The Newmarket Church of Christ is caught up in the mission of God. We see ourselves as called to serve the neighborhood around the church property. We're not always sure what this looks like and so we are constantly exploring, discussing, and wondering how we are called to serve and love our neighbors. Often times we discover that as we practice hospitality our neighbors help us learn what it means to love.
In discussion with the residents of the condominiums beside our church, we discovered that many of the residents had been avid gardeners before moving into these buildings. We decided that we could serve the residents by allowing them to use our property to cultivate their own gardens.
We are entering into a season of discovering how to allow the community garden to be a place where we announce "the nearness of God's kingdom" (Luke 10:1-12). During this season we are praying, meeting with various neighbors, gardeners, and always looking for the ways in which the Spirit is leading us. This journey of discovering how the gardens can be a place to announce the nearness of God's kingdom is birthing us into a community that is participating with God in the redemption of our neighborhood.
Registration is now open to reserve a garden plot. Please note there are limited plots available.
Maple Leaf Public School
When we found out that many children attending a neighbouring public school go hungry each day, we knew we had to help. We've started by making 30 lunches each week, and hope to increase the amount that we are able to help.
We also learned that many of the children are having reading difficulties. As a start, a few of our members have volunteered to read to the children each week in order to assist them with their reading skills.
Every July the congregation hosts a summer camp for the children who live within the neighborhood of the church property. 50 children arrive ready to be fed, led in outdoor activities, participate in various crafts, and to develop and deepen relationships with us. When the congregation first started camp it was a ministry to the neighborhood. But now, after years of providing this ministry, we have discovered it is the children who minister to us. The children and their families welcome us into their lives and it is the church who is blessed by this ministiry.
Over the past few years we are learning to tell the stories of what it means to be people who love and serve our neighbors. Some of these stories have been published. See the links below.