The Mission Fund of saint benedict’s table is a collective mechanism to participate in God’s mission outside our walls. Reflective of sbt’s mission and values, it is an act of risk-taking and faith, stewardship and discipleship, education and imagination.
At saint benedict’s table we are committed to the good stewardship of the financial offerings entrusted to us. As part of that stewardship we have established our Mission Fund, from which mission grants are disbursed to support an array of ministries and projects taking place in the world beyond our own walls. For a detailed overview of the 2016 grants, simply click here.
In 2013 we established our Mission Committee, and entrusted to it the task of recommending how we might disburse our yearly grants. We also called this group to provide opportunities for education and awareness about the programs and ministries we support, and to raise the profile of missions generally.
At the June 2014 Mission Committee meeting it was determined that while our larger grants will continue to be made later in the calendar year, we would also be prepared to use up to 10% of our fund’s budgeted total for smaller grants supporting creative initiatives of faith as it is lived out on “the other side of the stained glass windows.” Ideally these smaller grants will be made to individuals from within our saint ben’s community, to support and encourage simple acts of faith and imagination in the worlds in which they live. We do not expect such acts of faith to be tied to any particular program or institution; quite the contrary, in fact. Dream a bit as to how you might connect with a neighbour or offer something to someone in need, and then contact us with your idea.
“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)
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saint benedict’s table Mission Fund
Terms of Reference
Fund Composition / Source
The mission fund is comprised of an allocation from saint benedict’s table’s annual budget, increasing annually by 1 percentage point until it reaches a minimum of 10%.
Information regarding the mission fund will be available on the saint benedict’s table website as well as through the notice of the selection committee meetings. These notices will solicit prayer for the process as well as invitations for suggestions and recommendations for consideration.
Selection of Fund recipients
Funding shall encompass both intentional partnerships and singular bold affirmations of mission, both of which reflect an expansive view of God’s mission in the world. (Note that the call for applications will be issued in late September of each year, with grants disbursed in December)
Funding approval is given by the “Kitchen Table” (our version of a church board) upon recommendation of the Mission Fund Committee.
Intentional partnerships shall have an ongoing relationship with sbt. Discernment will be sought annually regarding the relevance and effectiveness of the partnership and their mission.
An annual cycle will be set by the mission fund committee encompassing the following:
- review of intentional partnerships
- mission fund communication to the congregation
- timing of selection of fund recipients
- timing of disbursement of funds
- communication to the congregation of the annual fund allocation
Mission Fund “Small Grants” for the summer of 2016
Since 2014 our Mission Committee has been offering “small grants” of up to $200 to support creative initiatives of faith as it is lived out on “the other side of the stained glass windows.” These grants are typicall made to individuals from within our saint ben’s community, to support and encourage simple acts of faith and imagination in the worlds in which they live. We do not expect such acts of faith to be tied to any particular program or institution; quite the contrary, in fact, as you can see from the following list:
1. The Pillowcase Project – $200
Judy Stupack was given a $200 grant to support her efforts to create beautiful pillowcases for distribution to local organizations. Over the past five years she and her quilting group have distributed over 500 pillowcases to organizations such as Shalom Mission, Villa Rosa, Alpha House, Osborne House, Hands of Hope, and The West End Commons. She has been responding to the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge of the American Patchwork and Quilting Association. She writes that “bright, colorful pillowcases can bring comfort to a homeless person, hope for a foster child, encouragement for a battered women or beauty for a nursing home resident. A unique pillowcase can make a person feel special in spite of the difficulties they face.” The funds to purchase the fabric needed and her quilting group will sew the pillowcases.
2. Spence Street Block Party – $150
Aisha Entz was given a grant of $150 to cover the cost of live music at the Spence Street block party she helped to organize. She offers the following brief report – “The Spence/Young Block party 2016 was a success! We fed over 200 people and of course ran out of food! Papa John’s Trio were simply perfect as lots of people asked about them and they really added to a lovely atmosphere, fostering an environment where people waited patiently (sometimes) in the long line for food and lingered and chatted with their neighbours. Our planning committee was to extend a big thank you to saint benedict’s table and your missions committee for your generosity!
3. Musicians Without Borders – $100
Anna Bigland-Pritchard and Rachel MacEwan were given a grant of $100 to support a benefit concert for “Musicians Without Borders.” Musicians Without Borders is a non-profit international organization which uses the power of music to create positive change in war-torn communities through music project initiatives. They work in such places as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, with Syrian Refugees in the Netherlands, in Palestine, Kosovo, England and Tanzania.
4. Transgender Social Enterprise Support – $200
Kalyn Falk was given a grant of $200 to purchase a serger to support a social enterprise she has started with a transgender person connected with the congregation. Kalyn notes the need for love, optimism, acceptance and hope for transgender people who have largely been rejected by society, and this social enterprise emerges out of her desire to offer support and ministry in this regard.
5. Balmoral Street porch party – $200
Andrea Shalay was awarded a grant of $200 to support her second annual porch party on Balmoral street, with neighbours, members of saint benedict’s table, and people from the broader community invited. This year’s edition featured the music of Celtic Sienn, which includes a number of musicians from saint benedict’s table. The grant was used to cover the cost of renting PA equipment, as well as to subsidize the cost of the barbeque and non-alcoholic beverages.