MINISTRIES OF SOUTHMINSTER
Southminster have had Vacation Bible School each summer. The last years have been with staff from Niagara Presbytery.
Adult Christian Education
United Church Women
We organize and carry out, with the help of many in the congregation, Dinners, Bazaar, Funeral Luncheons, Birthday Parties as well as other Fund Raising Projects. We donate to Mission Service, Project Share, Community Kitchen, Brock Chaplaincy, Bethlehem Place Francis Sandy Theological Ministries, Pueblito, Cave Springs, Five Oaks, Wesley Urban Ministries and many others. We serve Jesus Christ in Witness, Fellowship and Commitment. We welcome all ladies to join us on the second Thursday of each month.
You created every part of me, knitting me in my mother's womb. For such handiwork, I praise you. Awesome this great wonder!
The care and love of knitting (and crochet) have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. Many blessings are kitted into every shawl. The knitter begins each shawl with prayer for the recipient. Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. When the shawl is complete it is offered a final ritual before being sent along its way.
As this gift has been sent along, some recipients have continued the kindness by making one themselves and passing it onto someone in need. Thus, the blessing is rippled from person to person, with both the giver and the receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God.
Meets the first Wednesday of each month, 1:00 - 3 p.m.
Community Out-Reach Endeavour
Christmas parties for children, while parents shop, have been held. One of the best attended outreach offerings is "Lunch 'n' Learn". We offer a hot lunch including dessert.
From this we have been able to have speakers come from various community organizations and to not only enlighten our luncheon guests of community resources, but also to financially support the speaking group.
Some of our speakers have been from the YWCA Women's Shelter; Heartland Niagara; Heart Niagara; Quilts of the Bible; Lundy Manor; A Speaking on Wills; Christmas Shoebox and World Vision to name a few.
This committee has offered Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.
We have always supported Project Share at Christmas time and this year was no exception.
Our white Gift Service this year is being given special emphasis both for food and warm mittens, scarves and hats. We share these items with the Salvation Army as well as Project Share.
Southminster's global outreach efforts are largely through supporting the United Church's Mission and Service Fund. For further information click on the United Church website link.