Our Mission & Service grants for community ministries like Bissell Centre’s Outreach Housing Team offers hope for a safer, more prosperous future to many people like Joe. Joe had been living on the streets when he first moved to Edmonton to be closer to his children. His first visit to Bissell Centre was for a shower and clean clothing. Afterward, he found a group of people sleeping under a gazebo together, using an electric blanket covered by a tarp to keep warm at night. “We slept under there, huddled together, just hoping to wake up in the morning,” he said.
Mission & Service–funded global partner the Cuban Council of Churches has united two goals in a pilot project: encouraging sustainable farming and creating churches that are more inclusive of people with disabilities. Twenty families in four provinces in Cuba receive farming support and pastoral care. Farmers diversify their skills, gain more autonomy, and improve their families’ resilience.
Our gifts for Mission & Service support the important work of reconciliation with Indigenous members of The United Church of Canada. One of the programs Mission & Service supports is the National Indigenous Spiritual Gathering. Many Indigenous members met on the territory of the Chippewas of Rama near Orillia, Ontario, in August 2019 to discern and decide on the structure and priorities for the self-determining Indigenous church within the United Church.
What could be more energizing than a room full of 600 young people? How about a room full of 600 United Church of Canada young people! Rendez-vous brings them together for worship, service, prayer, community, and learning. Thanks to your gifts for Mission & Service, Rendez-vous is able to happen every three years in a different part of the country.
Many of the Plains, Dakota, and Nakota peoples have a sacred connection to the horse. For them, the horse holds immense cultural and spiritual significance, and its energy is a powerful catalyst for change.
Our gifts for Mission & Service support the work of The Healing Fund as we walk together in a path of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
We have learned that intergenerational trauma runs deep. The legacy of Indian Residential Schools continues to affect every generation as Indigenous parents struggle to educate their children in the ways of their people.
Our gifts for Mission & Service fully support the Embracing the Spirit grant program for communities of faith with innovative ideas.
Westmount Park United Church in Montreal, Quebec, has been able to grow its initial grant into a Faith in Nature vision of the church—a belief that nature connects us all. As well as monthly Climate Cafés and a cooperative garden on its front lawn, Westmount Park advocates for the environment in its local community.