Caring for our Neighbourhood

Grandview Calvary Bapstist Church (GCBC) seeks to be attentive to the people whose lives are established in the Grandview-Woodlands neighbourhood we all share. A number of initiatives of GCBC or through partnering organizations help us embody Christ’s love here.


2013CrossroadsCrossroads Community Meal

Friends making food
every Thursday evening, September – July, in the lower hall.  Doors open and meal prep. begins at 5pm. Dining tables fill around 6:30. Supper is served between 7 and 7:30pm.
For the last 15 years, GCBC has reached out to the surrounding community, to offer friendship and a place to gather around a shared table, down in the church hall. In its current iteration, congregation members can help to create an equitable, inclusive, and compassionate community built upon shared participation in a community kitchen. This “neo soup kitchen” model seeks to value the contribution of everyone who comes and participates in a chore or provides a modest donation of $2. By doing so, we encourage the development of friendships across socio-economic divides and seek to nurture personal growth as well as experience mutual transformation through shared lives.

 

The Community Meal has become a great place to practice “The shared strokes of community, hospitality, justice and confession” and to make valuable relationships that honestly connect us to the marginalised in society. This group is open to all GCBC congregants, friends, and newcomers. Please consider attending the meal to get firsthand experience of this vibrant ministry.

Check out the 2013 Crossroads Community Meal Video produced by ‘Planted – A Community Food Network.”

For more info and/or to learn how to get involved please email Simeon Pang


MOMS: Mothers Offering Mentorship & Support

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Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 1 pm for 3 seasons.

Fall session: from the 3rd week of September until the first week of December

Winter session: from the 3rd week of January until March break

Spring session: after the two week March break until the second week of June

MOMS welcomes vulnerable mothers with friendship, understanding and prayer shared in the context of a loving community. Mentorship and compassion develop lasting, long term relationships. Qualified caregivers provide children with a balance of free and structured play, while mothers gather to participate in workshops about parenting, health, finances, and the creative arts.

To donate to MOMs, click here.

 


Clean Break - Laundry ProgramCLEAN Break – Laundry Program

Community Laundry Enterprise Assisting Neighbours (CLEAN).
The church offers a time of fellowship and free laundry to those who need it every Wednesday morning (9:30am-12noon). This happens at the Washing Wells Laundromat, which is located on 1910 Commercial Drive.

If you’d like to help or participate find us in our ‘get involved’ page.


2013CoHereSalsbury and Co-Here

Salsbury Community Society (SCS) supports two intentional community homes, in the Grandview-Woodlands neighbourhood. These are single-family dwelling homes in which a variety of people share life together, seeking to create a place of welcome and friendship to the poor, marginalized, and those who normally don’t have a place of welcome in the neighbourhood. SCS also supports the work of Co:Here.

Co: a prefix meaning “with” or “together.”
Here: in this place or location.
Cohere: to stick together; be united here; hold fast to one another in this place.

SCS’s vision of home has led to Co:Here’s plans for the development of 26 self-contained units of affordable community housing for mixed income individuals and families, located at 1st Ave. and Victoria Dr. in East Vancouver. The Co:Here Housing Community is founded on the conviction that people are made for community. We are truly at home when we are able to live together with other people in committed relationships and put down deep roots in a particular neighbourhood or place. Our goal is to create an authentic, supportive community for vulnerable people in our neighbourhood based on the principles of Simplicity, Community, Respect, Empowerment and Sustainability.
See www.coherehousing.com


2013KinbraceKinbrace

Kinbrace welcomes people in Canada’s refugee protection system by providing housing, orientation, accompaniment, and education. Our work is rooted in relationships and hospitality.
See kinbrace.ca


2013Reed_LogoREED (Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity)

REED provides care for women trafficked into prostitution and works to dismantle the sex industry as an act of prophetic justice.
See embracedignity.org


2013JustWorkJustWork Economic Initiative (JW)

JW’s mission is to foster dignified, gainful employment for individuals facing major barriers to employment. Currently, JW supports three social enterprises (businesses pursuing social goals) as a means of providing employment for those in our midst unable to find work. These three enterprises are: JustPotters, JustCatering, and JustRenos. These social enterprises are providing participants with crucial income, improved life skills, and new ways to address employment barriers.
See justwork.ca

2013PotterStudioThe Potter’s House Studio

In addition to hosting the JustPotters program, the ceramics studio in the GCBC basement hosts regular weekly drop-in times. The goal is to welcome people from the neighbourhood who would otherwise not have access to a creative studio space, due to economic or social barriers. The studio provides studio space, instruction, support and employment opportunities through pottery making. The studio is committed to: community building, acceptance, creativity, healing, and dignity. For more information contact 604-255-4790.