Mission: to impact our community one "doorstep" at a time. Vision: We believe that the greatest change comes not always from the best programs, but from the strongest relationships. Sometimes, the difference between hopelessness and hope, hunger and full, loneliness and friendship, falling apart and growth is one authentic relationship. By GOING to doorsteps, SHOWING we care we can leave (??) people KNOWING they are loved. We can do this by not only meeting momentary needs but provide support during greater struggles and times of difficulty.
Why: Mission 20/City Centre Church (in connection with CCCRI) has impacted thousands through many years of community dinners, events and programs. With the onset of Covid and the realization that we would not be able to continue with some of the events we had done for many years, we had to come up with creative ways to continue to meet the needs of the community in the inner city of Saskatoon. We moved from a gather model to a GO model and instead of people coming to us, we went to them. This allowed us to get to know people on a more personal, relational level. We realized that 10 meaningful connections can be way more impactful than 1000 impersonal ones. We understand that there are many different amazing programs that help meet needs at Christmas, but the needs do not stop on Dec. 26th. If you give someone food you feed them for a meal, if you build a relationship, you can help them for a lifetime.
For many years, the annual Community Christmas Meal we have hosted at City Centre Church has become an expression of love, family and connection from the churches of Saskatoon and area to those in the inner city who are hungry, hurting and in need of the light of Christ. Last year, due to Covid This year is different though… serving a meal to a thousand people in our building in the middle of a pandemic just isn’t possible. But we believe we are still called to make a difference even in the midst of a Covid season.
What: This last Christmas we delivered over 170 gift baskets with food, (everything to have a Christmas meal) games and other amazing treats. We were able to impact over 800 people in our community. We continued to bring “gifts” and build connections throughout the year as we delivered something for Valentines Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving. This was over 600 deliveries impacting over 2200 ppl this year. While we know that the small gifts were appreciated and impactful, we believe that this can grow beyond just food and small gifts to things like clothes for children, diapers for babies, tools, appliances, helping pay rent and many other things that may come up. The more we are able to show we care by meeting overwhelming needs, the more we can strengthen the possibility of leading to a meaningful relationship that impacts far beyond the immediate needs that are addressed.
Impact: We have seen the beginnings of relationships being made and the impact these deliveries have begun to have. Here is just one example of some more meaningful connections: “When I called one of the people my husband and I had been delivering to about our next delivery, I asked if there was anything that they needed. Brenda (name changed) indicated that she was in the hospital and that it was her grand daughters birthday. Because of Covid and being in the hospital they were not going to be able to do anything for her birthday. My husband and I decided to get a special cake made for her grand daughter and buy her a gift and deliver it that day so that she would have something special to celebrate on her birthday. All the kids and the whole family were so excited and thankful when we showed up with the cake and present” - Community.Go Team
Get Involved: We are looking for those who can partner with us in order to make a greater impact and continue to build relationships in our community. Here are the ways in which you can join us in making this happen: Family Partnership
This year, instead of having the community come to us; we are planning to go to them. Our plan is to bring a ‘Christmas Cheer’ package to as many homes in our neighbourhood as we can. The goal for this is to not only to show the meaning of Christmas through this package but to make a connection by which we can continue to support those in our neighbourhood. This box of goods will contain all that is needed to create a special Christmas meal for a family, along with a Bible, & of course some candy canes, chocolates and gifts. We plan on delivering these packages to the families in mid-December who have registered . We are hoping to raise at least 10,000 dollars in order to faciliate this.
Would you be willing to help us financially as we reach into Saskatoon’s inner city with the light of Christ? Your help enables us to impact lives with the gospel by showing how much we all care.