Community and Caring

“Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there” (Matthew 18:20)

People matter to us.  One-on-one, in small groups and large, we like to spend time together and get to know one another.  We are a “largish” congregation so we don’t all know each other but we make an effort to nurture meaningful relationships.   Moreover, we believe that we encounter God and experience the mystery of being God’s church not just in worship or study but also as we talk, play and eat together.

Coffee Hour

After worship each Sunday, many of us gather downstairs in the auditorium for coffee, tea, juice and often a snack of some kind.  The place hums with conversation about last night’s curling or the Sunday sermon or things that are happening in our lives.  It is a time when the community catches up with each other and is a vital part of our worship life.

Saturday Breakfasts

community and caring - saturday breakfast servingOn the second Saturday of the month during the Spring and Fall, we have breakfast.  The menu varies:  we have been treated to bacon and eggs, waffles, casseroles, quiche and much more.  What doesn’t vary is the “buzz”.  The parlour is always full of great conversation as people catch up with long-standing friends and connect with newcomers.  Everyone is welcome and admission is by donation.  Come through the green doors off the parking lot any time between 8:30 and 10:00.

Winter Folk Fest (Hot Blizzard Folk Fest)

In February, the Portage la Prairie Folk Festival Association puts on a grassroots folk festival in the sanctuary at Trinity.  This all-ages event is a chance to come in out of the cold and enjoy talented local artists in an informal and welcoming atmosphere.  This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, February 3.  More information can be found at on the Portage Winter Folk Fest website.

Card Ministry

We have a dedicated volunteer who sends cards on behalf of the Trinity community to those experiencing joys and sorrows in their life.  This small token helps remind people that they are not alone because the Trinity community rejoices and grieves with them.

Grief Team

Whenever a member of our community has a death in their family, a grief team visitor will make contact to offer an opportunity to talk about their loved one.  We have three coordinators who meet monthly with the ministers to select someone from our list of grief team volunteers to call, email or visit those who have had recent deaths.  If you might be interested in being part of this important ministry, please let us know at the office.  We also appreciate being informed if you know of someone in our community who has had a death that we might not be aware of (we’d rather hear six times than not at all).

Caring Friends Christmas Project

community and caring -- caring friendsEach Christmas, we deliver a small gift to those in our community who find it hard to get out to worship as much as they would like due to health or age-related factors or other circumstances. If you listen in December, you will hear an invitation to be part of this important outreach by delivering one or more Christmas gifts.

Handivan

We know that transportation can sometimes be a challenge especially in the winter.  So on Communion Sundays, we rent the local handivan to bring residents from local seniors’ complexes to worship.  If you, or your loved one, lives in Dalton Grove, Regency House, Queen’s Court or Windsor Estates, please contact the church office for more information about this handy mode of transportation.

Hospital Visiting

Our ministry team and lay volunteers visit regularly in the hospital.  However, we do not always hear when someone is in the hospital and would appreciate a visit.  If you or a loved one is hospitalized, please have someone call or email the church office so we do not miss the opportunity to offer our support and care.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is an intentional relationship of accompaniment that helps people grow in their relationship with God and to see how the sacred is unfolding in the story of their life. Usually it involves monthly meetings to encourage growth in awareness of and attentiveness to the presence and nudging of God.  Beth has completed a formation program in Spiritual Direction and would be happy to have a conversation with you if this possibility intrigues you.

Pastoral Care

Both ministers are happy to journey with members of the congregation and community in times of joy or sorrow.  Sometimes having a listening ear helps us to understand what is happening in our lives and to find the support we need to journey through change and challenge with faith and hope.  Please feel free to contact the church office at any time if you would like to speak to one of the ministers.

Vision Sunday

Worship with our guest, Lesley Harrison, and join us for lunch and workshop after worship ending at 2:30 p.m.  Let’s imagine our future together!

 

Women’s Breakfast

Join us on Saturday, November 25 in the meeting room at Tornado’s Restaurant at 7:30 a.m. for fellowship and food.

“I feel at home at Trinity through all my life circumstances. At Trinity I experience meaningful and real connection… with myself, with people young and old from a variety of walks of life, and with God.”