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Backyard Mission

For the last nine years First Presbyterian and First Christian Reformed Churches have undertaken a joint mission project in the city of Chatham. Over two days a group of volunteers transforms the outside of a house for an individual in need. We have scraped and painted houses, built wheelchair ramps and fences, repaired decks and front porches, replaced eavestroughs, landscaped, and done general cleanup around a house. This is done free of charge as an outreach of love and compassion to the homeowner.


Please note that we have chosen our site for this year's project which will run on Friday and Saturday, August 9-10.

We will be looking for nominations next January for the project  taking place in summer 2020.  To that end, we are looking for a homeowner whose home needs some external repair.
  You must own your home, live on the premises, and have homeowner insurance. Unfortunately because of liability, we are not able to repair roofs and all work must be done outside the home.

If you have this kind of need because of disability or other circumstances or you know of someone that would benefit from this project, please reply in writing to:

Backyard Mission Project

c/o First Presbyterian Church

60 Fifth Street

Chatham Ontario

N7M 4V7

or office@firstchatham.org

Include in your letter or email:

1.     the name and address of the individual(s),

2.     what needs to be done around the home,

3.     reasons why this would be a worthy project to be undertaken,

4.     some assurance of home ownership and home insurance,

5.     whether you are the home owner or are nominating someone else.

We will assess these submissions and notify the chosen project.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.


Backyard Mission 2018:                     


Our Backyard Mission 2018 is done and was a big success.  Over 35 volunteers worked on site to rebuild a ramp and front steps, scrape and paint the garage and fences, paint trim and shutters, and landscape the property of Dorothy, this year's deserving homeowner. We were honoured and delighted to serve and get to know Dorothy, and wish her the best in her renovated home. Our theme this year was "Let Your Light Shine Before Others" based on Matthew 5:16

Special thanks to Jay Jamieson, Dwight Byrd, Barb Sargent, and Judi Aitken for organizing this year's event.  Thanks also to Mark Labadie of Mark Labadie Construction who was our onsite contractor.  Mark has graciously given of his time, talent and tools to this project since its beginning.

Thank you also to Chatham Home Hardware Building Centre, Ross' Nurserymen, Sticker That, Harvey's, Tim Horton's, Original 2 Pizzas, Basics Foodstore, Real Canadian Superstore, Sobeys, and No Frills for partnering with us this year.

Thanks, of course, to all the volunteers who worked so diligently on site.  Thanks as well to the many people who provided lunches and dinner for the volunteers over the two day project.  We could not do this project without all of you!  This was a super job.  Well done!!!



Work begins!

Mark Labadie - our onsite contractor

Lots of tear down to be done!

And painting too.  The kids did a fantastic job!

Taking down shutters to paint.

Lots of fence to paint. Again, the kids and teens did a great job.

Teardown continues.

Pastor Nate of First CRC hard at work.

More scraping and painting.

Tear down is done!


Landscaping is serious business!!!

Busy Bees!

Landscaping taking shape.

Help from Ross' Nurserymen.

Painting the shutters

More painting on the garage.

Finishing the ramp.

Work on the front step.


Shutters getting a touch up.

And going back up.

Many final details.

Pretty details everywhere.

Landscaping at the back of the property.

Landscapers hard at work.

Final details.  Everyone was working hard to get the job done.

Front step finished and railing painted and reinstalled.

Dorothy's house is looking good!




Some of the team at worship on Sunday!

Our coordinators Dwight Byrd, Barb Sargent and Jay Jamieson.

Pastor Nate, Mark Labadie and Rev. Mike

Pastor Nate, Dorothy and Rev. Mike

Mark Labadie and Dorothy, this year's BYM recipient.