CARE MINISTRY
Bereavement

We seek to provide compassion, love and comfort during times of death and loss.  We offer ongoing grief and support as well as pastoral counselling in the midst of crisis.  Assistance with the planning and leading of funeral or memorial services and receptions are also something we offer to our community. In the days, weeks and months following the death of a loved one we are faced with grief.  We offer some different options for support.

 
Journeying Through Grief
(Free Bereavement
Books)
 
Journeying through Grief is a set of four short books that are sent out at four crucial times during the first year after the loss of a loved one. They are written in a warm, caring style, with short, easy-to-read chapters. Kenneth C. Haugk walks alongside the reader through the grief journey, sharing helpful insights about grief, biblical truths, and stories that provide comfort and reassurance.
 
For more information about receiving these booklets please email Sheryl York at sayork.16@gmail.com.
 
Stronger Together
(Supporting Grieving Friends and Families)
 
Join us on May 4, 2019 (9:00am – 12:30pm) as we learn together about how we can support our loved ones as they grieve.
 
Topics:
– What is grief.
– How children and adults experience grief similarly and differently.
– How to help someone who is grieving.
 

If you are interested in joining us please call (902) 667 9126 on or before April 30, 2019 to register. There is no fee, but donations are gladly accepted.

 
Grieving
Hearts
(Drop-In Bereavement
Peer Support Group)
 
Grief is messy and it can be often much harder than we ever expected.  This group offers a chance for you to connect with others who are grieving, share your story (when you are ready) and gain some insights about grief.
 
This group is held on Wednesday nights (7-8:30pm) open to the public and runs for 10 weeks.
 
Fall Session:
TBD
 
Spring Session:
TBD
 
Please call (902) 667 9126 to register for the group.  There is no registration fee but donations are always appreciated.
 
Christmas
is the Worst…
(Support for Getting Through the Holidays)
 
As soon as November and December come along, it is hard to ignore, Christmas is on its way.  Holidays are hard when we are grieving and Christmas can be particularly difficult.  Everyone is busy preparing for the holiday and we just cannot seem to “get into the spirit”.
 
Drop in on November 23rd (6:30-8:00), enjoy a cup of coffee and get some information about getting through the Christmas Season while we grieve.  Grief is not “choosy” it affects individuals and families, children are welcome.  Registration is not required but is helpful. Please call (902) 667 0689 if you plan on attending.
 
Kids Coping With
Grief Toolkit
(Resources for Parents,
Guardians & Teachers)
 
Children need to know that grief is full of all different thoughts and feelings when they experience a big loss in life. It is also important that they come to understand that everyone deals with grief in their own way. This toolkit helps them find their way to mourn the loss they are experiencing.
 
For more information about receiving a toolkit please email Sheryl York at sayork.16@gmail.com.
Community Support
After the
School Bell
After the School Bell
AWC is thrilled to be part of this team this that sends a bag of food home with children in need at the end of the school week. This program provides food for the weekend so that children can focus on completing homework and other important activities. Monday & Friday, 9am-3pm donations of food, cash or gift cards can be dropped off at the pantry in the Amherst Mall beside Tim Horton’s. Cheques in support of this program can be made out to Crossroads Community Church. If you attend AWC you can place food donations in the donation box in foyer on Sunday or Wednesday mornings.
 
Items that used for the program are:
Peanut Butter (1kg)
Cereal (200-300g sizes)
Oatmeal Packets
Granola Bars
Apple Sauce
Fruit Cups
Juice Boxes
Jello cups (Not refrigerated)
Prepared Pudding (Not Refrigerated)
Canned Soup (284ml)
Crackers
Kraft Dinner
Prepared Jello (Not Refrigerated)
Canned Pasta (398ml)
Pop Tarts
Stephen Ministry
 
 
 
 

*(Launching Fall 2019)*

Stephen Ministry is a program that provides confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing periods of crisis, transition or difficulty.  Through Stephen Ministers – our hope and prayer is that people from our congregation and community don’t need to go through crises and difficulties alone. Who are Stephen Ministers?
  • Caring Christians who walk beside a hurting person providing the love and care they need to support them
  • Congregation members with care-giving abilities who are carefully selected to serve in this role
  • Trust worthy and accepting friends who listen, care, support, encourage and pray
  • Lay people who have received 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care and support.
  • Individuals committed to strict confidence as they walk alongside others on a weekly long-term basis until both individuals feel it is appropriate to end the caring relationship
  • People who participate in regular supervision on a monthly basis to ensure they are providing the most effective care for their care receiver.

We all experience challenges in life, Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as: loss of a loved one, unemployment a job crisis, hospitalization, divorce or separation, loneliness or discouragement, terminal illness, spiritual crisis, chronic illness and many more obstacles or difficulties. Stephen Ministry is a confidential care ministry – all care remains private. If you could benefit from a Stephen Minister in your life, please contact Sheryl York at sayork.16@gmail.com.