St. Paul's is a mission-focused church, active in local, national and international missions.
This year a mission team partnered with Knox United Church in Embro, Ontario, and travelled to Peru to the NPH Orphanage in Cañete, Peru. NPH is an acronym for Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos or "Our Little Brothers and Sisters" in Spanish. It was a dream come true for the team, putting feet to their faith, and reaching out to God's children. Click here to check our our blog:
Internationally we have supported “The Grace Team” in Sierra Leone whose mission is to bring education to one of the most remote parts of this country. As well, a team went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to trace the roots of our Christian faith. There were life-changing moments as the team experienced the journey of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and His apostles.
This year a mission team partnered with Knox United Church in Embro, Ontario, and travelled to Peru to the NPH Orphanage in Cañete, Peru. NPH is an acronym for Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos or "Our Little Brothers and Sisters" in Spanish. It was a dream come true for the team, putting feet to their faith, and reaching out to God's children.
Nationally, we have supported the Winnipeg Inner City Mission (WICM). This mission, sponsored by the Presbyterian Church in Canada, seeks to help First Nation families in the north end of Winnipeg, who face challenges every day. In 2012, a team spent one week at the Mission to support Rev. Margaret Mullin and her staff. Stress and burnout among the staff is an ongoing problem. Aboriginal families face many challenges, including poverty, hopelessness and despair every day. The team felt privileged to be part of this amazing mission, letting the care givers and those they seek to serve, know how much St. Paul’s cares.
In the past, we have also supported Evangel Hall, an inner city mission in Toronto, by sending used clothing, warm socks and mittens twice a year.
We continue to support Presbyterian Sharing, as well as Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D) and the many areas of mission they serve.
Locally, we are committed to supporting our local food bank by collecting non-perishable food items on the third Sunday of each month and delivering these items to the food bank. In so doing, we want to support those in our own community who may need a helping hand .
During Lent, we take gently-used kitchen utensils as well as towels and sheets to Mission Services of London. They are given to families starting over after leaving abusive situations. At Christmas, we have a "Sock Tree" campaign where the congregation is invited to bring pairs of socks of any shape and size. The socks are also delivered to Mission Services of London to be distributed to the homeless.
St. Paul’s supports, and is "home-base" to our local Inter-Church efforts. Inter-Church is a joint mission with the Ingersoll Ministerial and local churches. Inter-Church provides assistance with food, rent, utilities, etc. to those in our community who are in need of this care.
The Mission Team is currently interested in finding "one local legendary mission" for St. Paul's. During our "Miracle Sunday" campaign, we raised seed money for this local mission idea.
We are seeking God's direction for a specific need in our community, as we believe God is calling us to look beyond the walls of St. Paul's, and to reach out in love to His children.