What if food banks and community fridges and a lot of our well-meaning efforts are actually making people dependent on short-term solutions, focusing only on symptoms while dismissing long-term answers and/or underlying problems? What is a church to do?Read More
We all like to be helpful, don’t we? Opening a door for the elderly man walking with a cane, making a meal for a neighbour or friend when they are sick or just overwhelmed with life, lending a hand at the school fundraiser, and the list goes on. These kinds of ‘helps’ are wonderful and meaningful and are a wonderful way to bless another person.
So as we enter into the Christmas season, many of us are looking for even more ways we can help those who are less fortunate than us. But what if I told you that some helping doesn’t really help?
When asked where the idea for a community garden came from, Pastor Marcel deRegt noted that the idea came to him as he was looking out over some of the church property, wondering how that “resource” could be better utilized to serve their broader community. He also shared about Gateway’s desire to be so involved and impactful in the community, that if they were to close their doors, the broader community would not just notice the vacant building, but would be grieved at the loss. He wondered if the community gardens could be another way the church could invest in and work with their local community.Read More
The city and region of East Preston, Nova Scotia is now considered a “food desert”. With the help of a Covid-19 grant from Diaconal Ministries and World Renew Canada, John Calvin CRC in Truro is working with the community of East Preston and sharing their community garden expertise.Read More
Are you interested in learning more about what stewardship really means – beyond just money in the offering plate?
Our next online book study will start Monday, October 19th and run for 5 weeks. Together we’ll look at the book “What Do I Owe? Managing the Gifts God Gives You”. Through this study we’ll learn how Christ-followers can use our time, talents, and even trees to live a grateful and generous life in service to Him.
In partnership with Christian Stewardship Services and the CRCNA Canadian Ministries Team, Diaconal Ministries Canada has launched a Stewardship Pilot Project aimed at helping deacons increase their churches’ awareness of the Biblical principles of stewardship and help them live those principles out in practical, measurable ways. We are pleased to announce that Karla Winham will…Read More
This month we are finishing up our mini-series on Creation Care, which we started in April, partly in celebration of Earth Day. But as we recall from our last post, EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY, right?! It is our Christian responsibility to care for God’s creation, which not only includes personally in our homes, but…Read More
This month we are finishing up our mini-series on Creation Care, which we started in April, partly in celebration of Earth Day. Did you know that the first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970? Its founder, former Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, was inspired to create this day of environmental education and awareness after…Read More
*This post first appeared on the DoJustice blog. It’s written by Cindy Verbeek, a new member of DMC’s Board of Directors! As we sat in the fireside room at A Rocha’s property, Sir Ghillean Prance, a small group of volunteers and I (a stay-at-home mom) we felt a sense of awe that this man, who…Read More