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					                                                                      905 - 195 Natchez Road
                                                                      Kitchener, ON, N2B 1W2
                                                                      June 3, 2011


Co-Chairs of the Pastoral Relations Committee
Hamilton Presbytery of Hamilton Conference


Dear Co-Chairs of Pastoral Relations,

         This letter outlines my vision of ministry and some of my work experiences since I was
settled in 2002. Worship, pastoral care, extending hospitality, empowering lay ministries, mission
and outreach work and spiritual growth are all vital aspects of my ministry.
         In preparing worship I do my best to provide a space where people can connect with the
Spirit, learn about the Scriptures, and reflect on life and faith. Music, lay involvement and a
respectful balance between contemporary and traditional worship are important considerations as I
plan and create services.
         In all the places I have served, pastoral care has been an important part of my ministry. I
value connecting with people as I listen to their life stories and confirm their feelings and
experiences.
          I am proud to be part of the United Church of Canada because working for peace and
justice is fundamental. Sometimes in the sermon I will speak about what our Church is doing in
this area. I have found that letter writing and petitions are ways a congregation can be involved in
peace and justice work.
         I am an ordained minister who thrives in a team setting where I can work with others toward
common goals. In the Atwood Pastoral Charge where I served for five years, I collaborated with a
licensed lay worship leader on worship planning and developing youth group programs. I worked
regularly in conjunction with the pastoral charge secretary, clerks of session, and the central
treasurer on administrative tasks. I supported the Sunday Schools and helped the teachers plan
intergenerational worship services. I encouraged co-operation and collaboration between the
three congregations and between committees of each church.
         Worship, pastoral care, Christian development, and supporting various groups and
committees were my main duties during my part-time ministry with Millbank-Hampstead Pastoral
Charge and Fairbank United Church. I am engaged in similar duties as the supply minister at
Arthur United Church where I will be until August 31, 2011.
         Over the years I have lived in a small village and in six cities in three provinces. I enjoy
learning about different cultures wherever I am. I believe that God’s love is all-encompassing and
that we are called to reflect this love as we work to be in just and right relationship with all God’s
people and with all creation. I believe that the Spirit is with and within each person, offering us
strength, courage and wisdom for all of our living.

                                   Sincerely yours,

                                   Rev. Martha Reynolds


                                   (martha.reynolds@sympatico.ca; 519-576-0015)
                                            MARTHA REYNOLDS
                          905 - 195 Natchez Road, Kitchener, ON, N2B 1W2
                              martha.reynolds@sympatico.ca       519-576-0015


FAITH STATEMENT
  I believe we are “rooted and grounded” in God’s love, and the Spirit, “at work within us, is able to
  accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine.”       (Ephesians 3: 16-21)

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
   Sincere interest in journeying with people through the joys and sorrows of life
   Compassionate, creative, gentle, good sense of humour
   Continued and intentional desire for a deepening relationship with God
   Collegial leader, encouraging discernment and promoting use of congregants’ gifts
   Skilled in listening with the heart, adapting and developing, writing, facilitating

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

   Building Skills in Transitional Ministry                                                2007
   Edmonton, AB

   Master of Divinity                                                                      2002
   Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

   Courses in Leadership Development, Pastoral Care, Christian Education                   1995 - 1998
   Centre for Christian Studies, Toronto, ON

   Diploma in Education                                                                    1973
   McGill University, Montreal, PQ

   Training in piano and voice
   Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto

WORK HISTORY

   Supply Minister                                                                         began Feb. 2011
   Arthur United Church, Arthur, ON

   Minister                                                                                2008 – Jan. 2011
   Fairbank United Church, Toronto, ON

   Supply Minister                                                                         2008
   Millbank-Hampstead Pastoral Charge, Huron-Perth Presbytery

   Minister of Pastoral Care (part-time)                                                   2008
   St. John’s United Church, Oakville, ON

   Minister                                                                                2002 – 2007
   Atwood Pastoral Charge, Atwood, ON

  Member of Outreach Program Team                                                          2001
  Centenary United Church, Hamilton

  Primary Level Teacher                                                                    1974 – 1978
  East York Board of Education, Toronto, ON
                                        MARTHA REYNOLDS

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

Pastoral Care
    Provided pastoral care to people of all ages
    Visited on a regular basis the elderly, bereaved, and those unable to attend worship
    Created funeral services which honour the person
    Led worship in community settings such as retirement and nursing homes and hospital
    Attended to people’s spiritual needs in a variety of creative ways

Worship
   Led creative Sunday worship through engaging and relevant Scripture-based reflections,
      monologues, dialogues, dramatic readings, learning time with children
   Encouraged lay participation through reading of Scriptures and “Minutes for Mission,”
      intergenerational services and drama

Education
    Supported Church School leaders in their ministry
    Collaborated with youth leader to develop bi-weekly programs for children and youths
    Led Confirmation classes, Bible study and faith study groups
    Participated in annual Vacation Bible School
    Facilitated theological reflection with diaconal ministry student for a school year

Social Justice and Outreach
    Supported congregation’s involvement in “United for Peace” campaign
    Highlighted UCC actions for social justice and promoted signing of petitions and letters
    Helped establish an Outreach Committee for the Pastoral Charge
    Collaborated with team to support marginalized people living in downtown Hamilton by providing
       refreshments, fellowship, counselling and worship (during my internship year)

Involvement in the Wider Church
    Co-chaired the Worship Theme Group, South West Presbytery, Toronto Conference
    Member of the Community Ministries Commission, South West Presbytery, Toronto Conference
    Created prayers for Mission and Service bulletins
    Presbytery representative on the JNAC for Parkminster United Church (starting June, 2011)

VOLUNTEER LAY EXPERIENCE

Emmanuel United Church, Waterloo, ON                                                 1999 – 2002
   Planned and led several worship services, including Children’s Sunday
   Facilitated two six-week sessions of Bible study

Wesley United Church, Ottawa, ON (field placement site)                              1997 – 1998
   offered pastoral care to people of different ages
   co-facilitated faith study, “Reconciling and Making New”

Kanata United Church, Kanata, ON                                                     1991 – 1998
    Visited congregants as member of Pastoral Care team
    Helped form women’s spirituality group

Mount Seymour United Church, North Vancouver, BC                                     1989 – 1991
   Teamed with others to plan worship
   Worked with group to sponsor refugee family
                                       MARTHA REYNOLDS


COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE

AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo & Area (ACCKWA)                2008
    participated in Women and AIDS Working Group
    supported clients by driving them to medical appointments

YWCA, Kitchener, ON                                                             2007-2008
   member of Club 84, which raises funds for the local women’s shelter

Community Justice Initiatives, Kitchener, ON                                    2000 – 2002
   member of “Providing Alternative Choices” group
   met with group weekly to help support woman released from prison
   provided one-on-one support through phone calls and regular get-togethers




REFERENCES: Supplied on request

				
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