Emmanuel Christmas Sack Assembly Day – 2017 - we had another amazing amount of items donated for our annual tradition of providing “Christmas sacks” to residents of our community on Christmas day. Donations came in from individuals, church groups, schools and businesses. The amazing volunteers from Glory Lutheran came together on December 16th to once again do their magic and assemble the sacks. Click here to watch a short video of our 2017 Christmas Sack assembly day. Thank you to all our volunteers and donors!
Blanket Exercise - our Oskapewis, Michelle Nieviadomy conducts the KAIROS Canada Blanket Exercise for faith communities as part of our Indigenous ministry, and as part of our efforts to engage in reconciliation ministry in response to the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Click here to watch a short video of a Blanket Exercise led by Michelle at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Edmonton on October 15th, 2017.
Common Ground-June 17, 2017 - the second of our focus gatherings for 2017 to promote reconciliation between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities was held on June 17 at the Boyle Community League Building at 9538 – 103A Avenue. An enthusiastic turnout of 100 people shared an inspiring time of reflections, listening, music and group activities on the theme of wisdom. Click here to watch a short video of the event. Our next Our Common Ground gathering will be on September 23rd at the Boyle Street Community League. Its theme will be healing, and the need to care for elders and children.
Common Ground-March 18, 2017 - the first of our focus gatherings for 2017 to promote reconciliation between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities was held on March 18th, 2017 at the Alex Taylor School. A wonderful turnout of 125 people filled the gym and shared a powerful time of music, reflections and group activities. Click here to watch a short video of the event.
Emmanuel Christmas Sack Assembly Day – 2016 - a tradition of the Christmas ministry of ICPM is the distribution of “Christmas sacks” to residents of our community on Christmas day. The Christmas sacks contain socks, a toque, personal toiletries and other gift items, all donated by congregations and individuals. The sacks are assembled in a whirl of activity and sorting a couple of weeks before Christmas. Click here to watch a short video of our Christmas Sack assembly event held on December 17, 2016. This year we added a new component of making up gift bags for seniors at Operation Friendship. Thank you to all our volunteers and donors!
Volunteer Appreciation Event-2016 - as a way of saying thanks to the amazing volunteers that assist in the various elements of our ministry, we hold an annual appreciation morning and luncheon. Click here to watch a short video of our appreciation event held on November 26th, 2016. Thank you to all of our volunteers for your dedication and commitment to the ministry!
Sunday Mornings with ICPM – every Sunday morning a team of volunteers gather at the Bissell Centre to prepare for the weekly Sunday lunch meal provided to the community of the inner city, while Pastor Rick and Michelle lead a worship service beginning at 11:100 a.m. Following the service the community gathers to share the lunch meal together. Click here to watch a short video of a typical Sunday morning of our ministry.
Community Barbecue-2016 – an afternoon of fun, music, food and friendship was enjoyed by over 200 community residents on July 16th, 2016. The event was held at Christ Church Anglican, and was jointly organized and hosted by Christ Church, the St. Vincent de Paul Society Conference of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and ICPM. Click here to watch a short video of the afternoon. We are looking forward to an encore next year!
George P. Nicholson School Students Visit-2016 - an enthusiastic class of 20 Grade 6 students from George P. Nicholson School in Edmonton came to visit ICPM on the afternoon of April 29th, 2016. The students learned about the ministry of ICPM and received a presentation from Pastor Rick about food security issues that inner city residents face on a daily basis. The students then did a walk about, learning more about the challenges faced by residents of the community, and sharing with them both friendship and treats. The afternoon ended with a presentation by the class to ICPM of $600.00 of gift cards and transit tickets, to be used by Pastor Rick to give out during the year ahead. Click here to watch a short video of the experience or click on the newsletter on the left to read the article about it. Well done students, and thank you!
Emmanuel Christmas Sack Assembly Day-2015 – as part of the Christmas time ministry of ICPM we distribute “Christmas sacks” to residents of our community. The Christmas sacks contain socks, a toque, personal toiletries and other small gift items. These sacks mean a lot to those who receive them, and we are thankful for the many donors and volunteers who help to make it possible for us to distribute 600-700 sacks each year. Click here to watch a short video of our 2015 Christmas Sack assembly event. It was a beehive of activity!
Homeless and Nameless – Feared and Forgotten: this was the title of a reflection written and presented by Farley Magee, one of the ICPM community members at the Outdoor Way of the Cross procession through the inner city of Edmonton on April 10, 2015. Click here to read Farley’s reflection and click here to watch a short video commemoration of his reflection.