Inner City Pastoral Ministry (ICPM) is an ecumenical Christian ministry of presence serving the people of the inner city of Edmonton. It was started in 1978 by members of the United Church who recognized a need for a church in the Inner City. ICPM is now jointly sponsored by four denominations: United, Roman Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran.
Inner City Pastoral Ministry is situated in the heart of the inner city of Amiskwaciwaskahikan (Beaver Mountain House – the Cree name for the City of Edmonton). We respectfully acknowledge that we are located on Treaty 6 Territory. We acknowledge all the many First Nations, Metis and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for many centuries.
One of the main elements of the ministry is our Sunday morning worship service held at 11:00 a.m. in the Bissell West building, followed by a lunch which is served to anyone in the community who wishes to come in for a meal. To learn more about the Sunday morning ministry, click here to watch a short video.
Inner City Pastoral Ministry has developed a wonderful community of donors that include individuals, churches and other organizations. Donors provide financial gifts that enable the work of the ministry team to make a difference. During this Ovid-19 time individual and church donations have become even more important in supporting those who lack food,shelter, and clothing on a regular basis. ICPM continues to provide Sunday bagged lunches as well as serving as a presence for comfort and care at the Expo Centre. Community donations are valued and can be provided by using this link, www.canadahelps.org that immediately takes donors to the site.
Pandemic Prayer: ICPM Response to COVID 19 Virus
During the COVID-19 pandemic, with lives especially at stake among the vulnerable, and with restrictions to normal living, physical distancing, social isolation, and quarantine, we at ICPM face immediate and new challenges and opportunities in our work. Click here for more info on how you can pray during this difficult time and how ICPM is adapting.
Serving This Sunday: The church congregations and groups providing the food and volunteers for the Sunday meal and serving the food for October are:
Oct 3: Strathearn United Church (Pizza lunch in memory of Don Greene)
- Oct 10: Beth Israel Synagogue
- Oct 17: Bardo Lutheran Church and McDougall United Church
- Oct 24: Sherwood Park United Church
- Oct 31: Mount Olivet Lutheran Church
Thank you to all the churches and volunteers for your generous support and commitment to the ministry of ICPM!
Straight From The Street / ICPM newsletter | February 2021 |
Bishop Jane Alexander’s Message (June 2020) is one of encouragement and recognition for the ICPM Ministry of Presence that serves those who are marginalized by poverty, homelessness, food security and loneliness. Watch here.
ICPM Partners With Churches During Covid-19 - We are very grateful for the adapted but continuing Sunday lunches made possible by our partners during these difficult times. Please check out Global’s News Story on this effort. Thank you, dear lunch groups, for your continued support!
Exploring Social Justice Workshops - Have you ever wondered about the circumstances that have brought individuals and families living in the inner city to their current situations? Many of our volunteers have expressed a desire to do more to provide assistance beyond participating in the Sunday morning service and lunch. Under the direction and leadership of our Pastoral Associate, Jim Gurnett, ICPM has developed a workshop program for our faith communities and volunteer organizations to explore how they can participate in social justice issues.
Jim Gurnett has a background of several decades of involvement in social justice within faith communities and the broader community. Issues of focus for him have included immigration, refugees, poverty, homelessness and the environment. The workshops led by Jim consist of a two-four hour period and cover topics such as how to do social analysis of an issue, how to develop a plan for appropriate action that will make a difference and how to evaluate your action.
For more information on the content of the workshops and to contact Jim to discuss setting up a workshop for your congregation or group please click here.
Our Common Ground - Inner City Pastoral Ministry is honoured to worship and walk with the Indigenous peoples of this land. We are all in a time of reconciliation with our sisters and brothers in the Indigenous communities. In order to create opportunities to share in the common ground that we all have together as human beings, ICPM is offering workshops for your faith community led by ICPM”s Indigenous helper, Michelle Nieviadomy.
Michelle gives a Cree woman’s perspective on truth telling, healing and reconciliation. Her workshops can cover such topics as residential schools, the 60′s scoop, lived experiences of racism, non-Indigenous awakening to reconciliation and healing and responding to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
For more information on the content of the workshops and to contact Michelle to discuss setting up a workshop for your congregation or group please click here.
Reflections by Community Members - We have had the honour of sharing God’s love and mercy with the community of the inner city for 40 years. We know that the ministry has a positive impact – this is what people have told us time and time again over the years. Click here to watch a short video of reflections by members of our community on the occasion of ICPM’s 25th anniversary in 2003.
Online Donations! Go to CanadaHelps.org (search Inner City Pastoral Ministry). All donations are much appreciated and donors receive a tax receipt.