FROM THE MISSION STATEMENT
In Christ's name, we will live our vision...
...by responsibly using our collective skills, resources and capabilities to build and sustain MacKay United Church, to care for and comfort others and to seek justice in the church, local community and the world.
Regular outreach initiatives such as support to Centre 507, to refugee families, to various organizations through fundraising like the “Loaves and Fishes” lunches, meditation circle, and provision of worship services in seniors’ residences take place regularly. Individuals take on fundraising initiatives (e.g. support for Cornerstone, school supplies in Nicaragua, schools in Africa) and many members financially support these activities that are not initiated or directed by the church. Social justice issues are very important.
This special fund is administered by the minister, who is accountable to the Treasurer for keeping track of dispersals and with sensitive information remaining anonymous. It’s purpose is to help people within the church and the community in financial need. Food vouchers are given out. Special offerings including Christmas Eve, are taken in church to make this possible. Individuals will at times designate a donation to go specifically to the Benevolent Fund, which is greatly appreciated.
On the third Tuesday of each month, members of the congregation go to Centre 507, a drop in centre housed in Centretown United Church. People in the congregation prepare food (sandwiches, desserts, etc.) and donate fruit, cheese and prepared food which we serve to the clients while engaging in conversation with them. We also give special donations of money, clothing and hygiene items.
THE WELL / LA SOURCE
Located in St. John the Evangelist Church, 154 Somerset St. West, The Well/La Source is a day program for women and their children. It offers a sense of community with other women, social, recreational and educational programs, chaplaincy support, crisis intervention, community information and group support.
UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA MISSION AND SERVICE FUND
The work of The United Church of Canada across the country and around the world is funded by the Mission and Service (M&S) Fund. Members and supporters of the United Church know that it takes money to put their faith into action. In the M&S Fund they combine their gifts so that the work of the church can be done effectively. Regular monthly envelope donations are designated to the UCC M&S Fund and many congregants give monthly through PAR donations.
THE OTTAWA MISSION
Donations of toiletries, clothing and money are delivered on a regular basis to the Mission.
On the first Sunday of each month, non-perishable food items and toiletries are collected and delivered to the Ottawa Food Bank.
Helping people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, by providing and promoting well maintained, affordable, rental housing in a safe and neighbourly environment.
MULTIFAITH HOUSING INITIATIVE
MHI brings together a coalition of faith groups, local business, civil society, the City of Ottawa, federal and provincial governments to establish innovative,
collaborative solutions to create affordable housing. Safe, secure, affordable housing empowers and transforms people's lives by
improving health outcomes, educational achievement, social inclusion and economic opportunities.
NICARAGUA SCHOOL PROJECT
Twice a year, Nicaragua School Project (Si quieres, Pueden Reir) buys school supplies for improvised students in Nicaragua.
Without these supplies, many of them would have to drop out of school. Joyce Dubuc, from MacKay United, goes to Nicaragua, and with the help of volunteers there,
buys, packs and delivers the supplies directly to the children. The only admin cost is hiring a driver and truck to take us to the schools.
Donations can be made to MacKay, with a notation that the donation is for Nicaragua.
See pictures at https://www.facebook.com/NicaSmiles
I lift up my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
At MacKay we believe that we are called to minister to one another. We have a very active prayer pyramid that can offer prayers of intersession for any requests.
Every December we open the doors to the community to host a Coming in Out of the Blue Christmas service. This a quiet contemplative service for people grieving or wishing to remember those people not here to celebrate Christmas with us.
Please contact the office if you or someone you know needs prayers or if you would like information around the Coming In Out of the Blue Christmas service.
Many people comprise the Prayer Pyramid at MacKay and anyone is welcome to be part of it and make it part of their spiritual practice. When a person requests prayer, the Pyramid is activated by group leaders who call others on their list to inform them of the person(s) for whom we are praying. Many people report that they feel a great sense of comfort knowing that they are cared for in this way.