Deer Park takes action. We believe in this scriptural quotation:
“What good is it, my sisters and brothers, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what good is that? So faith, by itself, if it has no works is dead.”
Our faith is alive” Here is a sample of what we do:
Deer Park became an Affirming Ministry within the United Church of Canada in April 2007. We are committed to being an inclusive community, to act as a safe haven for people of all sexual orientation and those with gender identity issues and to end discrimination of all kinds. We promote greater awareness of sexual orientation and gender identity issues at work, at home and in our local community and provide support, where needed, for the GLBTQI community. Please see www.united-church.ca/exploring/orientation/affirm for more information.
Malawi Water Project
In the past few years Deer Park United Church with the endorsement of Calgary Presbytery has successfully sent a container of much needed humanitarian aid to Malawi Africa. As well as, set up an ongoing project to build and distribute bio-sand water filters and teach proper sanitation and hygiene to reduce the incidence of water borne illnesses and death in Malawi. For more information please go to www.malawiwaterproject.com.
Bow Bottom Community Garden
A section of our yard has been fenced to provide space for garden plots which are used by individuals or families to grow fruits and flowers. One of the plots is designated a charity plot where garden members grow fresh fruit for Deer Park’s Food Pantry. The garden provide fresh produce and plants as well as satisfying labor, neighborhood improvement, a sense of community and a connection to the environment.
Free Clothing Event
In the fall, Deer Park with the Aspen Family Services and City of Calgary Community Services host a give-away of donated clothing items. Many of the recipients are newcomers to Calgary or young families with small children.
Deer Park United Church hosts a small food pantry for emergency situations. Contributions of nonperishable food and toiletries are always welcome. This food pantry serves primarily the southeast Calgary area, with many families assisted.
Good Food Box Depot
The Good Food Box is a program through the Community Kitchen Program of Calgary where individuals and families can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at a low cost. Deer Park United Church is a depot for this program. Once a month from September through June, orders can be placed for these delicious boxes. They are then delivered to Deer Park United Church later in the month.
The Good Food Box operates by purchasing fresh top quality produce from farmers and wholesale clubs in bulk; their volunteers then divide the produce into portions and assemble the Good Food Boxes in their warehouse. This means that the Good Food Boxes contain the maximum produce possible in them for the price. Deer Park United Church collects the orders, receives the payments, and receives the boxes on delivery day.
Dates for 2016 are:
Order by September 13, box will be here September 22
Order by October 11, box will be here October 20
Order by November 8, box will be here November 17
No box in December
Under special circumstances, funds are available to assist people in crisis.
Deer Park has partnered with the following organizations to help people with a hand up in their seeking of wholeness.
- City of Calgary Family and Community Services to provide after school programs for children and youth
- Tenant Support Workers at Calgary Housing Company (a branch of the City that runs public housing) and the social workers at Aspen Family Services to screen and help clients with housing and other issues
- Networking with community associations, schools, Alberta Health Services, the City, Aspen, Fish Creek Library and concerned individuals (DDQ – Deer Run, Deer Ridge, and Queensland Community Network) to advocate around issues of poverty, homelessness, environmental concerns and so much more
- Deliberate Directives for Quality of Life Action Group – a funded and recognized coalition of Alberta Health Services that seeks to build community resiliency, safety, and drug and alcohol prevention with youth.
Through these partnerships, people are helped with resumes, job searches, financial planning, tax filing, food, financial resources, and many other services.
On a slightly different point, when we say “All Are Welcome” → WE mean it!
Want to help and “do” your faith? Be in touch – 403-278-8263 or Email Us