When the Church of St Paul came into being in 2010, the Clearwater United Church congregation began its wondering of whether it, too, should become an ecumenical shared ministry. The wonderings became discussion, which led to the formation of a committee that reported in the fall of 2013. That led to a North Thompson Pastoral Charge committee that developed a draft agreement and congregational bylaws. After input from the congregations and the three denominations, an agreement and bylaws were approved by all.
In the late afternoon of September 24, 2015, when the North Thompson Ecumenical Shared Ministry Agreement was signed, Clearwater United Church ceased to exist, and its ministry and that of the Anglican and Lutheran traditions in the Clearwater area was entrusted to Trinity Shared Ministry, Clearwater.
Worship and Fellowship Time
We usually celebrate communion on the first and third Sundays of the month, excepting those when no ordained minister is present. For the most part, we follow the Revised Common Lectionary for our scripture readings. They will be found on the “This Week” page.
On the second and fourth Sundays, we have a time of food and fellowship after the service. The food is potluck snacks – usually homemade baking and fruit. We gather for about thirty to forty minutes so that clean-up is completed before the Catholics begin their service.
You are welcome here!
The Mission Statement of Trinity Shared Ministry is
Belonging to God ~ Working Together ~ Helping the World
Trinity Shared Ministry is involved in the community in a variety of ways:
- Worship and Hymn Sing at Forest View Extended Care Facility
- Support of the Clearwater Food Bank
- Support to the Clearwater Hospice and the North Thompson Valley Hospice House Society
- Support to a variety of outreach organizations in Kamloops by providing them with personal hygiene items and clean socks for their clients
- Support to First United Church, Vancouver
- Voices United Choir (Christmas Cantata) – a community choir sponsored by the United Church and a gift to the North Thompson Valley of the Christmas Story told in word and song! An amazing presentation every year!
The congregation updated its congregational goal in February 2019. The new goal is still based on Micah 6: 8. To be aware of the power of the Holy Spirit working through us when we endeavour to seek justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God. We are challenging ourselves to think on this as we live our week and share our joys and concerns. There was a brief discussion of this goal at the 2022 Annual Meeting with a desire to have a deeper conversation. Meanwhile, the Board has set a goal to help the congregation reconnect outside of service times with activities that will bring us joy.
More of the history and memories of Clearwater United Church and Trinity Shared Ministry will be found on this page.