The work of The United Church of Canada across the country and
around the world is funded by the Mission and Service
(M&S) Fund. Our Mission and Service work identifies us as
a Christian community and illustrates our beliefs as
Canada’s largest protestant denomination. Our Mission
and Service work is how we live out our United Church creed,
how we put our faith into action.Through the M & S Fund,
individuals and congregations pool their gifts so that the
work of the church can be done effectively.
The United Church of Canada has formal
churches, ecumenical organizations, Christian councils, and
church agencies around the world. These partners connect with
and support a wide range of church and community
organizations. Working with reliable trusted partners in
Canada and in 37 countries means that less money is spent
coordinating and delivering aid and more money goes where it
Across Canada, approximately 125 projects receive
support from the M & S Fund. These include: Chaplaincy
work at hospitals and campuses, breakfast programs, food
banks, support for families of prisoners and youth at risk,
self-help and drop-in centres, crisis support groups, housing
for seniors, refugee settlement, native ministry, and
In Africa and the Middle East, poverty, food
insecurity, disease and conflict factors are addressed by
education and health services, conservation farming,
reforestation, drilling water wells, and community-based peace
building and reconciliation.
M & S partners in Asia are faced with human
rights issues, poverty, environmental destruction, and
population issues which are aided by education, advocacy,
humanitarian assistance and support for sustainable
In Latin America and the Caribbean, issues
relating to resource extraction, free trade, natural disasters
and migration are addressed through the defense of land
rights, support to displaced people, and participation in
We at Neepawa United are one small group called
upon to give, and, through the
M & S Fund to work toward relationships in the wider
community that are just, honest, respectful and life-giving.
The logo for the Mission
and Service Fund is made of two parts; the base
foundation and the vertical flourishes.
The base foundation may be seen as a manger
reminding us the Christ Child was and is born among us and
all creation. It may be seen as a baptismal font where we
are welcomed to the new life in Christ. It may be seen as a
communion table where we are nurtured in the new life and
where offerings of bread, wine and money are brought and
shared. The vertical flourishes emanating
from the base may be seen as a rainbow reminding us of God's
covenant of hope with us and all creation. They may be seen
as splashes of water cleansing and renewing all of life.
They may be seen as flames of the Holy Spirit bringing God's
light, warmth and direction to the life of the Church. Taken
together, the logo is designed to represent
all aspects of the Mission and Service Fund. It is symbolic
of our faith that has a sure foundation; and at the same
time is vibrant, energetic and versatile. It is symbolic of
God's offering to us; and at the same time suggests each of
us has something to offer to the wider wounded world.
Together, the receiving and giving of God's gifts is at the
heart of the Mission and Service Fund.
Mission: Farming God's Way
Mrs. Ncube is a farmer in Zimbabwe. She tripled
her maize-crop yield when she tried the new Farming God's Way
program after learning about it from her sister.
Farming God's Way is a conservation-farming
program supported by United Church partner Christian Care
Zimbabwe, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and the United Church. It
focuses on increasing crop yields by using mulch, compost, and
manure, while decreasing the need for machines and chemicals. The
program also teaches farmers to create and maintain a community
seed bank, which saves money and protects traditional seeds.
Farming God's Way is based on four principles:
- planting crops on time
- maintaining a standard that minimizes weeds
- using natural supplies without waste
- caring for crops with joy
The program has been highly successful in
Zimbabwe, with people coming from other African countries to learn
conservation-farming techniques. Some crops have increased by over
300 percent, and farmers say they will never go back to the old
way of farming. Mrs. Ncube, who started with a small packet of
seeds and some basic training, now has new and exciting skills to
share with others.
Please support this work that is both for
Zimbabwe farmers and for the care of the earth. Give to the
Mission and Service Fund.
Together, we carry out the work of our United
Church. Make a difference! Join the partnership! Support the work
of the Mission and. Service Fund today.
M & S Projects at Neepawa United:
At Christmas time the congregation
collected toys, food items and donations to help make Christmas
hampers which the local branch of the Salvation Army distributed
to the needy.
Pennies for M&S
This spring, our congregation
members were challenged to save their extra coins in a cloth
bag provided by the M & S Committee. At the end of each
month the bags were brought to church and emptied, for the
support of the M & S Fund.
M & S Movie Nights
During the coming year, the
M & S Committee will occasionally show movies in the
sanctuary, with proceeds from popcorn sales on these
Movie Nights going to the M & S Fund. Watch the
Events/Reminders page for details of the next movie