Circle Of Care

Our Circle Of Care continues to be active during the time of COVID-19 restrictions; please reach out if you are in need.

Everyone at First Unitarian is involved in our Circle of Care by offering each other companionship and treating each other with compassion and respect. In addition to the benefits of being part of a community, we offer the programs listed below to provide other forms of spiritual care. Volunteers on our caring committees are screened and trained to provide support to members of the Congregation.

The Listening Ministry consists of trained lay pastors who offer compassionate presence and a listening ear to people in need. If you’re going through a difficult time, wrestling with a decision or just needing to talk, you can reach out to Jeanne Van Bronkhorst.

The Pastoral Care Team supports our congregants who benefit from a friendly visitor or phone outreach when they are unable to attend services due to illness or other factors. The Pastoral Care Team also hosts workshops and discussions on a wide range of caregiving-related subjects and coordinates the First Meals First program of meals for short-term need. Contact Jeanne Van Bronkhorst or Allan Brand.

Our Ministers work closely with our caring volunteers to provide support for members of the congregation. They can offer short-term pastoral counselling for a range of personal concerns and will assist in finding additional professional supports in the community as needed. Contact Rev. Shawn Newton or Rev. Lynn Harrison.

First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto also maintains an active Greeting Card Ministry, sending cards to those who are grieving, ill or celebrating an accomplishment. As well, our Memorial Wall provides an ongoing opportunity for people in the community to honour and remember their loved ones.