Guiding Principles

  • Jesus Christ is the head of the church, not in just a “figurehead” kind of way but actively involved in the day-to-day operations and decisions of the church.

  • The church is to be both prophetic – holding up Biblical standards – and loving – accepting people in their flawed state, without judgment, and caring for their needs.

  • Our intention is to deeply love others both within and outside of the body of Christ, to act in ways that are best for them and to practice all the relational “one another” commands in the Bible.

  • The intent of this everyday lifestyle is always to lead people to faith in Christ and to assist them to become active followers of Christ.

  • To encourage each person to be emptied of self and filled with the Spirit.

  • To encourage people to realistically face: themselves (who am I?); the exclusive claims of God on their lives (what does God want me to be and to do?); the responsibility we have to live in community with others (who am I to be to them?). We must face the truth to find the Truth.

  • To encourage each member of the body to actively submit to the Lordship of Christ in their lives and to His leadership (He’s boss!) over the body. When we’re all rightly submitted to Him we’ll automatically be in unity with one another.

  • Every believer is a minister and should use their God-given gifts, talents, and abilities to further God’s work in His body and on this earth.

  • Our top priority is to stay united (all submitted to Christ’s headship over the body) and to stay healthy (all actively growing in obedience to God’s Word and his Spirit).

  • Our intention is to minimize organization so as to encourage, not frustrate, the body initiating and carrying out ministry.

  • People are primary!

  • We’re always to be looking beyond ourselves : to the need in others; to how we can reach those in our community; to those outside of Christ; to ways we can bridge the gap between “us” and “them.”

2 Comments

  1. Sallina Ferreira

    Hi I am currently involved with the children’s aid society and I’ve just found my own apartment. I need a bit of help with some furniture. And I was wondering if I qualify as I’m not on ODSP or disability

    • Thank you for your enquiry.

      Yes.

      OW and ODSP do make up the bulk of the people we help, but our programs are for more than just those on OW and ODSP. We will help anyone who truly has a need. We work with a lot of immigrants, seniors, unemployed, underemployed (small part-time job puts food on the table and pays rent but nothing else), and a lot of women who are exiting women’s shelters and setting up their new home. If you do not have enough income for whatever reason to be able to buy your own clothes or furniture, you can come to us and see what we have. If we have what you need, you are welcome to have it.

      I usually recommend that people come with something to back up their story, if they can. We don’t always check, but occasionally we need to ask someone to verify their need. OW & ODSP are easy because if we had to check proof of income, they can just pull out a stub … a pay cheque, a T4 slip, a copy of your tax return, or even a note from the organization who recommended you to us (in your case, CAS). But don’t let that stop you, if you don’t have anything.

      I see you commented on the Guiding Principles page. Did you see the second to last one? “People are primary.” That means that people are more important than the rules that we put in place to try and bring some organization to this. We make exceptions for people who don’t have documents all the time. It’s about the heart … your heart and the heart of the volunteer you meet. We’ve turned away folk who come to us with an attitude of self-entitlement to take whatever they want. But the fact that you took the time to ask whether you would qualify, says to my heart, that you probably have a good heart.

      Come on by.

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