Thamesville Pastoral Charge

United Church of Canada


Box 9, 107 Elizabeth Street, Thamesville ON N0P 2K0 Office 519-692-4827 thamesvilleunitedchurch@cogeco.net

TREE OF LIFE

May 31, 2020

Dear Friends,

Grace and Peace be with you.

Since the pandemic began, I’ve tried to connect with the whole congregation through the home worship, also providing something to think or do during the week, that’s another task for me as a minister in this isolated time.

During the pandemic and uncertainties, it is a good time to reflect and turn our true self to God. As we begin the season of Pentecost today, I’d like to suggest a way to reflect ourselves life what it means of being with the Hole Spirit that God has promised and given to us. This is created by one of my clergy groups.

Tell our own story through the Tree of Life—- an experiential reflective exercise.

The tree of life is a metaphor of your life in which the different elements on the tree represents your past, present and future. On a piece of paper, you will draw the image step-by-step, with the colours in your own choice, and by the end you will find your own story in your artwork. You will need: Paper, Colour pencils, an instrument/music listening device (optional), a heart of openness.

1) Roots and Ground

Write down your background. Where are you from? Is there a culture or a community that deeply influenced you in your growth? Do you have a faith background? What are the values that your family of origin brings to you? What are some nutrients that helped you grow when you were a child? What does your ground look like? Is it sandy or hard or fertile? What helps to ground you?

2) Trunk

What are your values? How would you call yourself?

3) Branches

What are your skills and knowledge? What do you know the best?

4) Leaves and canopy

5) Fruit, nuts and/or flowers

What are your dreams and hopes for yourself, loved ones, community, and the world? What are some legacies that your loved ones have brought to you?

6) Animals

Are there any animals dwelling or coming close by to your tree of life? Do you like the companions?

7) Storms

What are some events we are surviving or have survived? Are there any damages to your tree? How have you recovered from the storm? What do the animals do when the storm came? What do they do after the storm?

This exercise aims to help us become aware of our connections and meanings in our life. Finding out who we are can be an incredible source of strength when facing uncertainties. I pray and wish you well during this season of staying home! 

“He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” (Psalm 1:3)

Rev. Grace Lee

ANNOUNCEMENT

1. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 am for 15 min. we are together in prayer.

We pray for the church, the community, and the world; pray for family, friends, neighbours and ourselves.

2. There will be a temporary Food Bank at our church on Fridays, from 12 noon until 3 pm, starting on Friday, May 29th. Please read “the Rules” before you enter.

3. 678,200 lbs!

That's how much food Chatham-Kent gave during “May 16th Miracle”, and that food is helping to support food banks and food support programs in the community.

This is more than the world record set in 2011 which came in at 559,855 lbs!

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 Friendship Meal

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Mar. 25, 2020 Cancelled
Apr. 29, 2020 Cancelled
May 27, 202 Cancelled
June 24, 2020
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Sunday Service

Services have been cancelled do to COVID-19. We Will review in the future.