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From “Identity Crisis” to Identity in Christ

By Dan Galenkamp | June 20, 2019 | 0

Providence CRC’s Community Opportunity Scan Opens New Doors into the Community The congregation members and leadership team might not have said it outright, but Providence Christian Reformed Church was experiencing an identity crisis. The congregation had a 30-year foothold in their Beamsville, ON, community, one of the sleepier spots along the QEW corridor. But, while…

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Becoming a Greener Church – Creation Care Series, Part 3

By Erin Knight | May 27, 2019 | 0

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…

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Every Day is Earth Day! Creation Care Series, Part 2

By Erin Knight | May 1, 2019 | 0

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…

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Caring for God’s Creation. Creation Care Series Part 1 of 4

By Erin Knight | April 11, 2019 | 0

Over the past six months, Diaconal Ministries’ staff have read and studied the book “Earthwise; A Guide to Hopeful Creation Care”. Initially when we started this book, I thought to myself; I’m not really sure why we are taking time reading about a topic that we likely know enough about and probably all agree upon anyway.…

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Diaconal Ministries Canada Breaks New Ground!

By Erin Knight | April 2, 2019 | 0

Here at Diaconal Ministries Canada, we believe God is always at work and He calls churches to follow Him into their communities to share Christ’s transformational love with each and every person. Cities and neighbourhoods should be impacted and blessed through the social action and thoughtful, cultural engagement of local Christians. Through its Operation Manna…

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Is It Making A Difference? – Gateway’s Extreme Weather Shelter, Part 3

By Erin Knight | February 18, 2019 | 0

(Pictured above: A pictures taken of outside the shelter. There are no signs, but this “homeless cart” gives evidence of its presence. These carts start to arrive a few hours before the shelter begins some nights. Photo Credit: Monica deRegt) This is the final article in our 3-part story on the Extreme Weather Shelter opened…

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Important Announcement re: Operation Manna

By Erin Knight | February 15, 2019 | 2

Click HERE to read an official Press Release regarding our Operation Manna Program. Questions? Email our Program Coordinator, Tammy Heidbuurt, or or call us at 1-800-730-3490 x4304.

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Surviving Recruitment Time

By Erin Knight | February 6, 2019 | 0

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!” Yes, yes, we know Christmas is long gone. It’s Recruitment Time! I am sure by now your Church Council has worked long and hard to craft a witty and concise bulletin announcement and that it’s been published the last 3 weeks, with a deadline that is fast-approaching.…

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Gateway’s Extreme Weather Shelter – Larry’s Story

By Erin Knight | January 31, 2019 | 0

Diaconal Ministries Canada invited guest blogger, Monica deRegt, to write a 3-part story on the Extreme Weather Shelter opened up by Gateway Church in Abbotsford, British Columbia. While writing the last article, Monica felt led to also share this personal story of her experience in meeting Larry, one of the Shelter’s patrons. You might remember seeing Larry’s picture in Part 1 HERE of this series. Also check out Part 2 by clicking HERE! Larry was sitting alone at a table in…

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Serving a God of Change: Part 2 – Top 7 Reasons Change can be a Good Thing

By Erin Knight | January 25, 2019 | 0

In Part 1 of ‘Serving a God of Change’, we looked at why change can be so hard for us humans and why we tend to avoid it at all costs. But if we’re being honest, I think we can agree that sometimes we DO want change; new things can bring excitement and refreshment. Like…

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