Open ears, Open heart...Opens doors
Welcome Spirituality Ministries provides spiritual direction and accompaniment for individuals and facilitation for large and small groups.
*Alone together bereavement program
*Our Call to Peace
The Irish Princess
Welcome Spirituality Ministries
Open ears; open heart… opens doors.
People often seek spiritual direction when:
Navigating life transitions
Suffering and/or grieving a significant loss such as death of someone near to you
Wrestling with unanswered questions
Hungering for a deeper personal relationship with God
Desiring instruction in practice of meditation and/or mindfulness
Struggling with anger toward God and/or faith community
Regretting estrangement from loved ones due to mistakes, sin and un-forgiveness
Seeking inner freedom, peace and joy
Discerning life choices
Exploring creative gifts such as music, art, and poetry
All spiritual direction relationships are confidential. Individual Spiritual Direction is provided on a regular schedule (often monthly). Sessions are one hour in length and may be held in person, by phone or Skype.
Do you have any wild hopes, or tame ones for that matter? The possibility of acorns becoming towering oaks, or caterpillars blossoming into butterflies, or that dawn will chase away midnight fears? Wild hopes! That all creation will learn the dance of joy, and all humanity might taste the wine of peace, and that our loving God will become transparent through love. “Recast the earth, O Lord, and move our hearts with wild hopes.”
“From Resurrection to Pentecost” by Robert F. Morneau
Alone Together - A 6 Week Bereavement Program
Grieving a loss is as individual as the unique relationship between the one who has passed and the one who is left behind. This program honours the unique grieving processes of each participant, while recognizing and naming universal experiences. Those whose loss is less recent may find this program as helpful as those suffering a recent loss.
Next Group: Wednesdays, October 10 – November 14, 2018; 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Location: Carruthers and Davidson Funeral Home, Stayner
No Cost: Pre-registration is required.
These once a month small group gatherings are to shine the light of the Spirit on our everyday living. The journey is inward for a vital spiritual life and outward in compassionate living
This group is full. Contact Laurie to discuss participation in a later group.
Location: 5667 Sunnidale Concession 7, New Lowell
Pre-registration is required.
The gifts that come in our sleep from our dreams have been unrealized and almost lost in the Western world in recent centuries. Dreams are important both in individual inner spiritual development and in the healing of the world. Participants explore the meaning of their dreams in this small group.
1st Tuesday of each month
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Loretto Maryholme Spirituality Centre
379A Bouchier St., Roches Point.
Pre-registration is required. Donation to Maryholme is appreciated
Our Call to Peace
Peace is possible – inner peace, peace in our relationships and peace in the world. This 3 part workshop series will explore lived experience of peace and conflict and provide a few practical aids to enable us to learn to live in peace.
This Fall at New Lowell United Church
Wednesday evenings, October 10, 17 and 24. 7 – 9 p.m.
Who wouldn’t like the opportunity to talk with God face to face to get an answer to a fundamental human question, if God is loving, how can God let evil things happen? Participants explore this question through Mack’s experience in “The Shack”. (Use will be made of W. Paul Young’s book and the 2017 movie based on the book.) Contact Laurie to discuss offering this four-part program in your church.
Care of Our Common Home
Participants explore the contents of Pope Francis’ pastoral letter, “Laudato Si: Care of Our Common Home”. Spirituality and prayer with presentation, reflection, and discussion will inspire hope in participants as they discern practical steps toward what Pope Francis calls an “ecological conversion”. Contact Laurie to discuss having Laurie facilitate this four part seminar in your parish.
I have known Laurie for many years. She has been a teacher, facilitator, animator, mentor and friend. I’ve taken so many worthwhile courses/sessions with her on a variety of topics including prayer, bible studies, workshops and focus/theme sessions (caring for our environment, Vatican II…). She is extremely knowledgeable but more importantly for me intuitive, open-minded, compassionate, caring and respectful of the viewpoints of others. She exemplifies humility and is genuinely interested in furthering the Kingdom of God here on earth.
-MAJ, Elmvale, ON
Laurie’s vast knowledge of Holy Scripture, current Encyclicals and traditional prayer and meditation methodologies combine with her wisdom, insight and kindness to make of her an ideal spiritual guide for those who constantly seek to learn, grow and recognize God’s Mercy and love in our lives.
-L.K. , Ajax, ON
I have recently completed the Alone Together Bereavement Program with Laurie. Many stories, memories and tears were shared among our group of six as we began to deal with our losses. Laurie is a very caring and gentle woman who allowed us to grieve at our own pace and share as we felt comfortable. She was prepared each week with prayer, meditations and programs that enabled us to feel we were not alone and that each of us grieves at our own pace; there is no handbook. I would certainly be happy to recommend this class highly to others as a step toward healing and understanding.
-Wendy Jeffries, Stayner, ON
Laurie vandenHurk is a trained Spiritual director of The Haden Institute, at the Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre in Niagara Falls, and was awarded a Certificate in Conflict Management and Mediation from Conrad Grebel University College of the University of Waterloo.
Welcome Spirituality Ministries grew out of Laurie’s more than 30 years of experience in community outreach, spiritual development and group facilitation with people of all ages and widely diverse circumstances. (This includes 12 years in Tanzania with the United Church of Canada, and 18 years with Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County and the Catholic Pastoral Centre of the Archdiocese of Toronto.)
Laurie was nurtured in the love of God in her family and in the United Church of her childhood and now makes her home in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Stayner. She credits a Baptist youth group with the beginning of her love of Scripture. Laurie is deeply respectful of the spiritual journeys of all persons who seek wholeness for themselves and a better world for all.
Laurie is married with children and grandchildren. She and her husband farm in Stayner Ontario.