Wideman Mennonite Church now hosts four different Alcoholics Anonymous groups throughout the week. We have a service each year where we hear stories and worship with members of the various groups.
In 2012, the Wideman Quilting group sewed a record 304 comforters which were then donated to MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) for their relief efforts around the world.
Our MYF (Mennonite Youth Fellowship) has participated in a number of volunteer service projects: including at Willowgrove, Fraser Lake Camp, in Birmingham, Alabama, and much more.
Bazaar events, which include the sale of crafts, used items, baked goods, quilts, and a soup luncheon to raise money for the Markham Food Bank.
Contribution towards the Compassion for the Suffering event held at Boxgrove Community Center, where relief kits were put together for those displaced in refugee camps through the conflict in Syria.
Wideman Mennonite Church commissioned their then-pastor to teach at St. Peter’s Seminary in Iraq for 5 weeks. This Mennonite Central Committee program was established to support the ministry and mission of the Chaldean Church in Iraq, centered at this time at St. Peter’s Seminary near Erbil.
Special donations were collected for flood relief in Philippines.
Various groups of people have participated in Mennonite Disaster Service projects across North America. See one example below.
As a part of our continuing interest in building relationships with the Chinese community in Markham, we participated in the China Vision Exchange program. We sent our Pastor to China to meet other Mennonite Church workers there.
Mennonite Central Committee – Church Connections
Click on the picture below to go to the online version of “Church Connections” – the newsletter of Mennonite Central Committee.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Those who knit and crochet are welcome to join us in making prayer shawls for friends, relatives and fellow workers who need a special ‘hug’. Shawls are made in many colours and patterns, with much love and prayer. Shawls are given to people who are in crisis, such as illness, grief, and job loss. They are also given at times of celebration such as graduation or the birth of a baby. Come, knit a shawl or give a shawl and pass on God’s blessing to those they enfold. Call the church for more information.
Donations of goods or money are collected for kits that go to Mennonite Central Committee, who distributes them to those in need, such as to refugees in the Syrian conflict.
Relief Kits include:(New items only)
4 larges bars bath soap
1 plastic bottle shampoo (380-710ml)
4 large bars of laundry soap
1 squeeze tube toothpast
4adult sized toothbrushes
4 new bath towels
2 wide-tooth combs
1 nail clipper
1 box adhesive bandages (min. 40 assorted)
1 package sanitary pads
Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Trip
On August 3, four women (two of us from Wideman Church) travelled to Staten Island, NY to work with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, October 29, 2012.
We plastered, sanded and painted in 2 homes during our work week there. MDS encourages volunteers to interact with home owners; to listen to their stories. We met 2 home owners who gave us first hand descriptions of that awful night. Both have recently moved into their ‘almost completed’ homes. Some people are far from moving back and many struggle with getting the help they need. The loss of friends and family members weighs on their hearts.
As volunteers, we go in Christ’s name to serve, but always come home richer in experience, blessed and humbled by the people we have the privilege to meet.
Lois Burkholder and Barb Ribble