The 1999 brought great changes for the Sudanese Community Churches in Syria, Canada and elsewhere in the exile. Concern for the displaced people grew among the exiled Sudanese Community fellowships. The Churches worked to present a different picture of poor people in the third World: one in which they were portrayed as human beings with dignity, not as passive victims. Education and information materials explained the root causes of poverty and suffering, the connections between North and South, and the role of people in the North in creating survival jobs, and potentially solving poverty in the displaced camps. The major focus of work, managed by a growing network of good friends to became supportive for self-help schemes whereby communities improved their own education status, practices handicrafts, and health provision to become self-reliant was then initiated by Rev. Boutros Simon, planned and executed by Sudanese Support and Development Program (SSDP) headed by Charles Kenyi, now SG/SCCT, photo displayed below.
SSDP continued to expand its work through the 2000, many new ideas and theories were put forward about development and poverty, including the decision to employ local people to run and work on projects. SSDP works through traditional ways in which communities survived - helping them to improve and refine their survival techniques, and making sure that the local people kept control of the schemes they were involved in. The same principles of community involvement are now introduced to build the Sudanese multi-denominational and Multi-ethnic Community Church of Toronto in Canada.
Teaching program conducted under the shelter as seen on the photo.
To maintain family and individual devotions; to spiritually educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment;
To watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
To proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ through preaching and personal evangelism and any other means consistent with the teachings of Holy Scripture; to encourage, support, and participate in missions work, locally, and build individual members to full maturity in Christ.
To build strong family relationships as the foundation of society; to train our children, in the grace and law of Jesus Christ; to serve individuals, families, and churches by providing physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, in the name of Jesus Christ.
The Sudanese Community Church of Toronto is a multi- denominational and Multi- ethnic community Church. Prayers are conducted in both English and Arabic (Juba Arabic). It also encourages singing and praising in other tribal languages.
The Community is predominantly underdeveloped. The families have no stable jobs. They are still working to enhance their skills and adjust to the situation, thus causing lack of seriousness and commitment to development of the church and etc. especially that there is no stable space where the congregation can gather and concentrate on how to improve its services. Formerly, under the guardianship of Bishop Michael on behalf of the diocese of Toronto, the Community moved a step forward to organize itself. It is worth mentioning that it has become stronger than ever but still faces an impending factor of instability. As such, our current priority is to find a place where we can better sit down, put our efforts together, plan future growth of the church in both short and long term stability and progress.
· A series of itineraries and study context reflecting the needs of those who want to deepen their spiritual life and focus on contemporary issues of peace and justice.
· Very specific teaching context tailored for groups of adults to become light of the community in creating good citizen that respect humanity; giving opportunity in forging a very unique loving society.
· Child ministry: children ministry is an important part in introducing the gospel in the lives of the children making it a place to get health ideas, building up respective community members that are capable of influencing the society in our new country and the world at large.
· Education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. It is where social and economic growth begin, our church needs to encourage our adult children not to drop out from schools and keep the parents informed to motivate their young ones in the struggle they pursue socially, spiritually, morally and intellectually.
· To initiate community based development projects to inspire young people and dropped out adults to develop skills and social awareness. By so doing, we need to engage active members, bring learning and doing in community, build/ stabilize the community, explore new ways of social innovations with Christ Jesus as the mentor.
Place for worship: It is seen that the major constraint being lack of “space for worship” where children activities can be conducted. Of late we have relied on finding a space at community recreation centre, which is not enough for constant training and extensive services to children and adults to become good citizen that have fear of God and love of one another. Nevertheless, our activities carried out at Matty Eckler Community Recretion Centre, at 953 Gerrard Street East helped us to organize the community and raised our morals that, one day God will open for us a door.
Hence, our appeal here is to all good wishers to find us a stable place for worship or assist us in raising some funds to enable us rent / mortgage a space for worship and children activities as mentioned above.
Thanks to God Almighty for His grace. For, through the grace of the Lord, St. Olave's Anglican Church, under the pastoral leadership of Rev. David Burrows and its considerate Church council; opened for us their doors to welcome us in to worship and praise God.
We register our appreciations to the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, St. Olave's Anglican Church, Venerable, Peter Fenty and all individuals who have been in touched with Rev. Peter John and worked hard to find for the SCCT a place, we now call a "Home" and a step towards stability.
The Sudanese Community church in Toronto is a formal worshipping ecumenical congregation of Sudanese Christian families and friends, regardless of their denomination, church affiliation, tribe, nationality or ethnic background. Prayers are conducted in English and Sudanese Arabic “Juba Arabic”. It also encourages singing and praising in other tribal languages.
Our Services start at 3:00PM - 6:00 PM, Every Sunday with varieties of activities including Sunday school and socialization.
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