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.
Rev. Margaret Harper helps provide pastoral care support to First Met congregants. Margaret is a former First Met staff member and worked at several local social agencies before returning to church work with Cadboro Bay United Church. We are delighted she is able to share some of her time with us.
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.
See our Spiritual Resources page at left for prayers and other material.
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and community through regular telephone calls and/or visits to mutually benefit the volunteer callers and those no longer active in church life.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
- Prayer request forms are available in the church office and can be placed in the box marked "Prayer Requests." On Sundays, slips are available from the Sanctuary pews or entrance or the exterior entrance way to the Chapel and can be placed in the offering plate.
- By Email
- A staff member is able to pass on prayer requests to the prayer team if you are unable to get to church and do not have email.