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2021 World Day of Prayer
If you have not as yet had the chance to watch The World Day of Prayer service you may still watch it here:
The women of Vanuatu were entrusted with the distinguished privilege of preparing the program for this year’s celebration. They have chosen the theme ‘BUILD ON A FIRM FOUNDATION’ based on Matthew Chapter 7: 24-27. Choosing the land on which to build a house is an important decision for the people of Vanuatu. The combination of considering the terrain and the climate is crucial in a tropical archipelago located in the South Pacific Ocean prone to earthquakes, cyclones, volcanic eruptions and rising sea levels.
Vanuatu’s susceptibility to cyclones is highlighted in the painting chosen to represent the WDP 2021, titled “Cyclone Pam II : 13th March 2015”. It shows a mother bending and praying over her child. The waves crash over her but a palm tree bends protectively over them. The woman’s skirt is modelled after the traditional clothing on Erromango. On the horizon you can see small crosses representing the lives taken by cyclone Pam in 2015.
The Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC) is at its core, a grassroots Christian prayer movement providing people with small grants to do great things.
WICC is made possible by the passionate and diverse teams working towards its mission and vision. This includes WICC’s staff, elected and interdenominational board of directors. Our approach is rooted in faith and called to action. https://WICC.org
ARISE means “Advocacy and Reclaiming those Involved in the Sex-trade through Empowerment”. ARISE seeks to provide this empowerment by offering street outreach, case management and pastoral care to those involved in the sex-trade in downtown Toronto. ARISE is a mission of the Presbytery of East Toronto and supported by The Presbyterian Church in Canada. https://ariseministry.ca/
Boarding Homes Ministry (BHM)
BHM develops communities of spiritual care in Canada’s inner cities through frontline community engagement, education, and advocacy. It is a ministry of the Presbytery of East Toronto. BHM organises weekly or biweekly small
group gatherings between BHM volunteers and boarding home residents wherein relationships are cultivated. A team of visitors from St. Andrew’s visits the boarding home on a regular basis. They provide fellowship and prayer, refreshments, special meals and celebrations. https://www.boardinghomesministry.org/
Ecumenical Chaplaincy at the University of Toronto (ECUT)
ECUT is a Christian voice, rooted in the traditions of The Presbyterian Church in Canada and the United Church of Canada, for the community studying, working and living at the University of Toronto. ECUT offers dynamic programmes on campus in areas such as ecology, peace, gender and sexuality, and scripture study. They operate in collaboration with the Anglican Campus Ministry, the Lutheran Campus Ministry and the Student Christian Movement of Canada.
Evangel Hall Mission (EHM)
For 100 years, EHM has helped homeless and socially isolated individuals find a safe haven from the streets. Every day, EHM feeds, clothes, and finds shelter for up to 200 men and women. Staff provide a wide variety of programmes
addressing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of people who are homeless, dealing with mental or physical illnesses and extreme poverty. Evangel Hall Mission also operates a multi-storey residence for individuals who have found it difficult to find housing and a dental clinic serving more than 600 individuals a year. https://www.evangelhall.ca/who-we-are/
Portland Place is a non-profit housing corporation and a mission of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. It is located at 163 Portland Street in downtown Toronto. It provides 46 units of secure, rent geared to income housing with programmes and supports for men, women and families who face a range of ongoing challenges that make finding and keeping appropriate housing extremely difficult. The tenants are welcomed into a community that offers in-house supports to enable them to stabilise their lives. https://pccweb.ca/portlandplace/
Knox College is a Christian theological school in the Reformed Protestant tradition which offers academic degree programs at the post-baccalaureate level. A seminary of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, Knox is a federated College of the University of Toronto, and a founding member of the Toronto School of Theology. https://knox.utoronto.ca/
Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D)
PWS&D is the development and relief agency of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. PWS&D supports people around the world affected by poverty, injustice, disease and disaster. For more than 60 years, PWS&D has been working with partners overseas and Canadians here at home to make positive changes in our global world. PWS&D supports people and communities in Africa, Asia, Central America and Eastern Europe according to their need and regardless of their faith. https://presbyterian.ca/pwsd/