Suicide Intervention Training
Today 10 people in Canada will end their lives by suicide. For each death, seven to ten survivors are profoundly affected. In 2015 almost 3.5 million Canadians aged 12 and over had thoughts of suicide.
Suicide affects us all, but do you feel equipped to support someone who may be having thoughts of suicide?
Trinity St Andrew’s United Church is hosting Frank Blanchet, an experienced suicide intervention instructor.
Come to a workshop on
Saturday, Feb 1, 9:30 – 12:30 to learn how to throw someone a lifeline.
This workshop is for everyone, including teachers, coaches, community leaders, and you.
For more information or to register, please call
Trinity-St .Andrew’s United Church 613-475-1311
or email to let us know you are coming.
We offer Gently used affordable clothing and accessories to the Brighton community. The Clothing Depot is run completely by our dedicated volunteers. All profits are dispersed back into the local community.
Our hours are Wed,
Notes of Hope
Notes of Hope meets once a month (first Tuesday of the month resuming in September) to send letters of support or petition around the world and within Canada. We use Amnesty International "Urgent Action" bulletins, as well as United Church 'Take Action' requests, and others. A background sheet of information is provided, as well as sample letters, addresses, web sites, and more.
Each participant is free to choose whichever request speaks to them. We use email and/or snail mail, and enjoy a hot drink while we work. Each month we mail out one to two dozen Notes of Hope.
Outreach committee spearheads a group of people who have gotten to know and support men that come from the Caribbean to assist in our local farming activities. We provide transport for them to medical appointments as well as a location and meal for them where they can socialize with us and other workers. We call on the congregation and community to assist with these activities and we try to find items needed for their work here as well as items they would like to take back home with them. We provided about 15 meals, many trips to medical appointments and shopping when they were not working. We are honoured to know these hard working men as friends and neighbours some have been leaving their families at home for 31 years to work on our farms. Before Christmas we invite Ten Thousand Villages from Cobourg to provide us with items for sale. This money is used to assist with expenses for our migrant workers events. We cannot thank the congregation enough for the support they have provided to us.
At TSA, we consider ourselves a loving family. And when families are at their best, they look out for each other. As beloved children of God, we believe that we all contain the light of God’s love in our hearts, and we want to share that light. We do that through worship, church programs, outreach projects, and one smile at a time, with everyone we meet!
Sometimes, members of our congregation face life changes that stop them from coming to church. They still consider themselves part of our community, but can’t physically come to our services or events regularly. As a way of reminding them that we still care, and that they are important to us, we have a friendly visitor program.
Visitors are required to take training and get a vulnerable sector police check. Two or three times each month, pairs of volunteer visitors will spend time with church members in their houses or long term care facility, listening to the concerns of the person who is shut-in, and sharing news from the church and wider community. If something emerges that concerns the visitors, they can report back to a confidential circle, or to the minister to decide next steps.
Friendly visitors will gather together periodically to support each other, check in, and receive further training.
Local artist Carol Saucier has donated original watercolour cards to leave with people we have visited, so they can remember the visit after the fact.
Are you interested in becoming a friendly visitor? Do you know someone who would benefit from a regular church visitor? Please contact Sonja Rundle, Ron Saucier or Rev. Wanda Stride.(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trinity-St. Andrew's United Church is proud to be a part of this community supper/charity that brings churches together and breaks down denominational walls. It takes approximately 100 volunteers to feed the people of our community every Wednesday evening, 5pm, September through to the end of June. All are welcome. There is no fee for the dinner. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the church office for further information.
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