‘God’s Kitchen Penticton’ is a gathering place for a warm meal, counselling, clothing, prayer and hugs for the homeless, the poor, disabled, elderly and lonely. Our desire is to see the body of Christ leave the four walls of the church and become Jesus’ hands and feet to a broken world. May Christ remain the center of everything we say and do.
Its founders are Norma Hill and Ruth Hillario, two grandmothers who eight years ago began taking coffee and sandwiches into downtown Penticton and shared the love of Jesus on the streets. The city of Penticton then offered them a lot on which to set up a tent and they served through all the seasons.
Five years ago Pastor Colin Cross at St. Andrews Presbyterian church brought them in out of the cold winters and God’s Kitchen existed there for several years – offering a brunch on Tuesday mornings. In the summer of 2015, the two grandmothers needed to retire from leadership, so the Summerland Alliance church offered leadership, support and volunteers.
In the summer of 2016 Grace Mennonite Church offered us a larger venue at no cost. We are very pleased to partner with Pastor Blake, Pastor Peter (Second Chance Ministries) and the people there. The generosity of the church has been incredible and we recently expanded God’s Kitchen ministry to include a bible study on Wednesday mornings which is well attended. Several people have come to faith and been baptized in just the first three months. Thank you Lord!
If you would like to volunteer, there are several options:
- help prepare meals in Summerland
- serve meals in Penticton
- help with clothings, shoes and houseware distribution
- help clean, vacuum, do dishes
- pray for our guests and our team, including the prayer wall area
- decorate the tables
- music ministry
- donate food or gifts in kind
- become a friendly listener, share coffee with our guests
- procure food, clothing, toiletries, tents etc.
If you wish to serve, Call Sylvia at 250-404-0327 or e-mail: email@example.com
Donations can be directed to Summerland Alliance Church / designate to “God’s Kitchen Penticton’