[OUR CHARITABLE IMPACT APRIL/MAY 2016]
We had the privilege of hosting 3 major charity projects in the months of April and May. Two Bar-Hop Squad Events and a massive Fort McMurray relief aid effort.
On April 29th, and May 27th, we ran Bar-Hop Squad events from 10:30pm-1am on Whyte Avenue. Through both of these charity events combined, we gave away over 400 cups of coffee (generously provided by the Good Coffee Co.) and over 75 bottles of water to the people waiting in the long bar lines on Friday night. Each person a different story, each conversation a new experience. Love, one cup at a time.
On May 3rd we painfully saw the homes of our brothers and sisters in Fort McMurray go up in smoke. A massive fire consumed the whole city of Fort McMurray, and everyone was forced to flee the city with only the clothes on their back. As we saw the fire ravage though the city and thousands of people forced to flee for their lives, we decided to take charitable action against this terrible tragedy. We decided to divert our fundraising towards specifically helping the victims of the Fort McMurray fire, and on May 22nd, (in partnership with Zou-Zou Hair), we raised enough to provide over 1500 individual pairs of men's, women's, and children's socks, to the victims of the fire. A church who believes in taking action will always be ready to help, and we are thankful that we are a church of action and not of indifference. Love, sock at a time.
[COMMUNITY IMPACT EVENTS]
We hosted 7 separate community events in the months of April and May. We ran 2 Culture Sundays, 4 Meet-Up events, and a very special Mother’s Day Celebration.
We are a church of diversity! And we LOVE it! We hosted 2 exciting celebrations of culture in the months of April and May. On April 17th, we celebrated our Filipino family members, and on May 29th we celebrated our Indian family members. Both celebrations were filled with colour, traditional food, traditional music, and extravagant cultural attire. It was a beautiful thing to celebrate our differences, and to smile at the things that make us all human.
We are a church who believes everyone should find real relationships and relevant discipleship, even in the modern, fast-paced, world we live in. We held 3 Meet-Up connect events at local coffee shops in April, and a specific Sunday designed around getting people connected into genuine relationships and relevant discipleship, called CONVO Sunday, in May. The response around these events was fantastic, and CONVO Sunday was huge hit!
Mother’s Day was our biggest event of the months of April and May. Our Mothers have sacrificed so much for us, so it was such a pleasure to honour and celebrate them as a community. Our whole Weekend Celebration was designed around Mothers, we had our church Mom, Pastor Jan, share a message directed at the struggles, surprises, and joys that the modern mom experiences. After the service we held a special party for our mom’s filled with cupcakes, flowers, and chocolate!
We held 9 incredible Weekend Celebration in the months of April and May. Each with a different focus, idea, and life-changing message. We had many weekend’s with services based around a specific celebration or an event that was taking place. We heard discussions from both of our amazing Pastors this month, together and individually. We saw steady attendance, and an excitement fill our church community, brought on by our charitable and community impact. But the most important thing to us, is that through our Weekend Celebrations, people heard the Gospel for the first time or were able to hear the Gospel in a very new and life-changing way. We exist as a community in order to express the beauty of the Gospel, and to be able to do this together every weekend, through discussion, art, and relationships is a beautiful thing; we will never take it for granted.
There's nothing in the world like being apart of something bigger than yourself. Whether it was over 1500 pairs of socks going directly help the Fort McMurray fire victims, or seeing people from every background celebrate culture together, we found that life is done better together. By ourselves we are but one, but together we are many, and many can change the world.
We will never pretend to be something we are not, and will not apologize for our scandalous love that we choose to show. We are a church family of Urban Outfitter style specialist, university students, business owners, property maintenance workers, ex-addicts, addicts-in-rehab, industrial foreman, ex-cons, nurses, Starbucks baristas, operating room attendants, waitresses, but together, we are family. Together, we are Studio.Church.
God: The Artist.
Humanity: The Canvas.
Onward: To bigger and better things.
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