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We are intentional at Parkdale United Church about creating opportunities for building connections with each other.  Often, we connect with each other through meaningful conversations and socializing with one another.  We also reach out to each other, offering care, concern, prayer, and assistance when others are going through difficult times.  Through building connections at Parkdale United Church, we show we love each other when we walk together in our joys and sorrows.

Building Connections through Care

At Parkdale United Church, we show care for each other when we walk together in challenging times. Sometimes, care is expressed with a phone call, card or email to show concern and offer encouragement. Care can be shown with an informal chat on a Sunday morning. At Parkdale United Church, we also have more intentional ways of showing care for friends and members of the congregation. We express care and build connections by sending anniversary cards to couples who have been married in the church, sending birthday cards to children who have been baptised, preparing and delivering cookie plates at Christmas, sending cards to and visiting homebound members of the church, blessing prayer stones, arranging for prayer candles at the front of the sanctuary and making Care Notes available. We also express care for each other through our Knitting Ministry, Prayer Circle and Healing Pathway.

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Knitting Ministry

The knitting ministry at Parkdale is dedicated to knitting Prayer Shawls for people who are ill or in need of comfort as well as baby blankets for the newest members of our congregation. The knitting group also knits “prayer squares” to leave at the front of the sanctuary so people who come to church can have a little reminder of God’s comforting presence.


Parkdale United Church has an indoor labyrinth, located in the lower level of the church, available for those who would like to walk the labyrinth as a spiritual, healing or meditative experience. Walking the labyrinth helps some people to feel expansive, grounded, and balanced. It may help reduce grief and enhance physical and emotional healing. Each person experiences the labyrinth in their own way. The labyrinth is open most week days and Sunday mornings.

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Prayer Circle

The Prayer Circle focuses healing thought on those who are unwell in body or spirit, or who wish for spiritual healing with the use of daily contemplation and meditation. With permission, members of the Prayer Circle hold a person’s concern in God’s love and pray for his or her highest good.

Healing Pathway Ministry

Healing Pathway is an energy-based therapeutic approach to healing. It uses light touch to influence the energy system with the intent of balancing physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and well-being. The source of healing energy is from God and is a gift of Spirit. When we use touch in a compassionate, heart-felt manner, God can use us as a conduit, pouring energy where it is needed. The goal is to restore harmony, balance and wholeness in body, mind and spirit, enabling the person to heal. Healing touch complements traditional approaches to health and healing, and is not meant to substitute for them.  Treatments are available by appointment. Please contact the church to make arrangements, 403-283-3301.

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