Weekly “Minute for Mission” are short illustrations (takes only a minute to ‘tell the story’) of ministry undertaken with our gifts/offering to the United Church of Canada’s “Mission and Service Fund”. To read other “Minute for Mission” stories, or to learn about the “Mission and Service Fund” see this link:
Here is this week’s “Minute for Mission”:
‘M’ has struggled with mental illness for most of her adult life. She has had several hospitalizations, but until the last one she never had a diagnosis or good follow-up care. The impact on her two young children was significant—each hospitalization resulted in placements in the foster care system. Facing the daily challenges of living in poverty doesn’t make coping any easier.
The London Community Chaplaincy in Ontario has been a place of encouragement, support, and resources for M and her family. The children participate in the chaplaincy’s after-school programs. They attend summer camp each summer thanks to sponsorships and volunteer drivers facilitated through the chaplaincy. M knows the chaplain is available whenever stress is leading to instability and the need for additional interventions or resources to maintain her mental health.
The London Community Chaplaincy is the new organization born from uniting Southdale and Limberlost chaplaincies, which occurred in the spring of 2013. Both founding organizations have worked in London’s largest public housing complexes for decades. The unified chaplaincy has more capacity to respond to the needs of the families living in these communities.
Many of the families we walk with are pushed to the margins of society: folks who struggle with addictions, mental health, and the stigma of living in poverty. Christ calls us to walk with these families. You, who give to Mission and Service, walk with these families too. The church and Christ are visible in this important ministry. Please continue to give generously.
Mighty and tender God,
our gifts to M&S help your church to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you.