Our Pastoral Care Director is Anita Pearson assisted by Bev Pearce. There are over 60 people serving God and our congregation in this area of pastoral care. The ministries under Pastoral Care include the following:
Ushers and Greeters - We have approximately 24 people serving in this particular ministry. Research has indicated that first time attenders decide within four minutes whether they will return to that church. This makes our greeters and ushers a key factor to the growth of our congregation.
Prayer Chain Ministries - We have an active prayer ministry under the leadership of Stan Coulter and Jessie Wong. Prayer requests are passed through a chain of people who have committed to pray and keep confidentiality. We have seen many answers to prayer regarding health, employment, personal and family concerns. Individuals are also encouraged to gather before Church on Sundays to pray for the needs of others and for God's outpouring of His Spirit in the worship service. If you have a prayer request please complete a Connection Card on Sunday (found in the bulletin) and drop it in the offertory basket.
Lay Pastoral Visitors - A Lay Pastor is an active member of the Church family caring for another brother and sister. Lay Pastors connect with the congregation in a friendly manner every 4 to 6 weeks by phone, e-mail, home visit, or coffee shop. The aim is three fold: 1) to let the person know that the Corps family cares about them, 2) to disciple a person who is new to the faith, 3) to direct questions or problems to the appropriate person.
Community Care Ministries - Members make ongoing visits to nursing homes conducting services including visitation during the month. Quite often residents request prayer on their behalf for a friend or relative. During the Christmas Season many Kingston Citadel Ministry groups (i.e Children's choir and band) bring the Christmas message along with a gift to residents in nearly all of the Kingston retirement facilities. If you have a relative or friend in one of these retirement homes who you would like for us to visit, please call and leave a message with our receptionist (613-548-1600).
Mercy Seat Ministry - The Mercy Seat is the wooden bench at the front of every Salvation Army Citadel. There is no virtue in the bench itself, BUT: miracles happen here; broken hearts are healed; relationships are restored; lives dramatically changed; forgiveness, through Christ, becomes a reality. Major Daisy Hatt keeps this ministry alive and active.