I grew up in the United Church in Brigus, Newfoundland.
In December 2017 my husband Don Murray and I moved from Guelph, Ontario to Kamloops so I could take the position of instructional designer at Thompson Rivers University. In 2019, I completed a PhD (Educational Technology) from Concordia University, Montreal, the same year that I started attending Kamloops United Church.
At Kamloops United I have enjoyed being part of the Worship and Music Committee as well as your online greeter for the streaming church services.
Thank you for making us feel so very welcome.
At Thanksgiving, in 2019, I began receiving emails from Kamloops United Church, welcoming me to Sunday Worship. While this was very friendly, it was also a bit odd, in that I lived in Calgary and had only visited Kamloops twice in my life. It turned out that due to a case of mistaken identity, my email address had been physically added to KUC’s email distribution list. So first, I began receiving weekly invitations to join Worship Services and then the newsletters started arriving in my inbox.
Of course, once Covid hit, I also began receiving Rev. Dr. Michael Caveney’s daily meditations. So one day, out of both boredom and curiosity, I decided to watch one. As you are all aware, Michael is the ultimate storyteller, and I was instantly hooked.
Then, I had what my old church secretary called my “Saul” moment, where God called me to join KUC virtually. I remember saying to God, “But I don’t even know if this is possible.” So, I emailed Michael to inquire, and a couple of days later, he sent me back a very thoughtful reply welcoming me.
Living in Calgary, while being a member of KUC, I wanted to contribute to the ministry of KUC, albeit from afar.
I saw the vacancies on Council Circle, which piqued my interest, but once again, I said to God, “But I don’t even know if this is possible.” The next thing I knew, at 10:00 p.m. on April 01, 2021, I was filled with the Spirit and emailed my application to Marcia.
Marcia wrote back thanking me and advising that I had provided them with a very interesting and unique opportunity. I am delighted that you have accepted my nomination to Council Circle. Thank you, KUC!
Blessings, Jayne Martin