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 are Chuck Anderson and Janeen Ashfeldt.
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 encourage 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. On the other Sundays, the children remain in the worship space with adult supervision for crafts.
Youth Along with Plura Hills United Church and Camp Grafton, we are presently looking at the needs of youth. This may result in hiring a youth leader down the road. In the interim, 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.
A Breakfast Lectionary Study is held Wednesday mornings at Kamloops Seniors Village, led by Rev. D. Bruce Comrie.
Worship in the tradition of Taizé, France, is held monthly with leadership and music provided by the Rev. Teri Meyer. This is a contemplative service, based upon the reflective format from Taizé; noted for repetitive chants and musical verses, times of silence, prayer and scripture. Unlike the traditional Taizé services in France, there may be a member(s) of the KUC Healing Pathway Team present to offer ‘soaking prayer’ – a form of healing hands, done while seated.
Kamloops United Church has “an every member plan” with The United Church Observer, the national magazine of the United Church of Canada. Those who attend KUC and wish to receive the Observer can inquire through the church office.
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 Kamloops Food Bank / Food Action Centre);
- as Receptionist on KUC’s “Welcome Desk” on weekdays;
- offering particular gifts and skills (teaching, web skills, marriage minister, hosting gatherings following memorial services, creating and gifting shawls to the ill or grieving…)