Christ Church takes seriously the call of the gospel to love our neighbours, to breaks bonds of oppression and to thirst after justice and mercy for all. Our commitment to social justice takes a variety of shapes throughout the year, through Social Justice Action Team (SJAT) , Community Dinners, Refugee Sponsorship, and Community BBQ’s.
Jesus’ last words to his disciples were that they would take the transforming message of the gospel and share it. Our Story of faith, worship and community shapes our lives, commitments and priorities and strengthens us as we respond to the world around us.Members of the Christ Church community live out their faith in a variety of ways.
— Board Member of Edmonton’s E4C Organization
— Board Member at The Canterbury Foundation
— Volunteer at the Cross Cancer Institute
— Volunteer with the 25th Christ Church Scouting Organization
— Board Member for The Terra Centre for Teen Parents
— Habitat for Humanity building projects
Christ Church takes seriously the call of the gospel to love our neighbours, to breaks bonds of oppression and to thirst after justice and mercy for all. Our commitment to social justice takes a variety of shapes throughout the year. SJAT meets regularly to discuss ways in which Christ Church can live out its faith and build community connections. Their focus is both local and global and their members are involvedin a variety of ministries within the city of Edmonton. Under their leadership ChristChurch has been involved with the work of E4C, the Edmonton Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, ICPM Sunday Lunch ministry and One Billion Rising.
The Christ Church community dinner ministry continues to serve a warm and nutritious meal to over 100 people each month. Early on a Saturday morning volunteers begin to arrive to peel, chop, cut, stir and dice. Amidst laughter and good conversation the meal is prepared. Later in the day others arrive to set tables, make the salad, set out the plates and get the dishwasher warmed up. Around 3:30pm our guests begin to arrive for a cup of coffee, a cookie and conversation. At 5pm the meal is ready and a new crew comes to dish up the food, clear the dishes and wash up. Each month roughly 130 plates are dished up and over 35 volunteers have come through the doors of the church to help out.
“My philosophy has always been Christ Church is my church home, and I invite guests into my church home for a meal, at a nice table, and a time of friendship. All guests are treated with dignity and respect as they would be in my own home.”
—Sheila Moorey, Community Dinner Coordinator
Christ Church is committed to several co-sponsorships of refugee families and is a full sponsor of a Syrian family coming to Edmonton.The Refugee Committee’s job is to raise money, find accommodation, and plan to provide all necessary goods and services for one year. We pray for the safe arrival of our Syrian family of seven in 2017.
Part of our mission action plan is to seek out ways to get to know our neighbours and create a welcoming atmosphere. Last summer Christ Church hosted a series of community barbecues and invited those living in the apartment buildings around the parish to join us for a meal. The response was terrific as we did indeed get to know our neighbours and they in turn got to know us and one another! The lawns at Christ Church provideda perfect venue for the games, food and fellowship of these barbeques. People have already asked when they will start up again this summer!