Congregational Life

Community gathering DATE and LOCATION CHANGE re: Kathy Richardson

Update to article below due to extreme heat forecast.
Due to the extreme heat expected on Wednesday we have changed the date and venue for our gathering to remember Kathy.

On Saturday July 3, 9:30-11:30 am we will gather on the green space on Naramata Centre property between 2nd and 3rd Streets and Ellis and the creek. By the little playhouse.

In order to accommodate everyone we will be having an “open house” format. Come anytime between 9:30 and 11:30. Enter and exit as you wish. We are wanting to keep the number of people in the circle at any time to 50 or below in order to adhere to provincial health regulations. So, come when you can, enter and exit as you wish. If you see people waiting to enter the circle, and you have been there for awhile, please give them your spot so that everyone who wants to can join in. Please bring a chair, a mask and lots of water.

We are looking forward to a time of sharing stories about Kathy and supporting one another in our grief. This time of conversation will be facilitated by Shar Hamilton and Lori Megley-Best.

Below is an invitation sent out earlier to our entire community via “My Naramata”.   I do want to add, that I know that many of you knew Kathy, had your hair cut by her, or knew her as another ‘Naramata neighbour’.  This is a time of sadness for our village and I have also been hearing people express some fear due to the uncertainty of the circumstances and perpetrators of Kathy’s death.  Please know that if you would like to process your thoughts and feelings about this, I am available if you would like to talk – either by phone or a meet-up outdoors somewhere.  Please contact me at
Also, we are looking for a couple of people to ensure people fill out the contract tracing form and to act as greeters for the event below.  Please let me know if you can help in this way.
Grace and Peace,

 It was a week ago that Kathy Richardson’s body was found in her house. This news has stunned our community. It has been a difficult week. There are many ways that we are all dealing with the sadness, fear and uncertainty that this event has brought. One of the ways to deal with these difficult feelings is to be together. So you are invited to a time of conversation with your neighbours, a time of be together in a circle, a time of remembering Kathy and all that she brought to our village. We will gather on (see new details above). We will adhere to pandemic health restrictions so you will be asked to fill out a contact tracing sheet. Please bring a chair and a mask. All are welcome. This time of conversation will be facilitated by Shar Hamilton and Lori Megley-Best.