Reaching Out To The Community
“Preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”
– St. Francis of Assisi
Mission and Outreach to our city, our country and our world!
The Mission & Outreach Committee is just one channel through which our church tries to live and walk in the way that Jesus taught us. The generosity of our congregation helps support a number of local service organizations, nourishes a deep friendship with the Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry, undertakes the resettlement of refugees, touches the suffering in far-off missions through Presbyterian World Service & Development, and celebrates our growing intercultural community.
We welcome your ideas, and if you’re looking for a way to “give back” for the blessings you receive we know lots of people who can use a lot of help. Just email us at [email protected] and we’ll be in touch.
Upcoming Mission and Outreach Events
Our church in as active contributor to PWS&D. Our ongoing fund-raising events include the Christmas Pageant, and the Christmas Eve Family service. We also tie in to nation-wide events organized by PWS&D, such as the Jeff-a-Thon and generate local events in conjunction with other church ministries. Learn more about current PWS&D programs and ongoing needs at this link or contact Brian Merrett at [email protected].
The Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry was established by The Presbyterian Church in Canada to serve in an urban environment of poverty, broken families and lost connections to native traditions. In 2001, The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul joined the Saskatoon Ministry in a twinning relationship, a formal partnership between two congregations or groups, working together mutually and equally as members of the Body of Christ. The goal is a relationship in which each learns and enriches the other as we witness the gospel and work together on a specific project or exchanges of information or skills.
Healing and Reconciliation
This springtime event in the Quiet Garden is always a joyous moment, with friends new and old, tastes of bannock, wild rice and Labrador tea, and the rhythms of our native brothers and sisters.
This year, we were privileged to be joined by Nina Segalowitz and Taqralik Partridge, Inuit throat singers, whose music and personalities delighted young and old. Enjoy a moment with Nina and Taqrilak here.
Healing and Reconciliation is a Ministry of the Presbyterian Church in Canada built on the Great Commandment: Love the Neighbour. At the heart of Healing and Reconciliation is the belief that society will be transformed for the better when Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people develop a new understanding of each other and build a new relationship founded on mutual respect and love of neighbour.
“With God’s guidance, our church will seek opportunities to walk with Aboriginal peoples to find healing and wholeness together as God’s people.”
– from the Church’s Confession to Aboriginal Peoples
What is the Native Circle Ministry?
The Native Circle Minister, the Reverend Stewart Folster, a graduate of the Vancouver School of Theology, is one of three active ordained Native Presbyterian ministers in Canada. His store-front mission in Saskatoon, provides ministry, Bible study, visitation, caring and special services for funerals and weddings. His ministry also includes youth and addiction counselling for those who, like the Rev. Folster himself, knew childhoods marred by violence, alcoholism and extreme poverty.
This Cree word means “brothers and sisters,” and “friends” in the Native language. The A&P Neechewagon is a group of members of our church who meet regularly to learn more about Native culture, history and spirituality and to nourish our twinning with the Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry. Through the generosity of many in our congregation and the East Toronto Presbytery, we were blessed to buy a van for the Ministry.
Knitters for Neechewagon
Saskatoon winters are cold, and especially bleak for the homeless and poor. A group of ladies at St. Andrew and St. Paul gather once a month to knit mittens, scarves, sweaters and caps for those cared for by the Saskatoon Native Circle Ministry. These devoted ladies have produced hundreds of items over the past four years, all shipped with love to our friends in Saskatoon.
Every year on the third Sunday in January, the Mission & Outreach Committee and The Guild celebrate the twenty-plus local service organizations which our church helps support financially, and through members’ time and talent. Each year, representatives of the agencies join us for an inspirational worship service, and a Kildonan Hall reception where we learn more about their dedication and passion for the hungry, the young, the sick, the abused and the forgotten in our city. We are grateful for all they do. The videos below tell their stories of how they impact the lives of many people in our community who would often have nowhere else to go if this support was not available.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful Stewards of God’s Grace in its various forms. ” (1 Peter 4:10)
What is Stewardship at The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul?
The word Stewardship comes from the Greek word Oikenomous, which means somebody who manages a household. A person doesn’t own the household but manages it. And stewards in the ancient world were trusted with everything from seeing that the floors were clean, to the finances, to the public face of that household. Joseph is a good biblical example of that.
Stewardship is not another one of the things we have to do. It truly is, to be, who we are. Some of us are not good builders, or good youth workers, or good children’s ministry people. We are not all good visitors. Some of us have good bedside manner and some do not. Many of us can organize a meeting and others of us cannot even organize our own desk. Some of us have good leadership abilities and some of us would prefer to be left completely alone with no one to supervise. God has wonderfully and thoughtfully made us all with a different set of gifts and graces. Praise God!
We are all called to be stewards. Every one of us as God’s creation has been given by the Creator dominion over the earth and all that is in it. We are all equally called to be appropriate stewards. It is not something we do. It is who we are.
In summary, Each and every day we are called to manage our time as God would have us manage it. It means that we guide the children we have been blessed with in ways that are pleasing to God. It means that we care for the poor and those that are unable to help themselves. It means that we do not spoil the air and soil that God has allowed us to live with. And it means that we spend, save, and give the money that came from God in a way that God would want it done. It is not something we do. It is who we are.
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