Mission and Service

Resources for celebrating the work of the Mission & Service of The United Church of Canada.

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June 26, 2018
The 2017 Year in Review highlights some of the major accomplishments and most significant work in the church.
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September 11, 2018

In China, the Amity Foundation offers programs for people on the margins—people like Zhou Jian, a 34-year-old baker who has been working at the Amity Bakery since it opened in 2007. As a child, Zhou Jian was placed in an institution where he stayed until 2004, when he was given the opportunity to live at Amity Foundation’s Home of Blessings for those who are developmentally challenged. When he arrived at the home at age 21, he did not understand the concept of words or numbers.

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File Colour Your World with M&S
This worship service includes ideas for Children's Time and Sunday school, featuring a rainbow as a sign of God’s hope for the world, just as M&S is. ...
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April 3, 2018

In Bethlehem, the largely Christian-Palestinian city of Jesus’ birth, Wi’am strives to build a just society through mediation, conflict resolution, and non-violence. Its premises are bordered on one side by Israel’s controversial separation wall (deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2005) and on another side by a street that often sees confrontations between Palestinian protestors and Israeli soldiers.

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February 6, 2017

Gifts for Mission & Service bring healing, justice, and hope to life. Your contribution will help support ministries and programs in Canada and around the world.

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File Drama: A Shoebox Filled with…
A short Advent skit about giving to Gifts with Vision and Mission & Service.
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August 29, 2018

Our global partner the Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) works on gender justice, microcredit, sustainable agriculture, and programs to address the extreme hunger caused by drought. Listen to this reflection from a participant in the Mission & Service Global Pilgrimage to Kenya on the visit to an area hardest hit by extreme hunger:

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August 29, 2018

For several decades, Indigenous communities of faith have gathered nationally to discuss matters of self-determination, spirituality, and their relationship with The United Church of Canada. These gatherings are a forum for listening to one another and discerning Creator’s plan for mission and ministry.

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September 7, 2018

Our gifts for Mission & Service support counselling programs like The Counselling Centre in Brandon, Manitoba.

The Mission & Service support provided by The United Church of Canada helps to fund Project Hope, a program that provides professional counselling free of charge to those who are economically impoverished, such as non-status Indigenous clients, children, and seniors, who make up roughly 40 percent of the city’s population.

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PDF icon HIV and AIDS: Stories of Partners’ Work
United Church partners are actively working at “getting to zero”—zero new infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths—in their own communities.

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PDF icon Living Thankfully Day by Day
Sunday worship service excerpted from Called to Be the Church Congregational Giving Program, 2018-2019: Loving Our Neighbours

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PDF icon M&S Response Form Material—Worship Service
This resource may be used for a worship service in which the congregation’s Mission & Service goal is being dedicated. It may also be used for any M&S Sunday.
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August 28, 2018

The Rev. Bronwyn Corlett reflects on the experience of Maritime Conference becoming an Affirming Conference.

What does it mean to be inclusive? What does it mean to love your neighbour as yourself? What do you do with your concerns when you disagree with your neighbour? How do you live in a community with varying beliefs, understandings, and practices? And what happens when the rules change?

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August 28, 2018

The work of Mission & Service continues because of us. 

Support from our congregation and congregations across the whole United Church make vital ministry possible. 

Our gifts for Mission & Service change lives daily. Because we give to Mission & Service, thousands of meals are served, unemployable people find new hope in work programs, and people in need of housing find places of shelter. 

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February 2, 2018

Have you ever wondered what Mission & Service really is? Where did it come from? Well, I am going to tell you!

Mission & Service wasn’t always called Mission & Service. Before 1925, the three original denominations that joined to create The United Church of Canada—Presbyterians, Methodists, and Congregationalists—saw mission as an important part of church life and supported it in many ways.

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April 3, 2018

In the beginning, some Presbyterian churches along with the Methodist and Congregational churches in Canada came together in Mutual Street Arena in Toronto.

Mission & Service has always been at the core of the denomination. It has had different names, but the function has always been the same: to seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God to answer the call to mend the world.

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August 28, 2018

“This is the church of William Scott,” the General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea reminded delegates to its General Assembly in 2015. The General Assembly approved an agreement of Mutual Recognition of Ministry with The United Church of Canada.

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April 3, 2018

The Nebaj region of rural Guatemala suffered through three decades of civil war that ended in 1996. Here, the Guatemala Conference of Evangelical Churches (CIEDEG) is training more than 400 Indigenous women in human rights, citizen participation, and economic empowerment through farming.

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September 11, 2018

Marion Pope, a registered nurse, served with the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) in South Korea for 36 years.

“Hold the gospel and culture in creative tension.” These words of her teacher, Dr. Katharine Hockin, guided Marion, who became a well-known and respected teacher and writer about mission.

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August 29, 2018

Our gifts for Mission & Service, together with our emergency response for Typhoon Haiyan, support the agricultural program of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP). In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan destroyed large parts of Philippine infrastructure, affecting the economic base of many communities.

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September 7, 2018

The Lumad are Indigenous peoples of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. Many Lumad communities have established their own schools, looking for help from government, non-governmental organizations, and church groups. Mission & Service partner the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) is collaborating with the Lumad peoples in this work.

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September 7, 2018

In August 2017, close to 600 youth, young adults, and youth leaders gathered in Montreal to sing, dance, learn, and be inspired to share their voices with a world and a church in desperate need of hearing them.

Rendez-vous is a national United Church get-together that happens every three years in different locations around Canada.

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August 29, 2018

Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda), considered the world’s strongest typhoon ever to make landfall, pummelled Central Philippines in 2013. Government figures estimate the super typhoon affected about 14 million people and left 4.1 million displaced. More than 6,000 people were killed, and about 44 provinces in 9 regions sustained extensive damage to houses, livelihoods, and infrastructure. About 1 million houses were damaged, half of them completely destroyed.

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September 11, 2018

At the Morogoro Women’s Training Centre in Dodoma, Tanzania, there is a sign that reads, “Serve God gladly.” Morogoro has been a Mission & Service global partner since the centre’s creation in 1979.

The centre offers a variety of courses, from legal advocacy to agriculture to maternal health. The goal is to empower women to make a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

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September 11, 2018

In a nurturing atmosphere of home and family, Our Place serves Victoria, British Columbia’s most vulnerable: people who are addicted and homeless, the working poor, those who are mentally and physically challenged, and impoverished elderly people. This remarkable inner-city centre relates to the people who use it as family members, not clients, with an emphasis on creating a compassionate, caring community.

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August 28, 2018

The Rev. Bronwyn Corlett, Program Coordinator for Ministry Recruitment, shares her reflections on those in ministry.

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August 29, 2018

Our gifts for Mission & Service support ministers in their training, continuing education, and pastoral relations and provide resources to engage in ministry.

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September 11, 2018

We cannot say it enough: Thank you! Thank you for your gifts for Mission & Service!

We all know the statistics of how many community ministries, theological schools, congregations, and global partners are supported by Mission & Service, but what about the stories behind the numbers?

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September 11, 2018

We cannot say it enough: Thank you! Thank you for your gifts for Mission & Service!

We all know the statistics of how many community ministries, theological schools, congregations, and global partners are supported by Mission & Service, but what about the stories behind the numbers?

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August 29, 2018

In Chiclayo, Peru, there is an organization of people who aren’t afraid to show their light to the world. They determinedly work day in and day out with people who live with poverty, marginalization, and oppression. They are known to many as “las Esperanzitas”—“the hopeful people.” This group of people shine their light onto the world with passion, dedication, and a spirituality of hope.

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April 3, 2018

Four hundred and ninety-four women from across Tanzania, East Africa, and 16 training sessions in collaboration with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health: these are the latest totals for training traditional birth attendants (midwives) reported by Mission & Service partner the Morogoro Women’s Training Centre. The collaboration, which is made possible with the support of United Church Women, is part of an overall strategy to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in Tanzania.

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August 28, 2018

The Rev. Bronwyn Corlett reflects on being the facilitator at London Conference’s Youth Forum 2015.

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September 11, 2018

Our gifts for Mission & Service provide opportunities for teachers like Melissa Carter to work at Los Quinchos School in Managua, Nicaragua. Here is her reflection:

“I have not come here to change their culture; yet I still maintain that school can be a powerful environment to positively affect self-confidence and to empower these young, bright faces to take on new challenges. One walk around my neighbourhood unveils the fact that they already overcome daily difficulties I can only imagine; they are strong and resilient.