Le défi : Innovons ensemble brought together more than 80 people excited to share their innovative ideas to make a difference in their communities and the world. Participants spent time with coaches to prepare their one-minute pitches. After 35 ideas were pitched to the assembled crowd, everyone voted for their top three ideas.

The following morning 11 projects moved to round two, but in the spirit of community and collaboration, everyone was invited to stay and participate. There were opportunities to network, learn, and help the finalists perfect their next pitch. The second round of pitches allowed the innovators three minutes to present their ideas to the judges.

The judges came from a variety of backgrounds. They offered feedback to the presenters and then gathered to select the winning ideas.

The United Church was well represented, with five projects initiated by United Church ministries, three of which made the final round. These included Mission & Service–supported Montreal City Mission’s idea, a kindness map; La présence, pitched by Mission & Service–supported United Theological College; and Dans les pas du Sauveur—an initiative with widows and orphans in Ivory Coast—pitched by l’Église Unie St-Marc, which won the People’s Choice Award.

We sing thanksgiving for the many ways Mission & Service partners create innovative ministry!

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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