The “Do Something” Committee
The mission and outreach initiatives of Celebration Church are led by the “Do Something” Committee. Their mandate is to encourage the congregation to be engaged in the mission of Jesus Christ in a) our community and b) around the world. This can be done through participation in various mission initiates and by praying for these initiatives. The “Do Something” Committee also distributes the 7% of our general offerings which is allocated to missions.
Some of our projects and initiatives are outlined below.
A) Our Community
During these times we knew the need was greatest on the home front with families finding themselves jobless and in ongoing social isolation at home. For this reason the Do Something Committee, in 2020, decided to give donations to The Food Bank, The Salvation Army and Barrie’s Women and Children’s Crisis Center.
The Homeless in Barrie
Over the years Celebration Church has been committed to feeding the homeless in Barrie and so we joined forces with Rosie and others to provide both food and manpower 3 times per year – Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas – to lay out a spread in our downtown area for those less fortunate.
Envisage Pregnancy Centre
Envisage, once named the Pregnancy Resource Centre, provides support to anyone facing unplanned pregnancy or pregnancy related difficulties. Envisage is a non-profit, charitable organization, supported by individuals, businesses and churches in our community.
After supporting the center for many years, our Do Something Committee recently gave additional financial assistance in order for the center to acquire ownership of their building on Sophia Street. Members of our congregation have also volunteered at the center on a weekly basis.
Also on an ongoing basis each spring we hand out baby bottles to everyone in the congregation asking that between Mothers Day and Fathers Day they will fill the bottle with change (or a cheque) in support of the Barrie Pregnancy Resource Centre.
Other Local Causes
Over the years we have also remained supportive of Barrie’s Food Bank and Life 100.3 and, in 2019, we reached out to help special needs teenagers in our community.
B) Around the World
Cuba Partnership — San Marcos, Moa, Cuba
In 2014 our “Do Something” Committee undertook a new and exciting international project in Cuba. ANiC congregations were invited to partner with a Reformed Episcopal church in Cuba. Following Pastor Brian’s visit to Cuba in 2014 we decided to become a partner with San Marcos church in Moa and to support the New Eden farm project. Our donation of $4,800.00 CAD each year assists with the salaries of the clergy and the farm workers. The profits raised on the farm assist the church financially and will contribute towards the staffing salaries for future years to come.
In February 2017 Pastor Brian visited the churches in the Havana area. With Bishop William he attended an ordination, a confirmation and preached at the Sunday morning service at the Olive Tree church. He delivered a 50 pound Medi-Pak provided by Health Partners International Canada. This medicine is being distributed through the churches on the island.
For several years members of our congregation have visited our partner churches in Cuba. Our members have delivered medicine, Spanish bibles, prayer shawls and water filtration kits, and attended worship services. In January of 2019 Mike Tweedle was part of the ANiC Mission Team and in January 2020 it was Gay Welsman who was on the team. The ANiC team visits various partner congregations and attends the Cuban Synod meeting. We continue to pursue delivery of recently delivered 50 pound Medi-Paks as well as water filtration kits and other items of need to the pastors and parishes in the area.
Panama — Guna Yala Mission — Howard and Mariela Walker
Letter from Howard and Mariela
The Guna are the 2nd largest of Panama’s seven indigenous groups. They number about 50,000 in total, half of which live in Guna Yala (san Blas islands) and half on the mainland.
We are very grateful to Celebration Church for your generous donation, and for holding our Guna families in your prayers. It is heartening to see how many Guna are turning to the Lord. It is our mission and privilege to let them know that the humanitarian gifts they receive come not from any Fundacion but a loving and faithful God who can offer believers the greatest gifts of all.
Recently we funded a playground for the children, and members from Celebration faithfully send donations to help the Walkers in their ministry in Panama.
Anglican Relief and Development Fund
The Do Something Committee as well as individual members of our congregation financially support ARDFC and one of our members is on the board.
The Anglican Relief and Development Fund Canada (ARDFC) is a registered Canadian charity which undertakes carefully selected and monitored aid projects in partnership with dioceses in developing nations. ARDFC works closely with the Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) in the US and is affiliated with the Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC) and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).
The Anglican Relief & Development Fund Canada (ARDFC), believes that Christ’s command to love our neighbours as ourselves is integrally linked to His commission to go into all the world and make disciples. When you support ARDFC projects, you can be confident that your gift will make a real and lasting difference in the lives of people in developing countries. You also have the assurance that ARDFC projects have been thoroughly researched and are carefully monitored to ensure objectives are being met. And you will know that your gift will help an Anglican diocese in the Global South meet often desperate needs in its communities. When ARDFC takes on projects, it establishes direct partnerships with the Global South dioceses that will implement each of these life-changing missions.
Arms of Jesus
The Arms of Jesus Children’s Mission Inc. is a Bible based, evangelical ministry committed under God to respond to the needs of children, be they physical, emotional, material, and/or spiritual. In responding to the cry for help from local churches and groups of believers in developing and/or poor countries in their efforts to help and minister to children. As well as responding to the desire of Christians in North America and other countries to reach out and help children of the world. We recognize that many people have a real burden, a need to reach out to, and help children but do not know where to start, or what to do. The Arms of Jesus Children’s Mission will facilitate such a need. This thriving mission was started, and is overseen, by Pastor Sam Martin out of Pickering, Ontario.
Celebration Church is a strong supporter of the Guatemala mission base – an elementary and secondary school, equipped with social workers and medical support staff including a dentist, which provides assistance to the families of all children registered there. We provide financial and on ground assistance to the school in Parramos, Guatemala.
Over the years our Sunday School, backed by the Do Something Committee, has been sponsoring a child through Compassion Canada.