Welcome to the London Community
We hope your visit here
will tell you something of the ministry of the London Community
Chaplaincy. We are new but not so new!
In January 2013, the Boards
of the former Southdale and Limberlost Chaplaincies voted to bring the
organizations together to form the London Community Chaplaincy. We
began operating as the LCC in June 2013.
Thanks to the support of
the London Community Foundation who provided a grant to fund the
facilitation process under the leadership of Maria Sanchez Keane and the
Centre for Organizational Effectiveness. This unification has brought
together the strengths of both founding organizations! Now together,
the London Community Chaplaincy (LCC) can provide more resources and
programs to the resident communities at Southdale and Limberlost. We
have been able to provide After School programs at both sites five days
Building on decades of
solid work, the London Community Chaplaincy will continue to work with
the community members of the housing complexes at Southdale and
Limberlost. The families at Southdale and Limberlost have many
strengths and great resilience. But it isn’t always easy to meet the
challenges of living in circumstances of poverty. The LCC strives to
work with families to help connect them with resources, provide advocacy
with outside agencies when invited, help build bridges between the faith
communities who support us and the communities we serve and to provide
quality children’s programming.
We continue to be excited
by the opportunities that exist as a result of our unification. As a
result of the unification we have hired two new full time staff; Crystal
Hudson is the new Community Builder and will focus her work around
adults in the communities and Yordanos Woldemariam who is responsible
for the children’s programming on both sites. Kate Ballagh-Steeper, the
Chaplain at Southdale for the past five years is continuing as Chaplain
for LCC. Kate is available to speak to your church, group or service
club to share the Good News of this important and vibrant ministry, just
contact the office!
The last year has
presented many opportunities to build new partnerships between
the LCC and churches, agencies and other neighbourhood
resources. One of the new partnerships that the LCC is very
excited about is with “Art Matters”.
Listen to the MP3 clip
to hear some spoken word which talks about the importance of Art
in the lives of children and youth – particularly those youth
who are “at risk”.
This is how Carl
Blackman, founder of “For the People” and motivating force
behind Art Matters describes their mission…
Matters is a program that focuses on providing at risk youth with workshops
that demonstrate the importance of art. The Art Matters organization is
comprised of artists from many different fields including videography,
music, visual art, spoken word, hair styling etc. We at “For the People” –
the organization behind Art Matters – are determined to raise awareness on
the importance of the arts in London. We understand that many people view
the arts as merely a hobby but we have a very different outlook. The arts
is a creative outlet that allows individuals to express themselves, develop
their talent and ideally create a career path where you do what you truly
love. London is a city filled with outlet for musicians, visual artists,
graphic design etc. Our team firmly believes that it is the responsibility
of those who have succeeded or are making progress pursuing their dream to
share their story and guide youth. We want the next generation to realize
that art based a careers are not be discouraged but encouraged and promoted
through partnerships such as this.”
Artists associated with Art Matters are going to join the London Community
Chaplaincy on the Saturday afternoon of our Tim Horton’s Camp
Weekend at the end of March. Dancers,
Writers, Videographers, Sylists, Visual Artists will join us and offer workshops
the children and youth can choose from to hear about their work, try it out and
explore their creative side! We are grateful, Tim Horton’s Children Foundation,
Camp Onondaga has given us the opportunity to have the Art Matters team join us
for a few hours!
Art Matters will return in April to
offer a workshop to the older children and youth at Limberlost focuses on Hair
Styling and to hear Daniel Lopez’s inspiring story!
Listen to the Spoken Word, you’ll be
inspired! The writer and voice of the clip is an artist by the name of ‘Made
We’re off to camp!
to the Tim Horton’s Children Foundation and their Community Partnership program
we are off to Camp Onondaga the last weekend in March! We already have 14
Chaperones and 60 kids ready to have a fun weekend exploring the site, playing
games, exploring our artistic side and enjoying some great food! This is the
third time we have been selected to attend a weekend at Onondaga. Thank you Tim
Horton Children’s Foundation!!
Watch for pictures when we get back!
Pray for good weather!