The United Church of Canada Mission and Service (M&S) Fund supports a wide range of programs and activities allowing The United Church of Canada to bring aid and support locally, nationally and around the world. M&S projects in Canada and around the world allow us to live out God's mission in places where we cannot go as individuals or even as a congregation. To learn more about the various projects funded by M&S please see the articles below:

A Brief History of Mission and Service
Daring to Imagine Peace
T2R2
The Asian Rural Institute
Into The Neighbourhood
Uniting Hands for Life








 

A Brief History of M&S

A Brief History of Mission and Service

When The United Church of Canada was formed in 1925, each of the foundation denominations—Methodist, Presbyterian, and Congregational—had funds to which individuals could designate gifts to support the wider mission of the church beyond the local congregation.
 

At first, the church’s wider mission fund was known as the Maintenance and Extension Fund. In an effort to make it clearer that gifts to the fund supported “mission,” the name of the fund was changed in 1928 to the Missionary and Maintenance Fund. This was the name used for the next 40 years.
 

In 1968, all the work of stewardship and revenue generation were combined into one administrative unit in the United Church’s General Council Office. To reflect this change and better reflect what the church’s mission fund was doing, the name was changed to the Mission and Service Fund in 1969. This is the name we have used in the church ever since.
 

Regardless of the name changes, the role of Mission and Service remains the same: It is the unique way through which United Church people and others direct their gifts to support the wider mission of the church in Canada and overseas.
 

Mission and Service is the way we as United Church witness to God’s love, whether it is with overseas partners, in Canadian outreach, in hospital or university chaplaincies, in supporting small congregations, or in assisting new ministers. Mission and Service cannot be compared to any charity—it is much bigger and more encompassing than any charity. Mission and Service is the church.
 

Mission and Service represents our collective way to be God’s presence in the world—to be the church, to love and serve, to seek justice, to live with respect in creation. It gives us a collective voice in advocating change, justice, and peace, whether through the Canadian government or in work with our ecumenical partners. Mission and Service ensures that we are participating together in all of this work and more. And every dollar given goes to support mission. All administrative costs are covered through revenue from investment income.

Daring to Imagine Peace

God's Mission
Our Gifts
You’re here to be light, bringing out
the God-colours in the world.
- Matthew 5:14 (The Message)

 
Daring to Imagine Peace
 
“Children’s art is dangerous for war,” reads a sign in a school on the south edge of Bogota, Columbia. The sign reflects the work of building a culture of peace among children and youth in the war-torn country.

In the wake of 60 years of civil war, work for peace in Columbia takes place in many different settings: official peace talks among warring factions; advocacy for victims of violence; and education to strengthen the voices of women, youth, Indigenous people, and Afro-Colombians - all groups that have often been left out of decisions made by those who hold power.

The Latin American Centre for Popular Education, known as CEPALC (SAY-palk), one of three United Church partners in Colombia supported by Mission & Service.

CEPALC is an ecumenical group that helps children who have lived their entire lives in the midst of war imagine peace and experience healthy community. It also offers training in media production to many community radio and cable TV stations in different parts of Columbia challenging the norms of violence and lifting up alternative ways of living in peace. CEPALC makes its own radio, video, theatre, dance, and puppet productions as it works towards a culture of peace throughout Columbia.

Another sign in the school says, “War is afraid of children’s art.”

We are thankful that CEPALC, supported by Mission & Service, helps children become a force for peaceful change in Colombia.

Please join other Islington United folks in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith.


 
God’s Mission – Our Gifts
 

 

T2R2

God's Mission
Our Gifts

The Word became flesh and blood
and moved into the neighbourhood.
John 1:14 (The Message)


Mission & Service – Into the Neighbourhood


The Mission & Service (M&S) of The United Church of Canada enables us to offer service and love in neighbourhoods where we cannot go as individuals or even as a congregation.

God’s Mission – Our Gifts
 
In worship Sunday we’ll hear about T2R2 and other programs that foster healthy relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth. Rainbow Camp is another youth program supported by Mission & Service (M&S). It’s a one-week summer camp for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning (LGBTQ+), and allied youth aged 13 to 17 and their siblings. The camp is a safe community where youth can be themselves enjoying traditional camp activities. It also includes daily educational times on gender, sexuality, trans issues, body image, health, community, leadership, and creating safe spaces.

God’s Mission – Our Gifts at work for just and safe neighbourhoods

As we celebrate this Thanksgiving, give thanks for the good work of Camp Rainbow, Wampum, Neechi, T2R2, the GO Project, and the many children’s and youth programs of the United Church – all made possible by our commitment to Mission & Service. Please make a generous offering to Mission & Service in thanksgiving today.
 

 

The Asian Rural Institute

God's Mission
Our Gifts

The Word became flesh and blood
and moved into the neighbourhood.
John 1:14 (The Message)


Mission & Service – Into the Neighbourhood


The Mission & Service (M&S) of The United Church of Canada enables us to offer service and love in neighbourhoods where we cannot go as individuals or even as a congregation.

God’s Mission – Our Gifts
 
In worship Sunday, we’ll hear about The Asian Rural Institute. Like the institute in Japan, the Chipembi Farm College of Agriculture in Zambia is focusing its efforts on training farmers. The college’s 200-plus student body developed a two-hectare demonstration plot using conservation farming techniques. Where these methods have been practised crop yields have increased significantly. So, in May 2014 the United Church, with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, approved a grant to Chipembi College so that the students can take the methods of conservation farming into the surrounding communities for local farmers to adopt to reduce hunger and poverty.
 
God’s Mission – Our Gifts at work in rural neighbourhoods in Zambia

As we approach Thanksgiving, give thanks for the good work of the Chipembi Farm College and our 93 other global partners – all made possible by our commitment to Mission & Service. Please make a generous offering to Mission & Service on Thanksgiving Sunday. Envelopes are available in the pews.

 

 

Into The Neighbourhood

God's Mission
Our Gifts

The Word became flesh and blood
and moved into the neighbourhood.
John 1:14 (The Message)


Mission & Service – Into the Neighbourhood


The Mission & Service (M&S) of The United Church of Canada enables us to offer service and love in neighbourhoods where we cannot go as individuals or even as a congregation.

God’s Mission – Our Gifts
 
In worship Sunday, we’ll hear about the Jane Finch Community Ministry. Elsewhere in Toronto people are at work bringing healing support, practical solutions to life’s challenges, and a big heart. The Ecumenical Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto helps students from Canada and abroad enter into student life, easing the anxiety that comes with being in a very new and different environment, even a different culture. With support from Mission & Service, the chaplaincy provides people in the university community with opportunities to encounter the Holy Spirit, to explore questions about values, ethics, and meaning, and to experience fellowship and hospitality.
God’s Mission – Our Gifts at work in
the U of T neighbourhood

 
As we approach Thanksgiving, give thanks for the good work of the Ecumenical Chaplaincy at U of T and the 35 other chaplaincies in hospitals, universities, and colleges across the country – all made possible by our commitment to Mission & Service.

Please make a generous offering to Mission & Service on Thanksgiving Sunday.


 

 

Uniting Hands for Life

God's Mission
Our Gifts

You’re here to be light, bringing out
the God-colors in the world.
- Matthew 5:14 (The Message)


Uniting Hands for Life


Bolivia is changing fast. It’s a South American country where Indigenous people who once had no power have had an Indigenous president for a decade.

In Bolivia, The United Church of Canada works with a network of three national churches and seven non-governmental organizations. The network is called Uniting Hands for Life, or UMAVIDA (OOM-ah-VEE-dah). The members of the network help one another understand and take action on complex issues such as climate change and address the structural causes of poverty and social exclusion.

The groups come together in common cause around ecological issues (particularly water contamination and access) as well as poverty, human rights, a just society, and relationships of respect and equality.

Each member of the network brings a particular focus of activity and expertise to the collaboration. One organization, for example, works with children and youth in southern Bolivia, lifting up alternatives to earning a living from working in the underground silver mines. Another works with local farming communities on the impact of mining on water quality. A third promotes use of small-scale gardens in urban neighbourhoods, partly to create more green space and improve nutrition, but also to provide people with a good, lived experience of being part of a process of social and ecological change.

Our gifts for Mission & Service are creating positive change in Bolivia.
Thank you!


Please join other Islington United folks in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith.