Mission Possible/faith in ACT!ON 2020
Our annual faith in ACT!ON campaign begins May 17th. This year’s theme will be “Mission Possible” as we seek to live out our commission to be the Body of Christ – literally and physically – by doing acts of love and compassion for our neighbours and community. This year, as in years past, we are planning several projects that allow us to support God’s creation, our church and our community. We recognize that during the COVID-19 crisis that it is especially necessary that we can be the church to our community. Some of our projects this year have a special focus to provide resources and encouragement to our front-line workers. We have planned activities that can allow us to act collectively from our home as we practice social distancing.
Mission Possible/ faith in ACT!ON Projects:
Gardening at St. A’s
Calling all gardeners!! We are looking for volunteers to help plant flowers and vegetables in the beds around St. A’s on our Gardening Day at St. Andrew’s – to be determined. Volunteers will work in shifts of 5 people and proper social distancing measures will be in place. For those interested in helping out, please bring your own gardening gloves and tools.
In addition to the Gardening Day, we are also asking for volunteer assistance throughout the spring and summer months to help with weekly weeding and watering to maintain our church gardens.
We are also seeking handy woodworkers to make some picket-fencing for the vegetable gardens.
Protective Face Masks Sewing Project
For those in the congregation who are handy with a sewing machine and a needle and thread, we will be making protective face masks to be donated.
The face mask instructions can be found here.
Collection of the protective face masks will occur on June 6th at the church.
Food Bank Drive
As we have had many business closures and loss of jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis there is greater pressure placed on our local community supports. We will be collecting food donations for the Regeneration food bank on June 6th at the church.
There is a particular need at the Regeneration food bank for the following items:
- Pork and beans
- Pasta sauce
- Canned meat
- Canned pasta and sauce (e.g. Alphagetti, Chef Boyardee ravioli)
- PLEASE NO PASTA (as there has been an overabundance of pasta at the food bank)
As you clean out your closets during your Spring Cleaning, please set aside any unwanted clothing. We will be accepting any clean and gently used clothing at a later date in the fall as donation centre are not current accepting clothing.
24 Hour Prayer
Throughout the month of May, we will be collecting donations, utilizing our financial resources and completing acts of service to support creation, our church and our community. As we complete this work we will be praying for support, guidance and encouragement for our faith in ACT!ON leaders and participants, for our church, our community and our world.
Volunteers will be participating in a 24-hour prayer vigil where they will spend one hour of the day praying remotely at home. If you are interested in participating, please contact Ray Scanlan at 416-274-5901 or 905-454-1937 or email email@example.com to sign up for your one hour time slot.
Appreciation Cards to for Hospital Workers and EMS
Our faith in ACT!ON team has felt called to show our appreciation to the workers at Brampton Civic Hospital and Peel Memorial Hospital as they care for the sick and those stricken with COVID-19 and to the Emergency Services workers as they keep us safe and respond to people in crisis. To do this, volunteers are asked to write cards, letters and emails to show their appreciation for the hard work and dedication to keeping our community healthy and safe by these front-line workers.
Please write a personalized message to the hospital workers at Brampton Civic Hospital and Peel Memorial Hospital in your card. You can write a general message to all staff or consider a message to a specific team that is providing care and keeping our hospitals running; these include nurses, doctors, orderlies, lab technicians, and custodians.
Cards are also being collected for our first responders. Please write a personalized card to the Brampton Fire Department, Peel Regional Police and/ or Peel Regional Paramedics Service to show your appreciation for helping to keep our community safe.
The whole family can participate in this project!! Kids in the congregation are encouraged to participate in making cards, drawing pictures and colouring pages that can be delivered to the hospitals and first responders. Colouring pages can be found here that can be printed and coloured.
Cards, letters and kid’s art will be collected at the church on June 6th and will be distributed to the local hospitals and EMS stations.
Let’s show our appreciation for the hard work and dedication of all teachers and education workers that have been tirelessly creating lessons and activities, responding to the academic and social needs of their students, and reaching out to families throughout this period of uncertainty and school closure.
Kids can show their appreciation to their teacher by writing thank your cards, drawing pictures and colouring pages that parents can send to their child’s teacher. Colouring pages can be found here to be printed and coloured.
We are looking for volunteers to deliver food donations to Regeneration food bank on Saturday June 6th and to deliver the appreciation cards to Brampton Civic Hospital, the Police, Fire and Ambulance departments throughout the week of June 8th.
To sign-up for a Mission Possible/ faith in ACT!ON project(s), please call Robyn Kirkpatrick at (905)846-0678 or complete the Google Form by Sunday May 31st.