The Sanctuary Church Advent Offering is a special opportunity to target our giving towards four initiatives for the new year.

We aim to raise $75,000 above and beyond our regular offering to contribute to four strategic areas outlined below by January 31st.

We believe God calls us to be givers – generous sharers of His abundance. In our giving, we participate in God’s work in the world, and we participate in the transforming work God wants to do in each of us.

 

In partnership with Bags of Hope, Sanctuary is helping to provide a bag of gifts to every child in foster care in the state.
We are planning to thank and encourage 400 DCYF social workers with a special meal at their central offices.
We are partnering with The Village to throw a ginger bread house event to bless foster families in RI.

FUNDING WRAP AROUND

WE, THE CHURCH, HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WRAP AROUND BIRTH PARENTS, FOSTER FAMILIES, WAITING FAMILIES, AND ADOPTIVE FAMILIES ON THEIR JOURNEY. BY PARTNERING WITH EXISTING COMMUNITY RESOURCES, CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR FAMILIES AND LEADERS, AND SUPPORTING OUR CHURCH AND COMMUNITY BY MEETING THE TANGIBLE NEEDS THIS ISSUE PRESENTS, WE CAN ALL CHOOSE TO SAY “YES.”

“YES” TO PERMANENCE AND BELONGING FOR CHILDREN; “YES” TO WRAPPING AROUND THESE COURAGEOUS KIDS AND FAMILIES; “YES” TO FULFILLING THE VERY ROLE GOD INTENDED FOR THE CHURCH.

 

More details, videos, and stories to come as we highlight a new part of our Advent Offering each week in December….

One of the clearest ways we are able to be the church in Providence is to provide tangible help in times of need. Each year, our needs ministry helps us show the love of Jesus whenever and wherever the need arises– whether providing meals, paying rent checks, providing access to professional counselors, or caring for an array of spiritual and tangible needs. In 2015, our needs ministry was able to provide over $10,000 worth of care.

 

More details, videos, and stories to come as we highlight a new part of our Advent Offering each week in December….

CONGO / PAUL CARLSON PARTNERSHIP

We continue to support a village medical clinic in the Konga Ingwa village in the form of medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, healthcare worker training and salary costs, and installation and upkeep of solar panels that provide the clinic with electricity.
Medical care is inaccessible for the 1.6 million people in Congo’s Équateur Province. Typically, the closest hospital is a ten-mile walk and local village clinics lack basic necessities. The clinics operate without electricity or clean water. Medicines and supplies are available only intermittently. Curable illnesses take lives every day.
In partnership with several other local Covenant churches, funds from this year’s Advent Offering will equip a clinic in the village of Konga Ingwa for the coming year, providing it with first-time solar electricity, pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, salary for Gana the village nurse, and additional operations costs.

 

Sanctuary’s first “building campaign” is not raising funds for a building, but for a people. We believe we are inviting build a movement by equipping his people to be the church, and specifically to start new outposts of the way of Jesus throughout our region.

We have been asking the question since the beginning: how can we better equip this family of Jesus followers in Providence to be the church? On Vision Sunday we took one step closer to becoming the church we want to see. When church is a movement, our stewardship becomes the unleashing of our God-given gifts, talents, and passions for the love of our city – and that is what we experienced on Sunday.

In our time, the church will grow if we can find a way to help every believer move outside the walls of church; influencing and filling in every potential missionary gap that exists with the message, power, and hope of the Gospel.

BUILDING A MOVEMENT

We wrestling with a way of doing church that inverts conventional notions about who can lead and that prioritizes mission and formation.  Rather than empower a few clergy who then recruit volunteers to reach spectators, our approach moves the emphasis to releasing missionaries through leadership development. The result is a form of church that revives mission, exponentially multiplying the impact of the church.

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A PLATFORM FOR A MOVEMENT

With your help we plan to structure a service platform for all of our Outposts. This platform is meant to equip and empower leadership.

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