CALL TO ACTION for the Mission & Service of The United Church of Canada

Put some Heart and Soul into your annual Mission & Service giving program!

Inspire, Ask and Thank with these new resources.
Our Mission & Service is hope and love in action. Just as Jesus called his followers to a way of compassion and transformation in his time, as Jesus followers today, we too are called to the same mission. By making Mission & Service a part of our giving, we are each answering God`s call for us to mend the world.

Please make an intentional gift to Mission & Service, and make it a regular part of your life of faith.
Thank you for sharing your passion for Mission & Service with your community of faith.


Videos


 Take a few minutes to be inspired by our Moderator about the work of our church in his video message.  
Then share it as widely as possible. 
All four videos are also available on DVD - mail request to ms@united-church.ca


Images below are links to each video playing on The United Church of Canada Youtube channel
and will open in a new window. 

Call to Action: Full Version
 
Call to Action: Do Justice
 Call to Action 2014
(full version: 16:43)  - link »
 Call to Action: Do Justice
 
(Part 1 - 5:38) - link »

Call to Action: Love Kindness
 
Call to Action: Walk humbly
 Call to Action:  Love Kindness 
(Part 2 - 6:13) - link »
 Call to Action: Walk Humbly
 (Part 3 - 5:42) - link »


Ways to View the Videos
    • Click the share button (Bottom left of the YouTube window) for URL or social sharing options
    • Click the YouTube logo (bottom right of the YouTube window) to play direct from the YouTube channel (larger screen)
    • Click the rectangle icon (bottom right of YouTube window) to play full screen. Click escape key to leave full screen
    • For a list of links for 
      • downloads of the original video files for in-house display direct from congregation's computers
      • sharing / linking to live internet display / emailing  / embedding in the congregation's website

Worship Services  

We have prepared three new Mission & Service themed worship services reflecting on with sermons for your use through Easter and Pentecost seasons and beyond.
  • We Are the Church: Honouring the 90th Anniversary of The United Church of Canada - view/download here »
  • 90 Years of Generosity:  a 2-page slideshow marking $1.2 billion in gifts to Mission & Service over 90 years (1.9 MB pptx)view/download here »
  • Additional 90th Anniversary resources  - service texts, hymns, prayerssee here »  /  also here » /  excellent 60-page history timeline slideshow by Toronto Conference (10MB pptx)  download here »
  • God-Colours, Living with Respect in Creation, Loving and Serving Others - view/download here »
  • We are Called to be the Church, an intergenerational service - view/download here »
  • More Mission & Service themed worship services - here »

Ways of Asking

Heart and Soul 
Our Call to Action for the Mission & Service of The United Church of Canada

The Mission & Service of the church is a profound and tangible expression of our faith across Canada and around the world. It is our heart and soul. 

Our Mission & Service is hope and love in action. Just as Jesus called his followers to a way of compassion and transformation in his time, as Jesus followers today, we too are called to the same mission. By making Mission & Service a part of our giving, we are each answering God`s call for us to mend the world.

As faithful stewards, with our gift for Mission & Service, we each make a deliberate choice to:
  • Show our love for people and places across God’s world. The kingdom of God doesn't draw borders. God’s work is right here with us in our community of faith and across Canada and around the world.  
  • Send the message of God's embracing love and acceptance here in Canada to those whose lives are marked by loneliness and rejection. 
  • Support the justice work of our partners around the world, even in the face of threats and intimidation, disease and drought. 
  • Create new ways of being church in the future by seeding new ideas and new ministries that move the church forward. We choose and create paths of rebirth and renewal that respond to God’s call to mission in new and meaningful ways.  
Through our giving for Mission & Service, the people of the United Church support the most up to date and current expression of our faith. Together each year, programs are reviewed and we decide what new, renewed and ongoing work God is calling us to do.  

Please make an intentional gift to Mission & Service, and make it a regular part of your life of faith.

Familiarize yourself with this vital work. Watch the video hosted by our Moderator Gary Paterson to see inspiring work around the world. Read “Mission & Service at a Glance” to see where the money goes and what it funds.

If you gave to Mission & Service last year, accept our sincere thanks, and please give again now. Take a moment to imagine how much can be done with your generous gift. 

If you did not give to Mission & Service last year please start right now. Make this the year that you make giving to Mission & Service a regular part of your life of faith.

Once you have made your gift, please take a moment to encourage another person in your community of faith to make their gift. If they don’t know where their gift goes or how it is used, show them.  Share your own story of why you support Mission & Service.  Ask them to join you in giving and please…. say thank you. 

Bulletin insert/announcement from the pulpit:

Our Mission & Service is hope and love in action. Just as Jesus called his followers to a way of compassion and transformation in his time, as Jesus followers today, we too are called to the same mission. By making Mission & Service a part of our giving, we are each answering God`s call for us to mend the world.

Please take time to familiarize yourself with this vital work by exploring the webpage: http://www.stewardshiptoolkit.ca/mission-service

Read “Mission & Service at a Glance” to see where the money goes and what it funds. See here »

If you gave to Mission & Service last year, accept our sincere thanks, and please give again now. Take a moment to imagine how much can be done with your generous gift. 

If you did not give to Mission & Service last year please start right now. Make this the year that you make giving to Mission & Service a regular part of your life of faith.

Once you have made your gift, please take a moment to encourage another person in your community of faith to make their gift. If they don’t know where their gift goes or how it is used, show them.  Share your own story of why you support Mission & Service.  Ask them to join you in giving and please…. say thank you. 


Thanking

We are people who understand deeply the power of gratitude. We gather, worship, and pray our thanks  daily and weekly.

Making thanking an explicit habit in our congregational life is very important. Keep these three things in  mind when thanking someone for giving:
  • What you say - Acknowledge the gift explicitly: what exactly was given, and for what? If there is anything you can say about the impact of the gift, say that too. Be sincere and authentic. We can all tell when a thank you is insincere and off-hand. What is the best we can offer?
  • How you say it - How you express gratitude can range from a blanket thank you in the Sunday bulletin to the most appropriate person (minister, M&S Enthusiast, or another) using the most appropriate method (handwritten note, phone call, face-to-face over a coffee).
  • When you say it - It is usually best to thank someone as soon as possible after receiving the gift. Establish a standard—say, within seven days of receiving the gift—that everyone involved will use as a clear goal.
Each One, Ask One is your leadership opportunity and our chance to impact lives in the name of our faith by growing M&S.Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. 

Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10–11

Thank you for your leadership.
[This thanking section is excerpted from Each One Ask One document - view/download here »]



For Mission & Service program ideas

Contact Cheryl Curtis, ms@united-church.ca; 416-231-7680 or 1-800-268-3781, ext. 3096
or get in touch with your local Financial Development Officer: see list here »