Our church building is truly a community centre in the centre of town. Not only do we have two Sunday services, we provide support for CAS visitations, Fishes and Loaves monthly dinners for those who need nutritional and moral sustenance, various addiction groups, T.H.E. (a toy and resource exchange) bus, and other outreach initiatives in Goderich. Sometimes we are so busy, our congregational groups need to find a small corner in which to meet. At Knox, we are truly blessed!
—Annie C., Knox PC, Goderich, ON
Our church building (1961) is one of our best assets and now recognized as a convenient and suitable meeting place for community events. Two church congregations share it on Sundays (am and pm) and during the week, from early morning to evenings. Each weekday it is also rented to community groups: Tai Chi, Bridge, AA groups, writers, rock hounds and potters, it is also a voting station when needed, to name a few, who fit in spots available.
We support a good number of missions: cook for “Our Place Society” (100 servings), support a teen mom’s program next door and a mental health drop-in house program, plus a number of seasonal street programs who are invited as our guests. The teen girls especially join us with children for a Christmas party and pancake lunch. They invite us to their teas/celebrations.
Our minister holds services at two care facilities. The congregation is welcoming and caring to all in and out of our own flock. There are several farms in our area who annually supply us with vegetables, corn stalks, etc. to decorate our sanctuary for Thanksgiving and pass along to Our Place Society and enjoy our connection. Our Korean partners (Grace church) join us in collecting and delivering the produce.
—Loraine Whiting, Knox PC, Victoria, BC