Outreach & Justice Work
Hope, Compassion and Community
Outreach is defined as the activity of providing services to any population that might not have access to those services.
The group providing the service or services needs to be able to meet someone in need of an outreach service at the location where THEY are.
Outreach more than often fills the gap in services provided by mainstream, often governmental services. The services may involve raising awareness of existing services, education, utilization of the wider Church Community members, or by just providing the very basics needed to survive today's difficult circumstances.
Over the years Christ Church Outreach has provided the very basic needs of food, water and hygiene, through ongoing assistance of funding for the Calgary Food Bank, provision of non-perishable food and snacks to school-aged children experiencing poverty and hunger or provision of non-perishable food and basic cleaning supplies for Women and Children transitioning from Emergency Shelters to new for them housing.
Calgary's challenging climate has and will provide many opportunities for assistance with shoes, boots, snow pants, jackets, socks and underwear for school-aged children and teens at risk.
The number one items needed by our homeless population within Calgary have been Socks and Underwear for all ages of Men, Women and Children.
Period poverty continues to be a much needed area for assistance. Bags with supplies and hygiene products are constantly in need.
Over the years Christ Church provided warm meals, respite, teaching, and freely given nutritional knowledge through the Collective Kitchen. Clients and their children from Calgary Agencies were brought to the Church to make nutritious meals and snacks to eat and also to take home. The clients did this as a group, helping and mentoring each other with tasks alongside the Collective Kitchen Members. The children were entertained, and looked after while giving the Moms a moment of well needed respite from cares and responsibilities.
Over the years Christ Church has also played a role within the Refugee Community in Calgary through family sponsorship.
Sponsorship does not just mean providing material goods and accommodation to those arriving to our country and Calgary. It means mentoring and assisting learning about all new aspects of Canada and especially Calgary. Even basic necessities are different and need explanation and assistance. Members also must be cognisant of cultural norms and practises.
Outreach has also involved assistance navigating bureaucratic government and professional systems and trying to provide help and support to those new to Canada and Calgary as needed.
Members of Christ Church represent all manner of people and occupations, all with varied experiences. Over the years Outreach has endeavoured to tap into those resources to provide expertise and support in places and situations unfamiliar to those we undertake to help. Legal advice and support, referrals for dental, medical and educational needs have been realized within our community. There has always been someone to step up and offer their help and guidance.
Overall Outreach at Christ Church seeks to draw our mandate from the passage Matthew 25: 35-40
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” 37Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” 40And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”