Fall, 2013, Breaking News! Calling all ages!
Our Faith Formation Group has begun to plan an intergenerational project for KUC!! This project includes a Christmas play titled “Believe” which will be presented in dinner theatre format. We are encouraging Youth to join us on Wednesday’s beginning on September 11th at 6:30 pm to plan and prepare for production of this play and to explore the world of theatre.
There will be opportunities for youth, children and adults to participate as actors, as well as in all aspects of a theatre production. If you would like more information or want to participate, please contact Sharon at the KUC office at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-372-3020. There will be more information posted soon. Keep your eyes out for news!!
Three presentations of Bruce’s Sabbatical in the UK were held in October. The congregation enjoyed the photos and narrative describing his studies at Westminster College, Cambridge, and travels to Iona, Scotland, other places in England, Ireland and France (Chartres Cathedral).
The Faith Formation Core Ministry is responsible for coordinating, initiating, developing, and overseeing opportunities for growth in faith for all age groups from cradle to grave.
Some of the Faith Formation Core Ministry team:
Back: Carole Hutchings, Rev. Bruce Comrie and Chris Dolson
Front: Dawne Taylor and Rev. Teri Meyer
Missing from photo is Alan Hodgson.
We see our purpose as:
- encouraging Christian growth through life-long learning
- celebrating and nurturing spirituality of children, youth, families, baby boomers and seniors
- being agents of change to engage the congregation with their hopes and dreams for faith formation by offering congregational forums and providing opportunities for discussion and study groups
- helping individuals within the congregation identify, name and claim their spiritual gifts, and encouraging such gifts to be offered for the good of the whole faith community.
Ways we grow our faith:
Sunday morning worship is an opportunity to grow our faith.
Children’s Church Twice monthly the children experience ‘Godly Play‘ during worship before heading to their age appropriate activities. ‘Godly Play’ is a children’s learning model where children are engaged in various Biblical stories. On Godly Play Sundays, the children’s time during worship will be based on the Godly Play model, and then the children will leave for age appropriate activities with two adults. Godly Play will begin September 29, then October 6, and every 2nd Sunday thereafter. On the non-Godly Play Sundays, a corner will be set up in the sanctuary so children can remain there and experiment with colouring, play dough, reading, etc. under adult supervision. If you are interested in assisting with Godly Play or Children’s Corner, please speak to Dawne T, Chris D or one of the ministers. “
Youth Several willing adults plan activities for and gather with the youth on an ad hoc basis.
Baptism, Confirmation and Faith Renewal Ministers meet with persons to prepare.
Spirituality Through Scripture is an Adult Education program that meets weekly in the evening during the fall and winter. This group is led by Chuck Anderson who is a member of the congregation and is a retired Religious Studies professor.
Other studies may be held throughout the year as determined by availability of leaders and interest of the congregation. Call the church office or speak with one of the ministers for further information.
A Breakfast Lectionary Study is held Wednesday mornings at Kamloops Seniors Village, led by Rev. D. Bruce Comrie.
Reading The United Church Observer, the national magazine of the United Church of Canada, is another way to grow in our faith.
Other opportunities for our faith formation:
Service to the wider community also expands, challenges and deepens our faith. There are many ways KUC serves:
- pastoral visits with those who are hospitalized or otherwise unable to get to church;
- participation in the PIT Stop (hot meal program on Sundays);
- sharing the gift of music (vocal and handbell choirs; musical accompaniment – drums/guitar/flute, etc…);
- through wider community leadership (serving on Boards of Directors for such groups as the Changing the Face of Poverty);
- as Receptionists on KUC’s “Welcome Desk” on weekdays;
- offering particular gifts and skills (teaching, web skills, marriage minister, hosting gatherings following memorial services, and creating and gifting prayer shawls.)