For the last 15 years, GCBC has reached out to the surrounding community, to offer friendship and a place to gather around a shared table, down in the church hall. In its current iteration, congregation members can help to create an equitable, inclusive, and compassionate community built upon shared participation in a community kitchen. This “neo soup kitchen” model seeks to value the contribution of everyone who comes and participates in a chore or provides a modest donation of $2. By doing so, we encourage the development of friendships across socio-economic divides and seek to nurture personal growth as well as experience mutual transformation through shared lives.
Because our Thursday meals are intimate, serving around 50 people each week (many of them regulars), together we can prepare wholesome, home-style menus using fresh ingredients that are sourced from local businesses right here on Commercial Drive (our local neighbourhood)—ingredients that collectively, are financially accessible, but often are beyond the resources of a low income individual (for example, organic, bulk and fairtrade produce).
The Community Meal has become a great place to practice the shared strokes of community, hospitality, justice and confession and to make valuable relationships that honestly connect us to the marginalised in society. This group is open to the Grandview community, friends, and newcomers. Please consider attending the meal to get firsthand experience of this vibrant ministry.
- Thursday evenings, Sept - July.
- Doors open and meal prep. begins at 5pm.
- Dining tables fill around 6:30.
- Supper is served between 7 and 7:30pm.
- We meet at Grandview Church in the lower hall.
For more information please email Simeon Pang
To donate to the ministry of Crossroads, follow this link.