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Gathering of Regina Churches

Twenty-five representatives of Regina United Churches met on the evening of February 27. This informal gathering was convened by the Coordinating Committee to talk about what’s going well and challenges that urban churches are facing. There was intentional conversation about whether amalgamations or various other partnerships are part of the discussion of various communities of faith. The group agreed to meet again this Spring to do more visioning and planning for the future of ministry in Regina. 

Rural Communities of Faith

The Coordinating Committee will be contacting rural communities of faith in the areas around Regina to inquire what interest there is in clustering to talk about issues of mutual concern related to rural ministry.

Spring Gathering

The Coordinating Committee is also creating a poll to inquire whether there is interest in a Gathering of Regina and Area United Church folks this Spring.  Watch your inbox next week for this poll.   

Regina & area Cluster on Facebook  

For all those Facebookers. Join this cluster on that platform right here.  We use this space to share questions, ideas and events.  Also, if you have a thought about an activity or cause that might be taken on together beyond any one community of faith, this is a great place to start the discussion.

@Regina and Area Cluster of The United Church of Canada

SSHC Update—March 2019  

Although the South Saskatchewan Hospital Chaplaincy is in the process of hiring a chaplain, ministers in Regina are providing on-call coverage.  A very big thank you to those ministers taking part in on-call and helping the SSHC Board to maintain some form of chaplaincy ministry. For those outside of Regina, if you know of a patient in Regina or someone who is scheduled to be admitted and, if you wish a visit from a chaplain/minister, please call (306) 551-7755 to put in a request.  

PIE Day Fair and Coffee House

Eastside United Church - 3018 Doan DriveThursday, March 14

We’re proud to announce the first annual National Affirming Daycoming up on March 14, 2019, International Pi Day (3.14- get it?)

Join us for a celebration of PIE - Public, Intentional, Explicit - Focus on Inclusion of LGBTQ2SIA+ People! There will be pie to eat!

Arrival – 6:30 PM – Arrival
Pie servicing – 7:00 PM
Coffee house – 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

- Fair activities will be available for all ages before coffee house.
- Booths and Coffee house will be in the basement of Eastside United Church in the Living Spirit Centre.
- The Coffee House event will feature various speakers andperformances of local musicians, spoken word performers andpoets.

If your organization would like to have a display or if you would like to offer something for the coffee house, please contact Russell Mitchell-Walker

Seeds of Hope  

Did you know that funding is available through the United Church for projects that encourage innovative approaches to faith and spirituality? Those could include projects that focus on seniors, children, the environment or social justice issues. This funding also supports ministry during a transition period, or it can be used to promote and recognize excellence in scholarship and academics. Learn more about Seeds of Hope grants on the United Church Foundation website. https://unitedchurchfoundation.ca/grant-info/seeds-of-hope/

The Other Side of the Mountain  

Tuesdays starting March 26 at 10:30am OR 7:00pm Knox-Metropolitan United Church

We are excited to welcome with Rev. Jan Temple-Jones who will be leading this excellent workshop exploring Spirituality (and Other Stuff) in the second half of life.  This workshop will be offered both in the morning and the evening to offer more flexibility for attendees. Topics to be explored include learning in the midst of change (physical, spiritual, social), Spirituality of Suffering, How Spiritual Needs Change through Life, What does a Spiritual Preparation for Death look like? Find out more or contact hosts through Facebook. www.facebook.com/events/374488659771463/

The Banana Sprint—LBC Fundraiser  

Saturday, May 11 Wascana Park, behind the Royal Sask Museum

Walk, run or stroll around Wascana Lake in support of Lumsden Beach Camp! All ages are invited to this a-peeling event to help raise funds for upgrades to the Dining Hall. You can sign up now, and make your friends yellow with envy. There will be games for kids, banana splits, and we will Dole out some sweet prizes! Contact Vicki with any questions.   

A Message from Julie Graham  

Julie Graham has been part of the SK Conference staff team since January 2016, and now works half time with Region 4 as minister for transition and education (or community. Or justice. You choose!) All of the work is done in community, with the members of the Region, communities of faith, and with our many partners in SK and beyond.  

Complete list of Region 4 Staff  

www.sk.united-church.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/ 01/Region-4-Staff-jobs-and-contact-info.pdf

Julie Graham’s priorities include:  Supporting and connecting Clusters; work on discerning program priorities and their relationship to Networks and Committees; support for existing Networks whose mandate will be done at the rise of annual meeting; connecting in a good way with Indigenous communities of faith in SK as part of the Caretakers’ Calls to the Church; working with the Annual Meeting planning committee and other planners on visioning and community at the inaugural annual meeting; supporting opportunities to gather, such as a Be Bold Intercultural event May 29 and a planned Affirming/ Affirming-curious ministries retreat in the fall. She can also help connect communities of faith to Blanket Exercise facilitators and other resources for work on the TRC Calls to Action. Contact Julie about any of this work or to have a virtual coffee: jgraham@united-church.ca and 306-244-2157 (Saskatoon home office.)  

Regina & area Cluster Coordinating Committee  

Cam Fraser, Randy Graham, Vicki Nelson, Donna Rumpel, Kent Stewart, Catherine Barnsley (staff) You can contact us at ReginaAreaCluster@gmail.com