“The refugee crisis desperately needs churches to show up in ways that further hope, healing, and reconciliation in the world,” Danielle Steenwyk-Rowaan, Open Homes Hamilton’s team leader, shared.
With the help of a NewGround grant, New Hope Church in Hamilton, ON showed up to partner with Open Homes Hamilton. This new partnership has allowed New Hope to welcome refugee claimants into communities of belonging and has reminded them of the transformative power of the ancient Christian practice of hospitality.Read More
Video Produced by; Victoria Veenstra We recently chatted with Jenn Burnett, the lead pastor from The Well in Kelowna, BC. Their church received one of our Covid-19 grants last fall to address mental health with their community. In spite of changing lock down protocols, The Well has continued to be creative in the use of…Read More
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…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
So far 20 churches across Canada have received funds from a joint Covid-19 Grant Fund, sponsored by Diaconal Ministries Canada and World Renew Canada. Approximately $60,000 has been put into the hands of deacons and churches longing to reach out to their local communities during this pandemic. Churches are finding creative and sustainable ways to…Read More
The Bridge, a church plant in Fergus, Ontario, had to close a regular community meal program when the pandemic hit.
With a COVID-19 grant from Diaconal Ministries and World Renew Canada, it was resurrected again in a new way!Read More
One thing we’ve hopefully learned these past months is that you can’t plan for everything. Or can you? As deacons begin planning for another ministry year, what are some things they should be talking about?Read More
Bethany Christian Reformed Church in Fenwick, Ontario is learning a new way of reaching out through a Community Opportunity Scan. Bethany Christian Reformed Church is a small church among the greenhouses, farms and orchards of Fenwick, Ont. Like many churches in the small towns of Ontario, Bethany has a congregation that faithfully attends each Sunday.…Read More
How can a church show and share Christ’s love during a global pandemic, when communities are mandated to social distance and sometimes quarantine? Maranatha’s Neighbour-to-Neighbour Kits have been one way they reached out in love. Maranatha; ‘Come, Lord Jesus!’ To the members of Maranatha CRC in Lethbridge, this means that they are a community of…Read More