Both congregations are committed to being advocates and working for social justice in the local community and globally. Below are some of ongoing commitments to advocacy and social justice and if you watch our webpage you will see other events and activities that we believe contribute to the building of God’s realm of peace and justice.
Are articulated in our Mission Statement:
Inspired by the spirit of justice and mercy, the Outreach Circle works together with the congregations of Sackville Pastoral Charge to nurture, encourage, and affirm God’s transformative vision of an abundant, loving, and peaceful community.
Some of our local initiatives include:
- Community building with Open Sky Cooperative. Each Wednesday morning at 10am, Sackville United Church and Open Sky Co-op partner to host a time of coffee, snacks, and fellowship for anyone who wishes to attend.
- Supporting the local Food-bank. On the third Sunday of each month those attending the Sunday Gathering are invited to bring non-perishable food items as part of their offering. Members of the congregations also volunteer at the Food-bank.
- Purchasing and selling Fair Trade products. Who says social justice can’t be delicious? For over a decade the Outreach Committee of the pastoral charge has sold JustUs! Fair Trade Coffee and Chocolate. We do this both to support the fair wages that JustUs! offers its workers and international suppliers, and also as a fundraising project that we use to support our congregational and community fellowship.
Some of our global initiatives include:
- Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada. Each Sunday a story is told about how our contributions to the Mission and Service Fund are used to make a difference in the world.
- Partnership with APCWWE. Sackville United is a partner with “All for Peace – Children’s Welfare and Women’s Empowerment”, an organization started by a member of one of our own arrival families that seeks to improve the condition of life for the most vulnerable members of the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, where he and his family spent several years. Read more about the APCWWE here.
- Little Dresses. For several years, members of Upper Sackville United and the surrounding community have met each Tuesday to sew dresses and shorts for children in need (over 600 so far!) with both fabric and time faithfully donated. Through Disaster Aid Canada, these clothes travel to children in need around the world – for many, these are the only piece of new clothing they have each year.
Other projects and interests:
- local and national youth Initiatives (e.g. The GO Project)
- Justice Work with Aboriginal Peoples
- Local Food Bank/Community Associations
- Open Sky Cooperative Farm
- Habitat for Humanity
- Canadian Foodgrains Bank
- local and national M&S Projects
- Download the 2018 Minutes for Mission
If you are interested in becoming a part of our Advocacy and Social Justice initiatives, or you have a suggestion of an event or project in which we might be interested, please contact the Sackville Pastoral Charge Office at (506) 536-0498 or email.