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Compassion and Justice in Halton – Extending the Table

Our compassion and justice work exists, as part of our no walls commitment, to build bridges between our community of faith and the broader Halton community; in particular, those who find themselves on the margins due to their social location and socioeconomic realities.

The Challenge

As residents of Halton, one of the greatest communities in which to live, we would like to believe that everything and everyone is fine.  Yet, hang around long enough and you will learn that there are many vulnerable people living on the margins and, yes, it is our call to respond.

So, in doing, we pay attention to the words of Jesus in Luke 14 who tells us:

When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.  But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed.

…we choose the metaphor Extending the Table as a means to include those on the margins. Our desire is for individuals, families and groups within ForestView to create time and space for the forgotten of our community through ministering in the name of Christ.

The Response

As part of Extending the Table, ForestView has put down roots in the Aldershot community through:

Next Door Social Space

Open various hours throughout the week, Next Door is a resource centre, providing support for housing and employment search as well as hosting soup lunches, a women’s coffee hour and special events. Next Door is also home to Rolling Horse Community Cycle.

Motel Ministry

Over a hot meal, the Motel Ministry provides hospitality and support to the near homeless living in the motels along Plains Road. For many, the motels are a step removed from the streets.

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We are also engaged in Oakville through:

Neighbourhood Development

Working with Frontline Outreach, we engage one particular geared to income community to offer summer outreach BBQ’s and activities leading to the building of relationships and social cohesion.

Kerr Street Ministries

KSM is a multi-service organization near downtown, Oakville. We are involved in a monthly breakfast program on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

Annual Christmas Dinner

This is our celebration event. On the final Sunday before Christmas ForestView hosts a Christmas Dinner at “our house”. Providing a wonderful meal for those who we have come to know through the years. A true community celebration of people from many walks and languages.

Are You Prepared to Respond?

As a means of living out your calling to follow in the ways of Jesus, we invite you to participate with us. Opportunities exist from hospitality to serving on planning committees. For more information on our engagement with the local community please contact Paul Millar Director of Community Outreach at 905-825-2992 ext. 224 or paul.millar@forestviewchurch.ca