The following is a list of community ministries in Maritime Conference who receive Mission and Service Funding made possible by your generous donations. Thank you!
St. Luke’s Renewal Centre, Concilio Prison Ministry – a retreat centre for inmates at Springhill Federal Institution.
Spring House, Concilio Prison Ministry – provides hospitality to families of inmates visiting Springhill Federal Institution.
Brunswick Street Mission – programs offered include Breakfast Program, Food and Clothing Banks, Benevolent Programs – Crisis and Special Needs Financial Support, Trustee Program, Income Tax Return Service, and Christmas Programs for those experiencing poverty.
Dalhousie Campus Ministry – is located in the Multifath Centre on the campus of Dalhousie University. Our chaplain joins with other chaplains of other denominations and faiths in the Multifaith Centre to offer spiritual care and opportunities for spiritual nurture to the university community. http://www.dal.ca/campus_life/student_services/health-and-wellness/spirituality/the-chaplains/list-of-chaplains.html
Fairview Family Resource Centre – provides a variety of programs and services including Adult Education, Skill Development, Literacy Programs, Advocacy Services, Crisis Intervention, Health and Wellness Programs, Parent Support Programs, Children’s Programs, Parent and Child Interaction Programs, Support Services, Youth Programs, Food Security/Cooking Programs and Advocacy and Referrals. The centre partners with Public Health twice a month to offer a health drop-in clinic. The centre also offers EAL classes in partnership with ISANS (Immigrant Support Association of NS) for new refugee families who have low literacy skills in their native language.
Out of the Cold Winter Shelter, St. Matthew’s – Out of the Cold is a community-based, volunteer-run organization that works to provide shelter & community supports to people who are homeless and precariously housed.
St. Andrew’s GO Project – A residential summer program for youth from grade 9 to age 19, sponsored by Islington United Church in Toronto and St. Andrews United Church in Halifax for youth from across the UCC. Halifax youth will have the opportunity to work in existing outreach projects that benefit people who are disadvantaged, marginalized and often living in poverty through, for example, working in shelters, children’s programs, food banks, clean up projects, and/or supporting new immigrants or seniors. Participants spend time training and organizing for their work for part of the day, do the work, and spend time reflecting individually and as a community on their experiences of the project. It has been operating in Halifax since 2009.
St. Paul’s Family Resource Centre – Family Resources Institute (FRI) is a community outreach program initiated by members of St. Paul’s United Church in 1985. FRI offers a number of ongoing programs, aimed at helping build healthier communities for our children, families, friends and neighbours. Programs currently run are: food bank, food bank cafe, fitness programs, learning kitchen, literacy programs, community volunteer income tax, Christmas Hamper program, Christmas toy store, community garden, community access computer bank, and school break camps.
Inverness Guysborough Presbytery:
Eastern Guysborough Breakfast Program, Chebucto Place – A breakfast program at Chebucto Place where through classroom instruction deals with nutrition and health education, also where nutritious foods are made available in the school cafeteria. There is no designated area where only certain students go to utilize the program, it is all inclusive.
Saint John Presbytery:
Centenary Queen Square Day Care Centres – Centenary-Queen Square Care Centres house two vital community programs. The Adult Day Care Program is to provide social and recreational opportunities for adults and seniors with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. The Child Development Centre is for children from 15 months to 5 years of age. The centre is located in the South end. This area is considered one of five priority neighbourhoods in Saint John because of high poverty rates, percentage of single parents, and lower levels of education and labour force participation. In the south end 45% of single mother-led families are below the poverty rate and this rate has been increasing since 2001. In 2015, 85% of our attending children came from families with financial need.
South Shore Presbytery:
Trinity On The Air, Mahone Bay PC – Services are video-recorded, edited and enhanced with creative direction and prepared for Eastlink Cable’s full South Shore broadcast area. As Trinity UC is the first UC PC south of Halifax, thus this is a vital link in the ministry of the South Shore Presbytery. The videos are also a central part of activity programming for 2 large Seniors Residences.
St. Croix Presbytery:
St. Croix Wellness and Renewal Centre – Types of programs offered include: Exploring Spirituality Series; Spirituality in Practice Series; Shared Reflections and Seasonal Reflections; Dream Circles, Drum Circles, Meditation, Tapestry Talkback; Special Speakers Events; Special Events & Meals; and Self-Discovery programs.
Community CARES Youth Outreach – A youth outreach helping young people overcome adversity and achieve higher goals through literacy programs, access to education and community services. Serving the CBRM Northside for 15 Years
Aboriginal Peace & Friendship Project, Tatamagouche Centre – has been successfully operating for 13 years. Peace and Friendship gatherings have been hled annually to assist relations between Settler Population and Mi’Kmaq to live together and share Mi”Kmaki lands in mutual respect as set by the “Peace and Friendship Treaty’ of 1752. Since the Peace and Friendship project started there has been ongoing relationship gatherings among First Nation Leaders, Church/Community Non-Natives to learn about treaties, environmental issues and justice issues such as Residential Schools.
Maritimes – Guatemala, Breaking the Silence Project – This project was initiated in 1989. BTS activities include: Ongoing formal partner relationships with Guatemalan grassroots church and community groups; Human rights accompaniment; Hosting more than 70 Guatemalen visitors/speaking tours in Canada; Holding numerous public education events; Sent 77 Interns to Guatemalan partner organizations; Developed a fair trade coffee relationship bringing together a Guatemalan BTS partner with Just US! Fair Trade Cooperative, to purchase, process and market “Breaking the Silence Coffee”; Responded to numerous Urgent Actions affecting partners and related organizations in Guatemala; Carried out advocacy and lobbying in Canada around concerns of Guatemalan communities and organizations, including impunity and bringing to justice genocide perpetrators, mining, sweatshops.
Fredericton Council for Christian Ministry on Campus – Campus Ministry began at UNB in the early 1970’s and has supported the university communuity by providing opportunities for study, fellowship and community activities as well as silent prayer and mediation. While often called upon in times of crisis, the Chaplain also offers friendship and personal counselling where needed to any student, faculty or staff member at the UNB Fredericton campus which also includes Saint Thomas University and the New Brunswick Community College. Recent years have seen a considerable interest in our outdoor “God in Nature” ministry.
Lake View United Church – formed seven years ago when the three United Churches joined due to declining population and finances. This is a learning site for student ministers, studying through the Atlantic School of Theology, for the past nine years. We have had three students complete the Summer Distance Program and also had three students complete the pastoral work for their ordinations.
LIFT: An Intergenerational Project, Chipman PC – An Intergenerational lunch sponsored by Chipman Gaspereau Forks United Church in partnership with Chipman Youth Centre (CYC) which began in September 2013. It is available monthly at no cost. There are many assets in this community to address the isolation and loneliness of children at risk from the affects of financially marginalized families and seniors yet lack the funding to allow them adequate opportunity to participate and interact. The Chipman Elementary School is dismissed at 12 noon on Fridays. Children arrive at the Chipman Youth Centre by school bus. The CYC provides an afternoon program for Seniors and Youth to share a meal together and intergenerational space, sometimes programmed, before the afternoon childrens’ program begins.