Ethel Wilson Women’s Group

The Ethel Wilson Women’s Group meets once a month on the last Tuesday at 7:30 pm to provide fellowship, love and support for one another. The meetings feature an activity or guest speaker and are a great way to get to know other women in the church. Every November the group stages the popular On The Ridge Craft Fair, a juried craft show.

 





Men’s Breakfast Group

The Men’s Breakfast Group meets every second Saturday at 8 am in the church hall. The men take turns preparing the breakfast. They have a guest speaker who may talk on anything from the history of Palestine to the life of a stand-up comic.

 




Bible Study

A various times throughout the year Rev. Bill Cantelon or Nancy Walker lead a Bible Study series on Wednesday mornings at 10 am. These typically involve reading, reflection and discussion. The next study starts in October and will focus on imperfection.

 

 





Music Ministry

If you love music you’ve come to the right place. Cordova Bay United Church has all sorts of opportunities to get involved in our music ministry.

 

 




The Choir

If you love to sing, then the Choir is the place for you.

Under the direction of Garry Froese, the choir currently has about two dozen members who perform anthems and lead the singing at the Sunday morning service. The Choir practices every Thursday at 7 pm, except during the summer. The Choir welcomes everyone who wants to sing.  Contact Garry for more details.


 





The Band

If playing music is your thing, then the CBUC Band might just be right for you. Under the direction of Elaine Zandee, The Band plays every third Sunday and during special occasions. There are presently 10 members who play everything from the standup bass to the clarinet. Have a musical instrument but haven’t played in years? Don’t worry, the CBUC Band welcomes everyone. They practice every third Thursday in the evening.

 




Chime Choir

The Chime Choir is yet another opportunity to get involved in the CBUC music ministry. Under the direction of  Margaret Chambers, the Chime Choir performs regularly on our wonderful collection of chimes. The choir currently has nine members but always welcomes anyone who wants to try their hand at chiming.  They practice every Thursday at 6:30 pm.

 





The Knitting Group

Are you a knitter? Would you like to learn how to knit? Then the Knitting Group has a place for you. The group numbers 15 at the moment and they get together on the third Wednesday of the month in the afternoon to knit items like our famous prayer shawls and the fabulous fish and chip sweaters that were made for the For The Love of Africa non-profit that works in Tanzania. Contact the church office for details on how to get involved. 

 


Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry offers tangible comfort, support and love as part of Cordova Bay United Church’s pastoral care.  The shawls are knitted either at home or during the regular knitters’ gathering.  The shawls are then blessed during Sunday worship and given to those in need of pastoral care, babies on the occasion of their baptism, longtime members who are relocating and various other instances.  If you would like to offer your pastoral care, gifts and skills through this ministry and would like more information talk to the church office.


 



Prayer Chain

Pray without ceasing. - Thessalonians 5:17

The Prayer Chain is a ministry available to anyone who would like to request others to pray for them. Anyone can ask for a prayer.

 

The Cordova Bay United prayer chain has been helping people for more than 25 years (established in 1992). Members of the prayer chain lift up those who have asked for prayer, literally surrounding them with thoughts and prayers. 

 

Requests can be for anything: illness, loss of job, in need of support through a difficult time, etc. Generally, prayers are offered daily over a period of time, which may vary with each request. People are kept on the prayer chain for a month unless a request comes, with an update, asking for the name to be extended.  Contact the church office for more details.




 




Healing Pathway

Healing Pathway is an accessible way to develop skills for offering healing to yourself and to others. The training uses a meditative, energy-based experiential approach. A United Church ministry, Healing Pathway was developed from the American Holistic Nurses Association’s Healing Touch. The Healing Pathway practice groups meets once per month. If you are curious about or interested in this ministry contact the church office.



 




Book Club

The Book Club meets every third Friday at 10 am in the Friendship Room. If you’d like to join them, contact Marjorie Gray or just show up.

 

 



Church Library

Our church library may not be big but it is mighty. Some of the titles we carry include Marcus  Borg’s Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus & The Heart of Contemporary Faith and Joanne Henry’s Powered By Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa. We have fiction too, including the latest from Alexander McCall Smith: Love over Scotland. The library is cared for and curated by volunteers. Want to help? Contact Pat MacLeod.

 




Carrot Seed Preschool

Cordova Bay United Church has been operating Carrot Seed  Preschool for the last 30 years. Our programs are child directed and teacher supported. You can view information about current programs, including days, times, and fees, on the                                                                                                                                        Programs and Fees Page.

 

Carrot Seed encourages children to make decisions independently, with guidance and support. Learn more about the preschool's philosophy and vision, and check out links to research and other organizations here on the Philosophy and Vision Page. You can get in touch with them by email at carrotseedpreschool@telus.net by phone at (250) 658-2331, or visit the Contact Us Page.



 




Church Council 

Cordova Bay United is governed by a council made up on church members and ministry staff. The council executive is elected at the annual congregational meeting in February. Interested in becoming a council member? Talk to current chair Bill Walker.

 

 

Church committees

Church committees are where some of the most fulfilling and rewarding work gets done.


  • Caring – Provides care and support for church members, especially those with special needs or who are isolated.

  • Carrot Seed – Governs the Carrot Seed Preschool, which has been operating since 1988.

  • Children, Youth and Young Adults – Responsible for building and supporting children, youth and young adults in their Christian faith, leadership development and growth.

  • Ministry and Personnel —Responsible for supporting, overseeing, and supervising our ministry personnel and lay staff.

  • Outreach – Supports and encourages change and outreach in this community and internationally.

  • Property – Manages the church building and property

  • Stewardship – helps the church fulfill its mission and ministry through a year-round, ongoing stewardship program.

  • Trustees – the formal body that legally holds the property for the use and benefit of the congregation.