Below is a list of potential places to serve, both at the river and beyond. Many Encore adults are already engaged in ministry, be it within the church, or be it within the broader community. The opportunities are limitless. Further, those who continue to work, give ministry expression via their vocational calling. And most importantly, many Encore adults are involved in ever-expanding family circles, bringing a grand-parenting touch to extended family.  The list below provides suggestions and ideas for added involvement.

Small Group Leadership

The opportunity exists for those who aspire to leading a small group, providing input, spiritually and missionally, into the lives of others. If interested in doing as such, please contact Pastor Harry Strauss.  harry@forestgrovecc.com

 Marriage Mentoring

As needed, marriage mentors are called upon, either to assist in premarital preparation, and/or in walking alongside other couples wishing for the input of a mature couple. This is life-on-life, relational ministry, with listening and humility as core traits. If interested, contact Pastor Harry Strauss for more information harry@forestgrovecc.com


Delores Derksen, the Director of Care, provides a caring touch to many within the church. Part of her ministry also includes training and mobilizing others for visitation. If interested in this ministry, please contact Delores at 306-381-5053, or delores@forestgrovecc.com.


Moms is an outstanding Tuesday ministry for mothers and their children. There is always a need for more volunteers, be it looking after babies and/or children, or helping with refreshments in the kitchen. If you can assist please contact Luanne Wiens at 306-652-2885.

FGCC Mission Trips

Forest Grove has at least one annual, and sometimes more, missions trips per year. Primary places of ministry have included Panama and Mexico (Guadalajara). Ministry can vary from leading activities for children, to construction. More information on involvement can be found here.  Also more information can be found by contacting Maryanne Berge, Missions Director, maryanne@forestgrovecc.com.

Short Term Mission Ministry

For those who have shaped their own short term mission ministry plans (medical missions; construction; restoration; evangelism; etc., ), the Missions Team would be pleased to know about those initiatives, in order that others might provide support and encouragement. Please contact either Pastor Harry Strauss or Maryanne Berge. harry@forestgrovecc.com orMaryanne@forestgrovecc.com

The Bridge

Forest Grove has formed a strategic partnership with the Bridge on 20th Street. The Bridge ministers with the poor and marginalized. For information on volunteer opportunities, contact www.thebridgesaskatoon.com.

Leader Impact

Our church has a number of people involved with Leader Impact, a ministry which exists to help business leaders reach their full potential while leading lives of balance and significance. More information can be found at www.leaderimpact.com. Key points of involvement are around the Forums (lunch meetings with key note speakers) and Leaders Impact small groups.

Prayer Shawl

This ministry was started in 2006.  The Prayer Shawl itself has been made for many centuries throughout the world. The focus of this ministry is to reach out to people who are experiencing illness, challenging times of life or feel isolated from the church. Twice a year, the committee delivers shawls to various Nursing Homes in and around Saskatoon. Usually 70+ shawls are distributed with prayer and love each year. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry please contact Delores at 306-381-5053,delores@forestgrovecc.com.

Mennonite Central Committee

Opportunities exist to be involved locally and internationally.  The Saskatchewan site www.mccsk.ca. provides information on local ways to get involved, as well as links to the international scene.

Prison Ministry

Volunteers are being sought for the Person2Person visitation program (Wednesday afternoons and evenings) at the Regional Psychiatric Centre, as well as for the Circles of Support program for released sex offenders in Saskatoon. If interested in getting involved, contact Pastor H. Strauss.

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS)

MDS is a volunteer network of Anabaptist churches that responds in Christian love to those affected by disaster in Canada and the United States. While the main focus is on clean up, repair, and rebuilding homes, this service touches lives and nurtures hope, faith and wholeness. More information can be found at www.mds.mennonite.net.


Connections with family are central, and generally speaking, ever expanding to those in the second half of life. The addition of sons or daughters-in-law, as well as the coming of grandchildren and great grandchildren, makes this an ever growing ministry for people in this age group. The invested ministry effort to family members is substantial and ongoing.  This is especially true of those who are ‘sandwiched’ between two generations. Our role is to encourage and celebrate family ministry efforts by those in the Encore stage of life. So if you in the second half of life, giving significant portions of your time to encouraging and supporting your family, we commend you for your ministry!