Over the years many events have been planned by the women – bazaars, rummage sales, card parties, dessert parties, pot luck suppers and strawberry festivals raising money to support the work of the church. All this while growing in spiritual matters and strong fellowship.
Just as the rest of the church changed, so did the UCW. Women were returning to the work force, others moved away and still others passed away, all causing a decline in membership. In 1985 the original six units were reduced to five. In keeping with the times, UCW became involved in local social concerns and were no longer catering at every event in the church. Other groups took on sharing these tasks, giving the women time to help support our own Parkwoods members or projects of special concern. By 1994, there were 50 members in three units.
As of January 2014, due to declining membership, there is now only the Pearl Unit which meets the third Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. The Unit decides what the monthly program will be – to study “Mandate”, invite outside speakers, present topics of interest or exchange ideas on a current topic which may result in an outreach project for the group. Although their numbers are small, these faithful women continue to meet regularly to enjoy fellowship and to contribute to the life of Parkwoods and to make contributions to various shelters and other outreach projects.
One of the special events remembered by the women is the “Day Apart” which was a day-long program held away from home and church to worship and refresh themselves. They remember it as a time of reflection and rejuvenation of the spirit.
Many Life Memberships have been given out over the years to UCW Presidents and others for their service to the church.
On March 23, 2015 Parkwoods UCW hosted the Southeast Presbytery Annual Meeting. During the month of May items are collected for young mothers and their babies at Massey Centre. Monetary donations are also collected. In June and December an Auction is held with all money raised going to “Sleeping Children Around the World”.
One of the highlights of worship at Parkwoods is the annual UCW Candlelight Service which is held the first Monday evening of Advent. Each member of the unit participates in the worship service with prayer, readings, introducing a guest speaker and distributing the candles for the singing of “Silent Night” at the close of the service. All members of the congregation and folks in the community are invited to attend this service which for many is a beautiful and moving start to the Advent season.
The current Executive:
Rita Kent – President
Bev Miller – Treasurer
Barbara Griffin – Unit Leader