TMP COMMUNITY IMPACT

At The Meeting Place, our vision is to be a church that unleashes God’s extravagant love on Nanaimo and our world. Over the years, we’ve had a blast working together to see this vision become a reality. Below is a reminder of some of the awesome ways we’ve been able to partner with God to unleash his extravagant love on our city:

current initiatives

mAY/jUNE 2022 - CRAM THE PRAM

You may remember TMP's previous participation in Operation Baby Bottle to benefit the Crossroads Pregnancy Centre here in Nanaimo. This year there's an added twist--we're going to Cram the Pram between May 8 (Mother's Day) and June 19 (Father's Day). Our challenge is to fill the large old-fashioned pram in the lobby as many times as we can with baby wipes, baby formula, diapers of all sizes (preemie diapers are always needed), new sleepers and receiving blankets. If you prefer, you can contribute financially by designating your gift as "Operation Baby Bottle." On the TMP app and online giving, select the "Operation Bay Bottle" fund from the drop-down menu. Thanks, TMP!

compassion partnership

In partnership with Compassion Canada, together we were able to help lessen the effects of Covid-19 by financially supporting Iglesia Nacional Presbiteriana De Mexico El Eden (Eden Presbyterian Church), located in the community of San Juan Tulija, Chiapas, Mexico.

Our support enabled the Compassion centre in San Juan Tulija to continue to provide 130 children with emotional support, education, food security, medical care, sanitation, hygiene education and spiritual support for one year. It also enabled the Compassion centre to educate families on Covid-19 prevention measures. Our goal was to raise $20,000 by June 2021, and together, we were able to get it done by February. Amazing, TMP!

In December 2021, TMP’ers sponsored 19 children from this community. Hopefully we’ll be able serve them and their families in person in the future.

May 2021 - Read a letter from Pastor Samuel and see some photos HERE..
November 2021 - Watch a short greeting from Pastor Samuel and hear more about Compassion
 HERE.

past initiatives

MARCH 2022 - boat load of food 2

Over the month of March, we helped out Loaves & Fishes Food Bank with a specific need. It was our goal to fill an inflatable boat (or two) with non-perishable food items that are always in short supply, and we filled several of them.

FEBRUARY 2022 - SEND A KID TO CAMP

In partnership with Camp Qwanoes, folks from The Meeting Place sponsored children to attend camp. In total, 12 youth were able to go to Qwanoes who may not otherwise have been able to go.

december 2021 - bring it

At Christmas, we brought hope, peace, joy, and love to people and places that seemed to be without them. Read some of the stories HERE.

november 2021 - blanket nanaimo 2

During November we had an opportunity to love our city in a practical way by helping the New Hope Centre keep people warm this winter. We collected: 38 blankets, 35 toques/hats, 33 pairs of gloves, 30 coats, 28 hoodies, 27 pairs of socks, 14 sweaters, 11 shirts, 10 pairs of pants/jeans, 9 scarves, 8 tarps, 4 neck warmers, 2 pairs of boots, 2 vests, 2 sleeping bags, 1 rope, 1 fanny pack, and 1 pair of snow pants.⁠ That's 256 Items to help those in need!⁠

june 2021 - snack attack

During the month of June, we partnered with the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre to reach out to youth living on the streets of Nanaimo. We donated a total of 964 beverages (water, gatorade and juice boxes) and 1,125 snacks (granola bars, protein bars, noodle boxes). We were able to purchase 17 flannel sleeping bags backed with a waterproof liner that fold up very compactly. Supplies given the first half of June were distributed by the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre. Unexpectedly the funding for this outreach program was not renewed, so the rest of the supplies were passed along to the New Hope Centre (Salvation Army) to be given to the individuals in our community so desperately in need.

february 2021 - blanket nanaimo

As the temperature got colder, we were able to help our fellow Nanaimoites stay warm. Through Blanket Nanaimo, good used blankets, sleeping bags, gloves, coats and socks were given to those who are living on the streets.⁠ It was great to partner with the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre, Wisteria Community Association and SEIA (Society for Equity, Inclusion and Advocacy) to make this initiative a success. A total of 315 items were donated.

FEBRUARY 2021 - SEND A KID TO CAMP

In partnership with Camp Qwanoes, folks from The Meeting Place sponsored children to attend camp. In total, 12 youth were able to go to Qwanoes who may not otherwise have been able to go.

november 2020 - fresh start

For various reasons, many men at the Nanaimo Correctional Centre don’t have clean, seasonally appropriate clothes to wear when they're released. We were able to work together to help men get a "fresh start" by providing 33 pairs of underwear, 50 pairs of socks, 29 jackets, 3 outer vests, 40 pairs of jeans, 65 short sleeves, 2 belts, 16 ball caps, 7 jogging pants, 9 summer shorts, 9 buttoned short sleeved shirts, 29 zip up heavy shirts, 18 long sleeved shirts, 20 golf shirts, and 30 pairs of boots/shoes.

february 2020 - send a kid to camp

In partnership with Camp Qwanoes, folks from The Meeting Place sponsored children to attend camp. In total, 16 youth were able to go to Qwanoes who may not otherwise have been able to go. We were also able to cover the cost of busing youth from Nanaimo to Qwanoes for day camps in the summer of 2020.

december 2019 - christmas on another level

n December 2019, we went through a series called C.O.A.L., or Christmas On Another Level, where we asked the question “What would it look like to break out of the norm and have not just a good Christmas, but a great Christmas?” We did this by encouraging everyone at TMP to find ways to show God’s love by serving their neighbours. Check out the awesome ways people at TMP celebrated Christmas On Another Level (HERE).

august 2019 - boat load of food

Over the month of August 2019, we loved our city in a practical way by helping out Loaves & Fishes Food Bank with a specific need. It was our goal to fill an inflatable boat (or two) with non-perishable food items that are always in short supply, and we filled several of them.

may 2018 & 2019 - tmp without walls

At TMP Without Walls, we were able to serve our community at the Loaves & Fishes food bank, and the surrounding neighbourhood. We had teams of people doing a community garbage pickup, deep cleaning the Loaves & Fishes warehouse, and running a free community BBQ picnic at Deverill Square Park. Fun times!