Small churches everywhere are struggling. We know we’re not unique in trying to stay relevant in the community. The most often asked question used to be, “how do we get more people to attend on Sundays.” We’ve conducted all day vision meetings and discussed the topic over many cups of coffee after Sunday services.
Almost 20 years ago we opened a second hand bookstore called A-Frame Bookstore in the church hall. Read the whole story in the post dated May 24, 2013. The reason it’s included in this post is because our secondhand bookstore is a ministry in itself. Supporting literacy and affordable books for all ages. It’s a welcoming place for conversation and a cup of coffee. A true community meeting place.
Our members have always given their time and incredible talents and somewhere along the line the word change became a challenge and not a threat. If you haven’t been to visit us in a while you will see so many changes. Sunday services aren’t quite the same as they used to be. These days the service shows us on a big screen with all the prayers and words for hymns printed in advance so no bulletin is required…unless you want one.
We have a computer tech who ensures the hymns and videos happen when they’re supposed to and most Sundays our sermon comes to us from another part of Canada. A program called, “Together We Worship” that is downloaded from a website and comes as a complete package. We welcome visiting ministers once every month or two and one of our congregation members Deborah Murray has become a “sacramental elder” meaning she has been trained to conduct funerals, and baptisms as well as communion.
Every day of the week there’s something happening in the church and hall – listed here in no particular order 😀
- Happy Gang – a group of seniors and those with mobility issues get together Thursday afternoons from 1-2pm for refreshments, fellowship and guest speakers
- Meditation – Monday evenings from 5:15 to 6:15pm
- Bible Study – Monday evenings following meditation
- Wellness Clinic – a program run by Island Health Authority
- Community Garden – raised garden plots available to anyone interested in growing their own fruit/vegetables/flowers
- Speaker’s Corner – funded by United Church ProVision Fund this series of talks, open to the community, has included topics such as: cyber bullying, Humpack Whales, Orcas and a local woman who was a finalist on the TV reality show Alone
- Wild Heart Choir – open to elementary and high school students in schools across the North Island. This program started at St. John Gualbert Church
- Potlickers – potluck lunch open to all every Friday. Quite often includes live entertainment
- Pasta Night the first Monday of the month
- Yoga Class
- The local Masonic Lodge is a tenant and holds meetings here
- Sunday Service 11am followed by refreshments
- A-Frame Bookstore open Monday to Saturday. Run by volunteers and all books are donated by the community. If the sandwich board is out front we’re open !!
For more information about any of our programs/events please contact us at:
St. Gualbert Church
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