Statement of Outcome from The Plan: We will purposely develop a wide range of bridge-building events to reach out to our region and beyond. We will be very intentional about training people at C4 on how they can engage and bring those who are not followers of Jesus to C4 where they can come to a place of belonging and believing.
Baptism Sundays are exciting, uplifting, and LOUD days at C4. There's nothing like when someone comes up out of the water and the whole congregation stands to their feet with cheers of celebration of Jesus' work in someone's life. We had the privilege of witnessing some amazing stories of Spirit Moves this year. God is raising people to new life in Christ!
Baptisms this year
342 Baptisms since the start of The Plan
Baptisms since 2011
The Care Fund
Here at C4, our vision is to become a regional church of 10,000 that not only meets the spiritual needs of people, but also their physical and emotional needs. There are people right here at C4 who are going through difficult life circumstances and we can help. That’s where the Care Fund comes in. When you give to the Care Fund, all the money goes directly to those in need.
We use the funds for emergency relief for our congregants who find themselves in short-term financial crises because of things like illness or loss of jobs. Further, because our focus here at C4 is on equipping them for their own future growth, we also use these funds to provide support and counselling to equip people to change their lives for the better and free them from the barriers that are holding them back in their walk with God.
The Care Fund is a very important part of how we do care at C4 and how we show the love of Jesus Christ to those in need. When everyone gives a little, we can make a big difference. Thank you for your generosity. We’re all in this together!
In March 2018, a team from C4 travelled to Bangladesh to visit the BBCF, one of C4’s global partners through Partners International. The C4 team preached and taught workshops at the BBCF Mission Conference. They also spent time visiting the two villages that C4 supports through the Adopt a Village program. For seven years C4 has supported a Bengali Christian couple ministering in the village of Mikshimil and for two years C4 has also supported a couple in Modonpur. These amazing couples are living among impoverished and unreached people in order to bring measurable transformation to a community.
Watch this video below and then click here to read about team member Peter Lin’s experiences:
A C4 volunteer team meets regularly to pray about the end of human trafficking and to plan ways to develop our partnership with JKPS through Partners International. We look forward in anticipation to an upcoming visit of Smita Singh, the Director of Aftercare for the Mahima Homes to further plan and pray about the next C4 Team short-term trip to India.
Every month, a group from C4 meets and prays for those serving with the iTeams Impact Uganda program. The main prayer for this year is their transition of national leadership. In May 2018, a group of C4 individuals served at the Annual African Tea fundraiser in Bowmanville. Over $12,000 was raised for Jinja Connection, a ministry serving homeless youth in Uganda. The ministry founder, Allison Edwards expressed her appreciation for C4’s partnership and commented that “this was the best year yet” for this fundraiser.
We look forward to sending a C4 Team to Uganda in October 2018. This team is currently fundraising for their trip costs and for a gift to host the Jinja Connection staff for their first Staff Retreat. Click here to support this team.
The Refuge works with homeless and street-involved youth in Oshawa. On ServeDay17 a group of C4 volunteers helped pack race kits for the Refuge’s annual Durham Quarter Marathon. In September a team of C4 volunteers cycled to raise funds for this organization in The Ride for Refuge. In November, C4 hosted The Refuge’s staff for a time of encouragement and equipping during their Staff Retreat day. Throughout this ministry year individuals from C4 volunteered on the first Friday of each month preparing and serving a family meal at the Refuge. We look forward to The Refuge Staff making an appearance during this coming C4 Kids Summer Camp to help children understand homelessness and respond in love.
SafeHope Home is a Durham Region-based organization that provides front-line housing and long term recovery programs for victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. In January 2018, C4 hosted The Street Wise Seminar, a volunteer training and human trafficking awareness event. This same event will run again in July.
The C4 Young Adults held three awareness events including a fundraiser in support of SafeHope. Also this ministry year, a girls C4 youth small group completed the rootsofcharacter.com program, and then created human trafficking awareness and prevention posters and a social media campaign. They’re now working with Durham Region Police to have posters in local high schools and other public places.
In addition to this, various C4 individuals have organized fundraising opportunities through out this past ministry year to support and encourage this needed ministry.
The Pregnancy Help Centre runs three drop in centers for individuals who are distressed due to pregnancy. A group of C4 volunteers helped paint the new Pregnancy Help Centre site in Bowmanville, prior to their grand opening. Then in December $10,000 from the C4 Christmas Offering was donated to the PHC . Individuals from C4 volunteer in the centres meeting with clients and organizing donations and also with BOLD, a program about healthy relationships that is presented in local High Schools.
C4 also continues to support 12 missionary households who were commissioned by C4 Church and are serving worldwide through various mission sending agencies. Each are ministering meeting the emotional and spiritual needs of the vulnerable and unreached in Jesus name.