It’s been a busy year for the Pollock family at our church. My youngest daughter will be confirmed in November, and she’s currently taking a ten-month preparation course to learn about our church and her personal faith. Each confirmand is working with a mentor from the congregation, who discusses his or her faith journey and encourages their young partner in their own journey. My daughter is blessed to be mentored by our lovely friend Catherine, who practices music therapy with the elderly. She is a gentle, thoughtful woman who has many spiritual gifts to share.
It has also been a busy time for me, as I’ve been studying for the past six months to become a Stephen Minister. This program is a lay caring ministry, which provides Christian care to people who are in crisis or facing a life challenge. I had been thinking about joining for years, but this year I knew the time was right. My friend Carrie and I have been in classes since November learning to care for those we’ll have the privilege of serving. And last Sunday we were commissioned as new Stephen Ministers. I was honoured to offer members of the congregation a blessing after communion, including Andrew and the girls.
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