At The Gathering, we’ve always desired to love God and to love our neighbour well (Matt 22:37-40), sharing the love of Jesus with our neighbourhood in practical ways.  Since returning from the pandemic, we’ve been praying and asking God to show us how we can do this better, especially amongst the vulnerable and our neighbours in need.

This led us to consider what “Anchor Cause” God may be inviting us to step into as a church community; An “Anchor Cause” being one specific & tangible need/cause in our neighbourhood that we can rally around together as a church, sharing the love of Jesus in a practical way with our neighbours in need.

As a church community that is committed to “Connecting people to the love of Jesus” (Matt 28:18-20, 2 Cor 5:18-21), we believe that meeting the practical needs of the vulnerable & the needy is a significant part of the mission and message of Jesus (Luke 4:18-19). Following Jesus by “Doing what Jesus said” (John 14:15) and extending compassion & care to those who need it most is a key part of our discipleship and our disciple-making journeys (Matt 25:37-40).  “Connecting people to the love of Jesus” often starts with meeting people’s practical needs first, which is what our Anchor Cause is all about.

To that end, we’ve recently learned that food insecurity is a growing concern in our neighbourhood (Riverside South/Findlay Creek) and that there is no food bank nearby. The food bank that serves our neighbourhood is Pavilion Food Bank in South Keys, ~13KM from Riverside South. This is a need in our neighbourhood, and we are now asking God what He would have us do about it as we long to put our faith into action (James 1:27).

In September 2023, our board of Elders announced that we intend to start a neighbourhood food bank and are moving into the “planning phase”. We don’t know when this food bank will open, but we are excited to see where God leads us!

 

For now though, we are remain committed to coming alongside two amazing organizations that are doing something about food insecurity in Ottawa (including people who live Riverside South): Care Centre Ottawa at Bethel Church and the Pavilion Food Bank in South Keys. We’d love to have you get involved as we continue to seek God in our next steps!

As we plan towards the launch of our Food Bank, we need people to help in the following areas:
  • Prayer Team
  • Finance
  • Social Media
  • Graphic Design
  • Media Relations
  • Proposal Writing
  • Health and Safety
  • Contacting Businesses
  • Contacting Schools
  • Community Outreach
  • Web Site Development
  • Fundraising
  • Site Fit-up
If you can help in any of these areas please contact us at info@thegatheringottawa.com

Check out this short video from Pastor Jeff for more details