June 19, 2007

Great Training Opportunity!

Calling Lakes Center (formerly known as PCTC) is a United Church training center located in the beautiful Qu'Appelle valley of Saskatchewan. One of the programs they offer is a program for Licensed Lay Worship Leaders. Normally it involves travelling to the center for 6 weekends over a period of 2 years.

BUT-- an opportunity has come for people in Northwestern Ontario to take part in this program closer to home. Calling Lakes Center will take the program on the road starting this November. The place will likely be in Thunder Bay. They need a minimum of 10 paricipants to run the program.

The program is aimed at those who are interested in providing worship leadership when the regular minister is unavailable for some reason--either the charge is vacant or the minister is away--or for those who are interested in doing pulpit supply not only in their home congregation but in neighbouring churches as well. IT discusses all elements of worship planning and leadership, possibly including training around sacraments in line with the newly created role (as of General Council 39 last summer) of Sacraments Elder.

It is expected that the cost would be $300 per weekend for somewhere between 3 and 6 weekends over 2 years (depending how the center chooses to run the program). However at last week's Executive meeting it was decided that Presbytery would offer to provide 1/3 of the registration fee for United Church participants. Also Presbytery will help find billets in Thunder Bay.

This is a great opportunity. Anyone who is interested in encouraged to contact Gord for more information. Or if you know someone you think would be good for this please pass the information on to them.

ADD: The deadline for registrations is Sepember 30

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