The Horseshoe Falls Regional Council (HFRC) came into existence on January 1, 2019.
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Generosity is our response to God’s call to be compassionate disciples. Together, the people of the United Church live out Jesus’ vision and values by caring for each other and the world. Each and every day, we join God’s life-changing mission to make ourselves, our community and our world more peaceful, just and loving for everyone. “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10b)
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Attention Sewers: People Care nursing home chain has ordered 3000 kits for surgical gowns. Each kit contains all the supplies for 5 gowns. Hoping they will arrive on Monday. Simple pattern, ties, no zippers or buttons.
Obviously they need an army of sewers, especially in the Meaford, London, Cambridge, Kitchener and Perth county area. Stay tuned for details. ... See MoreSee Less
A Reflection from the desk of Kathy Douglas, Minister Faith Formation-Regional Council Staff
OUR SUMMER CAMPS
I love the sentiment of this quote heard from opera singer, Measha Brueggergosman, “What we are left with after this is over is a measure of who we are”. May our days and hours during the pandemic offer us times to reflect and steer the course toward the best we can be now and ‘after this is over’.
Recently I spent some time on a Zoom call with a number of folks from our regional Summer Camps. Did you know there are 11 summer residential camps in our tri-regional model of Western Ontario Waterways, Antler River Watershed and Horseshoe Falls.
I write this to remind and invite you to keep these camps, their staff, their boards and volunteers, and the families who love and grow at our UCC camps in your prayers and hearts. As the spring unfolds and summer approaches our camps are feeling the deep concern of possibly missing a ‘season’ …a season when for many, is the only time they can do their ministry.
I asked our camp folks to share with me, so I can share with you in the wider church, some of their thoughts. Please remember;
-Camps, even if they do not open with business as usual, this summer, have fixed costs (property taxes, hydro, insurance and for most a skeleton staff to compensate of some form or other.
-Faith Formation in the UCC is accomplished in our summer camps at a measure beyond comparison. A week at camp can change a life in a way we don’t easily find in our culture. This will be greatly missed, even if for one summer.
-Leadership skills for youth and young adults are developed and honed in our camps. Most of us have experienced or know of folks who claim a camping experience inspired them to become ministers and leaders in our United Churches.
Be impressed by the resiliency and creativeness coming from our camps, even now, as they face this unprecedented interruption in their ministry. Here are some of the ways they are coping:
- Virtual Walk-a-thons as fundraisers
-Virtual tours and Open Houses to highlight that life is still very present at the camps and that nature thrives on these sites
-Virtual Campfires where songs, skits and prayers are shared by our young leadership for anyone to share in
-On line meetings of Boards, where deep reflection and care is giving to staff and each other….where safety is utmost in their decisions.
In closing, let me share a quote given from a camp leader..”Adaptation and fast turnarounds are our business…we are stellar at that. This will be a summer to remember, to sing and tell stories about for many, many years around campfires and at vespers. We are a resurrection people!” ... See MoreSee Less