Hymn Stories – December 2023

Joy is the keynote of the entire Advent season, especially for the Christian, who realizes its spiritual significance – God Himself invading this world and providing a means whereby sinful man might live eternally. Joy to the World is generally considered to be one of the most joyous Christmas hymns in existence, not in the sense of merry-making, but in the deep and solemn realization of what Christ’s birth has meant to mankind. Find out more about this hymn by Isaac Watts.

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Congratulate Menno Place on 70 Years of Compassionate Christian Care for All

For 70 years Menno Place has provided hope, dignity, and compassion to more than 25,000 seniors in Abbotsford. At Menno Place it’s not just about a bed, food, and medical care. It’s about the incredible staff, volunteers, and donors who make it possible for our 700 residents to live their best lives.

Use the form below to share your greetings as we celebrate this milestone and look forward to another 70 years of compassionate Christian care for the seniors in our community.

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Christian Encouragement through Advent Readings

Are you looking for Christian encouragement as you enter this Christmas season? MB Seminary has created a daily email that provides an uplifting spiritual reading and Scripture made especially for this Advent Christmas season.

Click here to subscribe – MB Seminary Advent Devotional

Hymn Stories – November 2023

I am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus is one of the child-like, but beautiful expressions from the soul of the esteemed English poetess, Frances Ridley Havergal, often referred to as “the Sweetest Voice of Hymnody.” Find out more about this hymn!

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Hymn Stories – October 2023

The writer of Count Your Blessings, Rev. Johnson Oatman Jr., was one of the important and prolific gospel song writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Find out more about this gospel song!

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Enhanced Infection Prevention and Control Measures for Respiratory Illness Season

Effective Tuesday, October 3, the BC Ministry of Health is reinstating enhanced infection prevention and control measures for respiratory illness season: COVID, cold, flu

  1. Medical mask wearing will be required by all health-care workers, volunteers, contractors and visitors in resident areas of health-care facilities, which includes long-term care homes (Menno Home, Menno Hospital) and assisted living residences (Terrace East).
  2. Medical mask wearing is expected in Independent Living shared common areas, hallways, entrances, lounge spaces and the dining room.
  3. Visitors are required to wear a medical mask (provided at the entrances) when they are in a common area of the home and when participating in indoor events, gatherings and activities in a communal area of the care home. This includes the dining room and while assisting with meals for their loved one.
  4. Visitors to IL apartments (Terrace West, Pavilion and Primrose Gardens) who are sick or show symptoms of viral respiratory illness are discouraged from visiting.
  5. Visitation Hosts will be reinstated at the front entrances to support screening for symptoms of respiratory illnesses, hand out medical masks and to ensure that people sanitize hands before entering.
  6. All residents in long-term care as well as seniors age 65 and older are included in the priority populations that will be invited to book vaccine appointments as early as October 10, 2023.

The Ministry of Health official news release can be found here.

The Ministry of Health is currently developing a Q&A document that will be shared ahead of the October 3 implementation date. We will share that with you when it becomes available.

Concert in Care – September 27

The next Concert in Care is happening Sept 27 in the Menno Hospital chapel featuring Julie Begg on clarinet and Karen Lee-Morlang on piano. All are welcome to join us.



The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, September 30th, originally and still colloquially known as Orange Shirt Day, is a Canadian holiday to recognize the legacy of the Canadian Indian residential school system. Menno Place will be recognizing this day on Thursday, September 28th.

CECELIA REEKIE, Member of the Haisla First Nation
Cultural Presenter

Thursday, September 28th at 1:30pm

Cecelia will provide a cultural presentation about Truth and Reconciliation.
She believes that understanding OUR shared history in Canada will move us all closer and perhaps one day to reconciliation.


E1 Menno Hospital – Enhanced Monitoring

As of September 20th four residents and one staff tested positive for COVID on East 1 Menno hospital. Visitation continues as normal, however in discussion with public health the following precautions are in place:

  • Residents, families and staff are not permitted to use the Fireside Cafe until enhanced monitoring is complete
  • All symptomatic and positive residents and their roommate(s) will be put on droplet precautions
  • Residents who are on isolation precautions will be served meals in their rooms
  • The families of residents who are isolated will be notified
  • No change in dining and group activities (well residents can continue with these activities)
  • Twice a day screening for both residents and staff
  • Please continue with twice a day enhanced cleaning
  • Please be practice diligent hand hygiene
  • Visitation is not affected currently
  • Please do not mix the residents with other units ( eg: rec activities, bus outings, chapel services etc)
  • East 1 staff to use fire side cafe only for their breaks.
  • Please monitor yourself and do not visit if you have any COVID symptoms