COVID-19: For those who may still feel isolated or stressed and in need of prayer because of the COVID pandemic, see covidprayers.org, where you can find a prayer for these times and/or post your own. We are also pleased to offer a selection of other inspirational poetry and prayers. See page at left.
Need pastoral care after hours? Please call the church at (250) 388-5188, press 4, then wait on the line.
Prayer Connections: Email. For more information, please see below.
Rev. Shelagh MacKinnon is First Met's Lead Minister.
The Spiritual Care Ministry is available to support and accompany you through the major transitions in life. This may include visits to home, hospital or palliative care or just an opportunity to share your stories, both joyful and painful. The Spiritual Care Committee is an integral part of this circle of support through its Visitation and Care Calls programs to those who are unable to come to church, a Prayer Connections Ministry and a Knitting Group.
All our spiritual growth programs and workshops are open to everyone from the community. One example of our offerings is Women Exploring Spirituality, a group that meets monthly and bases its discussions around the reading of a book chosen by the group. Check out our Events Calendar for the dates for upcoming programs.
Spiritual Practices at First Met
We encourage you to explore a range of spiritual practices to see which ones might be a best fit for you. One basic practice we encourage is to gather regularly with the worshipping community. Some spiritual practices are explored in programs such as writing. Others, such as meditation, can be practiced on your own.
Visitation and Care Calls Program
Home Visitation and Care Calls is a ministry of First Metropolitan United Church. Its purpose is to maintain a sense of connection and community through regular telephone calls and/or visits to mutually benefit the volunteer callers and those no longer active in church life. Calls and visits may be made to those who:
- are residing in Independent Living and Care Facilities
- are home bound
- have a disability or an illness that is isolating
- Send in a request by Email
- Prayer request forms are available in the sanctuary and completed forms can be put in the donation baskets
- If you do not have internet to email the prayer team, please contact a staff member via a phone call or message or a written note. They will be able to pass on prayer requests to the prayer team.