Jesus Prays
For All Believers

I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

– John 17:20-23

Jesus Prays
For All Believers

I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

– John 17:20-23


We are on a
journey together,

to live into the oneness that the Gospel has already brought us into and to celebrate the beauty of Christ shining through our diverse cultures, generations, and perspectives.

As we take meaningful steps forward, we have partnered with Renew IQ and KOJO Institute to help us take a deeper look at how racism, bias, and unjust systems can be present among us today. Together with our Make Us One Advisory, we will be led towards the unity we are called to as Christ’s church body.

PHASE 1

1-2 months

Set foundation of diversity from a biblical perspective


  • Targeted training for our church staff to create common language and understanding.

  • Facilitate courageous conversations to help understand anti-racism and inclusivity through a theological lens.

Completed

PHASE 2

3-4 months

Data collection, analysis, training and strategic roadmap development


  • Surveys of key internal groups and congregation members to understand current state.

  • Disaggregate data and review of current policies.

  • Educate and engage on awareness of concepts, expectations, development of skills using frameworks of anti-racism, anti-black racism, anti-oppression.

  • Develop strategic roadmap for sustainability.

In Progress

PHASE 3

3-18 months

Facilitate and advise as we execute strategic roadmap


  • KOJO & Renew IQ to walk alongside us as we implement and monitor effectiveness of strategic priorities.

Upcoming

Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, we come together to celebrate Black History Month by recognizing the accomplishments and rich contributions of Black people in our nation, and all over the world.

Celebrating Black History gives us the opportunity to expand our understanding of culture, community, and our history. It is an important way we get to celebrate the diversity of Christ’s church body. While we take the time to shine a special light on Black History in February, our celebration continues throughout the year.

We will be listening to stories and encouraging learning opportunities as we pray, learn, and celebrate together.

Lifted to Embrace Community

2023 Black History Month Celebration

I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Saturday, February 25 | The Peoples Church

Our 14th annual Black History Celebration will be hosted by our Peoples Caribbean Fellowship!

Celebration Dinner | 5:00–6:45PM | Gym

The evening will begin with a delicious dinner and an opportunity to fellowship with one another.

Tickets are available for $15 per adult and $10 per child (ten years old and under). Seats for the dinner are limited, so please register in advance!

Register

Celebration Program | 7:00 – 8:00 PM | Auditorium

Our celebration program will include a time of worship, prayer, musical performances, and historical highlights. We will also be hearing from our missionaries who are serving in Toronto, as well as leaders from our community! Our special guest speaker for the evening is Patricia Bebia Mawa.

Patricia Bebia Mawa

Executive Vice President, Silvertrust Media & Afroglobal Television

Patricia Bebia Mawa is the Executive Vice President of Silvertrust Media and Afroglobal Television. She has directed and produced over 15 television programs including The Visionaries and Standing Ovation. She is the writer and director of the new drama series Omobella Palace. Patricia is the Associate Publisher of Excellence, Envision and Destiny Magazines. Chair of Reelworld Screen Institute, she is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal. Patricia and her husband Moses have been featured on CNN International in a half hour special. In March 2016, the duo launched Afroglobal Television, a 24-hour television channel. In 2018, they co-authored the 150 Extraordinary Canadians Legacy book.

Our celebration program will also be livestreamed.

* Please Note – the celebration program is free for everyone to attend. Registration is only required if you are also planning to join us for the dinner.

Make Us One Playlist

Explore our past sermons, discussions, prayers, and updates as we continue on our journey towards experiencing and embracing the unity Jesus prays for in John 17.

PLAYLIST

When we admire
God’s handiwork,

when we see the birds and the flowers in all their different colours, they create a symphony of beauty. It ought to be the same when we look at each other.

– Norman Musewe, Make Us One Advisory Member