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The Open Door is located in the Square One shopping centre, is open six days a week. Our financial support, along with that of other churches, allows them to offer counselling, regular lunches and weekly dinners. Members of the congregation also donated backpacks, school supplies and cash to help needy children clients start school without shame or fear.
Christ Church was a founding member of The Compass. We now are one 17 churches giving vital support. Over 250 volunteers help to run the Compass. The Compass helps those from all walks of life who are currently experiencing economic, social or emotional challenges by offering practical and spiritual support. The food market serves 350 single persons and families, each month. In addition, up to 150 people participate each week in other programs offered free to our community.
Our Place Peel maintains crucial services to Peel’s Youth. They offer short and long term shelter for up to 20 troubled teens. Their Resource Room provides counselling for jobs, schooling, housing and personal issues along with access to computers, internet and email.
Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Bighead River Project, is an important project supported by Christ Church through our relationship with the churches in the Meaford area. The Classic Tractor Festival in August is regularly attended by Christ Church members. Our Foodgrains partners from Meaford often attend our annual Chicken Barbecue in September, bringing fresh corn on the cob.
Warehouse of Hope. Our support in Haiti has expanded. Along with the tent city and technical school we support through Warehouse of Hope Haiti, we have supported Children of Hope Haiti with a group of medical staff and volunteers supporting a clinic and children’s orphanage in another region. We’ve contributed cash for food, pneumonia vests and medical supplies which they take every November.
Christ Church has also supported the work of church member Lesley Gittings who spent a year working in Malawi in 2011-2012. Our donation allowed her to purchase a bicycle ambulance to transport people living with HIV/AIDS to a health care centre. The other half of the donation provided bursaries to five girls to attend secondary school.
One Sunday a year is designated “Mission Sunday”. Guest speakers bring to us awareness of global issues as well as good news of lives improved by our support and caring.