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                                                             THE MISSIONS COMMITTEE                                                                                               

To exercise in partnership with others, just stewardship of the World’s resources and to respond with compassion to those in need.

 

The Parish as a whole is the “real mission committee”; however, nine people meet quarterly to review, revise and respond to the needs of others. Simple every day items like toothbrushes, tooth paste, socks, underwear as well as food are donated by the church members quite frequently and delivered to the requesting agencies. St Jude’s is one of the participating members of LIRSA (London Interfaith Refugee Sponsorship Alliance) Monies from the sale of gently used clothing in the Nearly New Shoppe are used to support community outreach programs such as: L.I.R.S.A., The Daily Bread Program at St. Pauls Cathedral, The London Food Bank, monthly dinners for the needy etc. Twice yearly clothing from the Shoppe is sent to the Diocese of Keewatin (Attawapiskat) and to the Goodwill and the St John’s clothing cupboard. The Primates World Relief Fund and the many Third World countries who request support for their programs are supported

 

                             MISSION COMMITTEE REPORT FOR VESTRY 2014

The framework used to describe and encourage ministry throughout the worldwide Anglican

Communion is Living the Marks of Mission

1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom

2 To teach, baptize, and nurture new believers

3. To respond to human need by loving service

4. To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue

peace and reconciliation

5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

3. RESPONDING TO HUMAN NEED

On the bulletin board in the Narthex are 3 articles about specific London programs that

we have supported - Harvest Bucks, Circles and the Refugee Health Fund. Donations

were made as well as to many others both locally, Canada wide and internationally. If we

want to end poverty, we need to think differently. To that end, the Committee is

supporting parishioners to attend and learn more about the Bridges out of Poverty

program coming to London. (See the Financial Report)

4. TO SEEK TO TRANSFORM UNJUST STRUCTURES OF SOCIETY, TO

CHALLENGE VIOLENCE OF EVERY KIND AND TO PURSUE PEACE AND

RECONCILIATION

The Mission Committee consists of six members! This fourth Mark of Mission requires

all of us to think deeply and become “involved in social justice issues” - sit on

committees, lobby federal, provincial, and local governments. Your input is needed.

Consider joining the Mission Committee and making this your focus. Please keep us

informed about the work you may be doing in other venues and social justice issues of

concern to you.

5. TO STRIVE TO SAFEGUARD THE INTEGRITY OF CREATION AND

SUSTAIN AND RENEW THE LIFE OF THE PLANET EARTH

Have we as a Church thought about applying for the Diocese Green Award? There is a

list of guidelines set up for us to follow in making our Church “Green.”

PARISH DONATIONS / CONTRIBUTIONS

    -monthly contributions of food to the St Paul's Daily Bread Program

    -involvement in the Saturday hospitality meal at St John the Evangelist

    -60 FOR 60 was a strategy to donate new socks and underwear for the guests attending the St

John meal program - 60 pairs for our 60 years of worship. We exceeded our goal.

   -support with toiletries and small gifts for the Diocese of Keewatin at Christmas as well as 45

bags of clothing throughout the year

    - support of the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoe Box Program

    - Christmas Share

     -Sweaters for Syria -167 sweaters were collected in 10 days and 50,000 – 60,000 were collected

in total.

    - donations to the Alberta Flood Relief

    - support of the Nearly New Shoppe. As noted in the Financial Report, the Nearly New Shoppe is

the main source of revenue for the Mission Committee. Contributions from the Fund Raising

Committee, ACW and the Broadway Singers augment the funds and to those groups we are very

grateful.

I would like to respectfully suggest that members of the Parish prayerfully consider joining the Mission

Committee. We are at a pivotal moment in our history and the time is right for us to “be active and

visible in the community”. Ideas to consider include - putting together a team to work on a Habitat for

Humanity Project, becoming involved in the Circles Program, and sitting on Social Justice Committees.

There are six members on the Mission Committee - we could use your ideas and involvement.           

                                         PLEASE THINK ABOUT IT!

Respectfully submitted by Shirley Lawrence,

On behalf of Anne Patton, Cherie Laughlin, Mary Anne Campbell, Glenda Hayward, Sandra King