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.
In 2018 ICPM celebrated the 40th anniversary of our ministry. Our thanks go out to everyone whose efforts and support have sustained us over the years. Thank-you! To learn more about how you can support ICPM in the years ahead through our special “40 for 40″ fundraising drive, please click here.
Serving This Sunday: The church congregations providing the food and volunteers for the Sunday meal and serving the food for May and June are:
- May 5: Ottewell United Church (Dolores Hanchurak)
- May 12: Robertson-Wesley United Church (Lois Field)
- May 19: Resurrection Catholic Parish/ Assumption Catholic Parish (Lynn Smarsh)
- May 26: St. Albert United Church (Betty Mackay) and St. Albert Evangelical Lutheran Church (Marilyn Armstrong)
- June 2: Fellowship Christian Reformed Church (Rosalie Gilderman) and Trinity United Church (Mabel Appleyard)
- June 9: Mount Olivet Lutheran Church (Tammy Bartko)
- June 16: Riverbend United Church (Judi Cook)
- June 23: Anglican Church St. Paul’s (Myrthle Smith) and St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (Verna Ruskowsky)
- June 30: St. Luke’s Anglican Church (Sally Neal) and All Saints Anglican Cathedral (Mary Lou Cleveland)
Thank you to all the churches and volunteers for your generous support and commitment to the ministry of ICPM!
Our Common Ground hosts Atchakosuk: Cree Star Stories – a screening of “Legends of the Northern Sky” – Sunday June 16, 2019 at TELUS World of Science. Doors open @6:00pm. Followed with a presentation by story teller Hunter Cardinal about our connection to the cosmos and all that is. Bannock and tea reception. Tickets on Eventbrite $25 (age 12-16 $10; 11 & under free) | poster |
Jesus-Shaped Voting – a message from the Anglican Diocese Social Justice Committee … Dear Parishes: With the Provincial election coming up very quickly we would like to share the attached poster (two pages) with you on behalf of the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton Social Justice Committee. We would appreciate it if you could print it and post it on your bulletin board, and share the reminder of what a “Jesus-Shaped Vote” looks like with your parish, in whatever way you feel is appropriate. Hopefully it will be fresh in people’s minds as they mark their ballots. Thank you. / Dorothy M., for the Committee
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.
Straight From The Street – February 2019
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.