Community Services

Lakefield United Church

Our church building is a very busy place!
Every day sees groups (both church-related and community-related) passing through our doors and enriching their lives and the lives of others.

Healing Pathway: The Healing Pathway program enables people to develop the gifts and skills of healing within the Christian tradition. The Healing Pathway practitioner serves as a vessel or conduit of God’s grace and healing energy. Practitioners are not the source of the healing energy; they are merely the instrument. The aim of healing is to restore balance and harmony within the energy system and thus enable the self-healing of the individual.

The Healing Pathway group of practitioners meets from 1 – 3 P.M. on Tuesdays in the Lakefield United Church Friendship Room. Receivers are asked what brings them to the meeting, whether they are comfortable with touch, and if they wish to receive in a sitting or lying position. Receivers remain fully clothed, but without their shoes. Practitioners pray with them asking that God’s greatest good come to them while they are receiving. Afterwards, receivers are released into God’s continuing care.

There is no cost to the receiver. Practitioners work with whoever comes whether or not they have a health problem. Please contact Penny or Kim at 705 654 3297 for a 30 minute appointment or further information.

For more information see:  www.healingpathway.ca

U.C.W. (United Church Women): All women in our church family are United Church Women! At 2:00 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month a number of our ladies gather in the Friendship Room for song, reflection and interesting guest speakers. A social time of refreshment follows these monthly meetings.

In addition to attending the meetings, our U.C.W. keep very busy as they cater to a number of funeral receptions, birthday parties and anniversary parties each year in the church auditorium. Monies raised through their catering activities support mission & outreach at home and around the world and also support many projects of our church.

A.O.T.S. (As One That Serves) Men’s Club: The A.O.T.S. Men’s Club of Lakefield United Church has been in existence for more than 45 years! This hard-working group of men meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month in the church auditorium for a potluck supper and meeting, which often includes very interesting and topical guest speakers.

Many fund-raising activities by this wonderful group provide monies to support community & church projects. A spring concert and a fall concert entertain sold-out audiences and 400–plus Christmas trees are sold in December each year. The men (with the invaluable assistance of our Music Director) also spend hours and hours planning and organizing the Annual Community Christmas Carol service - a traditional event involving clergy, choirs and musicians from all the village churches.

Emergency Assistance: The Good Samaritan Fund of the Pastoral Charge provides confidential, emergency financial assistance to members of the community who are in need. For more information contact the minister or the church office.

Lakefield Co-operative Nursery School: Weekday mornings from September to June resound with the wonderful sounds of children in a nursery school located in our church basement. (705-652-7800)

P.A.C.E.S. (People with Arthritis Can Exercise Safely): Many people are finding freedom of movement and improved balance as they join the P.A.C.E.S. groups downstairs in the auditorium on Tuesday mornings. (705-654-3683)

Alcoholics Anonymous: The Lakefield Group of A.A. meets in the church auditorium on Tuesday evenings.

Tai Chi: Wednesday mornings in the auditorium see a small group who learn the movements of Tai Chi and improve their balance and co-ordination. (705-877-3658)

Seekers: This non-denominational group of women meets in the Friendship Room at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month to listen to a variety of interesting speakers and share in a social time.

Community Care Diners’ Dinner: At noon, on the first Monday of each month seniors from our community enjoy a hot lunch and entertainment supported by Community Care Lakefield. Local church groups and the Curling Club take turns cooking and serving the meal.

FUND-RAISING

Throughout the year, individuals and groups are in the planning and production stages of a variety of fund-raising events. Sometimes special projects are the object of the fund-raising and sometimes the object is to support our church General Fund ensuring that our church building is maintained and that programs can continue to thrive.

A major fundraiser that is on-going throughout the year is rebates from the sale of cards for grocery, gasoline and everyday purchases.  This successful project is very easy to support and raises in excess of $2,500.00 for the church General Fund each year!

Often in the spring (late May or early June) we organize a Plant, Book and Bake Sale selling a wide variety of plants for the garden, home-baked goodies and gently used books. Proceeds from this sale support the church General Fund.

FELLOWSHIP

Coffee Hour: Join us in the Friendship Room following the worship service each Sunday for a time of fellowship and refreshment. A rotating team of volunteers (church committee members) prepares coffee, tea and juice (and sometimes goodies) for all to enjoy.