Experience Belonging

Enjoy the warmth!

Activities come and go, but we offer a community for life. We’re still gathering online to help you celebrate your joys and offer support when you need it. Check our options below, then contact us if you’d like to learn more – or join us!

Fairlawn is an Affirming Ministry, so we celebrate the:
• diversity of God’s creation, and
• our community’s richness with its diversity in age, gender identity, racial and cultural backgrounds, mental health, sexual orientation, ability, and family configurations.

We seek to create a safe space where everyone is welcome to bring every aspect of your whole self to participate in our community.

Contact Us
If you’d like more information about any of our Experience Belonging programs listed below, please contact us at .

Social

Basketball

Fairlawn’s Basketball group may not be able to play in the gym right now, but it is still meeting on Zoom on Mondays at 9:00 p.m. so members can chat and maintain their connection.

 

Book Sale

Fairlawn’s famous book sale is usually held on the last weekend of April each year, but this year it’s been postponed until we resume activities in our building. It provides many opportunities to volunteer and meet others in your community, as well as great bargains on gently used books (fiction and non-fiction), DVDs, CDs, and records.

 

Broadview Discussion Group

Do you love to read and discuss what you read? You can join us to discuss the most current issue of Broadview magazine. Meetings are held the fourth Monday evening of the month, usually from September to June – but watch for one late summer this year.

 

Coffee-time Chat

We’re still gathering online to chat after the Sunday worship service, even while our building is closed. Please join us for a live Zoom “Coffee-time Chat” Sundays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It’s a great way to relax and find out what’s been happening this week.

 

Knitting Group

On the last Tuesday of the month, at 1:30 p.m., our Knitting Group is still meeting on Zoom. All knitters and novices are welcome to join. Bring your current knitting, crocheting, sewing, or needlework project, and enjoy the visit.

 

Tuesday Lunch Crowd

The Tuesday Lunch Crowd meets on the second Tuesday of the month – from September to June – for discussion and fun, and it often hosts speakers. We usually meet from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., but right now we’ve having our own lunch, then meeting on Zoom from 12:55 to 2:00 p.m. Check Fairlawn’s Current Activities to discover the latest topic.

 

Thriving In Retirement

We have a group of soon-to-be or newly retired people who meet periodically to discuss, laugh, and share an understanding that retirement brings both joys and challenges. Everyone in, or contemplating, this transition is welcome to join!

Support

Breast Cancer Support Group

Women who have breast cancer, or have survived it, are still meeting quarterly on Zoom for information sharing, encouragement, fitness ideas, and some fun social events, such as luncheons. The group provides a supportive environment with women who understand this journey. It is open to anyone from the church or community who would like to join.

 

Pastoral Care

We believe, as the United Church of Canada creed says, that “we are not alone”, so we offer connection and caring in several ways:

Connector: Don’t know where to turn or who to ask for help? Ask for our team’s “Connector” who can listen to what you need and help you find the right support.

Pastoral Visitation: Our pastoral visitation ministry:
 provides support and compassion for those who may occasionally experience difficulty in their lives, and
 supports our senior members when they can no longer regularly attend church. We send cards and flowers, and keep them connected to our services and activities through our Telephone Outreach Ministry.

Telephone Outreach Ministry: During this pandemic, we have a telephone team that reaches out to check how you’re doing and what we can help you with. It also helps some seniors who don’t have computers connect to our Sunday YouTube service by phone.

 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Fairlawn’s prayer shawl knitters usually meet three or four times a year to knit soft, warm shawls that bring comfort and support to others, but we’re now meeting monthly on Zoom to knit and connect with each other. The shawls are blessed once a year, during a special service, and given to people suffering emotionally or physically or to celebrate special occasions. Contact us if you know someone who would appreciate receiving a shawl.