Social Justice & Outreach

Social Justice & Outreach

"Striving for Social Justice is the most valuable thing to do in life" - Albert Einstein

The members of Comox United Church believe stongly in community, national, and international outreach and justice programs and support ministries at all three levels.

The overall goal of the Outreach and Social Justice Group is “To promote and encourage Social Justice and Service by fostering a spirit of Outreach in the congregation, supporting ongoing programs, and responding creatively to perceived and emerging needs.”

The Outreach and Social Justice Group coordinates a weekly “Minute for Ministry” in the worship service, maintains bulletin board displays of topical issues (e.g. Palestinian situation, climate change issues, aboriginal issues, current disaster appeals from UCC), and hosts a Fair Trade table each Sunday, selling coffee, tea, chocolate, and olive oil.   Want to know more about the Fair Trade items available? Click Here!!

Comox United supports four annual offering appeals: the World Development and Relief Fund; the Aboriginal Healing Fund; the local Food Bank; and the Our Place ministry in Victoria, as well as special appeals related to disasters

Local initiatives include:

The Care-A-Van    Contributions of time and donations, as well as items collected in the basket in the Narthex - they can benefit from socks, toiletries, touques - Click Here to go to the Comox Bay Care Society Site

Healthy Babies program.  We contribute high quality canned food and other non-perishables to the Healthy Babies program run by Comox Valley Family Services.   The program provides education and support to low-income and "at risk" mothers to be and new parents.   Want to know more about their program?  Click Here for Comox Valley Family Services

St. George's Soup Kitchen and Pantry  - money and volunteers are provided to St. George's Pantry in Courtenay.  Click Here for information about St. George's Pantry

In addition, our entrance-way to the church has a number of baskets which receive items and gifts for a number of agencies in our community:

Toiletries: - when you travel and are given toiletry samples that you don't use, bring them to the church and put them in the basket - they will be taken to St. George's Pantry and given to people in need who require soap, shampoo, razors, and other toiletry items.

Used eye-glasses - go to Third World Countries.  (Thank you to Isobel McLeish for her work on this project).

Used postage stamps: - are collected and given to the Canadian Cancer Society

Clothing - is distributed by Outreach to various recipients including the free Store at Northgate Foursquare Church and St. George's United Church.   We also conduct a clothing drive for First United Church in Vancouver every Fall.

Please bring non-perishable food items to the church for these worthy causes - if you prefer to make a monetary donation, please contact the Church Office who can arrange for financial gifts to be received - or - mail your cheque to the church with a note on the tag-line of the cheque indicating where you like the money to go.

Upcoming Events


šxʷʔam̓ət (home) - Theatrical Performance

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


News


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Social Justice and Outreach Updates

Check out the updated information from Social Justice and Outreach about the collection baskets in the Narthex.   Your help and donations are greatly appreciated and will be put to good use in our community.  View... Read More


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Environmental Issues & the United Church of Canada

How is the United Church of Canada, and Comox United, involved in issues of climate change and environmental issues? We've attached a link to the United Church of Canada's work on the environment - and their page... Read More


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Advent Unwrapped - How can we give to others this season?

As we approach Advent, and Christmas, our thoughts turn to ways that we can give.   We see programs that offer the opportunity to send gifts and toys to children in undeveloped places - but are those things what is... Read More


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Gifts with Vision Catalogue now available!

The new Gifts with Vision catalogue is now online and ready to help you lovingly celebrate your special occasions and make a difference in the world — with no excessive packaging and no exchanges. Check the... Read More


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Refugee Sponsorship Group seeking scarves

The Fifth Street Refugee Sponsorship Group (Comox United is part of this group) is seeking scarves - new, gently used scarves of all sorts - men's, women's, summer, winter, silk, floral, any nice scarves.   These... Read More