West Park Church - Local Outreach

Local Outreach

 

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West Park Church helps a number of local agencies each year.  The four primary organizations outlined below are the ones that we would like to highlight at this time.  Individuals, LifeGroups, and families are encouraged to be involved in one-time or ongoing opportunities.  Also mentioned below are several additional ministries that we will partner with from time to time.

Opportunities to work with these organizations will be highlighted as they arise.  Periodic bulletin inserts and web updates will inform you of upcoming opportunities with our partners.  There may be specific donations needed or people to assist with events.  As believers, it is important that we show Christ’s love to our community by helping to meet the needs of those who are hurting.



 

OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN AND SERVE

West Park Community Garden: ANNOUNCEMENT

Our garden plots are made and marked- thanks to our wonderful volunteers who did the measuring and marking and pounding! Planting has begun, and we look forward to seeing you there!



 


 

THANKS FOR SERVING!

Clean & Green

 

 

Thanks to all those who participated in our London Clean and Green event on Sun. April 21. The area behind our soccer fields is much cleaner now as well as the ditches along Gainsborough Rd. Thanks for loving and serving London in this practical way!





Northwest London Resource Centre

Thanks to all who donated and participated in our Food Drive to collect goods for NWLRC and their emergency food cupboard. Your generosity is so appreciated and food will be shared with our local schools as well. Thanks for loving and serving London!


Coldest Night Of The Year

 

A  big thanks to all those who supported and walked in the Coldest night of the year walk on Sat. Feb.25! The West Park Walkers team was made up of 17 adults and children who collected $3,400 of the over $53,000 raised for Mission Services of London.  We look forward to doing it again next Feb. 24, 2018!!


LCC Christmas Party



Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the LCC Christmas Party! We had loads of fun decorating gingerbread men, face painting, playing games and eating pizza!

Special thanks to the lifegroup members who baked 200 gingerbread men for us and the volunteers who put together decorating kits to make this a simple and fun activity!

Thanks for helping us love and serve London at Christmas!


Hyde Park Parade



We served 200 cups of hot chocolate and lots of cookies to our neighbours as they  enjoyed watching the Hyde Park parade in front of West Park church! Had some good conversations and handed out information about our children’s programs.

Thanks to all our volunteers who helped serve and chat!

 





Thanks to all who sponsored riders or volunteered at the Ride for Refuge. You helped support more than 250 charities serving displaced, vulnerable and exploited people.

Thank you!





 

PRIMARY ORGANIZATIONS

  • London Pregnancy & Family Support Centre [ (519) 432-7098 | www.loncpc.ca ] is a Christian non-profit organization reaching out with the love of Jesus to men and women facing a crisis pregnancy.  The organization has a history of 20 years of ministry, serving thousands of men and women in London and the surrounding area.  They provide counsel, practical, and material support to individuals on a continual basis.  Along with individual counseling, STEP (a parenting program), and GRIP (a spiritual support program), they have recently added several new educational initiatives that are being shared individually and in schools.
    • West Park Partnership >> Formula 4 Life Baby Bottle Campaign (May-June).
    • Opportunities >> Donations of gently used clothing, diapers, Goodstart formula, and gift certificates for groceries or Walmart.  Volunteers are also needed to help with organizing supplies, meals, up-keep, and maintenance.
  • Mission Services of London [ (519) 433-2807 | www.missionservices.ca ] began in the early 1950s and continues to open doors of hope for those seeking emergency shelter and help by offering safe shelter, food, clothing, and rehabilitation.  Mission Services is a self-directed sustainable charitable social service organization grounded in the Christian faith.  It includes Men’s Mission and Rehab Centre, Community Mental Health Programs, Rotholme Women’s and Family Shelter, Quintin Warner House, and the Mission Store.
    • West Park Partnership >> Coldest Night of the Year Walk (February).
    • Opportunities >> Donations of bottled water, mitts, hats, underwear, socks, pots and pans, and blankets and sheets.  Volunteers are also needed to purchase and sell “Homes for Hope” handmade pins, help in the Mission Store warehouse, and assist in building maintenance and outside work.

               

  • London Youth for Christ [ (519) 686-0093 | www.londonyfc.org ] was incorporated in 1961 with the desire to create a healthy, diverse, and safe city where youth can discover their God-given potential.  Their mission is to reach all youth and offer hope, to connect them with positive role models, to help them grow in their true and individual identity, and to challenge them to discover their potential and to honour God and others with their life.  Staff at YFC strive empower youth to identify their unique potential by addressing their economic, social, physical, and spiritual needs.  They accomplish this by providing youth with opportunities for skill development, mentorship, and referrals.  Programs include summer camps, afterschool clubs, teen girls’/guys’ nights, Saturday morning theatre, Streetlight mobile youth centre, young parents’ program, and Operation Scrooge food drive.
    • Opportunities >> Assist with food preparation, building and renovation projects, mentoring, and assisting with youth and family events.
  • Teen Challenge [ (519) 652-0777 | www.tclondon.ca ] is a faith-based residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, funded by donations, providing spiritual, academic, and vocational training, equipping individuals to return to society as responsible citizens.  Teen Challenge has been in the Lambeth area since 1991, and the students live together in community while they participate in individual and group classroom studies, community service work, counseling, work detail, job and life skills training, recreational opportunities, and internship opportunities.
    • Opportunities >> Sponsoring a student (suggested $40/month), vehicle donations, men’s clothing donations, helping students with homework, and participating in work groups to meet day-to-day needs.

 

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

For more information about our local outreach initiatives, please contact Carole Verdun at (519) 471-7460 x213 or by email.

Carole Verdun

Director of Connection and Local Outreach

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Carole came to this part-time role in January 2013, helping integrate newcomers into the life of West Park and loving and serving our neighbourhood.. She has been attending and actively involved at West Park since 1998. Carole spent many years homeschooling her children (who are now grown) and worked in a local Christian bookstore. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts in social development studies from the University of Waterloo and is passionate about helping families who have young people with special needs build relationships and connections in the community. Carole and her husband Alex have four adult children: Meaghan (married to Mark), Heather, Becky and Tim (married to Aileen). In her free time, she loves to visit over coffee, walk the dog, and spend time with family (especially her four lovely grandchildren)