Reaching Out

We believe we're blessed to be a blessing
and called to carry and live the good news of Jesus Christ.

Here's how we do that...

In Our Community

Right here in Hamilton

Athens Street Community Gardens

The community gardens is a joint effort by Immanuel Christian Reformed Church and the nearby Neighbour-To-Neighbour food bank and resource centre. Started on April 21, 2007, the garden has 27 plots where about 25 gardeners from all different backgrounds grow some of their own food.

Immanuel Church members coordinate the goings-on at the garden, provide garden plots, plants, and seeds, and garden alongside the community gardeners. Neighbour-To-Neighbour makes applications available to its clients, and provides water for the garden plots.

Gardeners have expressed that they love coming to a beautiful green space, and that they appreciate the opportunity to enjoy growing fresh, good food themselves. We hope and trust that God will use Athens Street Community Garden to create a supportive community, and that our church community will be a blessing to the gardeners.

If you are interested in having a Community Garden Plot or would like more information about the garden, please contact the church office.

The Soap Kitchen is a free monthly workshop-style morning where you are invited to make cost effective and "green" laundry soap. Making this laundry soap is a fun way to connect with our community. For more information, please check out the facebook page, here.

Computer Donations

Computers donated to Immanuel are refurbished and freely distributed to those in need of dedicated access to document publishing and internet capabilities. For more information on how to request a computer please speak to your Deacon or a member of the GLOWE team. To donate computers please contact Eric Tisch for more details.

True City is a movement of congregations in Hamilton, Ontario who recognize that God has called us to join Him in bringing His best to our city and beyond. We work to simultaneously pursue mission at a congregational level, at a collaborative Church-in-the-City level, and as God’s people scattered across all sectors of Hamilton. For more information, please visit their website.

Both near and far as they carry and live the good news

Renita Reed-Thompson works with International Christian Ministries (ICM) in Kenya. Renita works with pastors and churches by establishing Christ-centered Marketplace Ministries. For more information on Renita's work, please visit her blog at

Steve and Kim Holtrop serve with Christian Reformed World Missions in Nicaragua. Steve works with church leaders at the Nehemiah Center as they seek to collaborate and apply a biblical worldview to everyday life. For more about their ministry, visit their site.

Mark and Nancy VanderWees serve with World Renew in Nicaragua. Mark is involved in projects from agricultural and health work to community organizing and leadership training. For more information about their ministry, please visit their site.

Mark and Heather Knetsch are planting Resurrection Life Church through Christian Reformed Home Missions in Cary, North Carolina. For more information about their ministry, please go to

John and Geraldine Bouwers are planting Crosstowne Church in Milton, Ontario through Christian Reformed Home Missions. For more information about their work, please visit

Willemina Zwart is the Missional Pastor of the South Coast Beach Project, a ministry equipping young adults with a Christ-centred kingdom imagination by means of a summer experience through intentional Christian community living, mentors who integrate faith and vocation, meaningful connection to a local congregation, and the lived context of local seasonal employment. And all this within 15 – 20 minutes of Ontario’s south coast!