Thank you for your continued support of Connecting Streams. We value, appreciate, and pray for you. Please let us know if you have any special prayer requests. We have a committed team of intercessors who meet weekly to lift CS, our staff, supporters and volunteers up in prayer.
We understand that this has been a trying time for each of us personally, as a community and a country. However, Connecting Streams does have some great news to share with you! We have been able to pivot and shift some of our ministry activities to an online platform. This has provided a great opportunity for us to continue to meet the needs of the communities in which we serve.
Widow to Widow:
The Widow to Widow groups in Edmonton are meeting online and utilizing the services of Zoom to meet face-to-face, as well as support each other over a newly founded Facebook group.
The group in Calgary has begun their Widow to Widow meetings and are using Zoom to meet with one another.
Thanks to the gift of technology, Ottawa and Calgary have been able to partner in hosting a Grief Series for individuals who have lost a loved one. This is an 8 week program that is being held over Zoom.
The Conversation Cafe group has successfully moved to meeting online and has had a continually increasing number of participants week to week. They are also spreading across Canada and the world to continue to connect with previous participants and their friends and families.
Thanks to a Conversation Cafe student who featured the group on a Korean television station, there is now an even wider reach for intercultural ministries to build relationships and share the gospel.
Ottawa is exploring planting a Conversation Cafe, and is excitedly working with Edmonton to see this become a reality.
The prison ministries have been faithfully sending letters from volunteers and supporters to encourage and pray for the inmates via email to the prisons with whom Connecting Streams partners.
The Edmonton prison ministry team is exploring the possibility of meeting with inmates over the internet in a secured space to continue ministry until they are able to meet in person again.
The Connecting Streams leadership team and prison ministry are working together to launch a podcast that will encourage, educate and inspire listeners.
Inner City and Addiction and Recovery:
The Inner City and Addiction and Recovery ministries have made an exciting connection with an organization in Oshawa, ON to establish a partnership in which Connecting Streams would provide spiritual ministry in their city to individuals experiencing homelessness, addiction, and other crises.
Seniors and Long Term Care:
The Ottawa team has been praying weekly for the hospitals and long term care facilities with whom they are partners.
They have also established an exciting initiative to connect churches with the hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes and long term care facilities in their area. This initiative has been wide reaching and has the City of Ottawa partnering in the same endeavour.
Ongoing Training and Volunteer Support
On June 20, 2020, the Ottawa team held their first online celebration event to celebrate all that has happened this past year in Ottawa’s Connecting Streams Ministry.
Ottawa City Leader, Dan Bryne, has begun a Summer Training session entitled “Share Your Faith with Confidence”. These sessions are on Monday nights from 7:30pm-8:30pm EST. All are welcome to join, click here to register.
We are also making our CS101 and other new volunteer training sessions available over Zoom. This initiative gives us the flexibility of being able to hold these events online during this pandemic.
We are also using this time to build up our training programs to strengthen the tools that we have to equip and mobilize the church. We are blessed to have introduced our newest team that is spearheading this effort: the National Ministry Leaders team. This team is made up of individuals with a heart to serve the Lord and people in each of our 6 ministry streams. They are developing specialized training programs for each ministry stream, and planning ways to continue to increase our effectiveness in equipping and mobilizing.
Thank you for your continued support of Connecting Streams,