“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 9, 2017 to review suggestions for allocating funds from the 2017 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 2017 was $18,800. Additionally, $1000 that had been allocated in 2016 but remained undisbursed and was still available, so this amount was added to the budget for 2017. $350 has already been disbursed as small grants during 2017, leaving $19 450 still to be allocated.
After doing some due diligence research, the Mission Fund Committee made recommendations to Kitchen Table who agreed that that the remaining funds will allocated as follows:
LOCAL MINISTRIES AND PROGRAMS
Agape Table – $4,000
A community breakfast and nutrition program that has operated 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. The committee is recommending an increase to this ministry this year to help Agape Table with additional expenses it will experience as it finds a new location when the church hall is torn down.
All Saints Housing Project – $3,000
All Saints Anglican Church is developing a housing project next to the main church building. This is intended to be a housing complex that provides both market rent units and rent-to-income units. $3,000 is being set aside to help create more rent-to income units. The details of how this funding will work are still being sorted out, but the committee is recommending we set aside some funds to support this aspect of the project.
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.
Kakinow Ntomakanik – $2,000
Kakinow Ntomakanik (“All my relations”) was developed as an outreach inner city healing ministry 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, particularly those who feel most on the margins of society. Barbara Shoomski, an Indigenous minister with All Saints, seeks to be a visible Anglican presence within a community whose experience of the church has often been less than positive.
Artbeat Studo – $500
Artbeat Studio is a unique community-based, peer-directed program that provides social supports, working art studio, gallery space, and mentorship for individuals living with mental illness for the purpose of recovery and empowerment. It is committed to decreasing stigma and discrimination that coincides with mental illness and poverty through positive action, mental health education and advocacy. Members of saint benedict’s table have various connections to this program.
Art City – $500
Art City is a community based art studio in the West Broadway area dedicated to providing people, particularly young people, with access to art programming free of charge. It is best known for its longstanding afterschool art programming for young people in the West Broadway neighbourhood. Various members of saint benedict’s table are involved with this program.
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. Saint benedict’s table has benefited from some of these grants.
INTERNATIONAL AND NEWCOMER 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.
Mennonite Central Committee Middle East Program – $1,000
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 that are working to bring peace and reconciliation in the region and meet the needs of people affected by conflict.
Koutiala Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Mali – $1,000
The medical needs of women and children in Mali are among some of the worst in the world. The Koutiala Women’s and Children’s Hospital is providing maternity and other services to people living in south eastern Mali. It is part of Center Protestant Assistance Medical (CPAM), an NGO that also supervises eight rural medical clinics within 250 kilometers of Koutiala. This NGO emerged out of the medical work of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Mariam Entz, who attends saint benedict’s table when she is in Winnipeg, is currently serving as a nurse in this hospital.
Newcomer Afterschool & Summer Program – $1,000
A weekly after school homework club for newcomer children in high school who need support, a summer program for newcomer middle and high school students to help ensure they don’t lose ground during the summer months, and liaison/advocacy support for these students is being run under the umbrella of St. Aiden’s Christian School and depends on volunteers and donations. Corrine Plett who runs the summer camp supported by saint benedict’s table is involved with this program.
Mission Fund Committee
December 9, 2017