CANCER SUPPORT

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,they will walk and not be faint.

-Isaiah 40:29-31

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, and it is often difficult to navigate through the sea of questions and uncertainties that arise. If you are part of our church community at North Park, we encourage you to take the following steps as you walk through this difficult season in your life:

  • Ask for prayer. We do not always understand why we experience painful seasons like this, and the question of human suffering is complex. But we know that in the midst of our suffering, God instructs us to cry out to him, and calls us to pray for each other. We strongly believe that he hears our prayers, and will actively respond, bringing strength, comfort, peace, and hope to sustain us through the challenges we are faced with. So reach out, invite some trusted people in your life to pray, and let them know your needs. You can also follow this prayer link to find out other ways that you can receive prayer at North Park.
  • Connect with a Pastor. A cancer diagnosis is one of many life circumstances that can sometimes bring forward conflicting emotions and challenging questions that may deeply impact your relationship with God. At North Park, we offer visitation, short term pastoral counselling support, and referrals to professional counsellors, in order to provide support as you work through the difficult emotions and hard questions that cancer can bring. Call our main office (519-457-1400) or email care@nothpark.ca to connect with a member of our pastoral staff.
  • Attend our Cancer Care Support Group (see details below). This group will offer you a safe and comforting place to talk about what you are going through, and provide an opportunity to receive support, prayer, and encouragement. (This group is open to anyone facing a cancer diagnosis, whether or not they attend North Park).

Cancer Care Support Group

Our Cancer Care Support Group meets in the Prayer Room at North Park once a month on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm, and is led by those who have experienced cancer personally and understand many of the challenges and questions that come alongside a cancer diagnosis. Whether you are facing a new diagnosis, are in the midst of treatment, or are in remission and seeking a safe place to process what you have been through, this group offers a compassionate, hope-filled atmosphere of support.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

September 18, October 16, November 20, and December 18 from 7:00-8:30pm.

To register, click here.

If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering in this care ministry area, email care@northpark.ca.

Resources

Cancer: A Medical and Spiritual Guide for Patients and Their Families – William A. Fintel & Gerald R. McCermott

A Reason for Hope: Gaining Strength for Your Fight Against Cancer – Michael S. Barry

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