'Feed my Sheep'
Throughout the history of the Diocese of New Westminster there's been fundraising for projects that are diocesan in their planning and implementation. Care+Share is the most recent version. It was established following a resolution at Synod 2011. Ministries included in Care+Share do not receive “funding,” instead they receive financial contributions made by parishes and individuals, sent to the Synod ThOffice finance department which forwards funds several times a year to the current recipients. Recipients are selected every two years at Diocesan Synod. One hundred percent of the donations go to the groups that are supported. These donations come in and go out under the Diocese of New Westminster’s charitable tax status but the overhead for fundraising and administration is included in the Diocesan Budget, and not taken from donations. Donations may be directed to all ministries or to individual ministries in any combination or amount. Parish and individual gifts are encouraged. For 2022-2023 there are nine recipient groups, for 2020-2021 there was one. Historically, Care+Share recipients per term have numbered three or four.
Food insecurity has risen in most of the regions that make up the Diocese of New Westminster. There is a deep desire to help alleviate this problem and now thanks to Care+Share, people from our diocese can make a significant coordinated impact.
The above list contains nine food ministries from a large cross-section of the diocese, from Chilliwack to Powell River that have been selected to help meet the need. These ministries are as diverse as the communities they serve. Care+Share is a way to put our dollars into action. A way to offer in abundance, food security, food literacy, access to social services, shared experiences, and more.
To make a gift online please use this link to one of the two "Give" buttons on this website. For giving options and information please call 604.684.6306 ext 220.
The Mission and Ministry team at the Diocese of New Westminster working closely with the Mission and Ministry Committee of the diocese developed printed materials for display and distribution in every parish and worshipping community. These materials were distributed in late March and early April of 2022. Please look at the materials, share them with friends and consider your gift to Care+Share’s “Feed my sheep.”
On Saturday May 15, 2021, the Members of the 121st Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster approved Resolution 3 that designates care+share funding for 2022-2023 to 9 parish compassionate service food ministries. Here is the MOTION that was carried by a large majority:
The Standing Committee on Mission and Ministry Development moves:
Synod approve the following list of ministries to receive funding during the 2022/2023 care ╬ share cycle:
1. St. Thomas, Chilliwack – Food Ministry;
2. St. Dunstan’s, Aldergrove – Thursday Community Meal;
3. Holy Trinity Cathedral, New Westminster - The Breakfast Club;
4. St. Barnabas, New Westminster – Grab-n-Go;
5. St. Alban’s, Richmond – The Lunch Box;
6. St. Augustine’s, Marpole – St. Augustine’s Community Meals & Marpole Community Food Hub;
7. St. Mary’s, Kerrisdale – Food Ministry;
8. St. Agnes, North Vancouver – Sharing Abundance; and
9. St. David and St. Paul’s, Powell River - Sycamore Commons Vegetable Garden Community Partnership.