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 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 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!!
The Social Justice Committee is once again taking orders for boxes of Medjoul dates produced by Palestinian farmers in the occupied West Bank. This initiative was started in 2019 by Pal Net Pacific, a network of the Pacific Mountain Region which is committed to uphold human rights for all people living in Palestine and Israel. Each box contains about 40delicious jumbo sized, fresh dates and sells for $20.00. To order please contact Cathie Talbot [email protected]). Orders will also be taken on Sunday mornings at the Fair Trade sales table. For more information about this project visit Palestine Just Trade . Thank you for supporting these Palestinian farmers!
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
The Healing Fund: One of our congregation’s four annual appeals for outreach and social justice work
happens in June and focuses on Indigenous issues. The Healing Fund of the United Church of Canada was established in 1994 and offers financial support to grassroots projects that focus on healing and reconciliation with First Nations people. Over the last 25 years the fund has supported many healing initiatives for survivors of the residential school system and its ongoing intergenerational impacts.
If you wish to make a contribution you can donate online
Or you can mail a cheque to the church or drop one off in the church mail slot. The cheque should be made out to “Comox United Church” with “Healing Fund” written in the memo line.
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 for the Care-A-Van website
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.