Common Ground conference on combating poverty

Greg Paul, founder of Sanctuary Church in Toronto and author of God in the Alley and The Twenty Piece Shuffle, is headlining a two-day conference on how church and lay leaders can collaborate to build a better Saint John.

A series of events are planned to hear about community priorities, consider churches’ mission within these priorities, and to build a plan towards this better future.

Friday, October 21, 8:30 am -12 pm at St. John’s (Mission) Church & St. Clement: Church leaders will discuss community priorities and ways Churches have greatest impact by aligning mission with community priorities. Participants will then take a tour of local churches to learn of the innovative approaches and responses, starting with a lunch at Main St. Baptist Church.

Friday, October 21, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Main St. Baptist: congregations and people from the wider community are invited to be inspired by Greg Paul and to learn about successful local partnerships between the church and community.

Saturday, October 21, 8:30 am -12 pm, Trinity Anglican Church: We will finish up with taking the ideas and opportunities from Friday and beginning to develop a vision and a plan for a stronger community with churches playing a central role.

To register and for more information, contact Paul Ranson at 633-5055 or via e-mail: paul.ranson@anglican.nb.ca

This event is a organized by an ecumenical committee (Main St. Baptist, Salvation Army, Stone Church, the Parish of Millidgeville, Trinity Church, and Grace Presbyterian Church) with support from the Human Development Council and Vibrant Communities Saint John.

To learn more about the work of Sanctuary Church, take Greg Paul’s video tour.

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