Rituals and Practices for an Intergenerational Worshipping Community
A Continuing Education Course through the Vancouver School of Theology
Faith formation research is pointing us to focus on inter-generational ministry as being the heart of the faith community. This short intensive will focus on specific spiritual practices and other rituals that sustain a worshipping community, and nurture the faith-formation of all ages.
Students will spend time engaging in and leading spiritual practices. We will explore faith-formation for a new generation, and use rituals and practices in age specific, inter-generational, and family context. This course is intended for those already practicing ministry of all ages, those brand new to ministry leadership, or those wishing to refresh their skills.
Vancouver School of Theology and First Third Ministries Partnership
Jan 11-13, 2022
About Rev. Mary Nichol
Rev. Mary Nichol (she/her/hers) lives and works on the ancestral and unceded land of the Semiahmoo, sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie), and Kwantlen people. She has worked with children, youth, and families for 15 years in The United Church of Canada: congregational ministry, presbytery, summer camps, and the region. Mary is equipped with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from SFU, Certificate in Educational and Liturgical Ministry from the Centre of Christian Studies and a Master of Arts in Public, and Pastoral Leadership from Vancouver School of Theology. She was ordained in The United Church of Canada in 2016.
Mary began work for the region in 2017 with a focus on education for children and family ministry and now serves Pacific Mountain and Chinook Winds Regional Councils as Regional Minister for First Third Ministry. She focuses on equipping and imagining with leaders in their ministry with those in the first third of life. Mary also focuses on strengthening collegial connections, faith formation and leadership training with our regional camping ministry. She is passionate about equipping leaders with the skills and knowledge to lead with authenticity and passion. Mary is committed to supporting sacred and brave space for people of all ages to ask questions, wonder, and deepen in their faith.
Mary loves to cook and shares her successes (and failures) with her household of five. She is enjoying gardening veggies and flowers, playing board games, and spending time with family and friends. One of her favourite ways to relax is to curl up on the couch with a cup of coffee and read a mystery book.