Category Archives: Event

Street Talk – 13 June 2014

Location: Soulkitchen at More Than A Roof for a City in Focus “Talks with Tom”
Date: Friday, 13 June, 2014

Volunteers and tenants of More Than A Roof made breakfast and Tom Cooper invited Father Matthew Johnson from Street Outreach Initiative and me to talk about our different perspectives of ministering on the street – in Downtown Eastside, Vancouver, and Whalley, Surrey, respectively. Both our ministries are situated in the midst of brokenness as we walk alongside people struggling for survival on the streets, and although our approaches might be quite different, we share a compassion to serve “the least of these” in our two different cities.

Street Talk MaryAnne Connor Father Matthew Judy Graves Tom Cooper

The differences

Father Matthew is an introverted man with a personality polar to my extroverted one, but we are both called to step into introversion and extroversion roles depending on the daily demands of our ministries. Structurally, Father Matthew is calling people into the infrastructure of the Anglican Church, from the streets and surrounding community. At NightShift we are calling people out of the church – the structure, the building – to serve, do church and build relationships on the streets.

The similarities

We both realized that despite being nervous about serving people on the street early in our ministry, we each quickly realized that we have so much in common with people marginalized and dealing with poverty, mental illness, addiction and homelessness – the pain. When the pain is too overwhelming to carry by our own power and might, we each go to our knees and spend quiet time with our Father to refresh and be filled up. We both wholeheartedly agreed that it is a miracle how God can redeem the brokenness from our lives to bring healing and wholeness to others.

As Judy Graves summed it up, we all need unconditional love and prayer and meditation is listening.

Street Talk at More Than A Roof

Hear the Street Talk podcast Talk with Tom link courtesy of the new City in Focus website.

Trailer Wizards – 30 April 2014

Location: Trailer Wizards – opening of the new location in Delta
Date: Wednesday, 30 April, 2014

For the opening of the Delta location of Trailer Wizards, we were invited to participate in a very enjoyable lunch and fundraiser for NightShift’s food collection. Ingrid participated on behalf of MaryAnne on this occasion. The winner of the 50/50 draw generously donated his portion to NightShift – thank you all for raising awareness and helping sustain the continuity of support to friends on our streets.

Trailer Wizards Trailer Wizards Open House

Unmasking the Truth – 14 April 2014

Location: Sheraton Guildford Vancouver, Surrey, BC
Date: Monday, 14th April (6-10 pm)

Unmasking the Truth speakers Cynthia Mac Kelita KamalIt was an amazing evening: 300 beautiful women gathering together, hearts melting with masks removed…Authenticity, vulnerability and healing. Lies exposed and truth reveal with a whole lot of love in the room!

Thank you, Papa, that there is beauty beyond our pain. Thank you, Ingrid, for coordinating such a great event. Thank you to all the JoyTV and all the sponsors, supporters and vendors. And last but certainly not least, thank you Kamal, Kelita and Cynthia for joining with me to encourage, inspire and empower us women! You Rock!

Here’s a link for more photos from this year’s event. Stay tuned for next year’s event planned for April 13th, 2015.

DIVAS of Coquitlam Presbyterian Church – 2 April 2014

Location: Coquitlam Presbyterian Church – Women’s Group
Date: Wednesday, 2 April, 2014 (11:00 am – 1.30 pm)

A sea of shimmering silver shone up at me as I presented to the Coquitlam Presbyterian Women’s group yesterday. The oldest lady there was 93 years old and still going strong!
“Silver hair is a beautiful crown found in a righteous life” (Proverbs 16:31). These beautiful women who sat before me all wore crowns of glory. They are my heroes!

They call themselves The DIVAS, which stands for ‘Divinely Inspired Victorious And Serving’ women. So fitting! One dear lady knits socks for homeless feet on the Downtown Eastside, every stitch a stitch of love.

DIVAS of Coquitlam Presbyterian Church
I’m inspired by their tenacity, wisdom and willingness to serve even during their later years, when many people choose to retire. God has a plan and purpose for us no matter how old or weak we become. He uses everyone and everything for His glory! Our job is to be willing and obedient to step into what He calls us to do – and that happens at any age.

So I’m encouraged as I move into my golden or should I say ‘silver’ years. God’s not done with me yet! How about you?

Mini We Day at Southridge – 8 March 2014

Location: Mini We Day at Southridge School, Surrey, BC
Date: Friday, 7 March, 2014 (5:00-7:00 pm)

Raising awareness around a variety of issues including hunger and homelessness.
Southridge - We are ALL ONE
As I pulled into the parking lot of Southridge School last night, I was impacted by the signs that fluttered from the light posts along the driveway, proudly announcing – ‘Here we are all ONE’. It was a perfect Segway into what I was speaking about to the students and parents.

At NightShift we are one: us and them. Somehow we believe the poor are less than us! I spoke about removing the labels, the stigmas, that society places on people on the street suffering with poverty, addictions and mental illness, and that we all play a part in finding the solution to help those who can’t help themselves. Society is judged by how we treat our weakest members. Let’s rethink how we look at people. Let’s step out of our comfort zone to bless someone for the seven days – start by giving a smile to someone you don’t know. Pay it forward.

Project Worship – A Cross Surrey – 22 February 2014

Location: Gracepoint Community Church
3487 King George Boulevard, Surrey
Date: Saturday, 22 February, 2014 (7:00-9:00 pm)

God shifted my heart to grasp the gnarled, dirty and bruised hands of people in our own backyard. “This is my Hand,” I heard the Lord whisper to my spirit, and I was humbled beyond words.

In spite of the snowstorm, God blessed us with amazing music, worship and community: made possible by the generous individuals who gathered to share in God’s glory.

Thank you Gregg, for sharing Connection Point at Gracepoint