Mission Network

The Mission Network participates in hands-on mission-in-action and raises awareness of social justice issues and the need for Christian mission through participation in a variety of local, national and international projects.

Aboriginal Friendship and Mission Network

Our group exists to build and strengthen understanding and friendship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. VAPC was very active in pre and post tasks of the recent “Wisdom on the Journey: Walking to a Sacred Place” event and more than a few from VAPC participated as well. We’re looking forward to participating in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) educational event in Edmonton on March 27-30, 2014. Read more…

Campus Ministry of the Presbyterian & United Churches at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University

VAPC provides economic and spiritual support, and hospitality to Campus Ministry. Many at VAPC have strong ties to the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University in academics (teachers, researchers, alumni, alumna and current students) and administration. We have been pleased to have Campus Ministry drummers join us in worship service, and hope to continue to grow our association through worship and social events. Read more…

Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank

VAPC has donated more than 700 lbs. of food so far this year. The donations have ranged from cases of soup, large boxes of cereal, juice, pasta, tea, coffee, canned fish, peanut butter, egg cartons etc. Bring your donations anytime and leave them in designated box at the front entrance. Read more…

Drop-in and Rehab Centre- Sandwich Makers

VAPC Sandwich Makers deliver approximately 15 – 22 loaves of sandwiches each month to the Drop-in and Rehab Centre along with much needed clothing donated by the congregation. Sandwich Makers meet in the VAPC kitchen at 10:00 am the last Monday of every month. You can also donate by putting sandwiches in the fridge the Sunday before. Bring your own bread and fillings and stay for coffee and fellowship following the sandwich making on Monday mornings. Everyone is welcome. Read more…

ESL Conversation

Our drop-in ESL conversation meets every Saturday morning at 10 am. Volunteers are always welcome. The only qualification to volunteer is some free time on any Saturday morning and the ability to carry on an impromptu conversation in English. Read more…

Fair Trade

Buying Level Ground Fair Trade coffee does much more than financially support the growers. For instance, Direct Fair Trade premiums in Peru have gone towards projects (project listing) including: cocoa and honey production, ecotourism to supplement coffee production, domestic sales of roasted coffee, an educational fund for members to help pay children’s university fees, a medical fund for members to help pay for medical needs, shade growing initiatives, improving members’ living standards, developing individual wet processing plants and drying stations, and a funeral cost fund. In addition, VAPC’S profit from our sales (11.5% to 18% of the sale price) goes to the VAPC Youth Mission Fund. The order sheet for Level Ground Fair Trade coffee is on the bulletin board. Read more.

Inn from the Cold

On the second Tuesday of each month at 5 pm, our VAPC team of six to eight individuals arrives at the Emergency Family Shelter at 110 11 Avenue SE. The VAPC volunteers set up the dining room, say grace, serve the meal, (the main course is prepared by the Inn’s cook) wash dishes and wet mop floor, and prepare bagged lunches for the next day. VAPC bakers provide “goodies” each month. If anyone is interested in helping out with Inn from the Cold, information/sign-up sheets are permanent features on the bulletin board. We would love to hear from you. Read more…

Kairos

VAPC has been actively involved with a KAIROS Calgary Working Group to develop a project to help end family homelessness in Calgary. KAIROS Calgary has teamed up with the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) on the Acadia Place Project. Community Development at Acadia Place is provided through CUPS. The complex is two buildings totaling 58 apartments and is being used to provide affordable “housing first” homes to families. VAPC has been involved with volunteer support to the residents and in fundraising to help pay down the mortgage to allow Acadia Place to be sustainable on a long term basis.

This year we hope to expand our involvement to another CHF/CUPS building under the same model that is being used at Acadia Place. The Longbow building has 25 units of affordable housing and is located in NW Calgary. This will provide even more opportunities for VAPC to get involved with providing direct support to residents and helping to end homelessness in Calgary. Stay tuned for more details on this exciting mission project. Read more…

Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D)

Natural disasters around the world give high profile to the relief work of PWS&D. It is reassuring to have the Government of Canada match our donations for relief in major catastrophes and to know PWS&D directs our contributions to ecumenical partners “on the ground” in these regions so the money is working quickly where it is most needed. PWS&D has other ongoing programs such as development and refugee sponsorship coordination. Read more…

Speaking of Mission…

The purpose of the WMS is to ‘celebrate and nurture Christian living for all people in the church by focusing on mission, justice and spirituality through education and leadership development’. WMS financial contributions support our missionaries at home and abroad. We meet the third Wednesday afternoon each month except July and August. We have a full slate of speakers lined up for the coming year, September to June, with a diverse choice of topics with something for everyone. Read more…

We invite everyone, women and men, to experience the sense of mission which we enjoy in this group. Click here for the schedule for Speaking of Mission…

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One in Christ, Reaching Out to Many