Stuart Jackson, ministry personnel at Chalmers Castle Downs United Church, tells the behind-the-scenes story of a Mandate magazine cover:

The cover of the Mandate 2015–2016 Mission & Service special edition showed a father and son who are part of the Bissell Centre’s family support program in Edmonton, Alberta. The background of the cover photo is an alphabet quilt.

For more than 50 years, a group of women at Chalmers Castle Downs United Church has been meeting monthly for tea and fellowship. Twice a year, the group holds a Bissell Baby Shower to support the centre’s well-baby program. The women bring hand-knitted baby sets, hand-tailored children’s clothing, blankets, diapers, toys, and one year, a quilt to donate to the program. Two staff from the Bissell program attend the tea to receive the gifts with thanks.

Participants sit in a circle as the gifts are opened and passed around. It is a wonderful time of sharing between the church and this Mission & Service–supported community ministry!

We sing thanksgiving for the many people who support Mission & Service and offer gifts of time, talent, and treasure to the Mission & Service–supported ministries closest to home. What we do together none of us could achieve alone.

If Mission & Service is already a regular part of your giving, thank you so much! If you have not given for Mission & Service, please join me in making Mission & Service a regular part of your life of faith. In all our Mission & Service giving, with a willing heart, we sing thanksgiving to God!

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