Outreach

Community Meals – On the first Thursday of the month from November to April church volunteers prepare and serve a free hot evening meal to anyone in the community that wishes to come for nourishment and fellowship.  All are welcome.

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House of Blessing –  The House of Blessing is a Christian, non-denominational organization that provides free food, clothing, housewares, toys and family resources to people in need in our community.  Parkview members support this valuable community agency by regularly donating food, toys, and money.

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For more information and a list of the FOOD BANKS and FREE MEAL PROGRAMS in Perth County, please click here: Perth District Health Unit – Healthy Eating Programs

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Camp Bimini – is a United Church camp for kids and youth situated on 15 acres of lush wooded land located on the Embro Road.  The camp aims to be a welcoming place and to provide a safe and nurturing space where campers may have fun, experience nature, grow spiritually and create lifelong friendships.

Camp Bimini has a mess hall, fully equipped kitchen, playing field, inground pool, campfire area, outdoor chapel and 12 cabins which are used by summer campers. Camp clean-up day (fourth Saturday in April usually) is when Camp Bimini gets ready for the camp season and Parkview church members clean and maintain two of the camping cabins.

Camp Bimini publishes a “Wish List” of items and craft supplies they need every year and congregation members happily donate these items as they are able.  Parkview members also serve on the Camp Bimini Board.  There is always a need for your helping hands to complete various projects which helps keep Camp Bimini at its best so if you wish to volunteer, please speak to Rev. Mary.

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Canadian Foodgrains Bank – is a partnership of Canadian churches and church-based agencies working to end global hunger.  The Foodgrains Bank provides emergency food for people in crisis due to war, drought or unfair trade policies, provides tools and training to small-scale farmers, and supports programs that provide nutrition education and training for families.

To raise money for the Foodgrains Bank, the “Fields of Faith Growing Project” is sponsored by the congregations of  Parkview United Church, Brucefield Community United Church and Brussels United Church as well as farmers and local small businesses.  When the crop is harvested, it is sold on Canadian market, and the proceeds are donated to the Foodgrains Bank.  The Foodgrains Bank then works with trusted partners overseas to make sure the aid goes where it is intended.  Together we can make a difference.

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Mission and Service Fund – is a United Church Mission Fund that works with trusted partners in Canada and around the world to carry out God’s mission.  The work focuses on six areas:  global mission and service, local community and justice work, theological education and ministry support, faith formation, support to local ministries, and Conference leadership.

M & S support could include building wells, and giving communities access to health care and education, to providing funding for emergencies caused by natural disasters and support for long term reconstruction.  M & S helps local communities, works with youth, helps marginalized people, and supports chaplains at hospitals and universities.   Our congregation, the United Church Women (U.C.W.) and the Sunday School all make regular donations to the Mission and Service Fund.

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Disaster Funds—money is donated to help others in cases of emergencies and special needs, eg. Haiti earthquake, Japan tsunami, Goderich tornado, & Fort McMurray fires.

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United Church Women Outreach – the U.C.W. undertake numerous outreach projects each year such as:

  • sponsor a child to attend Camp Bimini

  • sponsor a child through World Vision

  • make donations to the United Church Mission and Service Fund, Camp Bimini and Canadian Foodgrains Bank

  • make donations through the Gifts of Hope catalogue

  • provide funeral lunches

  • collect eyeglasses for donation to the Lions Club for use all around the world

  • collect pop can tabs for the Canadian Legion to sell and who then uses the money to purchase wheelchairs

  • collect used postage stamps to donate to the Bible Society who sells the stamps to purchase Bibles which are then sent all over the world

  • collect milk bags which are donated to St. Paul’s Anglican Church or to the House of Blessing.  The bags are woven into bed mats and shipped to Third World countries

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If you would like to get involved in any of our outreach projects or if you see a way to meet a need, please speak with Rev. Mary – new helpers are always welcome and appreciated!

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