Focusing Ministry Outward
In the hallway to our Bishop's office hangs a beautiful piece of calligraphy with the words Serving the World God Loves.
These words echo our church's vision and mission. Central to our Strategic Plan is the allocation of significant funds to enhance, increase and focus our ministries beyond our individual parishes.
We know from experience that great things can emerge from humble beginnings. A few cots in a church hall have grown into our region's largest shelter for
vulnerable women, Cornerstone/Le Pilier.
Three other community ministries, Centre 454
, the Ottawa Pastoral Centre
, and The Well
minister to the vulnerable
and those in difficult circumstances. Our Community Ministries have, in many ways, become the public face of our diocese in the world.
New money from the
GIFT campaign will enable our Community Ministries to improve facilities or enhance their ministries with programs not currently funded.
Does your town need a youth drop-in centre, or are many seniors isolated and alone? Perhaps your neighbourhood would benefit from a homework club.
Imagine how your parish could respond concretely to a social need in your community. Our current diocesan Strategic Plan sets aside $30,000 per year to
seed parish-led outreach initiatives. This funding ends in 2012. With renewed and enhanced funding, we can enable parishes to respond creatively to the
social needs in their communities by supporting new and existing programs, not only in the City of Ottawa, but everywhere in the diocese.
Bishop John Chapman's challenge to respond to child poverty captures our hearts and minds. A Spirit-led vision is emerging to help break the cycle of poverty. A Diocesan Task Force is now determining how our Church can best address this complex social problem. With new funding, we will bring the voice, experience and resources of our Church to shape and augment the provision of direct service.