2016 priorities

  1. Aboriginal Reconciliation - As a follow up to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearing event held in Edmonton in March 2014, we are increasing our efforts to be involved with the members from the aboriginal communities that reside in the inner city.  We have a special Standing Stones worship service that we conduct with the community once a month as part of our regular Sunday worship services.  We have created a new part-time staff position focused on ministry and relationships with aboriginal residents of the inner city.  Michelle Nieviadomy, a Cree woman living in Edmonton, has been hired to staff this position as an Oskapew (Cree for “helper”).  We are looking forward to discovering new opportunities to build relationships with the aboriginal communities in our ministry area.
  2. Pastoral Ministry for Men’s and Women’s Small Groups - We are continuing to work to develop our small group ministry programs for both men and women.  We have a men’s group that meets twice a month for Bible study and reflection, with an annual retreat at the Star of the North Retreat Centre in St. Albert.  We also have a Women’s Spiritual Wellness Group that meets on a weekly basis, with time spent on spiritual reflections, crafts, films and conversation.  The Group also has an annual retreat at the Star of the North Retreat Centre.  These groups provide an invaluable opportunity for members of our community to build friendships and trust with other members of the inner city, and to share experiences with the others who participate in the groups.
  3. Training Opportunities for reflections on Poverty and Homelessness - We are hoping to develop focused groups of young adults, ICPM volunteers and community members to read and discuss books and materials on poverty and homelessness, and to reflect on how as a community we can better work together to take positive steps to alleviate the effects of these conditions on the day-to-day lives of residents of the inner city.

 

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