God's love is expressed in our ministry to anyone who needs love and support.
At Knox we strive to be a caring community for our members, friends, and neighbours. Please call the church office when you are aware of a family member or friend that has been admitted or will be admitted to hospital. Rev Shirley Gale visits Guelph General Hospital twice a week even when we have nobody known to be admitted, just to be certain we haven’t missed anyone.
Any pastoral concerns or crisis please contact Rev Johan Olivier at the church office 519-821-0141 or by email at: Johan@knoxguelph.ca.
PASTOR’S AID VISITORS
A MINISTRY OF KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
For over 106 years The PASTOR’S AID VISITORS ministry has been serving the members of this church family by providing friendly, caring visits to those who are unable to attend church services and fellowship events.
Most of those visited are seniors and these visits not only remind them that they are important and valued sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus, but helps to keep these members meaningfully included as part of the Knox family. These visits provide opportunities to hear from these members and to share with them the news regarding the life and ministries of Knox Church.
The Pastors’ Aid Visitors remember these members by sending greeting cards at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and birthdays. In addition, monthly letters are sent to members who live in nursing homes or seniors’ residences in other communities. Each Christmas the Pastors’ Aid Visitors deliver Poinsettias to our members who are unable to leave their homes.
It is the experience of the Pastors’ Aid Visitors that this a ministry they find both enriching and most enjoyable, as one of the Pastors’ Aid Visitors, said, “these visits are some of the most meaningful experiences I have as a member of the church family and as a way to express my faith.”
YOU ARE INVITED!
For more information regarding this ministry, you are welcome to contact Dr. Shirley Gale at:
519-821-0141 (Knox Church) or by email at: email@example.com.
Facing Tough Times??
Need an ‘after’ caregiver??
Stephen Ministers are there...
- After the doctors have said there is nothing more they can do
- After the relationship ends but the wound is still raw
- After you’ve received a pink slip with your final pay cheque
- After you have been an accident victim
- After family and friends have heard your story one too many times but you still need to talk
- After it seems everyone has gone and you are all alone
- After a spiritual crisis and you feel hopeless
- After any loss that is important to you
Now is the time to email/telephone Arnold Bethune:
Church Office: 519-821-0141
Stephen Ministers Training:
Stephen Ministers have 50 hours of training in active listening, responding to feelings, maintaining confidentiality, dealing with crises and many other topics important to care giving. They meet for supervision and take advantage of continuing education when available. Stephen Ministers have police checks. This service is free to members of the community of Guelph as well as members of the congregation.
If you feel you would like to serve as a Stephen Minister, please contact as indicated above.
For more information on this Internationally recognized care giving service, go to
Letters by Rev. John McGurrin
October 29, 2017
Philippians 1 (NIV)
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons]: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident n the Lord and dare to proclaim the gospel without fear. It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.
Dear Friends in Christ,
How grateful we should be that men and women like Paul devoted themselves to the truth about Christ even to the point of accepting punishment and prison for their belief. Their devotion caused this gospel to be passed down so that we in our day could receive it and enter the fellowship of faith and salvation. Sometimes we may find ourselves ridiculed by those who have not accepted Jesus as God’s Son, our Saviour. Paul’s example should give us strength to proclaim our faith today. Compared to Paul our trial is as nothing. We too should be in a constant state of rejoicing for truly our sin is wiped away and our salvation is assured if we but accept God’s gift.
Father in heaven we rejoice in our thanksgiving for the gift of forgiveness in Christ’s death on the cross. Continue your powerful presence in our lives that we may publicly declare our trust. Amen
October 22, 2017
Exodus 33:12-23 New International Version (NIV)
Moses and the Glory of the Lord
Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people. ”The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. ”Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name. ”Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory. ”And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live. ”Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”
Dear Friends in Christ Jesus,
God has a plan. He had a plan for Moses and he has a plan for each one of us. Even better than that God will reveal to each of us the plan He has for us. Moses wanted to know exactly what God’s plan was for him and when he asked God revealed it to him.
He will do the same for us. But even better, when Moses felt uncertain and admitted this to God, God promised to go with him on this journey and then he proceeded to reveal himself to Moses.
What more could we ever ask for. A specific plan from God. His Spirit to with us. And a revealing of himself as we travel on this journey.
Jesus gave us the same promises. “Follow me”: He tells us each one. “I will go with you” And at the time of his ascension into
Heaven he says “I must go now but where I am going you cannot follow now. But when I go I will send a helper to be with you forever, the Holy Spirit. This is the job of the Spirit to be with you forever and to teach us of Jesus and his will for us.
How could we ever ask for more. What God provided for Moses he also provides for you and I.
Father in heaven, continue to show the way. Continue to guide us through the presence of your Spirit. In Jesus name. Amen.
October 14, 2017
Matthew 14. 22-36
Jesus Walks on the Water
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
34 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him 36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
Dear Friends in Christ,
When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water there was no doubt in their minds, “Truly you are the Son of God” was their immediate reply. And when they got to the other side of the sea and climbed out of the boat they immediately spread the word. The response was immediate and spectacular. The people brought all their sick to him and those who touched the hem of his garment were healed.
Sight led to faith and faith to action.
The same reaction and possibility could be ours. Faith and trust lead to the power of God being released.
What does that say about the strength of our faith?
The missing element is the lack of trust and faithful action on our part. When was the last time we shared with another person what we believe about Jesus? When was the last time we expressed our belief and faith in who, we know him to be? Perhaps we should ask for God’s Spirit to enter our minds, our hearts and our Spirits to renew our conviction that we might speak again with real faith and enthusiasm.
July 2, 2017
Romans 6: selected (NIV)
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
Matthew 10:40-42 (NIV)
40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
Dear Friends in Christ Jesus,
Sorry I haven’t posted a devotional letter in the last two weeks. I finally made it home from hospital after six months and while I’ve been busy getting myself organized my computer crashed totally. I lost everything and now am working on a new laptop and having to slowly recover some of the programs and information that I had on the former machine. Hardest of all is the loss of all the email addresses of friends and businesses.
Summer time is upon us and hopefully most if not all of you will find it a time of renewal. Let’s leave behind our faults and old sins and find renewal in the love and grace of Jesus. I can think of no better activity
than this. Welcome Jesus anew into your life and be ready to share all that He means to you with others. This would be the most refreshing cup of water you could offer to a friend, a neighbour, or a stranger. Pray for those of us who will be working at VBS the second week of July that we might in kindness and love share something of what Jesus means to us personally with each of the children who comes to learn.
Father give us an overflowing of your love and grace that we may share with those we meet each day. AMEN.
The Twiddlemuffs Ministry began in April, 2017. "Twiddlemuffs" -- therapeutic hand muffs are knitted for those with dementia to provide them with warmth and tactile stimulation for their often restless hands. Caregivers report that Twiddlemuffs help reduce agitation and the amount of medication needed.
Since April, 2017, Knox Church has distributed over 200 Twiddlemuffs to seniors homes and hospitals in Guelph.
In late 2017 a number of Twiddlemuffs were delivered to the staff at Guelph General Hospital as part of the hospital's "Seniors Friendly" initiative.
Pneumonia Prevention Vests
Pneumonia prevention vests and also hats are knit to reduce pneumonia deaths of children in India. These are sent in cooperation with those knit at St. Andrew's Women's Missionary Society.
Patterns for Muffs, Vests, Hats
Patterns are available from the Church Office (519-821-0141) (firstname.lastname@example.org) or from Dr. Shirley Gale (email@example.com) either by email or printed copy.