• Mandate August 2017 Mission &
Service special issue.
• Flickr photos for Minutes for Mission,
available at flickr.com/photos/
• Projector or posters of a selection of
Minutes for Mission photos.
• Perfect Little Thing, a Mission &
Service music video, available on
the Minutes for Mission 2017 DVD
as a bonus track or at youtube.com/
• Name tags.
• Called to Be the Church: We Sing
Thanksgiving, available at stewardshiptoolkit.ca. Choose a prayer for
the opening and closing.
• Flip chart paper.
• Masking tape.
• Computer(s) with Internet connection or TV(s) with DVD player(s).
One for each of the six small groups
or one for groups to share.
GATHER ( 10 mins)
Play music. Welcome people as they
arrive, and invite them to enjoy some
refreshments and pick up or make
Set up an area with markers and
these words in the centre of poster
paper: The purpose of church is to do
Invite people to write or draw on the
poster their responses to the following: What does this mean? What does
this look like? How are we doing God’s
mission in our local community?
What scripture comes to mind? What
are some Mission & Service–supported
ministries that touch our lives?
GET STARTED ( 10 mins)
Select an opening prayer from Called to
Be the Church: We Sing Thanksgiving,
such as the one on page 48. Invite people
to introduce themselves with their
name and an area of Mission & Service
they are interested in learning about.
SET THE STAGE ( 5 mins.)
Read or paraphrase the following
information as background.
The purpose of the church is to do
God’s mission. We believe that we are
called by God to help heal the world
through justice-making and peace for
mutual transformation. We respond
to God’s call to mission in our communities as part of our local church.
The way that the people of The United
Church of Canada engage in God’s
mission together is through Mission &
We believe that in the United
Church, one significant stewardship
best practice is to support both our
local church and Mission & Service.
The invitation to give to Mission &
Service is an invitation to be part of
something bigger than ourselves that
all people of the United Church are
invited into as our response to God’s
call to mission.
Through Mission & Service we are
engaging in mission that is beyond
what any of us could do alone, and
we are supporting neighbours we will
never meet. We are making God’s
presence known around the world.
Mission & Service offers compassion,
hope, and community. It supports justice-making; peace and human rights
initiatives; healing of minds, bodies,
and souls; learning; and innovation.
Mission & Service is the way the
people of The United Church of
Canada respond to God’s call to mission through voluntarily giving to a
unified fund that supports six mission
and ministry program areas:
1. Global partnership
2. Community ministry and justice
3. Theological education and vocation of ministry support
4. Faith formation
5. Support to local ministries
6. Conference leadership
In 2017, there are 92 global Mission
& Service partners—churches, Christian councils, ecumenical groups, and
agencies—that minister in partnership
with the people of the United Church
in 21 countries around the world. This
includes 10 Mission & Service partners
doing international ecumenical work.
In addition, we work with 20 Canadian ecumenical and social movement
organizations on justice initiatives.
In Canada, Mission & Service
• 83 congregations
• 63 community ministries
• 33 chaplaincies
• 7 theological schools
• 3 education centres
• Many projects through the Healing
Fund, Justice and Reconciliation
Fund, the Vision Fund, and Embrac-
ing the Spirit
Today we are going to explore these
six program areas and learn more
about their impact.
SMALL GROUPS ( 30 mins)
Divide people into six small groups,
each with a Mission & Service program area as a focus.
Note: To augment the program you
can invite people with experience of a
program area to attend and participate
in the relevant small group as a kind
of living library.
Ask groups to work through these
questions with the resources provided
and their own knowledge:
• What do you know about this Mis-
sion & Service program area?
• This Mission & Service program
area engages in God’s mission by…
(Define this program area. Hint:
Check out Mission & Service at a
• What is the impact of this program
area on communities and/or the
church? (Hint: Check out Minutes
for Mission and Mandate August
2017 Mission & Service special
Have each group create a brief
presentation (up to five minutes) on
the program area. If possible, include
a story of personal connection to this
area. Include a connection to something current in the news if possible.
Have fun. Be creative and passionate.
Check in with groups and offer hints
about where to find stories. Remember
to draw on stories from the church
and community. For example, Faith
Formation: Remember when we sponsored two youth from our presbytery
to attend Rendez-Vous in Montreal in
August 2017? This national gathering
of United Church youth, young adults,