Outreach and Missions Committee
GSCC Outreach and Missions Committee Mission Statement
“To coordinate, support and promote the outreach activities of Gentle Shepherd Community Church at a local, national and international level. Outreach activites may support spirtual, emotional, physical or social needs of the community.”
News from the Outreach & Missions Team
For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. Song of Solomon 2:11-12 ESV
In May, we celebrate Mothers’ Day. This is an opportunity to support, encourage and show God’s love to the most vulnerable women in our community. Our challenge for the month of May is to provide Grace House, Fredericton’s Women’s Homeless Shelter, with some items essential to a safe, comfortable environment for their residents. Items requested are: art supplies; adult colouring books; coloured pencils, journals, toiletries, make-up; and cleaning supplies. Grace House has a full kitchen so food items are always welcome. We are continuing our Mothers’ Day tradition with our Sunday School children. On Mothers’ Day, bring you donations with you into the sanctuary. During Children’s Time, the children will collect your gifts and bring them to the front of the sanctuary.
Also, early in May our Women’s Group will be preparing soup packs for the clients of Greener Village (Fredericton Food Bank). During March and April, the congregation, as our Food Bank Challenge, collected the ingredients for the packs. Further details will be posted in the bulletin. All are welcome to join us.
In June, we celebrate Fathers’ Day. Let’s use this opportunity to spread God’s love to all men in our community, especially those struggling daily to overcome life’s challenges. For our June Outreach Challenge, we will be supporting St. John House, the Fredericton Men’s Homeless Shelter. Following are items usually required: coffee, sugar and creamer; bathroom tissue; razors, shaving cream and men’s toiletries (no after shave lotion or any product containing alcohol); socks and underwear. On Fathers’ Day, gifts can be brought into the sanctuary. During Children’s Time, the children will collect your gifts and bring them to the front of the sanctuary.
Deliya, our sponsored child at Chikumbuso Christian School in Zambia, continues to thrive. Through our sponsorship, Deliya’s family is provided food on a monthly basis and Deliya receives an education. For more infomation on the activities of Chikumbuso, check out their website www.chikumbuso.com.
We are also sponsors to Donalson, the little boy in Cobocol, Haiti. Donalson is ten years old and is doing well in primary school. His favorite subject is writing and he loves playing ball. Your assistance in supporting these two children is always welcome!
ISMC (International Student Ministries Canada) has completed a successful semester working with international students at our universities. Twice a month, FOCUS dinners have been held at our church for students to meet and interact with Christians in the area. There is also an opportunity for bible study. Several from GSCC assist with food preparation and join with the students for an evening of fellowship. ISMC also holds other activities with the students, including helping with groceries, transportation and shopping, games nights, and bible studies. There is also the opportunity to invite students into your home to share a meal, in particular during special occasions such as Christmas, Easter and birthdays. There has been a tremendous response from students. If you would like further information on how you can be part of this ministry, speak with either Seth or Brittany Bevans. Also, check out their Facebook page, ISMC Fredericton. This is an exciting opportunity for us to reach out to our close neighbours at our universities.
Tyler and Christiane Horton and their family have had a busy winter conducting workshops and visiting churches across the country as they prepare for their ministry through the missions agency SIM (Serving in Missions). As a sending church, we are given the opportunity to provide spiritual, emotional, family and financial support to the family in their upcoming ministry. Their plan is to be in the UK for a period of time beginning in the fall of this year as Tyler works toward a PhD in Biblical Studies at the University of Cambridge while Christiane works with SIM in their UK office. Their ultimate goal is to serve where, although there are many Christians, there are few pastoral and theological resources.
We also continue to volunteer with the Community Kitchen, serving supper on Thursdays to the homeless and others who need a hot meal. If you would like more information on any of our initiatives, or are interested in becoming part of the Outreach & Missions Team, you can contact Carol Scott.