Rev Gwen was Appointed a Designated Minister on March 4, 2016. After two years and five months of ministry with the church at that level, and six years previous experience as a Canadian Unitarian Council Chaplain, our Board has decided that her experience ministering, leading in worship, and pastoral care for over eight years, plus the quality of her life’s experience as described in the Church’s Standards of Ministry, is deserving of being moved to the rank of Ordained Minister with Clergy Support Memorial Church. Carried unanimously.
Our church has a team of its ministers set apart to focus their ministry on the important crucial function conducting wedding ceremonies for couples who are not members of the fellowship. These ministers make their witness in a variety of important ways but conducting weddings is of a primary concern. Rev Gwen is a Minister of Pastoral Care in every sense of that word who makes time for his other ministries below.
Her Minister of Outreach & Church Growth Via:
A major part of my ministry is conducting weddings for non church members via Life Celebrations – Covenant of Marriage hoping to add them to the Fellowship.
In addition to my main ministry above I also serve:
– As a Prison Chaplain in several Federal prisons.
– I also have a Ministry to the various earth religion organizations and solitary members on behalf of Clergy Support Church. (Wiccan, Pagan etc)..
Her many years of service as a prison chaplain is confirmed by the Nova Scotia Department of Justice Royal Gazette.
– ‘Certificate of Achievement’ Canadian Ministers Institute Aug 24 2015
– St Lawrence College Brockville 3 year business diploma
Comments re Pastoral Care Activities
“I have enjoyed officiating a number of weddings this year. It is a great joy to be part of such an important event in so many couples lives. There have been simple outdoor ceremonies with friends and close family, large celebrations filled with laughter and children and quiet, meaningful vows witnessed only by the closest of confidants and God.
One such special ceremony, I was privileged to lead, joined a couple whose decades long relationship became particularly poignant as one of the partners battled terminal cancer. Every ceremony, every family is unique, and it is an ongoing wonder to me that I am invited to be a part of them.
Chaplaincy .My work as a paid chaplain for Correctional Services Canada has expanded to include Springhill Institution, Dorchester Penitentiary and Atlantic Institution, a maximum facility in NB.
Through leading in worship, it is an ongoing blessing to foster healthy relationships among the offenders and guide and counsel them as they work towards creating a stronger connection with the Divine.
I also enjoy ministering to the female population of the Nova Institute, Truro, NS. This year, I have expanded this ministry to include partnership with Halifax Community Chaplaincy in creating an environment of sacred welcoming for offenders as they transition back to society. It is fulfilling and humbling work.”
Spiritual Study Groups
“I continued to act as a co-facilitator for a ‘dark moon’ women’s spirituality study group. This group meets monthly and uses the dark moon theme to incorporate self-improvement work with spirituality. The group uses books like Bolen’s: Goddesses in Every Woman to work through Jungian themes.
I have been very blessed over the last couple of years. My husband’s health has steadily improved, allowing me to further my chaplaincy work. My work with Correctional Services Canada gives me great satisfaction. As a minister with of Clergy Support Memorial Church, I appreciate my ability to officiate rites of passage of all kinds. It is an honour to be included in the pivotal moments in people’s lives and very rewarding to be able to craft and deliver a ceremony which reflects their spiritual beliefs.”
Couples and guests have called upon Rev Armshaw for pastoral care time and time again, long after their original wedding day, as a testament to the happiness they first experienced on that most joyous day.
Rev Gwen Armshaw went over and beyond our expectations. We wanted to have the ceremony in the rocks at Peggy’s Cove lighthouse and she climbed up in sandals. She is the sweetest! – Janet & Jill
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