Everybody needs a village. People used to grow up with 75 to 150 people who knew them by name. If someone was sick, people would ask about them and some would bring food by the house. Connections for jobs and other helpful information were a natural part of life. Children knew that they had a lot of people looking out for them which made them feel more secure. From birth to death, the generations enjoyed one another and cared for each other.
Most people don’t have a village anymore. More people live alone than with a partner. Children are lucky if they have 3 or 4 adults in their lives on a regular basis. For the first time in history, more Canadians liver alone than with somebody.
Depression rates continue to go up. The latest figures indicate that 50% of Canadian children will be diagnosed with a mood disorder (depression/anxiety) by the time they are 25 yrs of age. Contrast that with the low rates of depression found in countries where most people still have a village and attend a church, synagogue or mosque.
Scientific studies indicate that, on average, being a part of an ongoing, positive spiritual community results in longer life, quicker recovery from operations and sickness and fewer expressions of mental illness.
Trinity United Church Community Centre is excited about creating an inclusive, caring village. We’ve been a community hub for over 100 years. We are a safe place to explore our spirituality without people judging us and telling us what to believe. Trinity offers the opportunity to worship and give thanks for our blessings as we remember the good news that love wins in the end. We draw strength and direction from the inspiration and example of Jesus as we experience together the Magic of Life and Love that we call God.
Many people come to Trinity for programs and social events. Because our core values are Kindness, Respect, and Fairness, people feel at home here whether they self identify as a Christian or not. Trinity is an “Affirming Congregation” that respects every person’s religion, philosophy, and sexual orientation and identity so long as it expresses itself in love. We prefer kind atheists over mean Christians.
If these are your values and you don’t have a village that you are a part of, we invite you to help make Trinity a vibrant, caring community. Your presence will bless us as we bless you as we inspire one another to be the best we can be.
If you would like to talk things over with our minister Paul Browning, his number is 519-455-2710 and his email is firstname.lastname@example.org.