This local project centres on extending our partnership with Daybreak Housing, which operates five homes in Ottawa for single, low-income men and women who need help in rebuilding their lives when shattered by mental illness, substance abuse or abusive relationships. This organization, which is supported by centre town churches, currently requires both financial and hands on support.
There are many opportunities for increasing congregational support to Gracefield Presbyterian Camp, including giving needy children in our community a Christian camping experience, providing youth with a working experience during the summer, supporting regular maintenance and up-keep through a working team, sponsoring study groups and conferences and providing for financial and/or material needs.
Through member involvement and financial giving, St. Andrew’s supports a number of other local missions such as the Ottawa Mission, Centre 507, the Interval House shelter, the Ottawa Centretown Laundry Co-op and other local social initiatives.
To extend our knowledge and experience internationally, St. Andrew’s is developing a partnership with a Christian community in Jobat, India. An exchange of faith experience and the providing of support to a community which faces many challenges, including persecution, is strengthening us in our own faith and witness.
In February 2010, St. Andrew’s took the next step in building our relationship with the people of this area in India. Five members of St. Andrew’s visited the congregation of the First Church Amkhut as part of a larger mission trip to North India organised by the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Another visit may be planned in the future. If you’d like to be a part of this trip, speak with Aisling B.