Open Homes, WMB’s primary ministry to refugees, is a network of people from WMB Church and other local churches who open their homes and hearts to refugees newly arrived in Canada. Refugee families live with an Open Homes Host for a few months as they go through Canada’s in-country refugee claimant process. Additional Open Homes partners and helpers provide a variety of secondary supports, care, and friendship.
Open Homes is designed with multiple layers of engagement to come alongside refugees in a variety of practical and relational ways. To learn more about this ministry and how you can get involved, contact our Open Homes Leadership Team.
Through Barnabas Individual Supports, WMB Church invests in the lives of people in our community who are facing financial difficulties and who are also committed to seeking long-term well-being and a better financial situation for themselves. We know this can be a difficult journey, so we want to be there for participants every step of the way. We walk with program participants through regular one-on-one meetings where trained Barnabas Coaches from WMB Church work with participants to prepare a realistic budget, set goals, offer encouragement, pray and provide financial assistance.
This program is intended for those without a church home or who already attend WMB Church.
WMB individuals, families or Home Groups are invited to partner with Barnabas participants to journey alongside each other with prayer and encouragement. The Barnabas participant then knows that someone is praying for them and reflects on how God is at work in their life, while those from WMB will have their faith, worldview and prayer life stretched. The potential for transformation within our church and city is huge!
Local Neighbourhood Programs
Barnabas Missions offers a variety of fun, skill developing programs for children, youth and adults living in the low-income neighbourhoods surrounding WMB to facilitate the building of relationship and trust. Some of these programs include:
- Guys’ & Girls’ Connect groups | Social groups for teens and pre-teens facilitated by adult mentors
- Open Canvas | An open art/social group allowing participants to discover or develop artistic talent
- DrumFit | A fitness class involving this fun new type of exercise (drumming on exercise balls)
- Cooking Classes | Teaches kids, teens and adults how to cook quick, healthy, inexpensive meals
Have a skill you’d like to share or an idea for a new relationship building program? We’d love to hear from you!
WMB Café & Cheerful Spoon Soup Co.
The WMB Café and WMB’s Cheerful Spoon Soup Co. are not-for-profit ministries of Barnabas Missions, offering employees skills training and employable hours. Stop by the café on Sunday mornings, open 8:30am – 12:30pm (9:30-11:30am in the summer), to enjoy baked goods and hot beverages, or purchase delicious fresh and frozen Cheerful Spoon Soup to go, prepared weekly in the fall and winter months.
From Jesus with Love Christmas Party
From Jesus With Love (FJWL) is an opportunity to serve parents in our community who struggle with Christmas expenses by putting on a Christmas party for them with live music, food and conversation while children play games and do crafts. Gifts are generously donated by the WMB Church family, and parents select one gift for each of their pre-registered children. We’ve hosted 200 families at this event each year since 2002.
Ray of Hope Community Centre (ROHCC) Partnership
WMB provides a meal once a month at the Ray of Hope Community Centre in downtown Kitchener. Six Sundays a year, in February, April, June, August, October and December, we prepare, serve and clean up the meal from 1pm – 6:30pm. Six Tuesdays, in January, March, May, July, September and November, we serve an evening meal starting at 5:30pm. ROHCC also invites volunteer groups to prepare and serve dinner meals during the week.
Barnabas Victoria Hills
Programs at Victoria Hills Community Centre
Most ministries of Barnabas Victoria Hills take place at Victoria Hills Community Centre. Monthly and weekly programs include:
- Learn English Make Friends | English conversation circles for adults
Tuesdays, 9:30-11am (no childcare), and Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, with programs for kids in Preschool to Grade 6
- Monthly games nights | All are welcome – bring your own games or use ours!
Every second Sunday of the month, 6-7:30pm
- Sunday Evening Celebration | Potluck with a “God conversation”
Every fourth Sunday of the month, 6-7:30pm
Each year, Barnabas Victoria Hills runs a morning Soccer Camp at the end of August for kids entering Grades 2 to 6 in September. Instructors teach soccer skills through fun drills and games, and staff lead a character-building story time based on Biblical principles. Campers are provided with a camp t-shirt and a daily snack.
SOCCER CAMP 2017: My Home, Your Home
Date: August 21-25, 9am – 12pm (arrive at 8:30am on Monday, August 21, for registration)
Location: Gzowski Park (beside the Victoria Hills Community Centre), 10 Chopin Drive, Kitchener
Cost: $25 for the first child, $15 for each subsequent child in the family
Registration: Register online here
Serve with Local Outreach
Build your faith, get connected and be a blessing to people in our community who are marginalized by serving through a Local Outreach ministry! Interested? Fill out the contact form to let us know which ministry area(s) interests you, and a staff person will get in touch soon.