Congregational Care

Congregational Care

Whether it’s walking alongside someone who is going through a difficult time in life or providing a meal to a family with a new baby, we want to give spiritual support and share God’s love and compassion with all.

The Congregational Care Ministry at Woodside provides compassionate, caring concern through personal contact with members of the church family.

To access or become involved with any of the below ministries:

Please contact our Director of Care, Cairine Domzella, in confidence:
care@woodsidechurch.ca or 519-669-1296 ext. 32


Encouragement & Support Team

The primary duty of the Encouragement & Support Team is to ensure that individuals or families going through a difficult time/crisis situation are shown God’s care and love by the church family.

The Encouragement & Support Team coordinates the following:

• Meals – for families/individuals during a time of crisis/illness
• Cards/Gifts – for families/individuals during a difficult time (due to ill health, surgery, bereavement, or major medical diagnosis)
• Birthday Recognition – for those who are celebrating their 80th and 90th birthdays

Funerals

The contact person will meet with the relatives of the deceased to make all arrangements in connection with the use of the church facilities and funeral service. He/she will also arrange for the relatives to meet with the funeral meal coordinator to arrange any food services to be provided by Woodside on the day of the funeral service.

Financial Counseling

Assistance can be provided through:
• Individual confidential financial counseling for singles and couples (session would include prayer, goal setting and accountability)
• Small group seminar for those wishing to become more responsible stewards (a session with a small group would include prayer time and a look at “Discovering God’s Way of Handling Money” – an 8 week course either 1 evening/week or 2 weekends (4 hours each Saturday).

Helping Hands

The Helping Hands Team ministers to the physical needs of the Woodside congregation and community. These may be of a financial or practical nature. Help is provided where possible with the resources that are available through church and community.

New Moms

This ministry provides support to families with new babies through arranging a few meals after the baby is born.

Prayer Chain

The prayer chain contacts people who are committed to pray for needs within the Woodside family. Communication is made either by e-mail or by phone.
If you have a prayer request for the prayer chain please contact us.

Transportation

This ministry arranges rides to important meetings, such as doctors appointments and church meetings, for those who have no other means of transportation.

Visitation

Seniors who attend services at Woodside are visited on a regular basis. People who are hospitalized or shut in for an extended time are visited as appropriate. Retirement homes & long term care people are on a list for visits as well.

PEER SUPPORT MINISTRY

Caregiving is grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another (1 John 4: 11-12). Through one-to-one caring relationships, those who are hurting receive the love, care and confidentiality they need for support. Our trained caregivers help those who are hospitalized, terminally ill, bereaved, in a job crisis, home bound, lonely, in trying circumstances, or in a spiritual crisis. Everyone goes through difficult times. Having someone to care, to listen and to share God’s love with you can help you get through the confusion, stress or loneliness you may be experiencing. Please contact Cairine Domzella, Director of Care, at care@woodsidechurch.ca for information about this ministry.