Living Beyond: A Core Value of Who We Are

The mission of Redwood Park Church is to become fully alive followers of Jesus and to become people who Love God, who Love One Another, and who Love Our World. Living Beyond is how we express our heart and passion to "Love Our World." 


Followers who Love Our World are evidenced by people who are actively engaged as we Serve the City, Serve the Region, and in broader contexts oversees as we Serve the World. It is Redwood's desire to be a church that lives beyond itself - a core value. 

SERVE THE CITY

A primary focus of Redwood’s outreach strategy will always encompass social justice issues and poverty, as well as address issues of racism, discrimination, and understanding right uses of power and privilege.  It is also a part of the fabric of Redwood to be a Church for the City, and to be people for all people of the City.  

As such, initiatives will be developed to encourage Redwood congregants to commit to being for specific families in their circles (who are outside of the church), and to commit to love and support them and to build relationship with them and be there for them in tangible ways.

City Ministries & Partnerships

Redwood Park Food Bank

Our food bank has been operating for over 12 years now, serving approximately 250 families per month. We are the second-largest food bank in Thunder Bay, and rely on donations from our Redwood community and our community garden, as well as the Regional Food Distribution Association. 


Our food bank is open to clients every Thursday from 12:30-2:30pm at 532 North Edward Street.  Sign-ups begin at 10:00am.


To volunteer with our food bank email Dianne at diannematson@aol.com

To volunteer in our community garden (between the months of May-October) email Shirley at sraussant@aol.com



Redwood 'Unleashed'

There is a team of people from Redwood who also serve a meal at the Shelter House on the third Wednesday of each month. For more information or to volunteer with this team, join the facebook page or email Karen at karen.davenport@tbaytel.net



Partnerships & Annual Events

The Coldest Night of the Year - in support of Grace Place

The Day of Caring - in support of United Way

Christmas Wish Bags - in support of Dilico Anishinabek Family Care

SERVE THE REGION


The largest number of people with Indigenous ancestry in Canada live in Ontario-  with almost half of the registered ‘Indian’ population in Northwestern Ontario (45,000) living on sixty-six reserves.  Thirty of these First Nations are small remote communities, accessible only by air year round, or by ice road in the winter.  


The majority of First Nations living on reserve, including children, live in poverty. It is Redwood’s heart to address issues of poverty and justice with northern communities for which Thunder Bay has become an ‘urban hub’. Access to clean water is one of these major issues.

Upcoming Opportunities

Mish Adventure Camps - July 15-21 and/or July 21-28

Mish Adventures is entering their 12th year of running summer camps in the community of Mishkeegogamang (5.5hr drive north-west of Thunder Bay). There are opportunities to volunteer in various capacities:

- Lifeguard, kitchen staff, bus driver, staff/counselor

To apply, please fill out the following application and email to livingbeyond@redwoodpark.org

Download Application


Eagle's Cove Camp - July 22-27

Eagle’s Cove is a property owned by NorthWind Family Ministries, located about 40 minutes outside of the city of Thunder Bay. NorthWind runs a number of programs over the summer from Play Days in some of Thunder Bay’s housing complexes to camp experiences at Eagle’s Cove for different ages.

Redwood has committed to staff one week of the kids’ camp at Eagle’s Cove this summer, with a team of people ages 12+ to seniors, with positions ranging from kitchen staff, cabin leaders, activity facilitators to support crews.

To apply, please fill out the following application and email to living beyond@redwoodpark.org

Download Application

SERVE THE WORLD

More than 80% of the population of the world lives in poverty.  There are approximately 370 million Indigenous Peoples worldwide, and although they make up 5 percent of the global population, they make up 15 percent of the extreme poor.  Redwood recognizes that Indigenous People world-wide seem to face similar issues at the hands of the dominant society, so it is Redwood’s desire to learn with and from Indigenous Peoples of other countries (and organizations who are working well with them), to gain knowledge on how to live in a better way with our own Indigenous neighbours.  


Redwood will also focus its global efforts on identifying organizations who are in alignment with Redwood’s vision and values, working globally to address overall issues of poverty, health, AIDs and access to clean water, and will partner with organizations financially to help address these global concerns. 

Opportunities & Partnerships

Redwood Compassion Ecuador Trip - November 10-17

We are so excited to be partnering with Compassion Canada for our first trip to a Compassion location site, travelling to Ecuador later this year! The trip will include visiting some of the Compassion projects that we are partnering with and homes of children in the projects, visiting the country office as well as meeting some of our sponsor children!

If you are interested in this trip and would like more information (including details and pricing), please email livingbeyond@redwoodpark.org



Christian & Missionary Alliance Global Advance

We support global outreach projects by contributing $25000 annually to the Alliance Global Advance Fund. “Jesus motivates us to go, to live on mission, aiming to be a Christ-centred, Spirit-empowered, Mission-focused movement.

With approximately 250 international workers, spanning the globe, more than 40% of are in countries that closed their doors to traditional missionaries long ago. These countries are now referred to as Creative Access Countries. Each area in our global regions (Caribbean Sun, Desert Sand, Silk Road and Asian Spice) has a broad range of both physical and spiritual needs that intertwine in the lives of those who live there.”


For more information, see https://www.cmacan.org/global-ministries