Gifts that make a difference
As we reflect on giving and receiving gifts this Christmas, let us give thanks for Presbyterians across Canada who are making a difference through their gifts to Presbyterians Sharing! Together, we are supporting inner city missions, equipping congregations, encouraging children and youth, enabling congregational renewal and development, supporting theological education, maintaining international partnerships, sending mission staff – and so much more! Together, we are making mission and ministry happen in Canada and around the world. This Christmas Eve, we anticipate celebrating the greatest gift of all – Jesus Christ our Lord – whose example of giving inspires our own.
Presbyterians Sharing is making a real difference in so many lives
Equipping and nurturing future church leaders
Gifts to Presbyterians Sharing equip and nurture future church leaders who in turn will equip and nurture others to witness faithfully in the world. In 2017, 18 students graduated from our three theological colleges – Knox College in Toronto, The Presbyterian College in Montreal and Vancouver School of Theology and St. Andrew’s Hall in Vancouver. These colleges provide a strong academic and practical foundation to pre-pare students to serve our congregations. The PCC supports ministry candidates and their presbyteries as they work to discern the candidate’s call. In 2017, 16 candidates attended the PCC’s Guidance Conference, which helps participants recognize their abilities, strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan of growth as they move forward. Together, we also encourage and support new clergy who have just begun their ministries.
Presbyterians Sharing supports visionary church leaders
December 10 – World AIDS Day
Dr. Eddy Jonas, head of women’s health at Zanmi Lasantein Haiti, is standing up for victims of gender-based violence. While Haiti’s justice system is unable to respond adequately to widespread occurrences of violence against women, Dr. Jonas remains committed to providing the medical care, psychosocial support and community accompaniment victims need to recover. Dr. Jonas is thankful for the support from Presbyterian World Service & Development that is helping address this critical human rights issue and giving victims hope again.“If we can’t receive victims and give them proper treatment, then we are a part of the system of violence,” says Dr. Jonas. “There is a level of responsibility.”His hope for the program is to provide a shelter for women after they receive treatment.
PWS&D protects the rights of vulnerable women
December 3 is Anniversary Sunday. 2017 marks the following anniversaries:
– the 155th anniversary of the first Presbyterian worship service held in Portage la Prairie (1862)
– the 144th anniversary of the establishing of the original Presbyterian congregation in Portage la Prairie, called Knox Presbyterian Church (1873)
– the 92nd anniversary of the establishing of our current congregation, when the congregation of Knox Church opted to become part of the new United Church of Canada (1925)
– the 90th anniversary of the construction of our current building, which was completed in December of 1927
– the 30th anniversary of the construction of the addition to our building that comprises the south entrance, kitchen, washrooms, and classroom (1987)