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Worship June 14, 2020

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Our gifts for Mission & Service support community ministries like Stella’s Circle. People come to Emmanuel House at Stella’s Circle for a variety of reasons. Some have experienced mental illness or addiction, and others have suffered emotional stress or trauma or had a conflict with the law. The staff and volunteers at Emmanuel House are dedicated to helping them move forward in their lives.Emmanuel House is a 14-bed, residential counselling centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where people of all genders live for four months at a time. They participate in group and individual counselling on topics such as addiction, recovery, mindfulness, trauma, and personal effectiveness skills. Residents also participate in therapeutic yoga, recreational activities, and household chores. Emmanuel House was the home of Stella’s Circle founder Stella Burry.The staff assist residents with concrete issues related to their adjustment back into the community and being able to live independently. Many receive help finding safe and supportive housing or obtain employment assistance. The approach at Emmanuel House is a strengths-focused recovery model. Ivy Lundrigan is a social worker at Emmanuel House. She expresses what it means to work with residents:I am always in awe of the strength, resilience, and courage that come through these doors. Sometimes they don’t have much hope when they arrive, but with support and guidance, they are able to move forward with their lives. I’m grateful to be part of that process.If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much! If you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.