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82 Ferguson Avenue North
Hamilton, ON
L8R 1L4
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Christian Education Scholarship

For nearly 20 years Streetlight has been running Kids Club, an afterschool program for the children aged 4-12. Through it, many neighborhood children have been introduced to the gospel. We also hold Cadets, Girls Club and Youth Group for teens during the week. On Sundays children and teens from the neighborhood come out to our church services – many without their parents.
Streetlight also enjoys a vibrant relationship with Campfire. For over a decade, children and teens from Streetlight have attended Camp. In a speech at the 2013 Campfire banquet, Tracy Lynn spoke about this relationship:
“One of the ways we have been able to connect the Streetlight youth to other Christians is through Campfire. Two years ago (2011) we had a young man who attended Streetlight, speak at the Campfire banquet about what Campfire meant to him. He said that when he thought about Campfire he just thought about love. Being told about God’s love and being shown God’s love… Through Campfire and through Streetlight, many youth have learned three important things. They are loved, their life has a purpose and there is hope.”
For over a decade Streetlight and Campfire have worked together to plant the seeds of the gospel in the lives of youth from downtown Hamilton. The seeds of love, hope and purpose. And while we are still planting new seeds each year, seedlings are beginning to grow and mature.
Now we have a new challenge. How are we going to foster this growth beyond programs at Streetlight and Campfire? How will these young seedlings be rooted and equipped with a robust Christian worldview? Where can the godly friendships formed at Campfire and Roots Youth events flourish?
This issue has been weighing on our hearts and minds for some time. And it is with this in mind that the board is excited to announce the Christian Education Scholarship Fund. Already a number of youth from Streetlight have had the opportunity to attend either Guido or HDCH through the efforts of private individuals. Through the scholarship fund, we are seeking to build a sustainable relationship with these schools so that together we can be effective partners in Christ’s kingdom-gathering work.
The board and staff of ask that you prayerful consider supporting in this initiative so that barriers might be removed and Christian youth might be rooted and established in their young faith.
Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
– 1 Peter 2:10
For more information please email christianeducation@streetlightministries.ca.

We’re Hiring! Full Time position: Youth Worker

Streetlight Ministries of Hamilton, Ontario is currently seeking a Youth Worker for a permanent full time role. The Youth Worker is responsible for building relationships with youth in downtown Hamilton in order to share the Gospel; connect them to Streetlight and disciple youth that attend Streetlight.

The key responsibility of the role is to develop and run programs for youth. This would include choosing and preparing curriculum, preparing lessons and events and monitoring program goals and objectives so they align with the mission and vision of Streetlight Ministries;

To be successful in this role, candidates should be a professing member, in good standing, of a Reformed Church with whom the Canadian and United Reformed Churches have ecclesiastical fellowship and have demonstrated experience in fostering relationships with youth and their families. Experience in and/or a zeal for working in a missionary setting would also be a plus.

Candidates are asked to send a letter of application and resume to Sharon at shofsink67@gmail.com by March 24, 2017.

Shine A Light

Shine a Light is our annual fundraiser in support of all the programs and outreach methods we use at Streetlight Ministries.  Shine a Light is a great way for individuals, families, schools, small groups to participate in giving to a community that is struggling to acquire basic needs. With your help, Streetlight can connect with members of the community and church through our outreach in the Beasley neighborhood.

To view our brochure and donate online please follow the link: Giving/Shine a Light.

Help bring love and hope to people who need it this Christmas season and throughout the coming year!

Streetlight Soccer Contributes to a Highlight Reel Summer

We’re well into our new season of programs at Streetlight, with our regular programs in full swing. But let’s take a moment and reflect on the summer that was, and rejoice in the work that God allowed to take place in the summer months in the Beasley neighbourhood, specifically in Beasley Park!

Beasley Park bustled on Friday evenings! As Streetlight soccer leaders arrived, a crowd of kids was already in the park waiting for us. Actually, sometimes a crowd of kids met us at Streetlight before we even had a chance to head over to the park. This highlights one of the most fruitful things that happened this summer at Streetlight soccer. A bridge was built; a gap was crossed.

What I mean is this: to many of the youth that were part of the program, Streetlight Soccer was no longer something that happened only in the park. There was a building, a place, an organization called Streetlight, and it offered more than just soccer. It offered other programs of which these youth could be a part of as well. This has allowed relationships that started at soccer to continue to develop, even though soccer has ended!

In addition to the soccer that was played, the goals, the saves, the fancy footwork, something else special took place. The gospel was shared each week. Youth heard about Jesus Christ and his death on the cross, the problem of sin in everyone’s life, and the forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus Christ.

Beyond this, questions were asked about Jesus and church, and several young people asked for Bibles. This is some of the best fruit we could have hoped for.

Summer has ended. A new season has come. Yet, we are thankful to God for the opportunity to run Streetlight soccer, and for allowing us to have a truly highlight reel summer!

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Kingdom Kids

Kingdom Kids Week 1 005At Streetlight, our theme for the summer was “Kingdom Kids”. For seven Wednesdays, we worked through Jesus’ teachings from part of the Sermon on the Mount where he taught about different attitudes and beliefs that characterize a true child of the King. Kids were encouraged to be salt and light to the world around them, to follow the golden rule, and to approach the Throne in prayer, among other important lessons.

Kingdom Kids Week 3 063We were very thankful to partner with Ancaster Canadian Reformed Church and Fellowship Canadian Reformed Church this year. Many volunteers provided food, leadership, fun, solid teaching and so much more! We also had a great contingent of junior volunteers which was made up of youth aged 12-16, some of whom have attended children’s programs in the past at Streetlight and were now able to serve as leaders in one of those programs. It was truly wonderful to see hearts young and old joined together in worship and praise of our Great King!

Kingdom Kids Week 7 038As we get ready for yet another season of child and youth ministry at Streetlight, we feel privileged to be able to serve these precious Kingdom Kids that Jesus invites to come to Him and to be a part of His church. Let us do everything we can not to hinder them, but to hurry them toward His arms that are outstretched in welcome and in blessing!

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– Danielle Heemskerk, Youth Worker

 

Combating Anxiety

Anxiety is something many people struggle with. Stephen Fillmore, who provides drop-in counselling at the Streetlight Centre, has written a reflection on combating anxiety.

As an additional service of the Christian Counselling Centre to the Streetlight community, Pastor Aasman and I have begun conducting question and answer sessions on relevant counselling-related topics. Our fourth session covered anxiety. The session consisted of six parts: video clip, defining anxiety, what brings episodes of anxiety on, how we try to make it go away, coping skills, and the biblical response.

To manage anxiety, I would suggest these three concepts:

  1. Stop stress-speak
  2. Renew the mind
  3. Perspective change

In other words, talk differently, think differently, and adjust our focus from our circumstances to our God.

If we continually verbalize our anxieties, we give them power, and can forget that God is all power!

This said, it must also be acknowledged that not all anxiety is necessarily a bad thing. The fight-flight response is a normal reaction to anticipated danger. Can it be said that anxiety is in the eye of the beholder? We each have different stressors and triggers which may increase our levels of anxiety for a time, until we return to homeostasis.

But what about those with debilitating anxiety? Prescribed medications and various naturopathic approaches may help, but compassion is always needed.

Stephen Fillmore

M.Div./Counselling, Christian Counselling Centre

Streetlight Staff Not Yet Home

TGCThis spring, the Streetlight staff, along with 6,000 other people, attending a three-day conference that was billed as reformed. The Gospel Coalition (TGC) conference was held in the glorious spring weather of Florida, but this was not the place or time to settle in and feel at home.

The conference’s title was “Home Coming.” It was about the future when Jesus Christ returns to end this age and bring his people home to a new heaven and a new earth.

We had world-class speakers (in terms of this world and the next) interpreting great passages in the Bible: The ultimate blessing in the covenant (Deuteronomy 30), the coming reign of the Messiah (Isaiah 11), the new temple (Ezekiel 48), the mansion with many rooms (John 14), what it means to be co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8), just to name a few topics.

It was a great conference, with great singing and great conversations. But we’re still not yet home.

Pastor Paul Aasman

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Youth Ignited Art Camp 2015

Wood working workshopThough a few months have now passed, the memory of Youth Ignited Arts Camp is still fresh in our minds. This March Break program was new for us and we hoped and prayed it would be something that would be interesting and beneficial to the teens we serve in Beasley and the surrounding neighbourhoods.

I think I can speak for all of staff when I say that it was quite a learning experience for all of us! Though it is tempting to judge a program by the number of participants, we have learned over the years that it is not the quantity of people involved, but the quality of the time spent with the participants that attend. We averaged around six teens per day, but we really enjoyed getting to know some teens that we have known for some time in a different way. One teen expressed that he hadn’t been able to participate very much in art class because he was so frequently suspended from school. He found he had quite a bit of talent and interest in various aspects of art, especially painting and wood-working. We saw many teens slowly become more comfortable throughout the week with staff and volunteers and begin to express themselves more openly.

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Each day we welcomed enthusiastic and talented volunteers to teach us new artistic skills. The week began with a focus on poetry and song-writing and on photography and videography. The teens and leaders got over some initial shyness and some very intriguing poems were written and great images were captured. Day two brought a day of painting and an exploration of colour and texture. Though there were many protests of “I can’t paint!” initially, this turned out to be far from true. Many works created on this day remain on display at the church so we can continue to enjoy them. Wednesday was spent learning the art of sewing and crocheting. Some of the men were a little skeptical, but proved themselves quite adept at scarf making! The next day we took a field trip up to Guido de Bres Christian Highschool to participate in workshops on drama and cooking/baking. The teens enjoyed playing some dramatic games and the cupcakes and lasagna they made were absolutely scrumptious! On Friday we created some Word Art on canvas and wood and also made a picnic table with the men from Circle A Carpentry. The picnic table is being thoroughly enjoyed by young and old in the congregation as the weather becomes warmer and the days longer.

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Another important project to come out of the Art Camp was a mural created by the congregation. Amber Aasman, our artist in residence at Streetlight, designed and painted the main images on the mural, and then invited the congregation to add words and phrases that express their faith, their passion for the community, and the joy of worshiping at Streetlight Church.

This mural adorns the Wilson St. side of the building and brings us another step closer to developing a recognizable identity in the Beasley neighbourhood and also to connecting us more closely as a church family. The teens were able to participate in the creation of this mural as well, and it was mounted on the wall during the open house that wrapped up our Art Camp. Other features of the open house included a broad showcase of the artistic works created and a slide show of video clips and photos documenting the week.

The week was enriching and educational for all who participated. We all had the opportunity to develop pre-existing talents and to nurture some fledgling ones. God has blessed his people richly with creativity. We also learned that when we doubt our abilities, sometimes we must just simply try. As Vincent Van Gogh said “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced”.

On behalf of Streetlight Staff,

Danielle Heemskerk, Child & Youth WorkerDanielle_May

I want to offer a sincere “thank-you” to the following people: Zac Aasman, & Steve Aasman of Circle A Carpentry, Pete VanDyk, Dan Muis, Trevor Malda, Jodie Venema, Amber Aasman, Hannah Kampen, Andrea Kampen, Tamsin Sloots, Leah Higgins, Rich Tomlin, Michelle Vandervelde, Rebekah Venema, Jodi Tamminga,   Jordan Riesebosch, and Denise Ludwig