Slave Lake and Smith ministerial rides again

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

Slave Lake church and Christian radio station leaders are part of a ministerial group. October was their first meeting since last February, because of COVID-19.

“I’ve been involved since we came here 13 years ago,” says Sid Chalmers, pastor at Community Christian Centre. He’s not sure how long the ministerial has been running, but it started long before he arrived.

Chalmers says the October meeting was mostly a discussion about how various churches are dealing with COVID-19. However, “church is going quite well. A number of the pastors said they’ve been seeing a number of new people.”

The goal of the group is “to contribute to the unity and cooperation of the churches,” says Chalmers.

“Mostly we meet for fellowship and friendship. We look for ways to be supportive and help in our community.”

Not all religious organizations in Slave Lake are part of the ministerial, he says. “We have a statement of faith that anyone who’s a part of it would have to agree with.”

After the 2011 Slave Lake fire, the ministerial took packages of supplies to people living in temporary housing. Each year, the group holds a joint Good Friday service, but this year it was cancelled. Some of the churches in the past have also done joint Christmas Eve services. A few years, it had a gospel jam.

At the moment, the ministerial doesn’t have any projects on the go, but is open to suggestions of needs.

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