Christian Pastoral
Caregivers Association

About CPCA

The Christian Pastoral Caregivers Association encompasses pastoral care service, advocacy, and education. Reaching out from a base of spiritual wholeness, we strive to be a source of compassion, comfort and hope to those we visit.



May I Sit with You Awhile?

Practising the Basic Arts of Pastoral Care

This course is designed to prepare visitors for the Ministry of Pastoral Care in the Church. It offers pastoral care visitors the opportunity to learn and practice the basics of pastoral visiting and focuses on the needs of the people receiving care. Six workshops feature a combination of information and hands-on practice: Defining Pastoral Care; Pastoral Care Visiting; Developing Listening Skills; Grief & Loss, Ethics; Professionalism & Administration; Spiritual Practices in Pastoral Care.


Love at Last Breath:

Companioning at End of Life

This course approaches the issue of visiting with residents/patients and family in a caring, compassionate manner that goes beyond simple passing of time. The ministry of presence is a vital part of companioning. However, understanding the dynamics of how to companion in an effective way and understanding the needs of the dying person and their families are key to effective companioning.

This is an interactive seminar with opportunities to practice what you are learning.



Fall Education Event

October 13, 2018

Healing Presence

Presented by Rev. Nancy Cowtun

A caregiver is a gift of presence to his or her care receiver. We must be able to create space before, during and after each visit. Our ability to create space is only limited by our own imagination.

Registration is now open.

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Advent Retreat

December 1, 2018

Presented by Rev. Nancy Cowtun and Lisa Gilead

Advent is a season of preparation. We look back on the manger and give thanks for the gift of the long awaited Saviour and we look forward to “the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory” (Mt 24:30b).

Registration is now open.

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We're always looking for members who'd like to join our board.

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March 18, 2019

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