Calling all Deacons – past, present, and those who have a heart for benevolence!
Diaconal Ministries Canada (DMC) and WoodyNook CRC in Blackfalds, AB, are hosting a “Helping Without Harming in Church Benevolence” Workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 7 – 9 pm. This workshop addresses practical ways to help those who come knocking on our church doors AND how to engage in poverty alleviation in helpful, holistic ways.
We’ll have 20 copies of the book “Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence” (by Steve Corbett & Brian Flikkert) available for $20. The book has scenarios, templates and pdfs for practical use.
All ministry leaders – pastors, elders, deacons, youth ministry leaders – and those involved with abuse awareness are urged to attend this year’s Annual Inter-Classis Safe Church Conference.
Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 9:00 – 3:30 (registration 8:30-9 am)
This year’s special guest will be Bev Sterk from Lynden, Washington, who spoke passionately at last year’s synod about abuse and what the denomination needs to do to prevent it. Other speakers include Kathy Smith, adjunct professor of church polity at Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids, and former crown attorney Henry Van Drunen. In addition, there will be a presentation on the “Circle of Grace” Abuse Prevention curriculum, as well as a presentation by the Waterloo Regional Police Department on cyber-bullying, and a session on detection and prevention of suicide.