Pastoral Care Ministry
Parkdale’s Pastoral Care Ministry provides care for seniors and other vulnerable people in our congregation and community. This includes, but is not limited to: visiting, praying, phoning and providing food.
Minister of Pastoral Care
Rev. Alcris Limongi is Parkdale’s Minister of Pastoral Care. She is firmly committed to bringing a spiritual dimension to pastoral care situations, including prayer and reading of scriptures. She brings a wealth of experience having served as the associate pastor for the Latino community at Millbrook United Methodist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also recently worked as the Racial Justice, Gender Justice and Sexual Minorities Program Coordinator at the General Council Offices of the United Church of Canada. (Read More)
Pastoral Care Services
Visitations: Regularly visit people who live in seniors’ residences and nursing homes, as well as, those who still live on their own but have difficulty attending church on a regular basis. Currently there are approximately 40 people who are visited.
Special Communion Services: Hold special Easter and Thanksgiving Communion Services for seniors who cannot come to church on a regular basis. A time of fellowship is held after each service where the seniors had an opportunity to chat.
Transportation: Provide transportation for those in need.
Easter Lilies: Deliver Parkdale’s Easter lilies to people who live in seniors’ residences and nursing homes, as well as, those who live on their own.
Caring Kitchens Program: Cook food or meals for those in need.
College and University Student Care Packages: Prepare care packages of small items, such as, hot chocolate, chocolate bars, cookies, etc. that are delivered to students studying for final exams.
Prayer Group: Meet bi-monthly on Wednesday mornings to respond prayerfully to requests from the congregation, as well as, pray for the life ministry of the congregation, and for our neighbourhood, city, country and the world. There is a prayer box located at the rear, north entrance of the Sanctuary where members of the congregation can leave their prayer requests.
Prayer Shawl Group: Meet bi-monthly on Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:30 for a sacred time of knitting and crocheting prayer shawls which will be delivered to those in need of prayer. Everyone from beginner to expert is welcome.
On Communion Sundays, a second offering is collected with donations going to Parkdale’s Benevolent Fund.
At the discretion of the Pastoral Care staff, Parkdale’s Benevolent Fund provides direct support and assistance, such as: food vouchers, meal tickets, clothing and rent support to individuals and families in need. On average, 25-30 individuals are helped each month.
How You Can Help
If you are interested in visiting residents of seniors’ homes and nursing homes, there is a six week training course. To find out more, please contact Rev. Alcris Limongi:
If you would like to participate in other groups and activities of the Pastoral Care Ministry, please contact the Chair of the Pastoral Care Committee at: