There is a lot you can do, and we strive to offer a program that is active and varied–to live-up to the idea of Church having ‘something for everyone’.
But still, what can you do? Here are a few suggestions:
Come to Worship on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.: This one sounds pretty obvious, but it is a key to the whole thing. Sunday worship is our regular gathering as a faith community, and our activity and relationships are rooted in this healthy habit of gathering together. Also, we believe that feeding the soul is key to living a productive and balancedhelping3 life.
Find Something for Myself: Erindale offers a good variety. Some people weed the gardens, some work at the Food Bank we help to run; a Book Club is for those who like to read-and-discuss, and for those who want to go deeper, there is the Spirituality Group. We have actually offered the ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ programme all along.
Help Others: We have a full-range Outreach program. If you want ‘hands-on’, we have it; to give direct to places of immediate need in the world, we can do it; engage in long-term relationship and work in partnership with those you wish to ‘help’, we do this; have full transparency and accountability with how money is spent, and on what, we have this. There are many good ways to ‘help others’ and our programcharity1 and record of service will bear comparison with any.
Make Use of my Talents: Choral singing, electric guitar, IT, accounting, teaching, public speaking, drama, HR experience, plumbing, security and risk management, carpentry, Tax law, Audio-Visual–whatever gifts you bring, and whatever you like to do (not everyone wants to do the same thing they do at work, the Banker is in the Drama group) you will find a vast means of usefulness at our church. Now, to find the time…well, we all struggle with that one.
Pray, Read the Bible, and all That: Another one that sounds obvious, but how have you been doing so far? One advantage of a Church like ours is that we have specific opportunities to take-up these faith-activities, but also, if you attend Worship for a while, and engage in the life of the Church, you find that you are doing these things in the midst of it all, and they are actually becoming part of your life and your self.
Give Money: There it is–may as well say it in so many words. Of course the Church needs money: we get no breaks on our bills and have no savings. In any year, we live by what is donated to us, and if we have a good year, we can do more. This is another area in which we take transparency and accountability very seriously.
Erindale United Church is now set up to receive donations online by credit card. Click on the Donate Now button below and follow the user-friendly directions from the linked Canada Helps Site.
Nothing? Maybe that is a good place to begin. After all, reading the above might be enough to make you tired already. You don’t HAVE to do anything, be anything, give anything or bring anything. All the above is about opportunities Erindale offers, and each person does as much or as little as they choose. Bring your self–that is gift enough.