard with no fear!
- Finding a geocache after a long search
- Driving to Edmonton and seeing so much beauty in the crop fields and space we have in this country...so grateful.
- Receiving a daily phone call from each of our children
- The flowers in the Silver Springs community garden
- I like big joys, even if I have lots of little joys like going to the duck pond in the field and getting rid of my back pain. Some of my big joys include seeing grandchildren, singing in St David's church in Wales and seeing where Mary lived in Ephesus. I need more big joys.
- May you discover joys, big and small, in the days and weeks to come!
- Blessings on your day!
MARCH 18, 2020
The month marches on and with it, the realities of our current crisis with COVID-19 are really sinking in. It will be a major undertaking of all of us, who love our church and the people who gather there, to maintain our connections.
MARCH 3, 2020
Our Pastoral Care Ministry at St. David's has been very busy as they "tend to their flock." Visitations are ongoing, Prayer Shawls are being created, special services have been conducted as Rev. Debbie and her team go about the business of working with the needs of St. Davidians. Thank you to all who help to make St. David's a viable part of our lives.
DECEMBER, 8, 2019
Pastoral Care Minister, Rev. Debbie Stockdale, has been busy carrying out her tasks as the busyness of the Christmas season adds an extra strain on members of our congregation. Living in Joy is our goal but sometimes we need a listening ear.
Rev. Deb will be presiding over the Blue Christmas service on December 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. You are invited to join with her for this very meaningful and timely service which is "a meditative service that honours the challenges of experiencing the Christmas season while living with difficult life events."
NOVEMBER 3, 2019
- PASTORAL CARE: the Pastoral Visiting Workshop, Oct. 27, 2019, following service, had twenty participants learning about pastoral visiting and discussing plans with the possibility of joining with others to form a pastoral visiting program at St. David's.You will have noted the insert in the chair pockets from the Pastoral Care Committee. If you have any pastoral concerns about yourself or others, please complete one of the forms and place it in the container provided at the rear of the sanctuary or contact Rev. Peggy McDonagh at the church office. Rev. Deb Stockdale is serving the St. David's Community until Dec. 31, 2019 in the Pastoral Care Ministry. If you know someone who is in long term care, in hospital or is in need of a visit, please contact the office.
OCTOBER 15, 2019
If you haven't done so already, consider taking part in the training course on Oct. 27, 2019 after service Sunday morning. As a congregation, we are trying to increase our "volunteer" skills and we will be joining with members from our NW regional group of United Churches for this important learning opportunity.
SEPTEMBER 29, 2019
Pastoral Care is a very busy ministry at St. David's. On Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, we will be saying good-bye to Bea Cochrane, a long time and faithful member of the congregation, in a celebration of her life at 11 a.m. Rev. Debbie and Mike Stockdale have taken upon themselves the well-being of our church school, both as leaders and coordinators. As well, Debbie is offering a training course for "Visitation" on Oct. 27, 2019. Folks from NW Regional Spark group - other United Churches in the NW - have been invited.
JUNE 9, 2019
The Pastoral Care Luncheon brought some 50 St. Davidians together to reflect on the past year's Pastoral Care Ministry under the leadership of Debbie Stockdale and her Pastoral Care committee. The Prayer Shawl group meets Monday bi-monthly at 1:30, the Prayer Chain holds prayer requests for a 30 day period, the Coffee and Muffin Ministry hosts monthly Thursday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. events for our community, the Card ministry sends out personal messages of caring and best wishes as needed, the Visitation group brings company to our shut-ins, the Healing Touch Ministry on the first Wednesday of the month, offers their services to those in need as well as training for interested practitioners and every Wednesday morning at 9:30, year round, Spring Forest Qigong is offered to St. Davidians.
Debbie Stockdale will be continuing her contract with Pastoral Care Ministry at St. David's to December 31, 2019. We are so privileged to have Debbie with us.
MAY 5, 2019
Linda Michel, Pastoral Care Committee, lit the candle for Value of the Month, UNITY, on Sunday morning. You may have noticed a new brochure found in the hymn books in the sanctuary that offer a direct line to the Pastoral Care Ministry at St. David's. As well, the NAC (Needs Assessment Committee), that has been struck, was able to gather some input from the congregation Sunday morning as we met in small groups to offer ideas around personal, congregational and staff pastoral needs for NAC's consideration.
APRIL 24, 2019
Be sure to mark your calendars for June 9, 2019 which is the date set for our annual Pastoral Care volunteers luncheon following morning worship. May 5, 2019 is the date set for a special Pastoral Care service at 10:00 Sunday morning.
APRIL 9, 2019
There is a faithful group of St. Davidians who meet every second Monday at 1:30 in the T.M. Room for their Prayer Shawl meeting. These dedicated workers provide the prayer shawls for folks in hospital or being confirmed. In secret corners throughout the church you just might come across a stash of their wool. Bless you!
We also have a new group meeting at 8:30 on Tuesday mornings in the TM room - Cocaine Anonymous have found a great place to meet. We have a mission to serve our community and this is one of the ways we serve.
Another is the Coffee and Muffin Ministry that welcomes the community to a beverage, treat and great conversation. Janet or one of her committee set out the signs at 7 a.m. and get the coffee perking so that the people who pass by or park in our lots can grab a cup before heading to work. Thank you, so much, for your dedication. Mark your calendar for April 11, 2019. See you there.
MARCH 3, 2019
Pastoral Care Minister, Debbie Stockdale, led the service this morning with a reflection on "The Holy Mystery on the Mountain Top" based on a scripture from Luke in which he tells about the meeting on the mountain with Jesus, Moses and Elijah.
JANUARY 27, 2019
The dedication of the Prayer Shawl Knitting/crocheting team played a part in the baptism/ confirmation of Wendy Warchola and Nancy Erickson as they were gifted with beautifully created prayer shawls. This hard working team meets on Monday afternoons at 1:30. Donated wool is always appreciated.
JANUARY 13, 2019
The Pastoral Care Ministry offered a Minute Speak (Janet Larson) Sunday morning, inviting and reminding people to contact Deb Stockdale, Rev. Peggy or the office if you or someone who know would benefit from a contact with the church. We celebrated the life of Jean Engberg on Friday, January 11, 2019. Jean was a familiar face at St. David's oveer many years. She and her husband were active in the Friendship Club among other activities. Her family will miss her dearly.
OCTOBER 8, 2018
The Pastoral Care Ministry at St. David's is experiencing some changes this fall. Namely, Rev. Kelley ended her time at St. David's and, effective November 1, Rev. Deb Stockdale will be joining the staff here for a four month interim position, visiting with members of the congregation as needed. She has often provided relief ministry Sunday mornings at church over the years. Welcome, Rev. Debbie.
JUNE 3, 2018
The Pastoral Care Luncheon today recognized the contributions made by so many people at St. David's. Rev. Kelley invited everyone to introduce themselves and the petal group to which each belong. Our lunch was delicious. Many of the people involved have done so for many years and have served on a variety of the petal groups - Prayer Chain, Knitters, Healing Touch, Card Sending, PSALT, Flower Fund ... to name a few. My source was Marg Brucker whose pastoral care involvement began with Stephen's Ministry, progressed to the Pastoral Care Committee and now is part of the Prayer Chain.
MAY 14, 2018
The Pastoral Care Ministry is hosting a Volunteer lunch on June 3, 2018 after service. If you have volunteered, please plan to attend.
The annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon will be held at Parkdale United Church on May 23, 2018 at 12:00. This note was received from Colleen McCluskey Pastoral Care CoordinatorCalgary Presbytery United Church of Canada 403-294-0378
Thank you to everyone who has responded to the invitation for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. If you are planning to come and haven’t yet signed up this is just a friendly reminder that we would appreciate an RSVP by May 18th so we can be sure to have enough food for everyone. You can RSVP by calling or emailing – [email protected] 403-294-0378 or online here.
Please interpret pastoral care volunteering in the widest sense – whether you’re in ministry, volunteer formally as part of a pastoral care committee, or give of your time in the many ways the church offers care to others. This year we are excited to welcome Will Gadd as our special guest speaker. Will Gadd is funny, engaging, and thoughtful. Having participated in many risky adventures, including climbing up a frozen Niagara Falls, he has much to share about facing and managing our fears in pursuit of our dreams. Insights that we can apply in many aspects of our lives, even if we don’t ever intend to climb a mountain! Will will talk about “Adventurous Living: Lessons learned while chasing risky dreams.” Looking forward to having some time together to celebrate! Colleen McCluskeyPastoral Care CoordinatorCalgary PresbyteryUnited Church of Canada403-294-0378
MAY 8, 2018
Members of the Pastoral Care Committee were on hand for the Presbytery presentation by Dr. Linda Carlson on the subject of mindfulness. For many of us what she had to say was familiar to us but a reminder of how we can best handle the stresses of ordinary living.
APRIL 24, 2018
PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY continues to play a fundamental role in the life of St. David's. Our congregation is in excellent hands. Check out the April 22, 2018 Newsletter (scroll to the bottom of the NEWS page) for details regarding the exciting programming planned for the next two months.
FEBRUARY 13, 2018
It is with regret that we have to say good-bye to Rev. Kelley as of July 31, 2018. She will be missed and we know that over the next few months, we will treasure our relationship with her. Check Worship Ministry for Feb. 12, 2018 for more details.
JANUARY 14, 2018
Rev. Kelley continues to work extensively, often behind the scenes, as she visits with St. Davidians who are in need. If you have any pastoral concerns about yourself or others, you are invited to contact Rev. Kelley. If you know someone who is in long term care, in hospital or is in need of a visit, please contact the office.
Next Sunday after service, you are invited to join the drumming session.
OCTOBER 8, 2017
Flowers enhance the church services, Healing Touch Ministry provides its hope and encouragement, Rev. Kelley meets with couples for her Marriage Preparation Classes... Pastoral Care Ministry is back at task and the folks at St. David's celebrate their presence.
AUGUST 1, 2017
We are one step closer to Fall with the return of Rev. Kelley from her family trip to Brazil. Welcome back, Kelley.
JULY 2, 2017
Rev. Justin McNeill will be available during the next three weeks for pastoral emergencies. He is a minister at St. Thomas United and can be reached at 403-241-0366 or Justin McNeill
JUNE 11, 2017
Pastoral Care Ministry held their volunteer luncheon following service on Sunday morning. About thirty members of the ministry committee and their Petal Groups along with invited guests gathered to share stories of their year of service to the congregation at St. David's.
MAY 7, 2017
Bring your sneakers to church on Sunday so that you can join with the Pastoral Care Ministry for "Spiritual Walking" after service.
Following worship on the first two Sundays of the Lenten Season, the Pastoral Care Ministry brought together congregants for a light lunch followed by the spiritual practices of Yoga on March 5 and Drumming on March 12. Gratitude is expressed to the committee, the leaders and the participants during this program of "Embodied Spirituality."
On February 12, 2017, Robertson Hall was transformed into a candle lit Labrynth for Spiritual Walking. Prior to the meditative exercise, congregants gathered after service for a light lunch.
On January 15, 2017, many interested St. Davidians were on hand to attend a workshop sponsored by the Pastoral Care Ministry with Dr. Mike Trew and Evie Wallace, presenting. A light lunch was followed by a in-depth exploration of the legal ramifications of the MAID (Medically Assisted in Dying) Legislation that came into effect in February 2016. Since then, 71 persons have met the qualifications, six of those being court ordered. A recommended film focusing on the struggle that Sue Rodriguez had with her terminal illness in the 1990's is "Whose Life is it Anyway?"
- Spirituality of Walking
- Muffin Ministry
- Open for coffee and muffins at 7 a.m., St. David's is a great place to come to visit once a month on the second Thursday of the month. We look forward to spending time with you on March 16.
- First Aid Course –Full deal - Saturday February 25, 9-4 was well attended, reflected in a show of hands on Sunday following.
- Embodied Spirituality for All Ages Through:
Yoga March 5 - delicious lunch followed by the spiritual practice of Yoga for the Lenten Season.
Drumming March 12 – with Linda Michel and Heather Johnston.
Artistry March 19 -
- Abundant Living for the Golden Years:
Technology 101- sign up for a session TBA
Pastoral care luncheon June 4
As you can see, Rev.Kelley's Pastoral Care Ministry team of Dana, Jennifer, Audrey, Sharon, Linda and Janet have been very busy planning activities that address the needs of our diverse community.
If you aren't already on Rev. Kelley's e-mail list and want to be, she regularly shares regional and city wide program and event announcements.
Companionship, sharing, support, and practical help are important values for St. David’s as we carry out our pastoral ministry with one another. The Ministry of Pastoral Care happens through the active involvement of the Pastoral Care Committee and its Petal Groups.
The Pastoral Care Committee
The Pastoral Care Committee is a group of members that envisions together, the issues and needs of our faith community. The Committee nurtures and encourages the various petal groups as they provide the following ministries:
Healing Touch Ministry
Healing Touch is an energy therapy in which trained practitioners consciously use their hands (hands on or off the body) in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Sessions are offered once a month on the first Wednesday of the month. Donations are welcomed.
Cards are sent to those in grief and dealing with an illness.
Healing Touch is an energy therapy in which trained practitioners consciously use their hands (hands on or off the body) in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Sessions are offered once a month. Donations are welcomed.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Knitters and crochet crafters prayerfully create a shawl, praying and thinking about the needs that any one who receives the shawl might have. Along with a card, shawls are presented in confidence to those in crisis of illness, loss, or transition of any kind.
A scheduled ride is provided for Congregants living at the Colonel Belcher Veterans Residence.
Sunday Office Volunteers
Lay persons are located in the office every Sunday morning before the service, to answer the telephone and to offer general assistance to congregants present at worship.
A workshop of six sessions, co-led by a physician and a lay person, is held when requested. Printed materials are available at time of registration.
A team of people provide, under the leadership of an organizer, a simple casserole to identified homes that require a meal following an illness, or bereavement.