Presbyterians across Canada—through their actions and generosity—are helping communities build more sustainable futures.

Garden Party Got Your Goat?

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Children enjoying face painting at St. Andrew’s garden party fundraiser

At their 150th anniversary garden party celebration, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Nanaimo, BC held a hotdog sale, with funds going towards purchasing a goat for a family in Malawi. “Enough funds were raised to purchase eight goats!” shares Leslie Smith, chair of the anniversary committee. The hotdog sale was a success, but the main attraction was a visit from a surprise guest—a goat!

Draw the Circle Wide

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The Inshallah choir performing at Knox Waterloo (photo: Mark Culp)

Knox Presbyterian Church in Waterloo, ON hosted an afternoon of musical performances, prayer and fellowship to raise funds for Syrian refugees. The Inshallah choir from the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary performed songs originating from Palestine, Nigeria and Argentina, illustrating the theme—draw the circle wide—as a way to embrace our brothers and sisters across the globe.

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Knox Victoria’s pasta dinner fundraiser

Serving Up Support for Families in Need

Knox Presbyterian Church in Victoria, BC held a dinner to raise funds for PWS&D programs. Over plates of pasta, guests at each table pooled their donations and chose the projects they wanted to support together. “Total money raised was $742 which far exceeded our expectations,” shares Laura Kavanagh, minister at Knox.

Loose Change For Positive Change

The children at St. Giles Presbyterian Church in St. Catharines, ON took on the challenge—the Power of 50,000 Sunday School Challenge—and collected loose change to support vulnerable families living in Malawi. “Through the efforts of our kids this summer, we raised $107.92,” Lisa Schmauder, Christian education facilitator at St. Giles shares. “That’s a lot of change!”

Sometimes we wonder if our actions, gestures or small gifts really have an impact in a world filled with need. In response to God’s call to act, Presbyterians are making a difference—thank you!