Along with our core ministries, the Mustard Seed Street Church offers a number of additional ministries to bring together the community, encourage healing, and connect the Church with the public. Click here to learn more about our four core ministries.
The Mustard Seed Prayer Team currently consists of a group of ladies (women of faith in the Mustard Seed community) who meet regularly to pray for the Mustard Seed’s general needs. The Lead Pastor currently oversees this ministry from a distance, sharing with the Prayer Team of specific concerns, issues and praises that they can together bring before God. The Prayer Team is: Shirley Carswell, Fran Kitson, Linda Murdock, Lynn Orr, Diane Riddell, and Barb Jones.
Much of the care of the community of the church has historically fallen to the women’s ministry. This is true in most communities where women of faith: provide for, nurture, visit, encourage, prepare meals and much more. This is often done quietly behind the scenes but so significantly foundational to the church “success.” The Mustard Seed ladies group gathers once per month, primarily for fellowship and community building around a spiritual theme. But their work is not limited to monthly meetings but rather is played out as needs arise in the church family to bring compassionate and practical support to whomever, wherever – as much as possible.
The bible tells us to visit those in prison (Matthew 25:36). Since the early 1990’s, the Mustard Seed has been faithful to this calling and has provided visitation to those in prison. This extends both to the federal and provincial institutions in Greater Victoria. Primarily, the visitation is to bring a sense of hope and belonging to those that often have been abandoned and in many cases forgotten. The support also extends beyond the prison walls to those who have been released to provide guidance as they re-enter society.
Street Café operates in partnership with Lambrick Park Church. The Meal Teams, Music Teams and Serving Teams are coordinated by Lambrick Park’s Street Café leadership. Drop-In begins at 5pm on Friday night and the meal starts at 7pm. The meal is a selection of carefully prepared healthful food offerings from a small menu and served lovingly by wait staff volunteers. The drop-in centre setting is transformed into an intimate café to provide a special meal experience. A host/hostess provides on-site reservations to ensure all guests are carefully cared for and attended to.
Family Dinner is for families of the Mustard Seed community only. On two Sunday each month (usually the 2nd and 3rd Sundays) from 5pm to 7pm the Family Dinner is in operation. Families from the Mustard Seed community, particularly those that come through the Family Centre are provided this special night of care and attention for Moms, Dads and their children. This is another way of providing support in a safe environment especially geared toward children and families.
Bible School Service Groups
Capernwray Bible College and Auxano Discipleship School from Camp Imadene are involved with the Mustard Seed Street Church ministry on numerous occasions over the course of the school year by way of helping in the Food Bank, street evangelism, church ministry and more. Currently, the Outreach Pastor and the Outreach Worker coordinate to host these teams. It should be noted that Auxano joins with the Mustard Seed ministry once/year over the course of one week while Capernwray serves with the Mustard Seed once/month (from October to April) over the course of a weekend.