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The Pastoral Care Committee

The Bathurst United Church Pastoral Care Committee meets monthly to review the pastoral needs of the congregation and seeks to provide members with support and referral based on those needs. The committee also organizes events throughout the year to support a healthy and healing congregational life.

Parish Nursing

Bathurst United shares a Parish Nurse with one of its neighbouring congregations, Bloor Street United. The joint committee takes a holistic approach to health care. More...

Refreshments

“Refreshments” are a big part of Bathurst’s parish life. After every Sunday service there is a refreshment time, with beverages and snacks provided by members of the congregation on a rotating basis. This is an important opportunity for informal caring and sharing of concerns, as well as some light-hearted visiting and the occasional birthday cake! Someone has said food is an important part of the congregation’s culture.

Spaghetti Dinners

About once a month, the Pastoral Care Committee organizes a “Spaghetti Dinner” at the home of a Bathurst member. The host(s) provide the spaghetti and sauces (including vegetarian) and everyone brings a contribution like a salad, wine or dessert. Spaghetti dinners are great times for food and friendship. Other community events, like an annual Good Friday pot-luck supper, round out the parish social life.

Fall Fundraiser

Bathurst’s annual fundraiser for 2016 featured the music of Mike Nagoda and the Spectrum Blues Band. A full-time TTC busker, Mike is living with the challenges of cerebral palsy and has developed his own innovative approach to making soul-full music with the double guitar.

Funds raised at the concert supported Mike Nagoda’s studio recording session for Outside The Box: a unique, cross genre Blues album with LGBT themes. The donations also supported Bathurst’s mission: Responding to the Spirit – Building Relationships – Working for Justice, including our Empowering Mental Health project.

The 2016 joint fundraiser took place on Friday evening, November 25, at Markham House (an accessible venue at 610 Markham Street). Admission was $20 or PWYC (pay what you can). Light non-alcoholic refreshments were served.

Retreats

Bathurst United has a long tradition of going away for a retreat in the spring and fall. In recent years the spring retreat has been held at Crieff Hills during the second weekend in May. Retreat themes have included the Enneagram, “On the Boundary”, and “Islam.”

A one-day fall retreat is usually held in November at Friends House in Toronto, where we look at ways of renewing our congregational life.

Next Service:

Sunday, May 28

10:30 am in the Chapel at Trinity St. Paul's Centre
427 Bloor St. West

Power & witness
in the Holy Spirit
Ralph Carl Wushke

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