Introducing the Village Mosaic Model
On Sunday, March 2, Sister Conrad Lauber, Ministry Director of Village Mosaic (pictured right) and Leanne Kloppenborg, Administrator, Fontbonne Ministries, were invited by Reverend Dr. Paul Shepherd, pastor of Wesley Mimico United Church to speak about Village Mosaic at their ‘Mission and Service' Sunday service. Paul had visited us at Village Mosaic last year and liked what he saw — happy, smiling people, a warm welcome. His congregation is in the process of rebuilding their church space over the next couple of years to include housing for seniors and he hopes that his community will consider engaging with seniors in their own community space. He wanted us to convey this message of focusing on seniors, the need to do so, etc. and wanted us to stimulate or excite his parishioners about the possibilities.
Andrea Linton, our programme coordinator, came with Leanne and me. Leanne (pictured right) introduced Fontbonne Ministries briefly and I spoke for ten minutes about ministry to seniors and Village Mosaic. This was in the middle of a beautiful, simple worship service. The congregation at this point is small, but the key people, very welcoming, were there. We took picture boards depicting all the activities at the Village and reflecting the people, the smiles, the programmes, and the fun.
We have offered to keep in touch, to assist where we can, especially to support Rev. Paul as he tries to launch this initiative. It won't be like ours — they are surrounded by seniors’ condos so their numbers will be greater but the spirit and importance will be the same.
Leanne has been attending a Faith Leaders group in south Etobicoke for the past couple of years, representing Village Mosaic. Last spring she invited the group to come for tea at Village Mosaic. Rev. Paul was in one of the groups and the rest, as they say, is history. One of our core values is to foster a climate of mutual support and collaboration. This has provided a wonderful opportunity to live out our core values and to be responsive to local needs. What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday!
Conrad Lauber CSJ