Outreach Beyond Brampton

Christ Church takes the Gospel imperative to serve the marginalized seriously through a variety of ministry partnerships that include:  International Christian Voice, JFJ Hope Centre, Regeneration Outreach Community and Ste. Louise Outreach Centre of Peel.  We support the extended hand of the Diocese of Toronto through our financial commitment to Faithworks and that of the national and international church through the Council of the North and Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund.

This urgent appeal resulted in a donation to PWRDF of $10,865 in April 2022.  We are always grateful for those who generously support the care of others. (revised June 2022)

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Christ Church is partnering with PWRDF * in offering assistance in offering assistance to Ukrainians forced to flee their homes due to the Russian invasion.  

 

PWRDF is able to do so as it is a member of ACT Alliance which comprises 143 churches and church-related organizations that work together in humanitarian assistance and development.  This alliance allows for quick response to disasters and relief efforts around the world.  The initial grant of $20,000 issued to an ACT Alliance appeal has been increased to $50,000. The grants will fund the work of ACT member Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA) which is operating a Refugee Support Point 4km from the Hungarian/Ukrainian border.

 

What Can You Do to Help?  You can help making a financial donation and clearly marking it “PWRDF”.  It will be included in your 2021 your tax receipt.  Donations can be dropped off at the church, e-transferred, mailed or pick-up.  For more information please contact Martha at the Church Office at 905-451-6649 or via email at:  christchurchbrampton@bellnet.ca

* The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is the Anglican Church of Canada’s agency for sustainable development and relief.  More information about the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund can be found here:  https://pwrdf.org/

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During the pandemic, the fundraising efforts of our ministry-partners has been curtailed but Christ Church and its neighbours have provided generously.  The ministry work, of course, continued throughout.  It is remarkable in October – December 2021, International Christian Voice (ICV), with financial support of co-sponsors, welcomed 6 families to Canada totaling 29 people.  Another 8 people are expected to arrive early this year.  ICV is pleased to once again hold its annual fundraising dinner which Christ Church has attended for several years.

Annual Fundraising Dinner *

Friday, March 4th, 2022 @ 6:00 pm

Location:  Chateau Le Jardin, 8440 Hwy 27, Woodbridge

ICV is currently in the midst of sponsoring Gul Sher Murad and his family.  You can read his below.  Christ Church has committed to a table of 10.  Tickets are $100 for 3-Course sit-down meal.  Tax receipts will be issued through Christ Church, Brampton.  Please contact Martha (phone/text:  416-420-3765) if you would like to join us. 

* Proof of vaccination is required and Public Health Protocols are in place.

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As a result of your generosity, we were able to provide $3,245 to PWRDF for this appeal.

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Christ Church is partnering with PWRDF * in offering assistance to the Territory of the People which is in dire need due to the sudden fire which destroyed the village of Lytton and Lytton First Nation in late June.

 

The fire comes after the record-breaking heat wave that baked B.C. for the previous five days. The fire started quickly, forcing residents to evacuate within minutes.

The Territory is currently raising funds directly to help clergy provide cash for emergency needs of those who have been made homeless or are displaced by the fire. Funds raised will also support future rebuilding.  

 

What Can You Do to Help?  You can help making a financial donation and clearly marking it “PWRDF”.  It will be included in your 2021 your tax receipt.  Donations can be dropped off at the church, e-transferred, mailed or pick-up.  For more information please contact Martha at the Church Office at 905-451-6649 or via email at:  christchurchbrampton@bellnet.ca

* The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is the Anglican Church of Canada’s agency for sustainable development and relief.  More information about the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund can be found here:  https://pwrdf.org/

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Christ Church is humbled to be a ministry partner of International Christian Voice who works tirelessly to advocate for persecuted Christians and to sponsor and resettle refugees into Canada. 

 

We recently had an opportunity to present ICV with a donation from our FaithWorks proceeds.  In the video to the left is ur Rector, Byron Gilmore, with Peter Bhatti, Executive Director and father/daughter duo Major (Ret.) Javaid Bakhsh and Shumaila Desrochers (Deputy People’s Warden)

On March 2, 2021 International Christian Voice marked the 10th anniversary of the slaying of Shahbaz Bhatti, brother of ICV founder Peter Bhatti.  Shahbaz was killed as a direct result of his courageous support of religious minorities in Pakistan.   Byron was invited to provide a short video commemorating the work of Shahbaz Bhatti and continuing work of International Christian Voice.  Byron’s video is below.