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the Newfoundland and Labrador conference of The United Church of Canada,

believe that we are called by God to love and serve others. 

Through our various shared ministries in the name of Jesus Christ,

we are called to uphold the gifts and skills in each other;

to honour differences;

to be accepting of change while honouring heritage and traditions;

to seek justice

and through all of this to know that we are not alone. 

Thanks be to God

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Let your adventure in ministry begin here in the Newfoundland and Labrador Conference. This is the most easterly Conference within The United Church of Canada. A Conference whose borders are the same as the provincial borders. It's a place that Microsoft recognizes as having its own time zone. And why not. It's where the sun rises first. It's the newest province with an incredible past. 

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 12:51

Time to register for GO Project in Newfoundland Summer 2018

Project St. John’s
I am writing you today to ask for your support in promoting The GO Project’s planned program activities in Newfoundland this year.
The GO Project started at Islington United Church over 12 years ago, out of a desire from the youth group at the time to go on a mission trip. They found it difficult to find an organization that fit with their understanding of theology and our call as Christians to be the hands and feet of this world while being radically welcoming. Over 12 years of ministry within the United Church, The GO Project has run youth programs in seven cities, and children’s adventure camps in over twenty cities and towns across the country.
All GO Project programs are safe spaces for people who, identify as LGBTQ+, are of racial or cultural minorities, who are questioning their faith, are longing for a place to belong, are of all physical abilities, desire to create change in their communities and world, and need to both receive and send more love into the world.
Our hope is that each participant and staff have an ‘aha-moment’ while at GO, serving others, breaking bread together, and having fun with one another, and can leave the program with an action plan on how they can act and serve with their own gifts and skills in their communities.
The GO Project has run summer programs for youth in Newfoundland and six other sites across Canada since 2006 and the feedback from participants has been extremely positive.
" My experience with The GO Project not only allowed me to gain friends that I keep in contact with 5 years later, but also exposed me to the importance of volunteer work, living in community, and how church can take shape outside of the four walls of a building. The GO Project made me feel welcomed, appreciated, and gave me the opportunities to share my gifts whenever I could." – Max Martin

"My Go experience was amazing. The staff welcomed me as one of their own and did everything they could to make sure that the youth had an experience of a lifetime. The staff handled every situation with The up most of professionalism and support". - Lloyd Keirstead, volunteer leader, Halifax 2015
"Five years ago we accompanied a group of 12 youth and young adults from Saskatoon to Vancouver to participate in The GO Project. What an profound experience! Together we experienced God's love come alive through worship, volunteer opportunities, conversation and a whole lot of fun. Wewere inspired and challenged in our call to discipleship. Many new and lasting relationships were formed. We all came away feeling more connected to our faith in very tangible, practical ways". - Laura Fouhse & Jordan Cantwell
"The GO Project was such an amazing experience. I think the best part about it for me was how it allowed me the opportunity to go outside of my comfort zone. The first time I did The GO Project in Vancouver I was really nervous and anxious to go and volunteer in the downtown East side area but it changed my perspective on people who live in poverty and made me a lot more open-minded. These kinds of experiences have changed my outlook on life and have even inspired me to become a nurse which will allow me even more opportunities to help other in environments that don't just include the hospital. I am forever thankful for The GO Project which was probably the most humbling experience I have had in my life so far. I hope that The GO Project continues to inspire youth!" - Rachel Isaacs, former participant
"My life changed for the better when I attended Go Project in my younger years in St. John’s Newfoundland. I changed peoples lives around me by serving dinner to the homeless, baking chocolate cupcakes in a Ronald McDonald House, and helping youth in Guatemala. I made so many life long friendships there, found myself and my faith got stronger. I experienced the beautiful sights and nature of St. John’s with a beautiful community of people by my side." Deandra Densmore, former participant
"My GO Project experience was truly life changing! I felt extremely blessed with an amazing group of leaders and youth that would become great friends of mine that I could talk to about anything, and everything. I was taught about mission, and helping my community to be strong, all while learning and preaching the word of God! There will always be a special place in my heart for the GO Project." - Nick, participant, Montreal 2017 & TO 2018

In previous years the program offered has been the traditional 11 day youth program but this year a NEW 6 day program will be offered in St. John’s from July 8th to July 13th, 2018.
New 6 Day Program in St. John’s from July 8th to 13th
During the program participants and staff sleep at the host church (Cowan Heights United), cook and eat together, engage in the community around them, and discern how they are being called into action in their own lives and communities through discernment workshops.
Some of the programs we work with in St. John’s are;
Bridges to Hope: A commitment to reduce the effects of poverty on people in our society.
Bridges To Hope is a program to help those who for a variety of life circumstances need a hand-up to make life more livable. No one is turned away. Bridges To Hope has food pantry services, a Toy-lending Library; and a Christmas Hamper program.
Stella Burry: Hope lives here.
Stella Burry’s mission is to address the impact and root causes of poverty, abuse, and oppression. They do this by developing support services that promote community inclusion and by advocating for social policy changes that transform oppressive systems.
Street Reach: Meeting youth where they are, helping youth go where they want to go, and supporting youth to be who they want to be.
Street Reach is a Grassroots Outreach Service, guided by the principle of harm reduction and has two main components: outreach and follow-up support.
Ronald McDonald House: Giving sick kids what they need most…their families!
Their mission is to provide sick children and their families with a comfortable home-away-from-home, in close proximity to the Janeway Hospital, where they can stay together in an atmosphere of caring, compassion and support.
Details regarding The GO Project: www.thegoproject.ca
To Register for St. John’s Programs: The GO Project Registration Package
GO Project Tiered Pricing Structure for 6 week Program
The GO Project wants everyone to be able to take part in a summer of mission and outreach. As a ministry of The United Church of Canada our prices are subsidized to allow all families to afford this experience This year we will be offering three pricing options, which families can voluntarily choose for their payment.

Tier 1 - Subsidized

Tier 2 – Full Cost

Tier 3 – Pay it Forward

Six Week Program

$ 445.00

$ 555.00

$ 655.00

In addition to the tiered price structure options available from The GO Project The Bethany Danielle Pike Memorial Fund has agreed that for this first year of the new 6 day program in Newfoundland it will further subsidize registration for the Newfoundland sessions by $200.00 per participant.

Tier 1 - Subsidized

Tier 2 – Full Cost

Tier 3 – Pay it Forward

Six Week Program

$ 445.00

$ 555.00

$ 655.00

Bethany Danielle Pike  Fund

-200.00

-200.00

-200.00

Newfoundland Program Rates

$ 245.00

$ 355.00

$ 455.00

It would be greatly appreciated if you could ensure that all youth in your area are made aware of this programing and encouraged to attend.  In this regards I have attached a poster (JPG and PDF) that you may find useful.

If you have any questions regarding the program or need further information please feel free to contact me directly as I have considerable experience with the GO Project as both a group leader for participants from Newfoundland who have attend and also as GO Project Leader and Site Coordinator.  You can reach me at or by phone at 709 764-3740.

Thank You in advance for your anticipated support in moving this important Youth Ministry forward.

Rebecca Pike
GO Project Local Support
Candidate Diaconal Ministry

(709) 764-3740 Cell
(709) 576-0703 Home

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