The summer seems to have sped by, bringing us to the doorstep of fall. One of the most lovely things about fall, apart from its vivid colours and that hint of crispness in the air, is the opportunity to continue learning. Traditionally, fall is the time for kids to go back to school—now you can too! Join us for our Reaching Out with English course and learn how to teach conversational ESL classes to the English language learners in your community. Register today!Limited seating.
Annual General Meeting
Join us on September 28, 2016 from 7:00 - 7:30 pm at Encompass Partnerships (3851 54th Ave NE Calgary) for our annual general meeting. All are welcome! It's a great way to learn more about Cooperative ESL Ministries. We look forward to seeing you there.
A great big CONGRATULATIONS to Patti Love and the Intercultural Ministries team at Foothills Alliance for 10 years of dedicated service to the intercultural community in Calgary.
From all of us at Cooperative ESL Ministries
Welcome One Another and Be a 'Helper'
— Amber Wylie-Moerman
I saw a quote recently, posted on Facebook that read, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’ (Fred Rogers).” We see a lot of scary things in the news lately and it’s tempting to give way to fear, to focus on the negative and to see the threats rather than the opportunities. However, the church not only has an opportunity, but a call to be those ‘helpers’ - to be the ones who people will see responding in times of crisis.
In 2014, the figures released by the UNHCR (The United High Commissioner for Refugees) revealed that there were 59.5 millionforcibly displaced people in the world. 51% of the refugee population are children under the age of 18. In Syria, 7.6 million people have been displaced making it the largest displaced population worldwide. The figures reveal that this year has seen the largest increase of displaced people in a single year.
“We are witnessing a paradigm change, an unchecked slide into an era in which the scale of global forced displacement as well as the response required is now clearly dwarfing anything seen before”. (AntÓnio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees)
The past two years, the theme of the ESL Cooperative networking breakfast has related to hospitality and welcoming the “stranger” or the “other” in our midst. The tendency of people is to fear those who are different, to fear the stranger and to move away and distance ourselves. The church’s call, however, is to move in the other direction – to move in close, to embrace and to show love and care. Deuteronomy 10:19 states, “You are to love the foreigner, because you were foreigners…”. Jesus provides us with the greatest example as one who left His place in heaven and experienced what it is like to become a foreigner on this earth. He urges us to “welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you”, Romans 15:7. Matthew 25:35 states, “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”. This year the Canadian government took in 25,000 refugees in response to the crisis in Syria. As the world is coming to us, how do we respond as helpers? How can we create a space where a stranger becomes a friend? What can the church do? Read More...
Looking for volunteer training that is practical, engaging and inspiring?
Looking for volunteer training that is practical, engaging and inspiring to welcome and minister to the ever increasing population of immigrants needing English Language Learning support? Enrol inReaching out with English Training which offers 30 hours of practical instruction for teaching English to adults in your church or community. This training prepares you to reach out in love across cultural boundaries and teaches you to plan and deliver conversation-style lessons.
Previous participants have told us that they feel equipped to begin a church based English as a Second Language program or return to their church’s already established ESL programs with confidence and renewed enthusiasm.
Would you, or someone you know, benefit from this training? Or perhaps your church would consider sponsoring volunteers from your ESL program to attend? We would appreciate your help in spreading the word about this training! To register or help us promote this event, click the links below. Thank you for your continued support.
Join us on September 21, 2016 for a Night of Prayer for our city. Hosted by Encompass Partnerships and Cooperative ESL Ministries, this event is a simple gathering for prayer and discernment. All are welcome. Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm Location: Encompass Partnerships
3851 - 54 Ave. NE., Calgary.
Want to help us promote this event? Click on the picture to download the promotional poster. Thank you for your support!