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Community Life

In practicing their faith, congregants of EMUC support outreach to the community and beyond.  Erin Mills Youth Centre is now a stand alone not-for-profit organization which has its roots in a program of EMUC.  EMUC gives regularly to the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada and also generously supports special disaster appeals.
The ministry of outreach is achieved in many ways and through various programs described below.  The Community Life Focus Circle continually explores new opportunities and activities to expand our programs where needed.  Outreach activities and helping others injects excitement and vitality that sustains us.  Share your new ideas for outreach with the Leadership Circle.

Current Outreach Programs include:

Interfaith Justice and Peace-building:

This committee is passionate about engaging with the wider faith community to grow a greater understanding through shared worship, discussion, food and hospitality.  Connections are maintained with a Sikh Gurdwara, a Hindu temple, the Islamic Community, and a Jewish Synagogue.  The committee organizes and hosts visits for supporting dialogue with the faith groups.  Members also advocate for various causes by hosting and participating in special projects such as the Write for Rights Amnesty International letter writing event.
February is Black History Month. The committee organizes special services with vibrant music and moving reflections to celebrate the creativity, leadership and wisdom of Black people.   A reception follows worship featuring the tastes of Afro-Caribbean cuisine.

Deacon's Cupboard:

The Deacon’s Cupboard is an ecumenical food agency that serves those in need in our area.  It is a joint venture of five congregations, Erin Mills United, St. Peter’s Erindale Anglican, St. Thomas a Becket Anglican, Erindale United, and Erindale Presbyterian. These five churches provide non-perishable food, money and volunteers to the Cupboard, which is housed in St. Peter’s.   The Cupboard is open every Wednesday from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and the last Monday night of every month to service over 200 families every month.  As well as distributing food to our guests our volunteers support them with the help of registered nurses and dieticians.  In addition to our donated food the Cupboard also receives food from the Mississauga Food Bank. 
The Cupboard has been in operation since 2003 and has assisted over 1300 families. We are proud of the fact that all the money donated goes directly to the purchase of food; we have no paid helpers, and have distributed over a million pounds of food.

Open Door:

Several times a year, EMUC provides meals for visitors at the Open Door Drop-in Centre located at the Square One Shopping Centre.

Out of the Cold

Each year in the fall, the congregation collects donations of clean, good condition winter outerwear, coats, blankets, hats scarves, mittens, gloves and boots.  The items are donated to programs like the Open Door at Square One for distribution of free winter wear to those in need.  

Comfort Kits

Once a year, kits are assembled with comfort items donated by caring members of the congregation.  Items include shampoo, conditioner, bath soaps, lotions, perfumes, bubble bath, combs and brushes, a small book of reflections etc.  The kits are distributed to those visiting the Square One Drop-in Centre.
At Christmas time, the women of Circle of Friends assemble shoeboxes with similar items which women enjoy but would not purchase for themselves as part of the Shoebox Program.  The Shoebox Program supports women in shelters to let them know they are not forgotten.

Christmas Hampers

Christmas is a time of giving.  Christmas outreach is supported by donations of gift cards from local grocery stores, retail establishments and the church community.  Over forty families receive food cards and gifts during the Christmas season.

Refugee Task Force:

A very dedicated group comprised of members from three local United churches including EMUC has been instrumental in initiating sponsorship for two Syrian refugee families (a single person and a family of four) to settle in Canada.  The paperwork has been completed, the applications have been accepted and we are now waiting for their approval to come to Canada.

Greening Sacred Spaces:

EMUC has expressed its faith to be a greener, healthier and more resilient community.  One of the ways of doing so is through our representation on the Halton Peel Chapter of Greening Sacred Spaces (GSS).   This voluntary role is currently vacant and we welcome anyone interested to contact the church for further information.

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