Welcome to Zion-Memorial United Church
37 Franklin Street
Carleton Place, Ontario
K7C 1R6

Social Action

Social Action in Action at Zion-Memorial United Church

As a part of Zion-Memorial's commitment to love God above all and our neighbour as ourselves, the Social Concerns Committee seeks:

  • To collaborate with and support local social services. This includes encouraging and/or recruiting our church membership's participation in these services.
  • To support the social and justice initiatives of our denomination and the ecumenical development, justice and advocacy work that our denomination supports.
  • To educate and inform our local churches' membership about these ministries and encourage their participation
  • To explore linkages with other local Christian churches in partnership and service to our community. This includes United churches in Lanark County and churches of other denominations in Carleton Place.
  • To initiate ministry activity where feasible and appropriate.

To that end, we are involved in organizing/conducting the following activities:

  • Operating the Hungry Lunch Cafe, a hot lunch program at no cost at the church each Tuesday at noon throughout the year.
  • Establishing a Community Gardens Program in Carleton Place since the Spring of 2007.
  • Building picnic tables for Alwood Treatment Centre in May 2007.
  • We conducted a 10-week Environmental Stewardship study in the winter of 2007. From this study, impetus came to pick up litter on Lansdowne Ave. on April 28, 2007.
  • Participated in the first Habitat for Humanity build in Carleton Place in 2012 plus an additional 2 builds starting in 2012.

Truth and Reconciliation Event - Sept 29, 2012

Residential Schools run by the Anglican, Presbyterian, United and Roman Catholic Churches in partnership with government for aboriginal students are a painful part of Canada’s 20 th century past. Today there is a Truth and Reconciliation Commission seeking to address outstanding issues from that past of physical, emotional and sexual abuse, cultural annihilation, and family breakdown.

The Social Concerns Committee is organizing a Truth and Reconciliation event this fall to bring a greater understanding for students and the community at large with a particular emphasis on church members understanding the role churches played and our desire as churches to bring healing and reconciliation with our aboriginal brothers and sisters.

Plans have been finalized with Notre Dame HS for the Friday Sept. 28th event for students and for accommodation for the Saturday Sept. 29th event. Viola Thomas will be coming to the event as a presenter. Larry McDermid is a keynote person and will do the opening.

We need to be diligent in having each church have a number of members attend this event. It is very much an educational event and local church members need to participate.

Youth Homelessness

There is growing concern about the need for shelter this winter for young people in our community. The Social Concerns Committee has been approached to have churches to work with our community to respond to this concern.

Community Gardens

All 28 beds are utilized by a variety of persons. One of the needs for sustainability of this program is leadership. If you know someone interested in organizing and leading this program, please contact Ray Elgersma at relgersma@rogers.com.


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