“Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” (Matthew 10:42)
At saint benedict’s table we’ve made a commitment to taking 10% of our offerings and putting it to work outside of our own congregational life. Each year we give grants to various ministries, programs, and agencies we think are doing good and interesting work. What follows here is a report of this year’s allocations:
The Mission Fund Committee met on December 18, 2016 to review suggestions for allocating funds from the 2016 Mission Fund budget to various ministries.
The Mission Fund Committee reviewed the allocation criteria that would include both ongoing intentional partnerships as well as singular bold affirmations of ministries outside the congregation, and space for smaller grants to support the simple acts of faith and imagination by members of saint benedict’s table.
The Mission Fund budget for 2016 was $17,400. Additionally, $400 that had been allocated in 2015 but remained undisbursed and was still available, so this amount was added to the budget for 2016. $850 has already been disbursed as small grants during 2016, leaving $16,850 still to be allocated.
After doing some due diligence checking, the Mission Fund Committee recommended to the Kitchen Table that the remaining funds be allocated as follows:
ONGOING INTENTIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
It is recommended to continue offering support to four specific ministry partnerships that have a connection to saint benedict’s table, three of which are operating in the West Broadway area.
House Blend Ministries – $2,500
House Blend Ministries is providing safe, affordable housing in the West Broadway community, seeking to build broader community in the area, and providing education to empower people to be part of the solution to ending homelessness in the city. Rachel Twigg-Boyce and Beth Downey Sawatzky, members of saint benedict’s table, are providing leadership to this ministry. Others members are also involved with the ministry.
Agape Table – $2,500
A community feeding and nutrition program operating out of the All Saints Church hall assisting low-income residents of Winnipeg, particularly those living in the inner city. Every weekday morning it provides a breakfast for over 250 people. This has been a long-standing partnership that is held up in prayer as part of the communion service of saint benedict’s table. Congregants also donate food and other items.
Bell Tower Community Cafe – $2,500
The Bell Tower Community Cafe is a West Broadway ministry operating out of Westminster United that is inspired to be a place of radical hospitality where everyone has something to bring to the table, a place that is much more than a food bank, a place that seeks to build community, a place where people gather around a table to share food. Meaghan Pauls, a member of saint benedict’s table, serves as the coordinator for this ministry. Other people involved with saint benedict’s table also support the ministry, including musicians. The Cafe also partners with House Blend Ministries.
Hand in Hand with Haiti – $3,000
This is a long-standing partnership with El Shaddai Church in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, supporting their efforts to reach out to their community with health, education and other programming. This partnership is actively supported by Dr. Pierre Plourde and Krista Waring, members of saint benedict’s table, who have international and medical experience. They regularly visit El Shaddai Church. Dr. Plourde leads medical teams. The pastor of El Shaddai Church has visited Winnipeg and saint benedict’s table.
Kakinow Ntomakanik – $1,000
Kakinow Ntomakanik (“All my relations”) was developed as an outreach project of All Saints’ Anglican Church to respond to the needs of aboriginal women and their families who were seeking to cope with life in the city. Barbara Shoomski, an Indigenous minister with All Saints, provides this inner city ministry, and seeks to be a visible Anglican presence within a community whose experience of the church has been less than positive
North End Family Centre – $500
Serves the North End of Winnipeg by providing a safe community gathering place that allows families to connect and belong. They help families break the cycle of poverty by providing programs and services that empower them to meet their life goals. Some members of saint benedict’s table are involved with this ministry.
REFUGEES & CONFLICT
While we await the arrival of the sponsored refugee family, we remain deeply conscious of the conflicts and violations of human rights that are causing displacement, particularly the Syrian conflict.
Underlying the refugee situation in the Middle East is the challenge of communal conflict, much of which gets framed in terms of various sects and faiths.
We are recommending three grants related to peace, reconciliation, and refugee ministry.
Mennonite Central Committee – $2,000
MCC has been engaged in the Middle East for many years supporting local peace and reconciliation initiatives, and delivering humanitarian assistance. This grant would be directed to support their partners on the ground that are working to bring peace and reconciliation and meet the needs of people affected by conflict.
Peace and Reconciliation Department, Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (Anglican) – $1,000
The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem is an Anglican diocese that covers Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria. The Peace and Reconciliation Department works to strengthen interfaith dialogue in the region. The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada has a covenant partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, and has in place a Joint Ministry Agreement for the formal transfer and reporting of all funds sent to ministries of the diocese.
We are also currently holding a grant of $1000, designated to support an art project related to the local refugee community. Once we have confirmed the details of this grant, we will add it to this post.
Anglican Foundation of Canada – $1,000
The Anglican Foundation of Canada provide resources for innovative ministries, Anglican presence, and diverse infrastructure projects across the Canadian Anglican Church. Our community has twice benefited from Anglican Foundation “Sacred Arts Trust” grants.