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 (September to June) 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 was no fellowship luncheon in January, and
February’s was followed by the Annual congregational
meeting. For the March and April fellowship
luncheons we heard more about our Lenten
focus on the HIV-AIDS pandemic in Africa, and our
Toward a World Without AIDS, from the
McGillivary Circle, the minister, and the Rev. Jeff
Veenstra who visited Malawi in November to see,
first hand, some of the devastation AIDS is causing.
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
pies, and the Westminster Belles, whose purpose is more purely
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. Starting in September, the requested donation for the meal