Social Action in Action at Zion-Memorial United Church
As a part of Zion-Memorial's commitment to love God above all and our neighbour as ourselves, the Social Concerns
- To collaborate with and support local social services. This includes encouraging and/or recruiting our church
membership's participation in these services.
- To support the social and justice initiatives of our denomination and the ecumenical development, justice and
advocacy work that our denomination supports.
- To educate and inform our local churches' membership about these ministries and encourage their participation
- To explore linkages with other local Christian churches in partnership and service to our community.
This includes United churches in Lanark County and churches of other denominations in Carleton Place.
- To initiate ministry activity where feasible and appropriate.
To that end, we are involved in organizing/conducting the following activities:
- Operating the Hungry Lunch Cafe, a hot lunch program at no cost at the church each Tuesday at noon throughout
- Establishing a Community Gardens Program in Carleton Place since the Spring of 2007.
- Building picnic tables for Alwood Treatment Centre in May 2007.
- We conducted a 10-week Environmental Stewardship study in the winter of 2007. From this study, impetus came to pick
up litter on Lansdowne Ave. on April 28, 2007.
- Participated in the first Habitat for Humanity build in Carleton Place in 2012 plus an additional 2 builds starting in 2012.
Truth and Reconciliation Event - Sept 29, 2012
Residential Schools run by the Anglican, Presbyterian, United and Roman Catholic Churches in
partnership with government for aboriginal students are a painful part of Canada’s 20 th century past.
Today there is a Truth and Reconciliation Commission seeking to address outstanding issues from that
past of physical, emotional and sexual abuse, cultural annihilation, and family breakdown.
The Social Concerns Committee is organizing a Truth and Reconciliation event this fall to bring a greater
understanding for students and the community at large with a particular emphasis on church members
understanding the role churches played and our desire as churches to bring healing and reconciliation
with our aboriginal brothers and sisters.
Plans have been finalized with Notre Dame HS for the Friday Sept. 28th event for students and for
accommodation for the Saturday Sept. 29th event. Viola Thomas will be coming to the event as a
presenter. Larry McDermid is a keynote person and will do the opening.
We need to be diligent in having each church have a number of members attend this event. It is very
much an educational event and local church members need to participate.
There is growing concern about the need for shelter this winter for young people in our community.
The Social Concerns Committee has been approached to have churches to work with our community to
respond to this concern.
All 28 beds are utilized by a variety of persons. One of the needs for sustainability of this program is
leadership. If you know someone interested in organizing and leading this program, please contact Ray
Elgersma at firstname.lastname@example.org.