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For the last ten 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 transform the outside of a house for a needy individual. We have built wheelchair ramps and fences, painted, fixed eaves troughs, landscaped, and done general cleanup around a house. This is done free of charge as an outreach of love and compassion to the homeowner.

This year's project will take place Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, 2018 and we continue looking for nominations for this summer's project.  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 2017:                     


Our Backyard Mission 2017 is done and was a big success.  Over 40 volunteers worked on site to scrape, paint and fix up the house of Jennifer, this year's recipient of our project. We were honoured and delighted to serve Jennifer by helping with repairs to her house.  Our theme this year was "One in heart and mind" based on Acts 4:32

Special thanks to Jay Jamieson, Barb Sargent, and Mark Pilon 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, Subway, Original 2 Pizzas, Sarah's Farm Market, Maple City Bakery, 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 onsite.  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!!!



Scraping paint on day 1

Mark Labadie - our onsite contractor

Project coordinators Mark Pilon, Jay Jamieson, and Barb Sargent.

Repairing the deck.

The painting begins!

A project for people of every age!

Digging post holes for the 70ft. garden fence.

Keeping it level!

There were jobs for everyone.

Building a new implement shed.

Fenceboards going up.

We built a privacy fence on the deck.

Time to start staining the deck.

Pruning and cleaning the trees.

Lots of clean up.

Ross' Nurserymen brought soil, mulch and new plantings.

New flower beds being rebuilt.

Everyone could volunteer - no mind size or age!

Landscaping around the back deck.

Back deck repaired and stained.

New implement shed.

The new fence is finished.

All fixed up and looking pretty!

Pastor Nate Van Denend, Mark Labadie, and Rev. Mike Maroney.

The Backyard Mission team with Jennifer on day 2.