MISSION AND SERVICE:
Each congregation in the United Church of Canada is encouraged to actively participate in supporting mission and service work here in Canada and in partnership with other organizations throughout the world. Both Sauble Beach United and St Andrew’s in Hepworth work together to raise funds for mission work here in Canada which could be supporting a downtown food bank or assisting with funds for disaster relief. The monies raised in Canada by the United Church are in excess of 32 million to provide leadership training for new ministers; help for those in need, those suffering illness around the world. More information about the work of Mission and Service fund is available on the United Church of Canada web site www.united-church.ca. The United Church publication entitled the Mandate outlines how the church is serving in various parts of the world.
Between our two local churches our commitment is over $22,000 each year to Mission and Service work. Monthly the congregation becomes more aware of the many ways the Church is serving others through the Minute for Missions reading of a real success story of our mission dollars at work.
Sauble Beach United has supported the Canadian Foodgrains Bank for over 10 years by planting crops on the 6 acres of land behind and beside the Church. The money raised is matched four to one by the Federal government to support feeding the poor in third world countries.
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Money given to the Outreach Fund goes to support the work of local organizations in the Bruce County and Owen Sound area.
One of the groups the Church has supported for over 25 years is the First Sauble Cubs and Scouts. They hold their meetings in the Church each Monday and have space for their equipment in the Church.
The Church has a long tradition of supporting the Wiarton Salvation Army by conducting 4 major food drives in conjunction with Cooks Night Out events.
Captain Mary Millar of the Salvation Army, Wiarton Branch, says “The Wiarton Salvation Army thanks our friends at Sauble Beach United Church for their support which helps us to provide food, emergency assistance, support for youth camping and ministry to the most vulnerable in our community. Special thanks for the personal touch given in making up gift bags for the Christmas Hampers and the food for the food drive.“