New Life has many programs aimed to help our neighbours through ministries that provide clothing, food and support for those both near and abroad.
CLOTHING CLOSET - CELEBRATING 20 YEARS!
The Clothing Closet is a place for people to get good, gently-used clothing. Clothing is offered for free, with a request for a donation if able. Open every Thursday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Clothing Closet uses generous donations to serve over 1500 people. The Clothing Closet is closed on all long weekends, Christmas and New Years to give our wonderful volunteers time to relax with family and friends. The Clothing Closet accepts donations of clothing, footwear, winter coats and boots, linens, household and children's items, which can be dropped off during Closet hours on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Please do not leave donations outside.
We strive to follow Canadian regulations to ensure that items given away are safe. We depend on our volunteers to make things happen. Along with the Clothing Closet Coordinator, volunteers work together on Wednesdays and Thursdays handling inventory, and in the Closet on Thursday and Saturday mornings helping customers. Hear stories from these wonderful volunteers in our video. If you would like to volunteer please contact the Clothing Closet Coordinator, Lisa.
Neighbourhood Cafe at the Clothing Closet - Please join us on Thursday September 19, 2019 from 9:00 - 11:30am for a pancake breakfast to celebrate the Neighbourhood Cafe at the Clothing Closet. All are welcome! The Neighbourhood Cafe is a warm, friendly place to connect with neighbours and new friends while enjoying complimentary coffee/tea/juice and other delicious treats. Enjoy cafe hospitality at 9:00am out of the weather while you wait for the Clothing Closet to open. SUMMER HOURS: The cafe will be closed for July and August.
Food brings people together. Through our Collective Kitchens, groups of four to ten people gather once a month to cook and build community. Joining the Collective Kitchen is a fun way to make low-cost, healthy and tasty meals to take home. At the same time, the cooks try great new recipes, improve cooking skills and connect with others. For more information on our Collective Kitchen or to get involved contact the church office.
Brant Avenue Neighbourhood Group
New Life Church works in partnership with the Brant Avenue Neighbourhood Group (BNG) which serves the area east of Victoria Road and north of Eramosa Road. The BNG provides access to healthy food, education on safe and healthy parenting, after school programming, and much more. New Life partners with the BNG in many areas, including: the Run and Read program at Brant Avenue Public School, Collective Kitchens, contributions to the BNG food pantry, and as part of the BNG Leadership Team. For more information on the Brant Avenue Neighbourhood Group, please visit their website.
Brant Neighbourhood Collective Kitchen
New Life Church coordinates a monthly kitchen for the Brant Neighbourhood. For more information contact the church office.
North Riverside (Waverly) Neighbourhood Group
New Life Church partners with the North Riverside (Waverly) Neighbourhood Group. This group is a community-driven organization that provides programs for children, youth and families in North-East Guelph. The programs and services provided by the North Riverside Group include: drop-in playgroups (for infants to 5 year olds), after school programs, summer camp, recreational programs, a dry goods shelf, and seasonal events and activities. These programs aim to meet the needs, and develop the strengths, within the community. For more information about the North Riverside Group, please visit their website.
North End Harvest Market
New Life Church works in partnership with community organizations to deliver the North End Harvest Market. The Market offers free fruits and vegetables to support individuals and families living in North-East Guelph. Located at Waverly Drive School, the North End Harvest Market runs each Wednesday evening from 6:00pm - 7:30pm. For more information please visit North End Harvest Market.
AROUND THE GLOBE
Our Friends in Guatemala
Every February, a group from New Life Church travels to Guatemala for ten days to participate in a range of community projects, including construction work, sewing clinics and outreach in the community. Since 2010, teams have constructed a church in the town of Nebaj and currently participate in construction projects at the missionary hospital. Team members have also worked with women in the community through the Threads of Hope project. Threads of Hope continues to be active in the community of Nebaj, with women meeting every Thursday to make quilts, crafts and cook. While in Nebaj, team members go on house visits to build relationships with families in need. Annual trips to Nebaj allow team members to continue their work with the hospital and church, and to build relationships with the community there.
World Renew envisions a world where people experience and extend Christ's compassion and live together in hope as God's community. Their work is three-fold: community development, disaster response, and advocacy. For more information on the work of World Renew, visit worldrenew.net.
At New Life, our many programs and ministries offer opportunities to become involved in the community through acts of service. In order to provide a safe and supportive environment, all staff and volunteers go through a Safe Church screening process. If you would like more information regarding any of these programs please contact the church office .