Pastoral Care

Here at Trinity Creston,

we have a wide range of pastoral ministries.

To enquire about any of these ministries, please contact the church office, or Rev Paula.

 Office: trinityunitedchurch2@gmail.com 250.428.4015

 Rev Paula: revpaula.trinity@gmail.com 1.250.650.6413

Prayer Circle:  a weekly gathering of powerful pray-ers holding their list of folks in love praying handsand light.  To have your name added to the prayer circle list, or to join the prayer circle, please contact the church office or Rev Paula

Home and Hospital visits:  as a ministry of accompaniment, our pastoral care team regularly visits people who are unable to join us in community worship or other activities.  Rev Paula serves communion  in your home or in hospital upon request.  To arrange a home or hospital visit, please contact the church office and ask for the pastoral care committee chairperson, Brenda, or contact Rev. Paula directly. (see contact info above)

Prayer Shawls:  we are blessed with many knitters and crocheters weaving love and shawlscomfort into shawls.  Shawl blessings happen regularly during worship, and shawls are given to anyone needing to feel wrapped in love and comfort.

Energy Healing: members of our congregation are trained Reiki or Healing Touch practitioners, and our healing room is also used by local practitioners. Energy healing can be done in your home, or by distance, sending love and light through positive energy and intention.  The Healing Room at our office location is now open.  Please contact Lori 250-254-0139 or Rev Paula for an appointment.  Cost is by donation.

Spiritual Direction: Rev Paula offers spiritual direction by appointment.  Spiritual Direction is “the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the divine or to learn and grow in their own personal spirituality. The person seeking direction shares stories of his or her encounters of the divine, or how he or she is experiencing spiritual issues. (…) Spiritual direction develops a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. It is not psychotherapy, counseling, or financial planning.”

Singing Bowls have been used as an aid to meditation, healing and other spiritual practices for centuries; crystal bowls only since the mid 2016-02-16 13.14.57’80’s, though with similar application and purpose.  Healing and Meditation evenings are weekly during June and July; monthly gatherings will be held beginning in September.

Greeting Cards lovingly hand crafted with cheerful, inspirational messages

 


 

Prayer Shawl Instructions

You created my inmost self, knit me together in my mother’s womb.  For so many marvels I thank you; a wonder am I, and all your works are wonders.”  Psalm 139

Prayer Shawl

3 skeins worsted wool

size 8mm or 9 mm needles

Pattern:

Cast on 54, 57, 60, or 63 stitches (or some multiple of 3).  Knit 3, pearl 3 to the end of the row (representing the trinity).  Turn and knit the purl, and purl the knit (if you have 57 or 63 stitches, you will begin every row with knit 3).  A weave pattern will begin to show.  Use at least 2 ½ skeins of wool to knit the shawl, and use the remaining wool for the fringe.

Weave prayers into the shawl as you knit, particularly at the beginning and end of the project.  Pray for bones to knit themselves together, for hearts and souls to mend, for the person who wears the shawl to feel the love of God and their community in the warmth and comfort of the shawl.

A suggested prayer:  In the beginning O God, you formed my very being.  You knit me together in my mother’s womb.  To my flesh and blood, you gave the breath of life.  Loving God, breathe your love and healing Spirit into the threads of this shawl.  I knit a shawl of caring and of protection for whoever wears this.  I knit a shawl of wholeness and strength, I knit a shawl of patience and respect.  I knit a shawl of healing and love, and pray that all who wear this shawl feel encircled and empowered by your love.  AMEN

 

These shawls create a vessel for God’s presence in our lives.  May the love and grace of God our Creator warm you and nourish your soul as you knit.