Grief Run

We are planning a Grief Run this Saturday, September 22nd, 9:00am at Whittier Park.

Amanda Leighton has organized this event for our community. She writes, “This is something visceral & physical for us to do together as an expression of our sadness and our anger and our anguish; as an expression of our grief. It is an act of prayer and worship in truth and honesty.”

“We will run through the darkness to get to the Light.” -Joyce Rees 

The run is approximately 2 km and will take about 25 minutes at a slow to medium pace. The route is suitable for all paces – walk, jog or sprint. The path will be well marked and it will be easy to see each other and stay together. There will be a guided liturgy to help center us before and after.

Everyone is welcome.

We will meet at the shelter in front of Fort Gibraltor.

Update on our Retreats & Other Opportunities

In light of our current circumstance, we have, with sadness, cancelled our Men’s, Women’s, and Youth retreats this year. We are walking out this situation and responding to the needs of the congregation. We are creating more ways for the community to process, grieve, and connect that is more manageable and involves less planning than the retreats. Our next step in this process is as follows:

  • August 23rd, (tomorrow night)we will be having a Prayer Night, at 7 pm in the Sanctuary. We invite you to come, intercede for the church body, call out to God for mercy, wisdom and continued healing for all those affected.

Thank you for your love, understanding, and prayer for us.

If you have any ideas for connection, have any questions, or need to reach out to anyone, please contact the office.

~ The Leadership Team

Some Resources on Grief

Hey everyone,

Here are some resources on grief that were available on Sunday, August 19, 2018. They will also be available at church during our meetings this week:

The Open Care Night, August 21, 2018 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary. This will be a come-and-go evening that will have people ready and available to talk and pray, a quiet space in the sanctuary for prayer, and some resources on how to process this in a good way. We will also have suggestions on who to contact if you need professional counselling.

Prayer Night, August 23, 2018 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary. This will be an evening during which we gather together to call out to God for mercy, wisdom and healing for all involved. Be assured that so much prayer has already covered us, but we need to continue to turn to God in this time.

And lastly, if you need to talk about this, please reach out to any of the staff, elders or BOD members. If you don’t know who to reach out to, you can call Andy’s office phone at 204-582-2900 x13. The team will be organizing care from there.

Characteristics of Grief

Grief – Stages & Characteristics

Grief in the Bible

The Mourner’s Code

Supporting a Child who has been through Trauma

Trauma – Children & Adolescents

Talking to Children about Loss – Simple DOs and DONTs