Senior Adults

Seniors Connection – A Community Program for Older Adults

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Seniors from Highlands and the larger community in North Vancouver meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm, for a fun, informative and engaging experience.

Fall (Sept-Dec) 2017 Seniors Connection Schedule of Events

Each event begins with 15 minutes of chair exercises, followed by a guest speaker and a hot lunch. Each session offers opportunities for continued learning, access to information and resources, and the sense of well being that comes from being in relationship and connecting with others. The cost per session is $7 and signup in advance for each event is required.

For more information, to sign up for an event, or to participate as a volunteer, contact Colleen Blair. (While Colleen is away on Sabbatical, returning December 1, 2017, please contact Sandi Parker)

September 20…. Walking the Pilgrim Way, with Will Sparks
The Camino de Santiago is one of the oldest and most travelled pilgrim walks in the world. For centuries, Christians have made a spiritual practice of walking to the burial place if Saint James in Santiago in northwestern Spain. This summer, Will walked a piece of the pilgrim walk and will share the story and some photos.

October 4…. “Outpatient same-day heart surgery: the future has arrived”
Meet Dr. David Wood, an interventional and structural cardiologist at VGH. As part of the Centre for Heart Valve Innovation in Vancouver, he is at the leading edge of a new, innovative, minimally invasive treatment for people with valvular heart disease. Dr. Wood is one of the foremost cardiologists in the world performing this revolutionary procedure.

October 18…. Sing along with The Londoners.
Join Marny Peirson and members of the Londoners choir, fora rousing singalong, that will leave you with a spring in
your step!   “Words make you think. Music makes you feel.” – E.Y. Harburg

November 1… Pigeons in War, with Tom Van Walleghem 
Often regarded as a pesky, urban bird, few people know the important role pigeons have played in wars over the centuries.  This entertaining presentation will convince you to see pigeons in a whole new light – as brave and highly intelligent “heroes”.

November 15…. Lions Gate Hospital History, with Joanne McLellan.
Come to hear about the history of care on the North Shore from the first hospital, in a small house with 6 beds at East 15th Street and St. Andrews to the new Hope Centre at the corner of East 13th Street and St. Andrews and everything in between. Explore 109 years of history in our community.

November 29…. Seniors Connection Christmas Bus Trip to Krause Berry Farm in Langley and Lunch at Burnaby Heritage Village. Cost: $45 includes transportation, lunch, ride on the carousel, and all taxes and gratuities. C

December 6… Christmas lunch and Entertainment 
Gather with friends old and new for the wonderful Higher Ground concert and delicious Christmas lunch, that has become a wonderful tradition in this season
of light.

 

Caring Ministry

Highlands is building a lay-led ministry that will ensure support is there in the difficult patches of our life’s journey.

Tanis van Drimmelen, a trained visitor with a compassionate heart, is our designated Hospital, Palliative and Hospice Visitor. If you or someone you know is in need of a hospital visit, please call the Church Office ((604)980-6071) and Tanis will be alerted immediately. It takes all of us being aware to ensure that everyone in the congregation receives a caring visit.

Care Facility Visitors

When people move into Care facilities, it’s a big adjustment. Often, they lose touch with their former faith community. Highlands Caring Ministry has a visitor for each North Shore facility that is home to a Highlands person. These visitors connect at least once a month and bring news of church friends and bring some caring faith resources. If you would like to visit folks in a Care facility, or be on the sub/alternate visitor list, please call Jacqueline Scott through the Church Office ((604) 980-6071).

Highlands “At Home” Ministry

As people live longer and remain in their own homes, there can be some acute loneliness in that decision. Visits and friends are more important than ever. Doree Piercy is the contact person for Highlands At-Home Caring Ministry and tries to ensure that people living alone receive caring phone calls. Would you like to be a caring visitor for the At Home people? Contact Doree Piercy through the Church Office (604) 980-6071).

Caring Packages

Twice a year the invitation goes out for people to bake cookies and make goodies so we can deliver care packages to people in Care facilities and in the “At Home” Ministry, as well as a few with special circumstances. This ministry requires bakers and volunteers who will deliver the packages and have a caring visit. The packages usually go out for Christmas and Easter. You can volunteer through the Church Office or respond to the invitation when it comes in the weekly Highlights newsletter.
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