|Posted by Harmony United Church on February 16, 2021 at 4:15 PM|
Welcome to the New Minutes for Mission!
Friends, COVID-19 has changed everything–including how we tell the amazing stories of the life-changing difference Mission & Service makes. Meet eight real people whose lives have changed thanks to your gifts. These stories are offered with prayers and scripture readings for personal and small group devotions. Videos and slides that can be adapted for a variety of screens, plus shorter versions of each Minute suited to social media and bulletins, are available online. Eight stories—is that all? No! In addition to these stories, there will be special Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas stories available in multiple formats, and all year long we will be sharing news features that describe up-to-the-minute ways your Mission & Service gifts are making a difference. We will be sharing as many stories as ever with you, but now they will be delivered differently so we can share the good news of what your support is doing right now. Why the changes? Before the pandemic, we sent Minutes for Mission booklets to print nearly a year ahead of when you read them. Many of these stories centred on ways we help people face to face or described large in-person gatherings we anticipated would happen. When we were all thrust into social isolation, the stories seemed out of touch. Our materials, which were geared to hour-long in-person worship, didn’t work for everyone anymore. Your Mission & Service gifts are critical as the pandemic makes Canadians and people around the world even more vulnerable. We want to share how your support helps transform and save lives right now.
The United Church of Canada
What else is different? Some stories will be deeply personal; others will be breaking news. Our core Minutes for Mission stories–the eight in this booklet—can be mixed and matched to suit any situation or medium you may have, and accompanying devotions ensure that our church’s mission is deeply rooted in our faith practice. Where can I get these incredible stories and offer feedback? Access all the stories online at www.united-church.ca. Click “Mission & Service” on the homepage or search “Stories of Our Mission.” You can also subscribe to the God’s Mission, Our Gifts e-newsletter and have all the current stories delivered right to your inbox every month. Visit www.united-church.ca/e-newsletters. We are working hard to adapt to the changing times, and we’d love to hear your feedback. Sharing the amazing results of your gifts is our top priority. We are grateful for any advice you can offer to help us do that better. As you can see in these stories, through Mission & Service we help transform and save lives, inspire meaning and purpose, and build a better world. Every day. Thank you for your generosity!
Rev. Trisha Elliott