In practicing the faith, congregants of Erin Mills United Church support outreach into the community and beyond. Erin Mills Youth Centre, for example, has its roots from a program of EMUC, the Erin Mills Youth Outreach Program with OASIS as one of its components. We provide regular givings and donations to special disaster appeals for the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada.
The mission of outreach is achievable in many ways. Community Life could further explore new ideas and impressive activities seen elsewhere. Finding creative ways to deliver interesting programs injects excitement and anticipation, boosting vitality that sustains us. If you have a vision, please share with the EMUC leadership team.
Our much-appreciated outreach programs include:
Interfaith Justice and Peacebuilding Committee
- Open Door: Several times a year, EMUC provides the meal for visitors at the Open Door Drop-in Centre at the Square One Shopping Centre.
- Deacon’s Cupboard: Donations of non-perishable items are collected for this food support group which helps over 200 families every month. A number of EMUC participants assist at the Cupboard on a weekly basis.
- Christmas Hampers: The Christmas outreach is supported by donations of Gift Cards from local grocery, retail establishments and the church community
- Comfort Kits: Kits are assembled with comfort items (such as sample sizes of shampoos and conditioners, bath soaps, lotions, perfumes, bubble bath, candles) with a book of reflections, for distribution to those visiting the Square One Drop-in Centre.
- “Out of the Cold” Clothing Drive: Surplus coats, scarves, gloves, hats, boots and blankets that are clean and in good repair are collected each winter to support the Open Door program at Square One.
Engages with the wider faith community to grow in greater understanding through shared worship, discussion, food and hospitality.
- Connections are being 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
- Black History Month was celebrated with vibrant music and moving reflections to highlight the creativity, leadership and wisdom of Black people. A reception followed worship and featured the tastes of Afro-Caribbean cuisine.