St. Philip Anglican Church: Missions

We are a Church that seeks to further missions as stated in John 13:15: “I have set you an example that you also should do as I have done to you.” Jesus embodied his love in action by washing his disciples’ feet. As followers of Jesus, our mission is to live in the world in such a way that, by our presence and our action, we “wash people’s feet.” Jesus’ mission is fulfilled every time we practice gentleness, kindness, patience, forgiveness, and compassion, wherever we are. Our aim is to support the Ministries we feel passionate about through funds and with our commitment of time, energy, and vision.

Current Criteria for the evaluation of mission proposal:

  1. Does it spread the Gospel through evangelism, teaching or mercy ministry?
  2. Does it demonstrate s significant connection to the St. Philip community through direct participation in the mission: praying, encouragement (letters, etc.) or visiting?
  3. Does it aim to change hearts, improve health, improve living conditions, or give hope?
  4. Does it meet the needs of those it serves?
  5. Does it need support (i.e. are all existing resources used)?
  6. Administration costs below 10% and advertising costs should be included in this.
  7. An annual presentation on the organization should be made to the congregation as one of the criteria for continued funding.

Geographical target guideline: 50% of the missions we support are in our Victoria and area community and 50% outside our community in keeping with a view that we need to reach beyond our own borders.

Budget target guideline: Goal: 10% of our Church budget will be devoted to Missions.

The following are the missions we support:

Canadian Foundation for the Children of Haiti

The Canadian Foundation for the Children of Haiti is a volunteer-based, non-profit society which was founded in 1992. An interdenominational Christian organization, the foundation serves Haitian children both in Haiti and Canada.

Judith Armstrong, a member of our 9 o’clock congregation, is a founding member and guiding light in the organization and our primary tie with this mission. Hope Home in Port Au Prince, Haiti, is home to 22 children, all with profound disabilities and complex needs.

Judith travels to Haiti twice annually. She goes in March, leading a health care team for an intensive 10 day work mission. She makes a second trip in November, making preparations for the next spring team. Judith’s groups ensure medical and educational equipment and supplies, professional support including nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and teaching are made available to the Home.

The funds are very important to ensure the running of the home, but much more significant is the message that it sends of God’s love for children who, because of disabilities are not valued in Haiti. Judith says, “Many times I have been asked by the Haitian staff if the people who provide me with funds to make the trips, or the people who sponsor the children, understand that these children are disabled. And my answer is always “yes, these children are valued!” Call Judith Armstrong at 592-4889 for more information.

Precious Jewels

Joké Bergink and Lorrie Anderson have been part of St. Philip for many years – they were “commissioned” and sent out from this Parish and through their 20 years of ministry in the Philippines have kept their connections with this Church.

Joké & Lorrie worked for many years with abandoned and malnourished children on the garbage dump at SmokeyMountain, outside Manila. The dump was home to several thousand families. People made a life – and a living there poking through the refuse to find reusable metal, plastic and glass.  In 1987 Lorrie and Joké set up a home called Precious Jewels. 

Over the last few years the team have responded to a broader mandate that includes much work with AIDS patients. Now at both a local and national level, PJM is taking the lead in identifying a course of action to develop programs that will support and protect children affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Contemplative Society

(www.contemplative.org)

Mission
To recover the mystical heart of the Christian Wisdom tradition.

Vision
The Contemplative Society seeks to be a thriving facilitating network and active regional presence to any person interested in learning and living contemplative Christian wisdom.

Values
The values of The Contemplative Society include but are not limited to:

  • living the Christian Wisdom tradition;
  • practicing meditation on a regular basis as foundational to the spiritual journey;
  • grounding in scholarship which illuminates the Christian contemplative life;
  • honouring the contemplative Christian lineage as expressed in the life of Jesus, the early Desert community and Christian mystics through the ages;
  • welcoming all people who wish to engage with the Christian contemplative tradition;
  • learning from contemplative practices of other traditions;
  • respecting diversity within the many approaches to spiritual life.

St. Philip leadership actively supports the contemplative tradition and works in partnership with The Contemplative Society. Christopher and Heather Page are certified instructors with Contemplative Outreach and offer workshops on this silent meditation prayer practice on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland.

Heather Page is the parish rep for the Contemplative Society.

StreetHope

St. Philip takes an active role in supporting the work of StreetHope, working with homeless people here in Victoria, StreetHope (formerly the Victoria Christian Street Chaplaincy) is providing a means to bring meaningful words and works of the Gospel to street level participating in this ministry through prayer, donations of food and financial support.

There are many opportunities for volunteers to help with this important outreach including an annual shoebox filling done by the youth of St. Philip.

Contact Evelyn Savage or Rob Hosie for details.

Young Life

Young Life continues to be a mission committed to loving teenagers in their world and encouraging them to know Christ. Area Director Kevin Scott and his wife Liz Bekker continue to guide the teams of volunteer leaders as they run 3 Clubs across Victoria: Gordon Head, Oak Bay, and Wyldlife (grades 6-8). The leadership teams strive to create meaningful mentoring relationships where teenagers feel valued and where questions of life and faith are explored.

What is Young Life and how does it work? The five C’s of Young Life include:

Contact Work: Contact Work is the vital part of Young Life where leaders spend time with teens in their world: at school and sporting events, coffee shops, skate parks or wherever they hang out. Through contact work solid mentoring relationships are built.

Club: Club is the name of the regular meetings hosted by Young Life volunteer leaders and staff for their teen-aged friends. It is launched by the relationships they have built through contact work. These meetings are attended by teens from junior and senior high schools and include music, humorous skits and a brief talk about the Christian faith.

Campaigners: Campaigners is the name given to weekly small-group meetings of our student leaders, who are also called campaigners. This meeting, often early before school, is an opportunity to gather with a smaller group of friends, grow in faith and discuss leadership of the
local Young Life club.

Camps: Camps are a highlight for teens and focus on what matters most to them – fun, adventure, friendship and a sense of significance. A unique aspect of our camping program is that teens attend with their leader they’ve come to know throughout the school year. Teens in
western Canada attend Young Life of Canada’s beautiful resort camp called RockRidge Canyon, located near Princeton, BC. Many teens leave YL camp saying, “It was the best week of my life!”

Committee: Each local area is supported by a committee of adults who meet monthly to pray for the ministry, support the local staff and leaders, and raise funds to support the work of the area.

For more information or to make a donation visit www.younglife.ca.

 Emmaus Community

The Emmaus Community is a Christ-centred New (or Neo) Monastic community whose recognition of Christ in our midst leads us to walk Jesus’ Way of love through prayer, simplicity and presence in our neighbourhood.

By saying we’re neo-monastic, we are saying that we are ‘normal’ people (lay and ordained) who draw on the ancient practices and postures of the monastic movements in the Christian Church to shape our common life in intentional community.

Our hope is to re-imagine church in this changing time in a way which draws on the ancient wisdom of our faith tradition, while looking toward the future together.

Members take three promises of prayer (together and alone), presence (with God, with each other, and in our neighbourhood) and simplicity.

We have covenanted members, companions (similar to ‘associates’ or ‘oblates’) and people who are friends of the community who are an important part of our life together.  Some of us live in community houses, and others live in our own / family dwellings.

Practically speaking, we pray together each weekday (and some evenings), have started a small micro-industry (a beverage collective), we partner with various local churches and neighbourhood groups, and have started a church plant known as the Abbey Church, which celebrates communion / Eucharist most Sundays and have open meals.

We are a shared ministry of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada.

Hulitan Family & Community Services Society

The goals of Hulitan Family and Community Services Society are:

To ensure Aboriginal children, youth and families are connected to their culture.
To ensure Aboriginal children and youth remain and/or are returned to a safe and healthy environment.
To provide individual, family and group support to urban Aboriginal children, youth and families.
To promote cultural awareness and foster a positive cultural identity.
To provide appropriate community and service referrals.
To provide skills and knowledge to aid in improving the lives of urban Aboriginal people and communities.

The Society has supported T-Birds, a youth soccer group for Aboriginal children.

Lindsay Baigent is the contact person for this mission.

Jolly Nyeko Foundation Canada

Jolly Nyeko Foundation Canada is a non-profit Christian organization that supports a school and medical centre in Uganda. The Canadian Foundation focuses its efforts on the Jolly Children’s Education Centre in a rural, poor area called Biika Village, County of Masuliita. A sponsorship program exists to support children attending the school. The school has a medical clinic with a nurse and social workers. Dr. Amanada Weinerman, a member of St. Philip, has examined eyes of many hundreds of children and caregivers on two separate volunteer trips. She can speak to the significant needs and how even small contributions make a difference. Website is www.JNFCanada.org. Donations may be made through Jolly Nyeko Foundation, 3911 Hobbs Street, Victoria B.C. V8N 4C8

South Island Centre for Counselling and Training

The South Island Centre for Counselling and Training provides professional and affordable services to individuals, families, and organizations in support of personal, relational and spiritual wholeness.

They offer affordable income-based counselling for individuals, couples, families and organizations, in support of personal, relational and spiritual wholeness, provided by registered clinical counsellors, volunteer counsellors and counselling interns.

They offer courses for personal development and training seminars for caregivers and volunteer/professional support workers.

They offer pastoral counselling for clergy, spiritual direction, and pastoral care team training for lay persons and clergy.

Amber Eves, a member of St. Philip, is Director of Services.

Contact information is 250-472-2851.