The world of social justice and charity can feel overwhelming. There are so many options of where to get involved and how. Doing a fundraiser is great, but are you fostering relationships with the recipients? Doing a food or clothing drive is good, but how is the church learning to walk alongside the people who are in need of that support?

Often when we look closer at issues of justice and care for our communities, we recognize how interconnected many aspects of poverty are. These aspects create cycles that are very difficult to leave behind. One crucial characteristic of those who are able to step out of those cycles of poverty, is the presence of healthy and supportive relationships and community.

Enter Forever Families Canada- a ministry that aims to connect, equip and mobilize churches to effectively journey with vulnerable children and their families…

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How have you been coping with the changes brought about by COVID? Early on I came across a facebook post with 6 questions to ask yourself in quarantine. I altered the questions to meet my particular situation and needs and each night before bed I write the answers in my beautiful stationary.

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Racism. Recent events in the United States have once again raised our awareness of its existence there, but make no mistake about it: racism exists in Canada as well. Pausing to listen and pray… Racism. Recent events in the United States have once again raised our awareness of its existence in such a way that…

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By Karla Winham Sitting back and waiting for people to come asking for help might just leave the church out of the loop entirely. What if instead our churches joined the people who have been actively loving our neighbours for weeks now?  This post is in response to our “Top 10 Ways Deacons Can Help…

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While most of our conversations, meetings, newsfeeds and social media messages right now are related to the COVID-19 virus as it spreads around the world, the truth is, something else is spreading too. A message from Ron Vandenbrink, National Director of Diaconal Ministries Canada God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in…

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With a desire for spiritual renewal, Maple Ridge CRC initiated a Community Opportunity Scan in order to listen to their community, their church, and the Holy Spirit. Photo by Lina Kivaka from Pexels By Cindy Verbeek, Board Member of Diaconal Ministries Canada and Erin Knight Maple Ridge Christian Reformed Church is what you might call…

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By: Karla Winham For over 10 years, a day of encouragement and equipping has been held in the Maritimes. This fall, on Nov. 8 and 9, members and leaders gathered for a time of learning, encouragement, and inspiration at John Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Truro, N.S. Participants worshipped together, heard presentations, attended workshops, enjoyed…

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This story was posted on the DoJustice Blog on November 18, 2019, in partnership with the Office of Social Justice. ———- I have yet to join a Friday Climate Strike. Not because I don’t think climate is important. I understand the clear science behind climate change and have seen firsthand the devastating impacts both in…

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Welcome to our new website! You are looking at the results of a new communications strategy that is aligned with the goals of our 2014 ministry plan. Our aim with this new strategy is to communicate more efficiently and effectively with deacons and ministry leaders across Canada. There are 5 things I would like to…

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