Ministry

Rockway and North Pelham Presbyterian Churches share a single minister, The Rev. Marian Raynard.

Worship takes place at both churches every Sunday morning, as well as on special days throughout the church year. See the Worship tab for details.

Study and education opportunities are offered at various times throughout the year.

Fellowship takes place on Sunday morning, as well as through dinners and other social gatherings.

Our congregations engage in social outreach through our denominational agency, Presbyterian World Service and Development, which provides disaster relief and helps build a sustainable, compassionate and just world and Presbyterians Sharing, the national church fund that supports the mission and ministries we do together in Canada and around the world.

As congregations, we help support the following social services and charities within our community and throughout the world:

Children Believe supports children in need around the world and by helping the children, the whole community is aided. North Pelham Willing Workers support two children in Burkina Faso, African and Rockway Presbyterian Church Women support one child in Nicaragua.

Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) is a charitable organization, founded by Murray and Margaret Dryden, headquartered in Toronto. The organization provides bedkits to children in developing countries. The North Pelham Willing Workers supports this organization by purchasing bedkits.

Samaritan’s Purse supports children with their shoe box ministry. North Pelham has a very successful campaign each year and sends over 100 boxes to this ministry.

Pelham Cares assists in the delivery of social services in Pelham including food, hygiene products, household items, transportation to appointments etc. North Pelham Church supports this service through their Annual Tree of Lights, and the WMS has a collection annually to collect an item of need.

Lincoln Community Care also assists in the delivery of social services in the Town of Lincoln. Rockway Church has a mitten tree to collect mittens, hats, scarves and toys during the month of November to support this worthy cause.

Open Arms Mission in Welland started as a food bank, but has grown into a multi-faceted ministry to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the community. Rockway has a harvest table at Thanksgiving to collect canned goods and fresh produce for this mission. Rockway collects Canadian Tire money throughout the year. The churches also make a contribution through a collection organized by the WMS annually.

Niagara Christian Gleaners in Smithville takes surplus produce, processes it into nutritional vegetable mixes and fruit snacks and then distributes it worldwide wherever the need is greatest. Both churches and the WMS made cash donations to this mission in 2019 at our Mission Awareness Service.

Rose City Kids in Welland is a place where children and youth can experience the love of Jesus and are encouraged and inspired to make a positive change in the world.

Out of the Cold, St. Catharines is a program hosted by seven churches to provide the homeless and hungry in our community with warm, safe overnight accommodation and nourishment. Rockway Church prepares and serves a meal at Knox Presbyterian Church each year. The WMS also collects donations of toothpaste once per year for this Ministry.

The RAFT operated by the Niagara Resources for Youth contributes to the welfare of our community by helping at-risk youth, families and neighbourhoods become independent and self-sufficient. Rockway Church collected cash donations at Christmas to help.

Women’s Place of South Niagara is a women’s shelter, a safe haven for women who face violence in their homes. The WMS has a collection each year to support this service.

The YWCA provides emergency shelter, food and assistance to women and their families living in poverty. The WMS has a collection of single bed sheets, towels and washcloths annually.

Project Noah is run by Family and Children’s Services [FACS] Welland and seeks to ensure that every baby goes home well outfitted for his or her first weeks of life. The WMS has a collection of newborn items, outfits, toiletries and toys annually.

Niagara Children’s Centre is recognized throughout the Niagara Region as the provider of rehabilitation and support services to children and youth with physical, developmental and communicative delays. Their family centred programs aim at helping each child achieve his or her own unique potential. The Rockway Presbyterian Church Women have an offering at each meeting to support the work of this organization.

Canadian Bible Society and Hope Healing International [formerly Christian Blind Mission] are both supported by the Rockway Presbyterian Church Women each Christmas.

The Presbyterian Heritage Centre (formerly the Presbyterian Museum) collects and exhibits artifacts relating to the history of The Presbyterian Church in Canada and its antecedent denominations. Both North Pelham and Rockway Churches support this organization.