Westminster-St.Paul's Presbyterian Church


 

 

Fellowship 

Those who worship with us often remark that Westminster-St. Paul’s is a friendly community with lots of opportunities for fellowship – especially fellowship involving food!  There is tea and coffee (or a cold drink in summer) following the service each week and on the first Sunday of the month a full-scale luncheon is provided through the food-donations of congregation. 

During November’s fellowship luncheon the congregation enjoyed a slide presentation from two members of the congregation, Nick and June Kaethler, who have recently returned from a couple of years of teaching English in China with China Education Exchange, a ministry of the Mennonite Central Committee. 

During December’s we welcomed Ted Seres of the Canadian Bible Society and Peter Giesbrecht of the Christian Salvage Mission, who told us about their work of distributing Bibles and Christian literature in Canada and overseas. 

There is no fellowship luncheon in January, and February’s will be followed by the Annual congregational meeting, but it is hoped that in March we shall be joined by someone who can tell us about the HIV-AIDS pandemic in Africa, and our church’s work Toward a World Without AIDS. 

There are three groups in the congregation providing fellowship for women: the McGillivary Circle, which has an historic connection with the Women’s Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church in Canada; this year they are studying the problem of HIV-AIDS in Africa, the Victoria Circle, who act in a sort of women’s auxiliary capacity, raising funds for special projects in the church through the fall bazaar and the sale of beef and turkey pies, and the Westminster Belles, whose purpose is more purely fellowship-related. 

Special Days is a ministry of Westminster-St. Paul’s aimed at our immediate community, which occupies the border-land between fellowship and outreach.  It runs on the third Wednesday of every month and provides a meal, a short Christian message, and a time of fellowship for many – mostly seniors – in our neighbourhood.


Prayer: 

Prayer is one of the things that Christian communities do:  “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (the Bible: Acts 2.42).  At Westminster-St. Paul’s there exists a prayer chain.  If anyone has a particular prayer request they can write this on the little cards found in each pew and put the card on the offering plate.  The card will be passed to the head of the prayer chain co-ordinators who will convey the request, by telephone, to the first “link” in the chain, who will, in turn, pass it on. 

Prayer requests are confidential and will remain active for a month.  Having dedicated “prayer-warriors” in a congregation does not mean that the rest of the congregation ceases to pray, but some in our midst excel at this ministry.  Often they are the house-bound and the elderly who are restricted as to the other forms of ministry they can exercise.