Outreach

Outreach

 Local Outreach / Mission Projects

For more than 10 years, Westminster has been an active partner in a network of local organizations offering community outreach services to families in Edgemont. Some of our partners include: the Edgemont Community Association, the City of Calgary Community and Neighbourhood Services, Foothills Alliance Church, Calgary Police Service, the Calgary Public Library, 3 local schools (Tom Baines, Edgemont School, Mother Mary Greene) and several other agencies and organizations.  

Edge Program: an afterschool program for children in Grades 1 – 4, meets Tuesdays (3:15 to 6 PM) during the school year, alternating between Westminster and Foothills Alliance. The City of Calgary provides the staff and funding for this program, the churches provide the meeting facilities and Westminster provides the volunteers.

To learn more about this program or to volunteer for one of the many volunteer opportunities with this program – please get in touch with Bev Chambers: bjchambers@shaw.ca  

More information from the City of Calgary: www.calgary.ca/CNS/

Breakfast Club: provides a nutritious breakfast for school kids every Wednesday morning during the school year, from 7 to 9 AM at Unit 224, Edgeburn Lane NW.  This program is organized through the Edgemont Community Association and Westminster provides volunteers and some of the food for this program. To learn more about this program or to volunteer get in touch with Wendy Lunn: clunn@telus.net or Lynda Williams: twilli@shaw.ca  

Summer Lunch Club: runs Wednesdays at lunch time during the summer holidays providing a simple nutritious lunch and serves the same target group as the Breakfast Club. Westminster provides food and volunteers for this program. To learn more about this program, to volunteer or to donate - please get in touch with Wendy Lunn: clunn@telus.net or Bev Chambers: bjchambers@shaw.ca  

Christmas Hamper Program: Westminster partners with the Edgemont Community Association, Edgemont School, and Tom Baines Schools for the annual Christmas Hamper program. Hampers are prepared and delivered to local families who are recommended to the program through the schools and social services. To learn more about this program, to volunteer, or to donate – please get in touch with Wendy Lunn: clunn@telus.net  

Other Calgary Area Outreach / Mission Projects

Coldest Night Of The Year (CNOY): The 2, 5 and 10km WALK is held on Saturday, February 20th, 2016, and provides participants the opportunity to experience a hint of the challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness while raising much needed revenue for their favourite local charity. A team of walkers from Westminster called the Westminster Walkers participates each year.  If you’re interested in walking or sponsoring walkers from Westminster in the 2016 event get in touch with Deirdre Harris: deeharri@telus.net  

For more information see the website: https://coldestnightoftheyear.org/location/calgary.

A Place To Call Home (APCH): A Place to Call Home is a collaborative project between KAIROS Calgary, CUPS and the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF). The project focuses on four affordable housing complexes that are owned by CHF and supported by CUPS. The two goals of the project are to help develop affordable housing in Calgary by fundraising to pay down the mortgage on the buildings and thus lower the rents, and to support the homeless families and individuals by providing volunteers for programming, building maintenance and improvement, and individual support. For information on the project, or to volunteer, visit the website: http://www.acadiaplace.com or contact Deirdre Harris: deeharri@telus.net   

Inn from the Cold: People from Westminster have assisted with the Inn from the Cold programs at Grace Presbyterian Church and St. Giles Presbyterian Church. For more information please see the website at http://innfromthecold.org/ or get in touch with Deirdre Harris: deeharri@telus.net  

Cooperative ESL Ministries provides a link between local churches and immigrant serving agencies in Calgary and trains church volunteers for service in ESL Programs and other programs that help newcomers adjust to life in Canada. For more information please see the website: www.eslcooperative.ca or get in touch with Bev Chambers: bjchambers@shaw.ca  

Bethany Care Society: Volunteers from Westminster go to Bethany one Sunday a month to assist mobility-challenged residents attend church services. It’s a great way to reach out to the residents and make a difference in their lives. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Elizabeth Parkkari at adpelp@gmail.com  

 

International Mission Projects

People from Westminster have been and continue to be involved with these international ministries. Some participate in Mission Trips and others support these organizations financially.

Amor Ministries (Mexico & South Africa)   www.amor.org

Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) www.presbyterian.ca/pwsd  

 

Operation Christmas Child: Every year the Girls’ Club, with support from the congregation, pack shoeboxes filled with gifts for children. The shoeboxes are distributed by Samaritan’s Purse to children in desperate and impoverished communities in more than 100 countries around the world. For more information contact Frances Bagley: fcbagley@shaw.ca  

Mission Awareness:

Westminster Missionary Society: is a community of Christians whose purpose, in response to the love of God in Jesus Christ, is to encourage one another and all the people of the church to be involved in local and world mission through prayer, study, service and fellowship. http://www.wmspcc.ca  

WMS within Westminster is gender inclusive, therefore it is known as Westminster Missionary Society. Our local group, who continues to be a vibrant and active part of our congregation, meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm. We are part of the Presbyterial of Calgary-Macleod and further up the ladder is the Synodical of Alberta and the Northwest, followed by the General Council which both meet annually. The WMS comes under the Life and Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, its purpose being: "In response to the love of God in Jesus Christ, is to encourage one another and all the people of the church to be involved in local and world mission, through prayer, study, service and fellowship." Study is the focus of activity at group meetings and we use a variety of mission study resources. We also have guest speakers whenever possible and participate with the Westminster Outreach Ministry Team annually to present a Mission Sunday Worship Service.   Our offerings support missionary work of all kinds at home and abroad, Regional Staff funding, expenses for visiting missionaries and contributions to Presbyterian Sharing. The WMS also publishes an excellent magazine, "Glad Tidings," an update on the missionary work of the Presbyterian Church in Canada and with many short inspirational articles, book reviews and poems. For more information about Westminster Mission Society please get in touch with Lisa Semple: l.semple@telus.net or Deirdre Harris: deeharri@telus.net