We continue our exploration of opportunities for mission at this week’s worship service. Rosemary Redshaw, chaplain at the Grand Valley Institution For Women and two inmates will be visiting with us and sharing their perspectives.
On Saturday March 8th and Sunday March 9th, Emmanuel will be hosting Stamping Out the Stigma, an overnight youth leadership event exploring homelessness and poverty in Waterloo Region. On the Sunday morning, the youth will be joining us for a community breakfast and service. During this time, the youth will be sharing their insights into homelessness and leading discussions around what we can do individually and collectively.
On a date yet to be announced, Emmanuel’s Sunday worship will be held at the Freeport site of Grand River Hospital. Originally a tuberculosis sanitarium, Freeport now hosts a number of hospital programs including a mental illness treatment center and palliative care unit. While Freeport has served those in great need over its long history, it has also been shunned, out of fear, by the broader community. It is with this backdrop that Emmanuel will journey to Freeport, collectively overcoming our fears and obstacles, so that we can explore the need of the sick to become whole, through community.
Over the course of the visioning phase of the Tree Project, we need to be prayerfully reflecting on how God is speaking to us. How are we being nourished at Emmanuel? What are the passions that are being awakened in our journey exploring the Stranger, the Prisoner, the Homeless and the Sick? As these things are revealed, you are encouraged to share them on the Emmanuel Tree wall poster in the sanctuary.