On Saturday December 13, 2014 an Open House was held to launch a new ministry of the Anglican Diocese of Moosonee in the community of Schumacher. The Livingroom is located at 21 Father Costello Drive, Unit 5. Some 24 people of all ages attended and enjoyed the Open House.
This new outreach ministry has begun in the community of Schumacher - a place where the Church has not had a visible presence for several years. Lots of talking was done to find out what the people of Schumacher might want and need from this new ministry. Schumacher, a part of the City of Timmins, has a mix of long-time residents and people who have more recently moved to the community in need of inexpensive housing. Schumacher has a wonderfully multicultural make-up, as well as a range in ages.
Schumacher residents need somewhere safe to "hang out"; a place that is free of drugs and alcohol and cold shoulders. They need somewhere to gather - to talk and chat, to form connections, establish relationships, and, most importantly, have their time occupied with 'clean' pursuits. A place where there will be free refreshments, card games, conversation, children's programs and, of course, an opportunity to share in the good news of Jesus Christ.
Working in this new ministry is Catherine Murkin, a Threshold Ministries Evangelist, incumbent of the Parish of St. Peter's on the Rock, Kirkland Lake. Catherine will be working in Schumacher one day weekly and will introduce this new space to the people of Schumacher. Please keep Catherine and the new ministry of The Livingroom in your prayers!
The Livingroom will be open every Wednesday from 10 am to 4 pm and one Saturday afternoon month. All are welcome!