One of the key parts of our church community is our time togther outside of worship.   Like many United Churches, we often come together over food, picnics, social gatherings, and other events that serve to augment and strengthen our worship times.

During these Covid times, many of our regular activities have gone online. We are doing our best to maintain our strong sense of community, even when we cannot meet face to face.  

Check the Events page for up-to-date information on various Zoom links!

Before Covid times, we would host a "soup and sandwich" lunch on the last Sunday of the month after the worship service, from September to May.

Hopefully, this is something that we will get back to post-Covid.  In the meantime, as Dr. Bonnie Henry says, "Be kind, be calm, be safe". We will get through this together!

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Coffee and Conversation

Coffee and Conversation meets every Tuesday at 10:00am. at the Comox Golf Course - right across from John's Your Independent Grocery store.  A great opprotunity to get caught up on the comings and goings at Comox United Church!

Questions: please contact Cameron Cairncross [email protected]

 

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Knitting Group

The KNITTING GROUP  meets weekly. When the weather allows, we meet at the Filberg Park, just inside the Filberg Rd. entrance; if it's cold or rainy, we meet at the church, in Room L1. Come in through the door off the lower parking lot, go straight ahead and we’re in the first room to your left.

We are a supportive community of people who love to craft items. We knit, crochet and quilt items to sell or give away. We have made items for Healthy Babies, the Care-a-Van, and prayer shawls for those in need or as gifts. 

Prayer Shawl Ministry at Comox United Church

This ministry was introduced to Comox United Church by Laurie Davis several years ago. Laurie organized the program, kept records of the people who received a prayer shawl, and always had one wrapped and ready to be delivered. Laurie has moved to Victoria so Valetta Nixon and Elaine Burnell have taken on this ministry’ We will attempt to follow in Laurie’s footsteps.

Prayer shawls are for anyone, not just church members. They can be used for: people undergoing medical procedures; as a comfort in time of loss or in times of stress; during bereavement; birthing, nursing a baby; ministering to others; ordination, celebrations……the possibilities are endless. Requests often come from the Pastoral Care Team but anyone can request a shawl. The shawl is a gift. When a shawl is delivered, a loving prayer or verse is included which is to be read to the receiver by the person delivering it.

The prayer shawls are made by U.C.W. members, congregation members and the Knitting Group. We welcome shawls from all who knit or crochet. We have patterns and yarn available for your use. Elaine Burnell is the person to contact for materials to make a shawl. Her contact information is: [email protected] or text or call 250-465-1619.

Valetta Nixon is the person to contact to request a shawl. Her contact information is: [email protected] or call

250-941-6117. Valetta will also be keeping the records and preparing the shawls for delivery.

Respectfully submitted by Elaine Burnell and Valletta Nixon

Multi-Media Products: baby items, dryer balls, felted purses, underwater coral reefs, crocheted water balloons - the variety is endless! And no yarn is too tangled for the group to tackle together!

We WELCOME all. If you just need a place to chat, come and join us. We would also be eager to help anyone keen to learn how to knit or crochet.   

For more information, please contact Bev Agur by email at [email protected]

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Super Singles

The Super Singles is for single people at Comox United Church to share a Potluck supper together once a month.  We enjoy rousing conversations and are also supportive of each other on our individual life journeys.  We meet the 2nd Friday of the month. 

Rolling with these Covid times, we have once again taken to meeting at people's houses - outside. We each bring our own dinner and lawn chair and continue to enjoy each other's company.

Despite Covid-19, our community spirit thrives!

 

For more information, please contact Ruth Gibson at  [email protected] .

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The Walking Group

The Walking Group meets on the last Sunday of the month for a walk of about an hour.  The group has explored a variety of trails throughout the Comox Valley and always welcomes new walkers.

We’re back! After many months apart from each other we are now able to gather outdoors in groups. The Walking Group will meet at 2 pm this Sunday (July 25th) in the Hardy Road parking lot for a one hour walk in Seal Bay Park. All are welcome to join us on some of the well groomed trails in the park.

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Comox United Church Men's Shed


Men's sheds or community sheds are non-profit local organizations that provide a space for craftwork and social interaction. The movement originated in Australia as a way to improve the health and well-being of older men. There are over 900 sheds located across Australia, with thousands of active members. Men's sheds can be found also in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the United States of America, Canada, Finland, New Zealand and Greece.

The slogan for men's sheds is “Shoulder To Shoulder”, shortened from “Men don't talk face to face, they talk shoulder to shoulder”, adopted after the 2008 Australian Men's Shed Association conference. 


The users of men's sheds are sometimes known as “shedders”. In 2014, Professor Barry Golding coined the term “shedagogy” to describe “a distinctive, new way of acknowledging, describing and addressing the way some men prefer to learn informally in shed-like spaces mainly with other men.” Sheds as a venue for mentoring other men and Inter-generational mentoring is a growing outcome. Academics are using men's sheds as a research venue and research partner in exploring men's health and social needs.


By 2015, men's sheds were also active in a number of other countries, mainly based throughout Europe and South Asia. This included over fifty men's sheds in New Zealand and over two hundred in Ireland. At the end of 2019, there were over 500 men's sheds across the UK. The United States has set up a national association, the US Men's Sheds Association. In Canada, the Men's Shed Association is a peer-run group that aims to build relationships between Canadian sheds, help new ones get started, and raise awareness about the friendly, inclusive, and creative spaces that sheds can offer. In a shed, men get together for activities like  woodworking projects, cooking, bike repairs, music, and yelling at the television during the playoffs (when they happen!).


Doug Mackie founded the first Canadian shed in 2011 in Winnipeg. Doug recognized that many men in his community had both time on their hands and a tendency to suffer from isolation, loneliness, and depression. This was especially true after they retired, as many men tie big parts of their identities to their careers. Since starting Men Sheds Manitoba, Doug has helped men come together, stay productive, and contribute to the community— all of which are keys to good overall health. There are about 20 sheds in Canada. Above all, men's sheds are what we make them.


Sheds are: A gathering place with purpose for men
*Usually involving a work space for those who don’t have one or have to give theirs up.
*Productive. Maybe.
*A place to change the world. Definitely.
*A helping hand. You bet.
So far, at Comox United Church, where the Men’s Shed began to meet in spring 2019, the Shed has converted room L6 (lower level) that used to be used for Youth Activities, then fell into disuse and became a storage unit, into a warm and friendly place: fresh paint, new cupboards, a lovely workbench (thanks, Mike Stewart!), tools, chairs and the all-important coffee facilities.


We have (until the advent of Covid-19) met at least weekly to finish the conversion of the room and to work on some initial projects for other folk. A sign, advertising an All Candidates meeting in our sanctuary was completed in the Shed, for example. We have created little signs that give us some 'ownership' to the space: one sign says, simply: “The Shed” and another sign has incorporated a simple piece of childhood art from some unknown child and framed it for viewing. We have assisted folk with the clearing out of the sub-basement, done church yard work and built a small fence at the back of the church property. We scraped years of moss from a small sidewalk just outside the shed. We cleaned the carpet surface: it looks great! In Covid-19 times, we have met several times online (until the weather improved!) and a few times we have met in socially-distanced spaces in the church parking lot, the Comox Marina Park, Filberg Park, and a member's driveway.


As a way of brainstorming about possible directions, a few of us participated in an excellent men's weekend at the Bethlehem Retreat Centre in Nanaimo. More recently, some of our shed guys have been assisting another man with yard work, interspersed with coffee and conversation. Already, we have deepened relationships and created a safe space for us to gather and grow.


We are the men's shed: we invite other men to consider 'coming on over' and becoming shedders with us! Come and build with us!

The men,                                                                                                                                                Comox U.C. Men's Shed!


Submitted by Scott Agur