High River United Church of High River, Alberta

Grief & Spiritual Support

Solace Grief Support

Who we are:

We are a group of local people sharing journeys through loss and grief.

What we do:

We provide a confidential, safe and supportive atmosphere to share experiences of love, loss, grief and hope.

What we offer:

Support, caring, friendship and understanding.

Who can join us:

This group is open to anyone who would like the support of a local group as they journey through grief and loss.


To join a group counselling session or to arrange individual or family counselling, please reach out to us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or contact one of our counselors: 

- Vi Sharpe @ 403.860.3189

- Pattie Ann Pryma  403-852-5267

Counselling is always free-of-charge.  

Follow us on Facebook:   solacefriefsupport 



Spiritual Direction

  • Do you need the space to reflect upon the place of God in your life?
  • Are you wondering what God wants you to do?
  • Are you wondering if God is working in your life at all?

Bring your wonderings, doubts, questions and thoughts to a session of Spiritual Direction with Rev. David Robertson. In this a one-on-one hour. Rev. David will listen and will reflect with you on the movement of the spirit in your life. Rev. David Robertson has a certificate in Spiritual Direction and Mentoring from the Pacific Jubilee Program.


When was the last time someone really listened to you? Spiritual direction is like a “spa day” for your soul!


   Time: Sessions can be booked at a mutually convenient time.

   Cost:   Suggested donation of $50-75 (tax receiptable)                       

   Contact: Rev. David Robertson (652-3168) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Family & Marriage Support

This congregation is committed to being a place of help, home and hope for you.


Our ministers, Rev. Susan & Rev. David, have more than 25 years of experiencing in spiritual direction and counseling and in supporting those who are seeking to improve their relationships and family life. They are currently doing advanced studies with Dr. Gordon Neufeld ( www.neufeldinstitute.com  ) to further their skills in supporting family life and individual journeys.


They are glad to meet with you to offer support, ideas and reflection wherever you are in your journey and have background in dealing with:


-grief support

-abuse and bullying

-infertility, miscarriage and infant death

-marriage relationship

-spiritual direction


Please contact either of them through the church office to make an appointment.  


Prayer Shawl Ministry

Shawls have been made for centuries. They are universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to fly above their troubles. - Janet Bristow, founder of Prayer Shawl Ministry, 1998


Within the Jewish tradition (to which we are connected as Christians), a prayer shawl (tallit) is used as part of the daily prayer practice. One enfolds oneself in the tallit as a reminder of the presence of the One God and as a reminder to follow the path of God as laid out in the commandments. It is intended to inspire awe and reverence.

A group of women, including Janet Bristow and Vicky Galo, began a shawl-knitting ministry in 1998 as part of the 1st Women’s Leadership Institute at Hartford Seminary, Hartford, Connecticut. They began by knitting shawls for women who were undergoing breast cancer treatments as well as other illnesses. From their work, the prayer shawl ministry has expanded across North America.


Knitting, crocheting and weaving can be a very prayerful and contemplative act, a time of focusing on God, and finding peace in the rhythm of the work. The creation of a prayer shawl blesses the maker as well as the receiver.

Knitters & crocheters within our congregation are constantly creating prayer shawls to share a tangible reminder of God’s presence. If you would like to receive a prayer shawl, or if you would like to knit or crochet prayer shawls for us, please contact the church office at 403-652-3953. We have yarn waiting for those who would like to make prayer shawls.


Using a Prayer Shawl

You may wish to drape your prayer shawl lightly across your shoulders, cover yourself as you rest, or simply keep it on your favourite chair. Let it be a reminder that although we can’t always be there with you, our thoughts and prayers are with you.


You may want to keep it always or some day you may be prompted to pass it on to someone else. Follow your heart!


As you use it, may you grow in your awareness of God’s blessing resting upon you, in all places and at all times.

You created my inmost self, knit me together in my mother’s womb.

For so many marvels I thank you, o God; a wonder am I, and all

your works are wonders, that I know very well. Psalm 139:13-14


Contact: the church office 652-3168 for yarn and information



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123 MacLeod Trail S.W. High River, Alberta.

(403) 652-3168


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