The Raw Carrot 

 Can one bowl of soup help change the world? logoThe Raw Carrot is a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides meaningful employment for people on Social Assistance in Paris Ontario. You can purchase homemade gourmet soup every Sunday during coffee hour.

Community Outreach

Central church is involved in many outreach and mission programs in the Hamilton area and with more global organizations. Below are some details and links of programs in which we are currently involved.

May 28th there will be a reverse offering. When leaving the service, please take a slip of paper from the basket with a basic grocery staple written on it. If you wish to take part, then please buy that item and bring it to the church and put it on the stage in the hall within the next two weeks. All donations will go to Indwell to help our neighbours across the street.

The inner-city outreach annual community BBQ at Eva Rothwell Centre takes place on May 29th. Please contact Gloria Gavin if you would like to volunteer.

Syrian Refugee Project                                                                                                                                                       Thanks to many generous donations, the Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Committee is happy to announce that the fund has reached its goal of $27,000.00 to sponsor a family of four Syrian refugees. We would appreciate your prayers and support as we move forward in the application process. Currently, the committee is fulfilling the list of requirements, below, and would appreciate in-kind donations and help in any of the areas noted:

‘Sponsors are responsible for: meeting the refugee(s) upon arrival, securing lodging, and paying start-­‐up costs (furnishings, housewares, and initial clothing). They help them to register for school (if there are children), language classes, provincial health care and the Interim Federal Health Program, as well as for income support programs (e.g. family benefits), where applicable. The sponsors provide an introduction to public transit and to shopping wisely in Canada, and extend friendship and emotional support’ (Presbyterian World Service & Development, The Blended VOR Initiative).

We appreciate the kind support of all the people and businesses who have donated to the recent Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction. We appreciate, too, your kind thoughts, prayers, and open-handed welcome toward those in need. Please contact the chair of the Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Committee, Joshua Weresch, to get involved. 
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Hamilton Out of the Cold Program
Central Presbyterian Church hosts the Hamilton Out of the Cold (HOOTC) Program each Thursday evening from November until March, and provides a hot, nutritious dinner for many of Hamilton’s homeless and near homeless.
For more information about HOOTC, go to http://hamiltonoutofthecold.ca/
Hill Street Community Garden.
The goal is to serve the Southwest Hamilton community by organizing & providing a shared community garden and allotment space.
The high school students of Central and other churches helped in the construction of the garden. Hill Street Garden website

National and International Outreach

Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D)
Presbyterian World Service & Development (PWS&D) is the agency of the Presbyterian Church in Canada responsible for undertaking development activities, disaster relief, and education of congregations to these world-wide needs. For more information, go to PWS&D website.

The Mission Committee is having a fundraiser and invites you to spend an evening with well-known gospel, folk, Celtic singer-songwriter Glen Soderholm and company. Admission is free but a free-will offering will be taken in support of Presbyterian World Service & Development and The Refugee Aid Program. See event details here.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Central supports the Canadian Foodgrains Bank through growing “Beans in Hope”, the harvest from which is converted to cash and forwarded to CFGB. Established in 1983, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a Canadian-based Christian organization that helps provide food and development assistance to people in need on behalf of our 13 Canadian church members. Today, Canadian Foodgrains Bank ranks among the largest private food aid providers in the world. For information, go to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank website

Presbyterians Sharing
Presbyterians Sharing is the name of the fund that supports the ministries and mission of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. But it’s more than just a fund. It makes possible our existence as a denomination; it connects us to one another; and enables us to be faithful to God’s mission in Canada and around the world.
For more information, go to the Presbyterians Sharing Website.