Central Cares is the ministry that extends a helping hand to those within our church family who are in need. This includes situations such as: recent bereavement of a loved one, recent surgery, have serious health and mobility issues (homebound or living in long term care facilities), no internet connections, serious vision and hearing issues, can no longer drive themselves, need help with meals, and struggling financially with food insecurity.

Our assistance would not be possible without your faithful and generous donations to this cause. Designated envelopes are available at each communion service throughout the year. In addition, a loving and dedicated group of volunteers also makes this happen.

How do our volunteers help? Drivers see that people reach their medical appointments or bring them out to Sunday services and other church events. Others prepare and deliver nutritious meals to those in times of crisis. Grocery gift cards lend a hand to others who are struggling. People deliver print material to those without internet access. Some make phone calls to keep our church family connected. Personal visits are made where possible and when pandemic restrictions allow.

Christmas gift

Four or more times a year, we prepare and deliver gift bags to about twenty-three people who are homebound or in long term care facilities. Cards, newsletters, mission project updates, The Daily Bread and Presbyterian Connection bring welcome news and hope. Cookies from Sarah Barrie, jams from Laura Wilford, colorful plants donated by the Flower Guild and lots of other goodies such as Reid’s chocolates, brighten their faces and cheer them up. This Christmas we were delighted to have the youth prepare cards, with thoughtful and loving messages, and beautiful snow globes to put in the gift bags. The cards and phone calls of thanks have been incredibly positive from many of our church family who receive these gifts.

“Want to thank you all for the gift bag I received last week of the reading articles and the treats that were so good, enjoyed them all. Hope all you people are keeping well. So many thanks again. Sincerely, …” – From a grateful member

We want to thank all our volunteers who participate in this important ministry. If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact the office for more information.

You can reach the office at office@cpcmail.ca


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