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A Prayer for Canada Day

Creating and loving God,
As we mark the anniversary of the Confederation of Canada,
we remember and give thanks for the people
who have been the stewards of this land since time immemorial,
and commit ourselves to the work of justice, healing, and reconciliation.
Together we dream about the country that we hope to become,
a country where all are free to be their best selves.

In His Name.   
Amen.

– a prayer for Canada Day,

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From Kerr Street Mission

Dear Friends,
We hope you are keeping healthy and safe. As we continue to live this new normal, we remain committed to serving all those who need us. We are distributing food six times per week to those that need it, and we are seeing an influx of new families that are in need of our support. Although we are serving and helping more people during this time, we are also feeling very blessed by the generous community that has surrounded KSM during this time of uncertainty.

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UPDATE ON A VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB

An Invitation to Talk
In March 2017 United Church Moderator Jordan Cantwell wrote:
“We need to name and examine our fears, prejudices, and assumptions. The privilege that many of us are born with may desensitize us to the injustice, exclusion, and hate that some in our community experience on a daily basis.” Only in that way can we build, as “That All May Be One” envisioned, a church and society “where all are welcome, where all feel welcome, and where diversity is as natural as breathing.”

MGUC joins in the uprising of voices in the Christian community and across the world against the systemic racism that hurts so many of our fellow human beings.

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Black Lives Matter

The request of the Outreach Committee to make window signs supporting Black Lives Matter is a call for us as Christians to bear witness to institutionalized racism against black people. It is not just a slogan, it is a baby step that we hope will encourage us to examine our own hearts and initiate conversations in homes around our neighbourhoods. 

We agree that all lives matter but the item on our agenda right now is black lives and we know that black lives have been and are devalued and disrespected on a scale that white lives are not.

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Free Programs for Children

BridgeWay Family Centres
Karen works for BridgeWay Family Centres, and there are now numerous free programs online (usually free in centres and parks in the summer) as well as Mother Goose program songs and rhymes uploaded, circle time for 0-6 yr olds uploaded, and activity ideas for children at home.

Families can join over 100 ZOOM programs per week. All free. We know how difficult it can be to be at home with children, without all of the usual supports. 

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Sir John Colborne Recreation Centre for Seniors

To our Seniors Services friends: We miss you!

We’re feeling lonely now that our centres are closed,so we’re reaching out to make sure you are healthy and safe. If you’re feeling lonely too and would like to be placed on our “Phone a Friend” call list, please let us know. We will connect you with a staff member or volunteer that will check in with you regularly to chat and see how you’re doing. 

Please call the Sir John Colborne Recreation Centre for Seniors at 

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Black Lives Matter – Zoom Book Club

The request of the Outreach Committee to make window signs supporting Black Lives Matter is a call for us as Christians to bear witness to institutionalized racism against black people. It is not just a slogan, it is a baby step that we hope will encourage us to examine our own hearts and initiate conversations in homes around our neighbourhoods.  We agree that all lives matter but the item on our agenda right now is black lives and we know that black lives have been and are devalued and disrespected on a scale that white lives are not.

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