Action Réfugiés Montréal – Montreal, QC
Action Réfugiés Montréal works with refugees who are seeking justice and safety in the greater Montreal region. ARM’s knowledgeable and caring staff understands Canada’s complex refugee laws and regulations, and knows how to best support people going through the refugee process.
ARM serves the refugee community through private sponsorship, helping refugees get permission to come to Canada and providing assistance with orientation and adjustment upon arrival. It helps create a social support system for women through its Twinning Program which matches refugee women with female volunteers, generating friendships and connections through regular meetings.
ARM plays a unique role by visiting people in the Refugee Detention Centre – asylum seekers whose identity is being verified, failed refugee claimants, and immigrants awaiting deportation. Staff provide accurate legal information to detainees, make sure that they are being treated fairly and pay particular attention to vulnerable detainees such as pregnant women and children.
ARM acts as a strong voice for refugees by providing education and advocacy to the broader community. It takes action through letter writing to government bodies and uses the media to connect refugee issues to the larger population.
Presbyterians Sharing supports the work of Action Réfugiés Montréal as it provides assistance to vulnerable people who have already undergone much hardship, promotes justice and helps Canadians learn about the plight of refugees. Through ARM’s outreach, God’s work is done.
Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre – Montreal, QC
Montreal’s Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre offers empowering, supportive programs and services to the community of Little Burgundy in the south-west part of the city and beyond. The center is a presence in the community, accompanying people through their struggles and successes.
Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry – Saskatoon, SK
Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry provides a warm and safe place where people in inner-city Saskatoon can gather for food, friendship and support. SNCM reaches out to the Native population through culturally sensitive worship services, a healing circle, and crisis and spiritual counselling. Staff work to assist those who are in need physically, spiritually and emotionally. Their main goal is to establish a relationship of trust and care with street people so that they may feel comfortable enough to attend a church service that includes with Native traditions; a place they can call home and a people they can call family.
In this way, Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry is bringing people to Christ to receive his love, forgiveness and peace. All people are welcome regardless of background, nation or status in society. SNCM is their place; a place that reaches out with the love of Christ and shows people that the church cares about them.
The Sunday worship service and Healing Circle at SNCM are growing. People who are heavily addicted to drugs and young women who work on the streets are now beginning to get curious about SNCM’s programs and worship service. With a new building and continuing staff and program development, SNCM continues to serve the Native population in downtown Saskatoon. On their busiest days they see 200 people coming through their doors.
Presbyterians Sharing supports Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry in their vital ministry to people in inner city Saskatoon.
Anamiewigummig (Kenora Fellowship Centre) – Kenora, ON
The Kenora Fellowship Centre provides sanctuary and hospitality for those marginalized and alienated by poverty and addiction. It operates as a drop-in centre and works with legal services, detoxification programs, street patrol and other essential services in the community.
It offers the homeless a twenty-four hour shelter during the winter and other services as needs become apparent. It also hosts a day-time drop-in centre and soup kitchen. A weekly worship service that is held on Sunday afternoons sometimes includes a sharing circle, drumming and the sharing of traditional foods.
KFC is working to improve mental health, and places a strong value on the healing and therapeutic properties of the arts.
In the midst of the frustrations and turmoil of mission work, KFC sees hope, healing and reconciliation arise out of the darkness of the cross.
Presbyterians Sharing Anamiewigummig as it reaches out and serves First Nations peoples in Kenora.
Winnipeg Inner City Missions – Winnipeg, MB
Winnipeg Inner City Missions is committed to serving people with a particular focus on those living in downtown Winnipeg. WICM provides a safe, nurturing and peaceful atmosphere where people can begin to achieve their potential. It is committed to helping people find their way to having adequate food, clothing and a safe place to live. It helps people learn how to be listened to and understood, achieve employment and develop physical, emotional, spiritual and social well-being.
Place of Hope provides safe, clean housing combined with advocacy, counselling and referral. Here, individuals find new hope and renewed life as they participate in a First Steps to Employment Project. This project gives people the space, safety and support they need to help grow in their self esteem, to heal beyond past wounds and to launch out into a new life. This ministry is all about setting free the captives and the oppressed.
WICM is also engaged in healing and reconciliation work, as God has called the Church to help people heal from past hurts, to reconcile with God and each other, and to forge a new path forward.
Presbyterians Sharing supports Winnipeg Inner City Missions as it works toward a vision of a restored inner-city community where less advantaged individuals find their own path to healing, reconciliation and wholesome life.
Cariboo Church: Nazko and Area Dakelh Outreach – Cariboo Region, BC
The Nazko and Area Dakelh Outreach is part of the mission work of Cariboo Presbyterian Church in the Dakelh First Nation territory, BC. It is an essential ministry in a region struggling with economic downturn and the ongoing crises of addiction, poverty and despair among many First Nations peoples. It is with the amazing love of Jesus that the ministry team reaches out to the rural and remote people of the Cariboo region.
In the northern part of BC efforts continue to take on a distinctively First Nations flavour. The house church fellowships and Bible studies in Nazko (Ndazkoh) and Quesnel as well as the satellite ministry in Kluskus (Lhoosk’uz) continue. Another nearby house church in the non-native ranching community of Punchaw meets regularly for worship, fellowship and teaching.
In addition to weekly worship gatherings, there are regular pastoral visits, visits to remote communities, weekly children’s programs at the Nazko Community Centre, Vacation Bible School and a healing ministry.
Presbyterians Sharing supports the Cariboo mission as it works to reveal God’s love to those who live well beyond the reach of the traditional church.
Hummingbird Ministries – Vancouver, BC
Hummingbird Ministries is an Aboriginal healing ministry located in the lower mainland of BC. It is committed to walking with Aboriginal people in their healing journeys and to promote healing and reconciliation between Aboriginal people and the Church.
Hummingbird Ministries serves children, youth and adults through regular healing circles that help restore hope. The ministry instills freedom in various ways and justice for Aboriginal people. It engages youth in sports and healthy alternatives, works with the community in art and celebration, and provides educational and healing workshops, Bible studies, children’s art and music programs. These ministries help increase understanding of Aboriginal people around issues of ministry, theology and Aboriginal cultures.
Presbyterians Sharing supports Hummingbird Ministries as it reaches out to the Aboriginal population in Richmond, BC, working to establish hope, peace and healing.
St. Matthews Church and Hardwood Lands Church, NS
The two-point charge of St. Matthews Church and Hardwood Lands Church in Nova Scotia is working together to discern the path of its congregations during a period of transition. At St.Matthews-Hardwood Lands love for each other is expressed in practical ways through respect, forgiveness, affirmation and compassion.
This ministry serves the community through regular worship, bible studies, church suppers, teas, congregational breakfasts and Vacation Bible School. Its mission and outreach programs support local, national and international initiatives.
The churches enjoy a mix of fellowship and laughter, blending old-timers and newcomers as one community serving the Lord.
Presbyterians Sharing supports St. Matthews and Hardwood Lands Churches as they continue to discern their path and respond to the call of the Lord in their communities.
Église St-Luc – Montreal, QC
Église Presbytérienne St-Luc is a francophone Presbyterian presence in the heart of Montreal. This church’s membership is made up of people from many cultures: European, French Canadian, African, Malagasy, Haitian and Cuban, to name a few. They treasure their diversity and make sure that every culture participates in the expression of worship.
Three Sundays out of four they have a traditional service. The third Sunday of every month is a family worship service where a contemporary and more relaxed format is applied. After the service, worshippers are invited into the church hall to share a potluck meal. This casual context allows for development of community and friendships, and the service has higher attendance than regular Sundays.
Every Thursday, St-Luc runs Les Jeudis de St-Luc (St. Luc’s Thursdays) at the minister’s home. Biblical and spiritual activities take place from many cultural traditions, and include Taizé chants, meditative prayer, Bible study and spiritual and meditative reading of the Bible. The church’s participation in a radio broadcast, ‘Les Chemins Protestants’, allows them to be heard by a broad audience and sometimes draws newcomers to the church.
Presbyterians Sharing supports Église St-Luc as it works to meet the need for spirituality and community among the French Québec society.
Sohrae Korean Presbyterian Church – Toronto, ON
Sohrae church was planted in 2002 in order to reach out to the growing Korean population in North York, Ontario. There are now over 100 members and adherents, including children and youth.
Music plays a very important role during weekly worship. Hymns are played by various instruments, including piano, violin, cello, flute and bassoon. Pieces are arranged by the minister.
Sohrae is involved in a very unique community outreach program. In 2002, Sohrae’s youth group formed the Sohrae Youth Orchestra to play at worship services. The orchestra has grown to include 55 student volunteers, and has become an independent non-profit organization. Auditions are open to Korean students, regardless of religion. While it is no longer directly part of Sohrae church, the church sees the orchestra as an evangelistic mission tool that reaches out to the community through music. An annual fundraising concert that raises money for local charities has become one of the biggest yearly events in Toronto’s Korean-Canadian community.
Presbyterians Sharing is supporting Sohrae Korean Presbyterian Church in its unique ministry.
Almanarah Mission – Hamilton, ON
This Middle Eastern Ministry serves Arabic-speaking people within the Presbytery of Hamilton. It meets for weekly services in the chapel at St. John & St. Andrew PC in Hamilton, and also spends time visiting other cities in the presbytery, teaching, preaching and serving people in need
People from many different countries attend the Sunday service, including Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.
Presbyterians Sharing is helping Almanarah Mission to reach out to Arabic-speaking people in Hamilton so that they might worship in their own language.