Pastoral Care2019-04-17T21:13:51+00:00

Pastoral Care

Our purpose is to care for the congregation in a practical way by working with the ministry team, and initiate and oversee compassionate programs. Strong lay leadership is paramount to St. Thomas as we collaborate with our Ministers to make St. Thomas the best we can be. Everything we do is through our Faith Statement of Open Hands, Open Hearts and Open Minds. We believe that if we support our congregants inside these walls, all of us are then energized to go out and do the mission of the church outside our walls. It never ceases to amaze us that so many are so willing to lend a helping hand – from making everyone who comes through our doors feel like family to supporting each other in times of crisis. Our programs include the following list and many feature information pamphlets, available below and in the church.

Cards sent for a range of occasions on behalf of the congregation

  • Healing Touch
  • Prayer shawls, Baptismal shawls, Prayer Squares and Quilts
  • Inspiring Conversations that Matter
  • Drumming Circles
  • Special services, such as Moment of Peace meditation service on Monday mornings and Blue Christmas service each December
  • Sunday coffee, tea, juice and goodies
  • Hospital or home visitations as requested
  • Baking and/or meal provisions during times of crisis
  • Sunday Ask Me hosts
  • Welcome calls by our welcoming team
  • Funeral receptions as required/requested
  • Benevolent fund


It takes a village…..We are here to respond in a practical and caring way to the emotional and spiritual needs of the congregation of St. Thomas. Never hesitate to be in touch with us through the church office or Pastoral Care chair Marj Aucoin.

Camp Fyrefly

Camp FYrefly is an educational, social, and personal learning retreat for sexual and gender minority (LGBTTIQ) and allied youth. It focuses on building and nurturing their leadership potential and personal resiliency in an effort to help them learn how to make significant contributions to their own lives and to their schools, home/group-home environments, and communities. The Camp is designed for sexual and gender minority and allied youth between the ages of 14 and 24. Camp fYrefly

Prayer Shawl Knitting

St Thomas Drumming Circles

Helping you connect with your heart’s desire

Come and connect your heart beat to the beat of the drum and drum to the rhythm of creation. Experience the oneness of all.

From 7-9 pm on the second Tuesday of the month (except December, January, July, and August) in the sanctuary of St. Thomas United Church.

Facilitator: Marsh Read, BEd, Teacher, Musician, Storyteller, Author, Energy Medicine Practitioner/Instructor.

Please register by the Monday prior to the circle by phoning the church office at 403-241-0366.

Benefits of Drumming:

  • Calming
  • Increases concentration and focus
  • Accelerates physical healing
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Fun, exciting and powerful way to create community through rhythm

Donations accepted