Pilgrimage Week 0

Week Ending June 1, 2020

Weekly Update: 0 km

Pilgrimage Goal: 7293 km

Total Participants: 0

Total Pods: 0

Word of the Week : BEGINNING

We will use this word to reflect on as we walk, run or roll through our week.

Some words may inspire you with exciting new insights while others may disturb your thinking or challenge your beliefs. Sometimes you will love or take comfort in what you are hearing, while other times you may feel discomfort or resistance. Pay attention to all as this is part of your journey.

If you wish, keep a journal about your insights, whether challenging, comforting or enlightening. And remember, there is no right or wrong way to travel. This is your journey - you get to decide how you will travel - you need only to begin. Most of all, enjoy the journey knowing that you have many pilgrims who are "virtually" traveling with you!

See you in Victoria!

Pilgrimage Pods

Are you participating in a group?  Let us know who is in your group and what motivates your group. We will  be highlighting people and groups over the course of the Pilgrimage

Photo Credit: https://escapismmagazine.com

Local Virtual Services

This week we are beginning our Journey in St. John's NF.

The United Church of Canada Website has the following local area United Church listings for the Area

Cochrane Street United Church

in St. John’s , Newfoundland & Labrador will be streaming online at 11:00 local time.

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George Street United Church

in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador will be streaming online at 11:00 local time.

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Gower Street United

in St. John's , Newfoundland & Labrador will be streaming online at 11:00 local time.

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St. James United Church

in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador will be streaming online at 11:00 local time.

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Wesley United Church

in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador will be streaming online at 11:00 local time.

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Time Zone Converter

Since we are displaying services in their Local Time Zone you may want to convert that time to your local area. Here is helpful website to perform this task.
- https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

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Giving Tree – Winter 2020

"Open Hands" - In the Winter 2020...

Each hand shows donations to Reconnect and Karing Kitchen.  In addition

In December:

  • we supported to Moncton Headstart Toyland,
  • the John Howard Society for Tim Horton’s gift cards
  • and the Salvus Clinic helping the homeless.

In January two services were cancelled due to snowstorms so there were no additional donations.

In February a donation was made to the YouthQuest fundraiser

  • Coldest Night of the year.



Vision Aiders Earth Day Challenge

April 19, 2020

A Moment with Visions Aiders
April 22 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!
Here's a message from Pam Harrison with an Earth Day challenge.
We hope 50 people will take up the challenge.

Click on the Image below to lauch the Video

2019 Climate Strike

Thousands of New Brunswickers of all ages took to the streets in climate strikes Friday.

The strikes, meant to draw government attention to a climate crisis, were inspired by a movement called #FridaysForFuture, started by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

She started missing classes on Fridays in August 2018 to protest outside the Swedish parliament.

Here are some of the members ofVisions who attended the climate strikes in Moncton.

Coldest Night of the Year – February

On February 23, six members of Visions walked in the “Coldest Night of the Year” fund raiser. $645.00 was donated by various members of the congregation towards this project, supporting the work of Youth Impact Jeunesse.

The funds will go towards assisting nearly 500 at-risk and homeless youth in the Moncton area with clothing, a place to shower, a roof over their heads and a warm bed.

Christmas Cards and Calendars – January

For several years Visions United has given appropriate Christmas cards and calendars , donated at their Christmas Party, to inmates at the Springhill Institution. 360 cards, prepared by congregation members, and 67 calendars were donated in December, 2018. There are plans to continue this outreach program in 2019.

Mission & Service – December

The work of the United Church of Canada across the country and around the world is funded by the Mission and Service (M&S) Fund. ... It also gives us a collective voice in advocating change, justice, and peace, whether through the Canadian government or in work with our ecumenical partners.

Mission & Service (M&S) - "Gifts with Vision" is a giving catalogue from the United Church of Canada.  It provides an opportunity to support M&S by making donations, in a family or friends name, to a specified ministry or program.

Visions United had a 2018 M&S objective of $18,500.

Thanks to the generosity of our congregation we surpassed that for a total of $20,732.

We can accomplish more together than we ever can alone. The people of the United Church pool their gifts in the Mission and Service Fund (M&S). This fund is used for our national and global mission with partners, our justice and peace advocacy, and our efforts to care for the environment.

Headstart – November

Visions United supports Moncton Headstart each year with donations towards the School Supplies Drive ($600) and over $1200 towards Toyland (cash or gift cards appropriate for teenagers).

Moncton Headstart was founded in 1974 by Claudette and Doug Bradshaw as a modest child care program of the Moncton Boys and Girls Club. It has grown as an organization, focusing on early education, positive parenting programs, child & family literacy, food security and housing for families who struggle to meet the most basic of needs.

Headstart’s outreach projects include:

  • The “Lorne Preston Scholarships’ Drive”, funding scholarships for graduates and parents of Headstart
  • The “School Supplies Drive”, helping annually to fill over 1,000 backpacks with needed school items
  • “Coats for Kids”, depending on community, individual and business donations to distribute winter coats and other warm clothing items to those who need them.
  • “Toyland”, providing NEW toys, gift cards and personal items for children of all ages, to help families, no matter their circumstances, to enjoy a happy Holiday Season.

Headstart is located at the corner of Mapleton and Mountain Roads.

Karing Kitchen-September

Visions' Giving Tree: September's Leaf - The Karing Kitchen

The Karing Kitchen provides a hot lunch (and emotional and practical support) from 11:30 am to 1 pm, Monday through Friday, to anyone who shows up, regardless of residence, age or income. Take outs are also available. It is located at 75 Alma Street (St. John's United Church) and is supported by churches, United Way and volunteers.

The first Sunday of every month is Karing Kitchen Sunday at Visions.

We encourage you to bring a non-perishable food item or donate a grocery card to the Karing Kitchen. (These are available for sale at the church.)
Thanks to your generosity, Visions has donated $825 in grocery cards to the Karing Kitchen the first 6 months of this year (2018).