We are so excited to host this year's (un)Market, Merry & Bright

It's an honour to support our vendors (featuring some old and new friends, profiled below!) and the work they do to care for the needs of those around us, especially at Christmas. 

This year we'll be under the lights outdoors, and cozy and warm indoors. The (un)Market is tons of holiday fun, good eats, warm drinks - all to the soundtrack of your favourite live carols and Christmas music! Admission is free, the more, the merrier.

NEW this year: It's a Chili Cookoff! Taste-test a flight of chili and vote for your favourite.

For donations at the (un)Market on Dec. 10 we can accept cash, 'square payments' or etransfer.

The Hub

Serving under-housed individuals in Ajax with various supportive programs for the body, mind and soul. Provide warm clothing and other supplies for the cold months ahead.

BUY AHEAD & BRING WITH YOU: winter boots, warm blankets & sleeping bags- view full list  below (under The Hub  section) **NEW ITEMS ONLY, PLEASE**

 

Adopt-A-Family

Sharing the heart of God through Christmas hampers filled with toys, gifts, grocery gift cards and non-perishable food items. 

BUY & FILL A HAMPER AT THE (UN)MARKET, for $25 , at a fun, immersive 'shopping' experience. OR,

BUY AHEAD & BRING WITH YOU: a variety of gift cards  view list below (under Adopt-A-Family)

Back Door Mission

Providing wrap-around support services to individuals in Durham Region who are dealing with homelessness, housing insecurity, mental health and addiction concerns, and food access challenges.

BUY AHEAD & BRING WITH YOU: Sleeping bags and Backpacks, specific packaged food items- view full list below (under Back Door Mission)

**NEW ITEMS ONLY, PLEASE**

The Pregnancy Help Centre

Supporting those distressed by pregnancy in the Durham Region. Helping to provide hope and care to families this Christmas with gift bags for the whole family.

BUY A FAMILY A TIN OF HOT CHOCOLATE AT THE (UN)MARKET , for $5.

Emily's House & Philip Aziz Centre

Providing practical, emotional, and spiritual support to people and families living with life-limiting illnesses, including Toronto's first home-like paedeatric free-standing hospice.

CREATE AN ORNAMENT TO GIVE TO FAMILIES at the (un)Market craft booth (no cost.)

OR

Donate to this amazing cause. (More details to come!)

The Refuge

Working with youth who are at risk of, or experiencing homelesnesss or struggling in other ways. Help the Refuge provide practical help, as well as community, safety and a place to belong. 

BUY AHEAD AND BRING WITH YOU: $10-$20 gift card to Tim Hortins or McDonalds.

OR

PURCHASE YUMMY BAKED GOODS (baked by Forest Brook youth) at the (un)Market.

Community Christmas Dinner

 A home cooked Christmas dinner- with all the trimmings- hosted by Forest Brook on Dec. 17. 

We hope to welcome 100 guests this year!  

BUY AHEAD AND BRING WITH YOU: food and meal prep items. 

OR

SIGN UP TO GIVE YOUR TIME and volunteer. View list of items and opportunities below (under Christmas Dinner)

New advent message each Sunday, beginning Nov. 27, 10am in Ajax and on YouTube.

So much of the Christmas story happens at night. A guiding star, those heavenly hosts, a midnight run to Bethlehem. A light shining in darkness, indeed!

 

But the darkness rolls on, doesn’t it? Thousands of years later and we find ourselves asking, “Where is the peace? Where is the love? Where is the light?”  We are the weary world. 

 

This advent season, we’ll explore the kind of peace Jesus offers through His very own presence. We’ll hold the tension of the dark night and the brilliant light. We’ll ask for fresh perspective and rekindled wonder.

 

May Jesus illuminate our hearts, our homes, His church, the world. 

Christmas Eve - Dec. 24, 5:30pm

Family service celebrating the joy of Christmas with story and song.

Christmas Morning - Dec. 25, 10am

Gather to worship Jesus.

We're thrilled to have our building host Christmas concerts again this year!

Take in the sounds of the season and support our community groups.

Durham Chamber Orchestra presents,

'Christmas Reflections' on Sunday Nov. 27 @ 2pm

MusicLife presents,

"A Reely Cozy Holiday" on Saturday Dec. 3rd @ 2:30pm

Pickering Community Concert Band presents,

"A Child's Christmas" on Sunday Dec. 4th @ 2:30pm