BASKETRY & BURSERY – The basketry group meets on weekly on Tuesdays at 10am. Our projects are varied from beginner to advanced. We welcome newcomers who will experience a warm supportive workshop in a positive skill building environment . A five dollar per week fee is collected and dispersed to applicants who are involved in post secondary courses. Now open to all crafters! bring your craft and join the camaraderie!
MANNA FOOD BANK: – Link to Manna Food Bank website Each week members of Knox Church donate food to the local Manna Food bank. Monetary donations are also accepted.
BBOOTC – Bracebridge Out of the Cold: Dinners are offered all through the winter months on Tuesdays at the Bracebridge United Church and Wednesdays at the Lions Club. There is also a drop-in held at St. Joe’s Catholic church from 1-4pm on Tuesdays November to April.
SEND KIDS TO CAMP: Every Year we raise money to send kids to camp who may not get a chance to go to camp otherwise…. Camp Cairn – a Presbyterian Summer Camp – Link to Camp Cairn website
MUSKOKA CHAPLAINCY – Link to Muskoka Chaplaincy website Members of Knox Church Bracebridge donate time and finances to the continuing work of the Chaplaincy program in Muskoka; caring for the human spirit. The mission of the Muskoka Chaplaincy Association is to promote, educate, facilitate and advocate for the religious and spiritual care needs of patients and residents in the hospital and long-term care facilities throughout Muskoka. Spiritual care acknowledges that we are more than physical bodies that require medical care. Spiritual care helps us maintain health and cope with illnesses, traumas, losses and life transitions by integrating mind, body and spirit. Financial donations can be mailed to: The Muskoka Chaplaincy Association, P.O. Box 156, Bracebridge, On P1L 1T6. Call 705-646-1697 for further information.
PRESBYTERIAN WORLD SERVICE AND DEVELOPMENT —Link to PWSD website
July 14: A ministry of presence
When 35cm of rain fell over 5 days in Malawi in March, the presence of PCC mission staff was invaluable. Vivian and Blair Bertrand gave us first-hand accounts of the devastation experienced by over 900,000 Malawians. They recounted the harsh realities, faced especially by subsistence farmers who lost their entire crops. They grieved together with their friends and colleagues when roofs collapsed, walls caved in, latrines were washed away, and family members died. Amid the darkness, Vivian, working with Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD), has been busy writing proposals for CARD’s relief efforts. Proposals include providing emergency items such as food, plastic sheets, cooking pots, water buckets and chlorine to treat water and agricultural support to help people reclaim their livelihoods after the loss of crops and livestock. Presbyterians Sharing supports the Bertrands whose presence opens a window into this widespread tragedy.
Presbyterians Sharing supports international mission staff
July 21: Giving with generous hearts
Throughout his ministry, Jesus preached on the importance of caring for people living on the margins of society. Responding to a need in their local community, the grant-receiving congregation of St. Matthew’s Presbyterian Church in Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L. has constructed a “community clothesline” in their sanctuary. At each of their monthly services, the congregation hangs new adult socks, hats, mitts, scarves and underclothes on the clothesline, which are later distributed by the Salvation Army’s Community and Family Services division. At each service, the clothesline cannot hold all of the items due to the generosity of its church members, and extra bins must be set up to collect all of the donations.
Presbyterians Sharing encourages generosity
July 28: It began with a loan
When Thoko’s husband left her to care for their six children alone, she felt like she was sinking. But support PWS&D was providing in her Malawian village helped her rise above challenging circumstances. Thoko joined a self-help group—an organized way to come together with women in her village to save money and distribute loans. With the loan she received, Thoko bought farming supplies to grow more food. After selling the produce she harvested, Thoko began earning enough to pay school fees for her children. Soon, she could afford supplies to repair the roof of her home and was also able to purchase a goat and pig, which will be an additional source of income. Today, little trace of that hopelessness is left. Thoko feels empowered—and it all began with a loan.
PWS&D empowers people to shape their future