This year we supported a smaller number of missions in order to make a greater impact. We continued to support our church camp, the Cope food bank in Fort Erie as well as Niagara Life Centre and Elisha House which provide support and biblical counselling for families in crisis. We also supported Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada who strive to make the Bible accessible in every language.
Countryside Camp (Camp Shalom)
For over 40 years Camp Shalom has been a meeting place for friends and family to have fun and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. As the summer camp ministry of Countryside Camp and Conference Centre, Camp Shalom strives to provide campers and special support guests with fun and educational programming in a safe, accepting and, above all, Christ-centered environment.
Community Outreach Program Erie (COPE)
COPE was established in 1983 and has helped to alleviate the effects of poverty in the Greater Fort Erie area since that time.
- To ensure that no one is going without the basic need of food.
- To offer support to individuals in immediate crisis, with possible referral to the appropriate human service agency.
South Niagara Life Ministries - Fort Erie
Our mission as a Christian charity is to offer free and timely help, resources, and counsel to individuals and families in LIFE altering crises, distress, and circumstances.
We are concerned for the physical, social mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of those we serve.
Reaching, Rescuing, and Renewing Lives is the essence of our mission.
Elisha House - Welland
Niagara’s Pregnancy & Family Support Centre – Dealing with family crisis, an unexpected pregnancy or in need of support? No one should have to go it alone. Hope and help is just one click away.
Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada
Wycliffe Canada works to end Bible poverty by facilitating the translation of God’s Word among minority language communities worldwide.
The bulk of our givings went to Athabaska Reformed Church for its Calling Lake Bigstone Cree Nation Ministries and to Christ Community Church in Welland.
Athabaska Reformed Church
Athabaska Reformed Church in Alberta is similar to our church in size and their congregation also left the United Church and joined the RCA in 1991. We are helping to support their Calling Lake ministry which is an outreach to First Nations youth. Calling Lake is about 60 kilometres north of Athabaska. They have been sponsoring a young man, who is just finishing up his Master of Divinity degree and is expected to be called to their church, God willing, to be a pastor to the Calling Lake people. He himself belongs to the Bigstone Cree Nation and will be the first indigenous pastor in the RCA. He has led church services and has been able to connect with the youth through music, sports and family events. Currently he is leading an Alpha course online since in person worship and activities are not possible during the lockdown.
Christ Community Church
Christ Community Church in Welland has also had to change the way it ministers to the community during the pandemic. Their sermons are delivered on their church website and on YouTube. Their breakfast ministry has been modified to include delivery. The South Niagara Autism initiative summer camp program had to be cancelled and the shipment of sensory room equipment was delayed because of the pandemic. Their police chaplaincy ride-alongs and pastoral hospital visits had to be discontinued. Pastor Carson was still able to visit one nursing home where he is a part-time chaplain on staff. His church services there had to go online as well.