Central

UNITED CHURCH

Spring 2018

We gather every Sunday at 11 am. Our goal is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, to walk in his way, and live with love and mercy. We welcome all people. We understand that everyone is on a unique spiritual path, and that our common humanity binds us one to another.

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Worship at Central

We call it traditional worship with a twist. The service unfolds with the usual scripture-sermon-prayer format, but the added dimension of congregational participation and lots of interaction. We honour the children with their own place in the service, and prepare them for Church School. We have both Junior and Senior Choirs, an occasional Jazz ensemble and regular solo performances.

We follow the Revised Common Lectionary, which is available here.

Minute for Mission

Mission & Service supports microcredit programs like the one created by the Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network in Kenya. Small loans allow women to run small businesses—but even more, they create opportunities for women to improve their families’ lives by providing the means for shelter, food, clothing, and an education for their children.

“Beggars can’t be Choosers"

Because of the situations homeless people are forced to live in – sleeping in shelters, panhandling for income, lacking food storage and getting meals from charitable services - they tend to be deficient in many of the essential minerals and vitamins. In the drop-in we see, when trying to keep supplies on hand, there is a tendency to over-consume sodium, sugar and saturated fat. These are also found in abundance in the cheaper processed foods. Nutrition deficiency, coupled with the stress and hardships of homelessness, put people at a greater risk for physical and mental illnesses, both in the short term and long term.

Many face an immense struggle to access any food, nutritious or not. There are issues at agencies providing meals, such as there not being enough food for everyone, the long line-ups for everything, the size of the meals and the times the meals are served. Apparently, only 35 percent of the programs studied across the country serve meals on weekends the way WKNC does in Weston on Saturday and in Mount Dennis on Saturday and Sunday.

When making food choices, nutrition is rarely a priority for people experiencing homelessness and poverty. They eat to survive and to satisfy a basic human need. Even those who are housed tend to have poor nutrition because most of their money goes to rent. In the Toronto youth study, 43% of females and 28% of males reduced their food intake for 10 or more days in one month, sometimes not eating for entire days. In the same study, some young males showed muscle atrophy—also known as muscle wasting—a sign of severe food deprivation.

An analysis of charitable meal programs showed how dependent they are on food donations, fundraising, and volunteer labour to function. Like WKNC, more than half of their supplies come from donations, including foods’ nearing expiration, errors during manufacturing, or damage from shipping and handling. This means that despite conscientious planning around nutrition the practicality is that they create meals from what they have on hand, and when they have people able to prepare the food and serve it.

Some people in the social work field call these food programs a “bandaid,” and suggest that programs to help people become self-reliant, to have them housed and able to manage financially are more important. Ideally agencies offer both, because a hungry person’s brain is unlikely to get much from a workshop on how to manage their money. Between WKNC’s two sites there is food available every day of the week, and while staff and Board members are well aware of the need for more programming, they need a pat on the back for being one of the few services who regularly feed people.

Barbara Bisgrove

In the Library

The Bible by various authors, inspired by God

Read the unfiltered Word of God, and learn about your faith. The library has Bibles, Bible resources, even books about books of the Bible. Borrow and enjoy!

2017-18 at Central

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