Meet the Need
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me... Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”
Matthew 25: 35, 36, 40
On the first Sunday of each month, Granville Chapel collects a special “Meet the Need” offering, for those in need in Vancouver. The Meet the Need committee is responsible for administering the funds from the Meet the Need offering, and for encouraging members of Granville Chapel to volunteer their time in service.
The Meet the Need offering currently supports seven ministries:
CityGate Leadership Forum is a catalytic presence in the church and the city that equips change-makers to work with the poor for the wellbeing of the people and places of Greater Vancouver. One of the primary ways we do this is by cultivating the Planted Community Food Network, which provides nutritious food in ways that foster community, contribute to a sustainable local food system, and build on the strengths of the poor. Check out this video about community kitchens
Physical disabilities, mental illness, homelessness and addictions are barriers to finding appropriate, steady employment. Persons facing such barriers are often marked as unemployable.
JustWork fosters dignified, gainful work opportunities for persons with these challenges through three social enterprises; JustPotters, JustCatering and JustRenos..
Kinbrace is BC’s longest-serving housing provider for refugee claimants, offering dedicated support and accessible educational resources across Canada. For more information and stories check out their annual report.
MOMS welcomes vulnerable mothers with friendship, understanding and prayer shared in the context of a loving community. Mentorship and compassion develop lasting, long term relationships. Qualified caregivers provide children with a balance of free and structured play, while mothers gather to participate in workshops about parenting, health, finances, and the creative arts.
For almost 17 years, Grandview Calvary Baptist Church has reached out to the surrounding community, to offer friendship and a place to gather around a shared dining table in the church hall. In its current iteration, Crossroads Community Meal is facilitated by congregation members who help to create an equitable, inclusive, and compassionate community built upon shared participation in a community kitchen. This “more-than-a-soup-kitchen” model seeks to value the contribution of everyone who comes and participates in a chore or provides a modest donation of $2. No matter your means or ability, we welcome everyone to participate somehow. By doing so, we encourage the development of friendships across socio-economic divides and seek to nurture personal growth as well as experience mutual transformation through shared lives.
Because our Thursday meals are intimate, serving around 50 people each week (many of them regulars), we can prepare wholesome, home-style menus using fresh ingredients that are sourced from local businesses on Commercial Drive—ingredients that collectively, are financially accessible, but often are beyond the resources of a low income individual (for example, organic, bulk and fair trade produce). Check out this video about the Crossroads Community Meal.
The Crisis Pregnancy Centre of Vancouver offers practical help and encouragement to individuals facing an unplanned pregnancy or experiencing post abortion concerns. The centre is staffed by trained volunteers under the supervision of a program director.
Granville Chapel Community Meal
Granville Chapel and a couple Vancouver parks are the backdrop to a monthly meal (yes, every single month) held on the 3rd Monday from 5:30 - 8:00. It started as a way for us to get to know some of the diverse families from a local non-profit organization, and for them to find mutual support with each other. That is happening which is fantastic, and the lovely thing is that as we come together as diverse families and individuals we all find mutual support and friendship.
We wash, chop, set tables, play and do crafts for the first hour and dinner is ready to serve and devour at 6:30. We 'eat all over the world' and are now learning recipes and techniques from each other's backgrounds. As we chat together and play with the children we are becoming a family, always ready to welcome new members.
The meal is held at Granville Chapel between September and April, and then we convene at either of two parks for the summer, as weather permits.
Three of our goals are 1) to make the meal together, 2) have a simple craft, with supervision, ready for the children 3) allow the parents especially to enjoy a slow meal and conversation.
To that end we are always happy to hear from volunteers who could help with meal prep,
craft, or washing the dishes.
Meet the Need also encourages the congregation to participate in three drives per year:
• Care kits for Union Gospel Mission in March/April – personal care items for those living on the street (eg toothpaste, socks, soap, etc)
• Operation Baby Bottle for the Crisis Pregnancy Centre in May/June – a good way to use your loose change for a good cause! Take a baby bottle home on Mother’s Day, fill it with coins and return it on Father’s Day.
• Donating food and delivering Christmas hampers in December to families and individuals in need. Last year Granville Chapel provided 33 hampers.
Meet the Need committee members: Claire Tweeddale (chair), Debra Barnes, Yardley McNeill, Nellie Seeto, and Sheila Shannon.
For more information, contact the Church office at