Cyclone Idai Update

Cyclone Idai Update

Six months ago Commons sent $5000 which was then matched by the Canadian government to help care for those impacted by Cyclone Idai. We received an update from CARE Canada on how our funds were used.

On behalf of CARE Canada I wanted to thank you for your generous donation made this Spring to support CARE’s emergency response to the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai to the people of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

Its been 6 months since the cyclone hit, and I wanted to share with you the update of CARE’s work that your generous support made possible.

As I’m sure you remember, in early March severe weather caused flooding in parts of Malawi and Mozambique. This system escalated into tropical Cyclone Idai, which hit close to the city of Beira, Mozambique as a Category 3 cyclone. The storm continued over central Mozambique and into Zimbabwe.

Torrential rains, damaging winds and flooding affected nearly 3 million people across the three countries – with homes, schools, hospitals and critical infrastructure either damaged or completely destroyed. 

In the immediate aftermath of the Cyclone, your generous support provided life-saving assistance to families in need – including tents, food supplies, clean water and hygiene kits.

Your support not only provided this live-saving support but it continues to help families recover from the storm and rebuild their lives – thank you. 

In Zimbabwe, many families are still living in camps established for the storm survivors. Having lost their homes, many of their possessions and often members of their families, these camps provide a safe place for them to recover and rebuild their lives. 

Thanks to your support, a new lighting system was installed in two of these camps in August. A total of 13 outside tower lights were installed, and households were fitted with indoor solar powered lights, a socket for phone charging and small radios. As Zimbabwe is currently experiencing power cuts for up to 18 hours a day, this initiative is making a world of difference for people living in these camps.

Camp resident Gogo Litty Munyardadzi shared that the lights made it easier for residents to access the washrooms at night, “It had been a bit risky to walk to the toilets when there was not enough lighting.”

Children are also benefiting from the new lighting system as they can study in the evening. Kelly Charamba (Grade 7 student) shared, “the lighting has come at the right moment as we are preparing for our Grade 7 exams. We also have more time to complete out homework.”

You’ve truly made a difference in the lives of those impacted by Cyclone Idai, a difference that continues every day.

We couldn’t do our humanitarian work without the generosity of donors like you. Thank you once again for your trust and confidence in CARE’s work.


2019 Q2 Financial Update

2019 Q2 Financial Update

We want to thank everyone for your continued support of the church. The majority of our funding comes through automatic giving either by Credit or Debit Card. You can find details on our DONATE page and you can set and manage your donor profile anytime at the link below.


monthly median


YTD Cumulative Donations $556 942


YTD Cumulative Expense $515 784* including capital expenses

A Difficult Decision

A Difficult Decision

It is with heavy hearts we let you know that the ECC ministerium has voted to remove credentials from the pastors of First Minneapolis Covenant Church and the Annual General Meeting of the ECC has voted to involuntarily remove First Minneapolis Covenant Church from the ECC. 

At present this decision does not directly affect Commons and we maintain that there is a place for Commons within the Covenant Church in Canada but we also want our community to know that this does not change our commitment to a third way together through contentious issues.

At Commons there is no litmus test beyond a declared trust in Jesus as Lord and a commitment to treat each other generously and equally. That local commitment to each other and to the LGBTQ community remains unchanged by this week’s decisions.

Our team is prepared to voluntarily surrender our ministry credentials to the ECC if that is requested but despite our differences on how LGBTQ persons are included in community we believe that our voice within the Covenant Church in Canada is now more vital than ever. 

We are committed to staying. We are committed to contributing. We are committed to helping the ECC find a new way forward for as long as they allow us to participate.

Generosity, kindness and resolve in equal measure is what we trust to hold Commons together through this season as we follow the Spirit’s leading.

If anyone is hurting because of this development please reach out to us. We are creating space to respond and be present to those who have been injured by the decision. We know it’s hard. Grace and peace.

A Critical Moment in the ECC

A Critical Moment in the ECC

Commons church is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church and we face a critical moment in the history of our denomination. This week the Annual General Meeting of the ECC will vote on whether to remove a church for this first time in our history.

First Minneapolis Covenant Church, like Commons Church, has taken a position of faithful dissent with the Denomination’s position on human sexuality. As our local statement on LGBTQ inclusion says, “We believe that faithful people can and will come to different conclusions about the meaning of scripture. We believe that this church can include these different understandings within its life as it lives out its mission.” This is a core commitment at Commons, that we are better together particularly when we learn to listen to each other on contentious issues. There is no litmus test at Commons beyond a declared trust in Jesus as Lord, and how we treat each other in community. However, in order to include these different understandings honestly, we believe we must commit ourselves to treating all members of Commons equally and this creates a point of distinction between Commons and the communally discerned position of the ECC. At the same time, we recognize that every Covenant church is working to embrace their LGBTQ neighbours in the spirit of love and truth and we honour the complexity of this cultural moment.

The beauty of the Covenant tradition however, is that we have always affirmed the freedom in Christ to disagree in healthy ways. In fact, historically we have celebrated this as our core identity marker. As Hauna Ondrey Assistant Professor of Church History at Northpark Seminary writes, “The boundary for membership of congregations in the Covenant has always and only been faith in Christ. The Covenant’s confession of Scripture as ‘the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct’ was a commitment to Scripture alone rather than a particular confessional interpretation of Scripture.” This has always been a precarious balance as the founders of the ECC described our denomination as “a turtle without a shell” but it is this very commitment to vulnerability and humility that has held us together over the past century.

Many of us at Commons are new to the denomination as we opened our doors in 2014 but at the same time our roots run very deep. Commons was formed as a new church plant coming together with the legacy of the Scandinavian Mission Church started in Calgary in 1911. For the 50th anniversary of that church in 1961, these words formed the basis of the celebration, "Our ideal is to be a church in which Christ is honoured through a fellowship of liberty and unity of love. Within a framework of basic Christianity, doctrinal variations are not to divide the church. The right of every believer to his own position is to be respected." This is a legacy that Commons has been blessed by and has worked hard to embed ourselves in.

In our current polarized context this commitment to love in the face of disagreement and to hold together even as we affirm our freedom can feel like disunity. But as Glenn Palmberg, former President of the ECC writes, “If one comes to the Covenant from a background in which you were taught to separate yourself from people who disagree, taught to reject or mistrust any person who holds a different view, Covenant freedom will not come naturally. For those people, honest, open discussion of the issues by biblically committed people may be an enigma. It is not our new friend’s fault if they fail to understand our openness and we did not tell them.”

Despite the complexity of this moment our hope is that the proposal to remove First Minneapolis Covenant Church will be overturned by a vote of the AGM and that the Covenant Church will enter a period of self-reflection and conscious return to the ideals that guided our founding. Commons Church is sending two delegates to Omaha to vote on our behalf and do what we can to ensure the Covenant Church retains space for faithful dissent in these difficult conversations.

1. The vote to remove First Minneapolis Covenant Church will require a two-thirds majority vote of all delegates to the Annual General Meeting in Omaha Nebraska.
2. The vote is scheduled to take place on June 27 or 28, 2019.
3. The vote does not immediately have ramifications for Commons Church but will set a precedent within the denomination.
4. The assets of Commons Church including the building and charitable number are controlled by the membership of Commons Church.
5. Commons Church has faithfully supported the ECC in Canada financially and has significantly increased that support over the last 5 years. We intend to continue in this support.

Further Reading:
1. Commons Statement on LGBTQ Inclusion
2. Commons History
3. Harmony and Congregational Liberty in the Tradition of the Evangelical Covenant Church
4. Beyond Yes or No: Covenant History & the Third Way
5. Remembering Who We Are Before a Momentous Annual Meeting

Hands at Work Q2 2019 Update

Hands at Work Q2 2019 Update

In every Hands at Work community there is a coordinator - a local who takes on a leadership role and oversees the well-being of care workers and families, as well as the provision of services in their community. In Kalende, this is Fredrick - a man who is a tower of strength in the community and truly demonstrates the heart of Christ. As a team, we were touched and inspired by how open and honest many of the care workers were in sharing their struggles and personal stories. Their dependence on each other and Jesus to face significant challenges was evident.  One of the days we were in Kalende, a few of the men from our team were invited to join some of the male care workers in speaking to the young men about integrity. After this session, when we were all together for a group photo, Fredrick smiled at me and said “we stand together”! My heart swelled. Yes! That is essentially what these care workers do, day in and day out. They stand together! And it is what we do, as supporters of Kalende. Despite the physical distance, we stand in solidarity with this community and ask for God’s mercy and provision.

Fredrick’s passion for the well-being of those in his community was a moving experience for our team members.  He is a mentor to many, old and young. This month’s community update newsletter highlights this important work! It describes how Fred is journeying with families to build resilience through committed/persistent relationship. You can read the report here. 

Chris Meloche

**Chris and his wife Lilli will be visiting Kalende in July. We would love to send along some words of encouragement from our Commons community to Kalende! Stop by the information table at any service on June 23rd to contribute! You are also welcome to join in the next advocacy prayer gathering at Kensington Commons June 13, 2019 @ 7:30pm

2019 Q1 Financial Update

2019 Q1 Financial Update

We want to thank everyone for your continued support of the church. The majority of our funding comes through automatic giving either by Credit or Debit Card. You can find details on our DONATE page and you can always log in and change your donor profile or automatic donations here.


monthly median


YTD Cumulative Donations $298 002


YTD Cumulative Expense $246 034

Cyclone Idai Response

Cyclone Idai Response

Care Canada

As the scope of the devastation brought on by Cyclone Idai continues to unfold in Southern Africa, Canadian aid agencies are working together to rush emergency assistance to survivors.

Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe have been hit by what may be the worst ever disaster to strike the southern hemisphere, according to the UN. Vast regions have been flooded, destroying infrastructure and claiming hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lives. An estimated 2.6 million people have been affected and the need for food, water, sanitation and shelter is urgent.

Eight leading Canadian aid agencies are uniting their efforts and resources through the Humanitarian Coalition (HC) to raise funds for this crisis and respond to the needs of survivors as quickly and effectively as possible.

HC agencies were on the ground at the outset of the disaster, involved in search and rescue operations and airlifting supplies to areas that are inaccessible by road. They are providing tents, water and emergency supplies in all three of the affected countries. Special attention is being given to the protection of women and children, particularly in camps of displaced people. Workers on the ground report that families with children are struggling the most.

Commons has sent an initial $5000 to be matched by the Canadian Government to Care Canada to aid in the response and we will continue to follow the development to see how we can respond.

You can follow Care’s response through their website at

Hands at Work

We are also in touch with our ongoing partner Hands At Work as they respond to those in need. Commons continues to support the efforts of Hands at Work monthly.


Due to the mountainous location of the communities we serve in, they did not face the brunt of the flooding. However, consistent heavy rains over four days and four nights from the south have caused the loss of more than 70 homes of the children we care for.


As we seek to understand the devastation and impact that this has had on the most vulnerable children we care for, pray for the local office team in Chimoio, and the Regional Support team, for guidance on how to address the urgent needs of our affected families. Pray for wisdom as we connect with government services and other aid agencies to support our children and Care Workers in the best possible way.

As light rain continues to fall, homes continue to collapse due to the unstable ground saturated with rain water.

As we seek to mobilize the local church in Mozambique to respond and take action in meeting the urgent needs within their communities, pray for a willingness and open eyes to see the devastating need within their communities.


The total loss of crop due to the cyclone will have a devastating impact on the year to come, as many will face a twelve-month long hunger season.

In Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe we can expect in the coming weeks and months for there to be an increase in water-borne diseases and malaria. Please pray that we will be well equipped to care for the health of our children.

Thank you for standing with us in prayer.

Pop-Up Theology: Faith and Food

Pop-Up Theology: Faith and Food

Jerremie Clyde has a passion for food-for growing it in a way that is healthy for the people who eat it, for the planet and for a just sharing of God-given bounty.

Clyde, who is a librarian and professor at the University of Calgary, said that he and his wife, Rita, were already big into gardening and were selling produce at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market in Calgary, when Rita read Barbara Kingsolver’s book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and then books by American journalist and activist Michael Pollan. Those writers led them to think more about the effects of industrial farming. “That really made us wake up to what we were doing to our own food supply,” he said. “And once you know, there’s no going backwards.”

We all eat so this something we should all know more about. This is chance to hear Jerremie weave the relationship between faith, sustainability, and food together for us.

Part 1

The theology of food.


Part 2

The practicality of growing food in the Alberta context.

Pop-Up Theology: Faith and Work

Pop-Up Theology: Faith and Work

Our first Pop-Up Theology series was an experiment in bringing theological discussion into the public square and the first two lectures are now available online.

John Van Sloten is a Calgary pastor, teacher and writer. For over 20 years he’s been living into a worldview that seeks to discern God’s voice in all things. John’s first book, The Day Metallica Came to Church; Searching for the Everywhere God in Everything (2010), looks for glimpses of God in pop culture. His second book, Every Job a Parable; What Walmart Greeters, Nurses and Astronauts tell us about God (2017), listens for God’s words at work. John has received two John Templeton Foundation sub-grants to explore preaching science.

New Board Members

New Board Members

We are excited to announce that the community has named Michael Wing and Janice Hsu to the board. 


Janice Hsu

Janice is a city policy planner and an outdoor activity enthusiast, no matter the temperature. Janice completed graduate studies at the University of Cambridge and Fuller Theological Seminary, worked overseas, and found her way back to Calgary after 15 years when the Rockies (and a job) called her home. She has attended Commons since 2014 and is active in home groups and the Connection Team. She is most excited to help shape the vision for Commons as part of the Board. Janice and her husband are involved in the Inglewood Parish and are deeply committed to bringing God’s shalom to the city. She also loves potato chips and Star Trek: TNG


Michael Wing

I had been a Christian my entire life, but was searching for something fresh - a community to challenge and expand my faith, tackle the tough questions, and provide a space for healthy debate and heartfelt discussion. Since then, I have come to love Commons and the many people who I've crossed paths with (including my wife, Christi, who I met here!).  I very much appreciate the teaching, the openness and welcome here, and the ways in which the church makes a positive impact within our city.

In my day job, I'm a chartered financial analyst and have had various roles in the finance world, both corporate and not-for-profit, for almost 15 years now.  Currently, I work in long-term planning and corporate strategy.

Outside of work, you can often find Christi and I checking out local theatre and arts, or trying out one of the new restaurants in the neighbourhood. I'm also a pretty big soccer fan if anyone is interested in meeting up on a Saturday morning to catch some premier league at the Ship.

The Leadership Team is elected by the congregation at our Annual General Meeting. Team members serve three year terms and can serve two consecutive terms on the board. 

Hands at Work Q1 2019 Update

Hands at Work Q1 2019 Update

Our religious beliefs are often difficult to separate from our cultural values and practices. We may believe in the person of Jesus but our beliefs about Him and how he works in the world are influenced by our experiences and context. 

In Africa, it is not uncommon to find that people believe in the power of both Jesus and witchcraft. A child born with a deformity, a debilitating illness, or the sudden death of a loved one are often viewed by members of the community as the results of witchcraft. This causes great heartache and isolation in communities - dividing families and leading to mistrust and mistreatment. The most vulnerable become even more vulnerable. 

The volunteers and staff at Hands at Work have a question they like to ask when discussing Christian faith with others in Africa. “Do you know the Jesus I know?” This question becomes the starting point for discussion about the character of God and how he works in the world. It challenges cultural beliefs and practices both in Africa and, I think, here in North America as well. Our world is broken and hurting, but God is good and faithful — always working to heal and reconcile. He doesn’t judge based on colour or gender and His heart is ever with the hurting, the lonely and the vulnerable. 

Please continue to pray that those in Kalende - and other communities where Hands at Work is present - will clearly see Jesus for who He is, and that this understanding would transform communities and bring new life and freedom! 

The first monthly advocate prayer gathering was held at the beginning of February. We spent time praying for specific families and children in Kalende and for Marc and Michelle Damour, who serve with Hands at Work in Zambia full-time. The next gathering is scheduled for March 7th @ 7:30pm at Kensington Commons. Everyone is welcome! Please take a minute to read the attached most recent report from Kalende for more ways you can be praying for and partnering with this community!

Darlene Wall

2019 AGM

2019 AGM

Thank you to everyone who participated at the AGM this year. We are excited to announce that Janice Chan and Michael Wing were elected to the board. You can read the official minutes from the meeting here.

The new year begins a new cycle in our governance as a community. We have an incredible board that is elected by the members of the community to represent and guide us but part of the new year is preparing for our annual general meeting which has been scheduled for Wednesday March 13th.

When we gather that evening we will present the financial reports and the budget for the coming year and we will also be electing some new people to represent us on the board.

The AGM is open to anyone from the community, all are welcome to come and participate in the discussions. However, voting on decisions and leadership is reserved for members.

If you’re not a member and would like to be, we have two membership classes coming up before the AGM. They happen on the last Sunday of every month and you can sign up for a class online.


This is something that members need to do every year and is part of how we ensure our membership roll is kept up to date annually. If you are a member then all you need to do is sign beside your name on the membership list, which will be on the connection centre desk every Sunday until the AGM, or simply fill out this handy form.

Leadership Team Nominations

Our nomination committee is appointed by the board and has representation from staff, board and community. This committee will receive nominations, vet nominees, and interview candidates for the position(s) based on the specific needs of the board in any given year. The nomination Committee is tasked with ensuring that the board:

a. maintains a gender balance
b. is representative of the community’s diversity of ages, orientations, ethnicities, etc.
c. has a member with appropriate financial background to the scale of the organization
d. has a member with appropriate board experience
e. has a member with relevant charity/non-profit experience where possible
f. has a member with HR experience where possible

There are also spiritual requirements of board members are these are described in the Leadership Team Qualifications section of the Constitution and By-Laws (see pg. 21-22).

Any member of Commons Church may nominate another member for consideration. To nominate someone for consideration please use the form below. Nominations are open until Feb 28, 2019.

The relevant documents will be posted here for review before the meeting. Once everything has been posted all of the documents will be posted as a single PDF for review.

2018 AGM Minutes (posted Jan 4, 2019)
2019 AGM Agenda (posted Jan 17, 2019)
2019 Board Nominees (March 5, 2019)
2018 Staff Reports (posted Jan 31, 2019)
2019 Proposed Budget (posted Jan 17, 2019)
2018 Donor Report (posted Dec 15, 2018)
2018 Financial Statements (posted Mar 1, 2019)
Constitution and By-Laws (posted Jan 4, 2019)

AGM Package

Holiday Service Schedule

Holiday Service Schedule

A busy few days coming up for all of us. Hopefully, we will see you over the Christmas week. Below are all of the service times over the Holidays.

Sunday December 23

Inglewood 1030AM
Kensington 9AM | 1030AM | 12PM | 7PM

Christmas Eve December 24

130PM | 3PM | 430PM | 6PM | 8PM

Sunday December 30

Inglewood 1030AM
Kensington 9AM | 1030AM | 12PM | 7PM

New Series: FRIENDSHIP begins Jan 6, 2019

2018 Advent Campaign Details

2018 Advent Campaign Details

Every year during Advent we attempt to take some of the generosity that’s inspired by Christmas and point it at those we can help in meaningful ways. This year we hope to raise $50,000 to invest in four specific projects, and we want to give you some information about each of them.

1. Louise Dean School

Louise Dean is a unique expression in the city. It’s the only school in the city that’s work as a partnership between the Calgary Board of Education and the Uplift Foundation which is part of Catholic Family Services. CBE does the education and CFS provides the social supports for young moms who are finishing they High School education.

There are nursery services at the school. There are food services at the school. There are social supports at the school, and there is incredible education happening through the school at the same time.

We have been involved over the last few years supporting crisis needs. Last Advent we raised funds that provided a year's worth of pharmacy gift cards to ensure that these more could access prescription drugs for themselves and their children.

This year an elegant opportunity has emerged. Louise Dean lost a significant donor and at the same time a donor here came forward to suggest a plan. We have made a $40,000 commitment to Louise Dean that will provide the existing gift cards we have done over the last few years, will add to that 1000 hot meals per year for students who need access to food, and create a new four year scholarship for a student that excels in her studies despite coming our a situation that would otherwise limit her post-secondary options.

Now what’s amazing is that someone in the community already donated half of that $40,000 before we even started the Advent campaign. That donation will provide the base for this Commons Scholarship that we hope will become a permanent fixture at Louise Dean as Commons pours into it.

One of the wonderful things about this partnership is that Louise Dean is literally across the street from us. In fact, most us probably park on their property regularly when we come to church. And so for us to give back directly to our neighbours, this is a beautiful expression of the Christian ethic and the Christmas spirit.

2. Local Partners

In Kensington, we are investing in Aurora on the Park where your generosity enables a First Nations Elder to regularly meet with and support the tenants of that accessible housing complex near us.

Through Highbanks Society we are helping to provide specialized programming to young moms raising their children on their own.

We are assisting Made by Momma to provide wholesome nourishment to mothers and young children facing adversity in our neighbourhood.

And we are providing the resources for the Fresh Food Basket at Hillhurst Community Association to meet the needs of families through the winter months when the program is stretched to capacity.

All of these organizations are existing partners, and we continue to be blown away by the work they do to create a stronger more vibrant Kensington

But this year we are also investing in Inglewood. Commons is providing new resources to Carya and the YWCA who are working to support families in the neighbourhood, particularly women exposed to domestic violence and the elderly suffering from abuse or isolation and depression. And we are excited about how we can lean into these partnerships

That said, one of the critical things is understanding why we partner with local agencies. Why don’t we do these things ourselves?

And really it comes down to expertise. Rather than bringing every project in-house, we can multiply the effectiveness of our generosity by coming alongside those who already know more than us, already have more experience than us, and can teach us about the types of justice work we want to participate in across the city.

3. Refugee Resettlement

In the past three years, Commons has become deeply invested in the well being of the truly most vulnerable in our world.

In 2015 we responded to the crisis in Syria by bringing our first family to Canada, and over the past three years, it has been incredible to see the Al Hador family arrive, and struggle, and learn, and work to get their feet under them here in Canada. We are so thankful for the progress they have made and are excited to say that the family is planning to apply for Canadian citizenship in the coming year.

Since then we have been involved with a number of different families, both ones we have sponsored directly and families that have needed support upon arriving in Canada, and frankly, it’s been hard at times.

The cultural and language and sensitivity issues have been challenging to navigate, and relationships have been stretched thin but what has been remarkable has been the transformative effect those struggles have had not just on the families we support but on us.

In sticking with it, and not giving up, and continuing to invest and listen we have learned a lot over these past three years about helping — and about ourselves.

And this year we have a new and familiar challenge in front of us. Because so far the families we have sponsored have been Syrian. Our latest family is Eritrean, but they come from Sudan. And so we are learning about a new culture, and new history and we trust that we learn more about ourselves in this process as well.

Nagat and her four children arrived earlier this month, but our teams have already been at work for some time preparing and margin sure we were ready for their arrival.

Our work includes housing and expenses but it also includes documentation and education, and childcare and transportation and it is a considerable investment in both dollars and time that goes into making sure these families are given everything they need to establish themselves in a new world and culture here in Canada.

4. Benevolent Care

Finally, we are gathering the resources for the coming year of benevolent care that Commons does throughout the year.

Now it’s essential that we maintain the dignity and privacy of individuals within our community, but I do want to highlight some of the ways we as a community have been able to come alongside and support each other.

This year we were to help families at risk of eviction pay rent that ensured they remained in stable housing. We have been able to negotiate and pay for utility bills where disconnection was being threatened. We have been able to intervene and help where health issues have created short-term financial crisis for people for people here in this room.

At the same time, we’ve also been able to provide mental health support for those without benefits, we’ve had the resources to rent trucks and bring in volunteers to help people in vulnerable situations move, and we’ve been able to provide Christmas support for a significant number of families stretched thin at this time of year.

And all of this takes considerable effort, and investment not only write cheques but to hear stories, and to listen well, and to develop strategic plans as to how we can best intervene and support in appropriate ways.

The work that our teams do, not only to help but to honestly hear how we can help is extraordinary, and I’m very proud of the work that all of us do together.


Our goal is to raise an additional $50,000 this Christmas on top of what we’ve been doing all year, and we are already about halfway there.

And so we to thank you for how you have already given and for considering how you can contribute to these projects this year.

Thank you for your continued generosity this Christmas. It is a beautiful expression of Christ in us.

2018 Donor Report

Our 2018 Donor Report is now live. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Commons Story this year in all kinds of different ways.

2018 Q3 Financial Update

2018 Q3 Financial Update

We want to thank everyone for your continued support of the church. The majority of our funding comes through automatic giving. You can find details on our DONATE page and you can set and manage your donor profile anytime at the link below.


Monthly median


YTD Cumulative Donations $737,548


YTD Cumulative Expense $748,314 (includes expenses not yet capitalized)

Update: Hands at Work - Nov 2018

Update: Hands at Work - Nov 2018

In our North American culture , we can become very focused on tasks and to-do lists. What we accomplish can become where we place our value and priority. My recent trip to Zambia reminded me of the importance of building healthy relationships. Our focus was not on completing physical tasks but on encouraging the Care Workers. As a team, we learned the immeasurable value of just being present with someone. We listened to their stories, shared some of your own, read God’s Word together, laughed and cried and prayed together. It was beautiful work that is difficult to measure except for the smiles, hugs and words of gratitude for the time spent in community.

This is the hard work of building community that the Care Workers continue with the support of Hands at Work. Despite very challenging circumstances, there has been reconciliation and increased unification between the Care Workers in Kalende over the past year. Praise God! Would you continue to pray for them as they meet together, support each other and care for the children in Kalende? Would you consider being a part of the Spring 2018 Commons Team, as we work to show our support and partnership with this community by being present? George Snyman and Marc and Michelle Damour will be sharing more about the work Hands is doing in Zambia on Nov 30th at 6:30pm at Kensington Commons Church. Let’s show our support by being present as they discuss their work with the vulnerable in Africa. For a more detailed update on Kalende, check out the attached community report!

–Darlene Wall

Hands at Work also provides us with a quarterly update on what has been happening in this community. Read it at the link below and consider how you can support. 

2018 Q2 Financial Update

2018 Q2 Financial Update

We want to thank everyone for your continued support of the church. The majority of our funding comes through automatic giving either by Credit or Debit Card. You can find details on our DONATE page and you can set and manage your donor profile anytime at the link below.


monthly median


YTD Cumulative Donations $482 529


YTD Cumulative Expense $508 708* including capital expenses

Update: Hands at Work

Update: Hands at Work

"I continue to be touched and inspired by the care workers in Kalende, specifically their dependence on each other and Jesus to face the many challenges that the community faces. I am quite moved by many things, but in particular Frederick (who leads the care workers) and his passion for the well-being of the Community.  My heart swelled when after some intentional time discussing with the men and boys about integrity, and getting to know each other deeply, Frederick commented that "we stand together." This was not in reference to our team alone, but to the Commons community as a whole. They were curious about our church and in the end affectionately wished to call their group Kalende Commons." 

- Chris Meloche visited Kalende with the Commons Church team last month

Hands at Work also provides us with a quarterly update on what has been happening in this community. Read it at the link below and consider how you can support.