Spirituality

Leaders' Reflections

These reflections, produced each month by Rideau Park staff, are intended for use by committee chairs and other group leaders in the church.

The reflections are in PDF format. Please refer to the requirements for viewing PDF files.

Note: these files can be quite large, and could take several minutes to download using a 56K dial-up modem.

You can view the reflections by clicking on a link below, or you can download the file to your hard drive (on most browsers, right-click* on the link, and choose “Save (Link or Target) As...”).


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Resources

Library

We have a wonderful church library of Christian novels, devotionals, studies, etc.  The library is located behind the Sunday School counter. The library is open whenever the church is open! Judy Evans (613-733-3156 x229 info@rideaupark.ca) is our librarian.

Labyrinth

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Spirituality Group

Rideau Park’s Spirituality Group has created a number of projects intended to nurture and enhance the spiritual life of the congregation. The resources developed for these projects can be accessed by following the links below.

Although the Spirituality Group is no longer operating, additional resources will continue to appear here as they are developed by other Rideau Park groups.

Rideau Park Resources

Please visit our Spirituality category in the resources section.

If your congregation would like to use any of the above resources, you are welcome to do so free of charge, but that we ask that you tell us that you are using them (via email to Steve Clifton) and that you acknowledge the source of the materials when you use them.

Prayer Chain

boyDogPrayer.jpg 206x200Our Rideau Park Prayer Chain has begun the work of keeping the needs of our community in our prayers. The prayer chain is a group of people from the congregation who are committed to pray each day for concerns that are brought to them. Prayer requests for people can be sent to the chain by e-mail or phone. Prayers will then be offered. Names and circumstances need not be included with prayer requests and all information that is provided will be kept confidential within the chain. If you have a prayer request you can send it via e-mail to prayerchain@rideaupark.ca, or you can leave a message at the church at 613-733-3156 extension 227. If you would like to join our prayer group and offer prayers for our community, you can send your name to the e-mail address listed above.


Prayer:

God of Compassion and Strength: Give us, everywhere and always, a sense of Your presence, Your love, and Your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in Your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to You, we shall see Your hand, Your purpose, Your will in all things. Amen (Ignatius of Loyola)

Prayer Shawl Ministry

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Imagine that you are lonely, grieving or ill, or perhaps leaving home for the first time, or celebrating the birth of a child and what a blessing it would be to receive a soft, warm and comforting shawl that was created with the love and prayers of your church family.  Over the centuries, shawls have come to symbolize shelter, peace and spiritual sustenance. An initiative called the Prayer Shawl Ministry began in 1998 (for more info check out www.shawlministry.com) and since then, members of this organization have lovingly donated their time and talents by creating hand-knit and crocheted shawls, filled with the power of prayer, for those in need. 

How is a prayer shawl made?  The shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way.  The experience has been described by many as a very moving and powerful experience with both the giver and receiver feeling encircled by the love of a sheltering, mothering God!

A Prayer Shawl Ministry has begun here at Rideau Park. Together with the Pastoral Care Committee and several willing volunteers, we have already begun to create an inventory of shawls. The first batch of prayer shawls were dedicated at a service in April 2007 and we look forward to continuing on with this ministry with the creation and blessing of more shawls in the coming months and years.

How can you get involved?   If you like to knit or crochet, we need volunteers to create the shawls.  Patterns and materials are available.  If you have yarn that isn't being used, we would happily accept donations. If there is enough interest, regularly scheduled prayer shawl meetings could be held, either at the church, or in our homes, where we could prayerfully work on shawls together.  Finally, if you know of someone who would benefit from receiving a prayer shawl, or for more information, please speak to any member of the Pastoral Care Committee, or call the church office at 613-733-3156 ext 229.

Objective

Prayer shawls are knit or crocheted by members of the Rideau Park congregation. Prayers for comfort and grace are said while the project is being completed. They can be given to those that may be ill, grieving, lonely, in celebration of a birth or wedding, or for any other reason deemed appropriate. 

Blessing

The shawls are blessed by the ministry staff before distribution.  They may be blessed as part of a regular Sunday service, or on an individual basis, depending upon the urgency and timing of the request.

Distribution

If a prayer shawl is desired, please contact the church office at 613-733-3156. Please indicate if the person requesting the shawl wants to deliver it themselves, or if it is preferred that a member of the Pastoral Care Committee or some other designated person take the shawl to the recipient.

Prayer shawls will be wrapped in tissue and put in a white gift bag, ready for presentation.  Attached to the gift bag will be a card stating the purpose of the prayer shawl and that it has been provided by the Prayer Shawl Ministry of RPUC. There is room on this card for personal notes, if desired.

If shawls are requested for people who are not a part of the Rideau Park congregation, a voluntary donation toward the cost of the yarn would be appreciated. Also, if the shawl is to be mailed, this would be the responsibility of the person requesting the shawl.

Journal

A journal will be maintained listing the names of those who have requested prayer shawls and the intended recipient, if appropriate. If it is the wish of either the requestor or the recipient to remain anonymous, this will be respected.  It is also hoped that a small sample of the yarn will be provided by the creator of each shawl, and, if possible and appropriate, a picture of the recipient wearing the shawl, to be included in the journal.    

  

Online Studies

Some of the studies which we engage in at Rideau Park provide the opportunity for people near or far to access the study material (and in some cases also to participate) online. Currently, online access is available for the following studies:


Weekly Lectionary Bible Study

On Wednesday mornings, we host a Bible Study in our church. About 12 people gather to discuss the readings for the following Sunday. Leadership is provided by the preacher for that Sunday; the study is part of the sermon writing process. The study is also available online in the form of a blog. The online version of the study provides opportunity for more people to participate in the discussion. Welcome to this holy conversation!

Visit the online version of this study.


An Introduction to Christian Meditation

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Note: this study has now concluded, but the online notes are still available at the link given below.

Peace. Patience. Steadiness of Spirit. Calmness in the face of the storms of life. A sense of God’s presence deep within. These are just some of the benefits of meditation. On Sunday mornings in January, beginning January 9 (from 11:15 to 11:45 am) you are invited to An Introduction to Christian Meditation: four half-hour sessions to help anyone get started in the practice of meditation.

See the online notes for this study.


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The First Paul

Note: this study has now concluded, but the online notes are still available at the link given below.

This study runs on Monday nights November 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 7:30 pm. This fall we are exploring The First Paul, co-authored by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan.  If you have the impression that the apostle Paul was conservative, then join us and explore Borg and Crossan’s book, which invites us to reclaim a radical visionary behind the traditional image.  Books are available for $14.00, or on loan from the church library.

Visit the online version of this study.


Fall 2012 Book Study

This fall we will be reading Keith Wright’s The Hell Jesus Never Intended, a reassessment of traditional biblical teachings about judgement, punishment and our ultimate destination.  The study group will meet Monday evenings at 7:30 pm, during October and November.  Copies of the book will be available for $20.00 through the church office, you can purchase an “ebook” from the publisher (woodlakebooks.com) or borrow a copy from the church library.  If you are not able to join us on Monday evenings, check the online study notes at http://hellbookstudy.blogspot.ca.