Brockville Presbyterial W.M.S. met on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at Knox Presbyterial Church, Morrisburg, for the annual meeting. President Catherine Blatch opened with prayer focusing on the theme, “Reach out in love.”
The Winchester group led worship with Claire McPhee and Donna Wilson seeking guidance from Luke 17, 11-19, for the proper approach to the rejected and dejected people in society. People needing to be encouraged and befriended today are the Ottawa Inner City homeless and First Nations people who need to be heard and action taken.
Reports were encouraging and accepted. In 2012 money has been donated to Gracefield Retreat Centre and Canada Youth who will meet at Brock University. The amount was $200 each.
Catherine divided everyone into five groups to discuss how to give love and receive love based on the Bible and on real life experiences.
After lunch, Janell Moore and Leslie Claxton of Morrisburg, chose beautiful duets to follow the theme, then led all participants in a sing along of joyful songs.
Reverend Ken MacLaren, as executive director of the Inner City Ministry, was introduced by the president.
He explained that homeless people are drawn to Ottawa from the Ottawa Valley mainly. Services are easier to access here without public transit than in other cities. He, along with volunteers, befriends residents and encourages them to use their God-given talents to help others and show respect for one another.
The Passion for Youth Art Program for street kids helps to develop self esteem, talent and relationships by role playing and has had success returning some of the young people to productive lives after finishing high school and work programs. People interested in becoming involved can phone 613-237-6031 or contact www.ottawainnercityministries.ca.
Gifts of winter street survival kits gathered by the five groups at the session were presented to Rev. MacLaren along with a monetary donation for the Inner City Ministry.
A fitting memoriam was given for former members by Mary Moorhead and Donna McIlveen from the Ventnor group.
It was announced the Spring Rally would be held in St. Paul’s, Winchester, at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. At that time, Catherine will give an account of her exposure tour of the Immigration Centre in Montreal and about our project to offer improvements through Action Réfugiés Montréal. We welcome everyone to join us in this cause.
The annual Synodical of Quebec and Eastern Ontario will meet at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Carleton Place, on Friday and Saturday, April 13-14.
Donna McIlveen installed the 2012 executive at the conclusion of the meeting.