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Backyard Mission

For the last eleven 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 28-29, 2020.

We will be looking for nominations next January for the project  taking place in summer 2021.  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 2019:                     

Our Backyard Mission 2019 is a wrap, and was a big success.  Over 50 volunteers worked on two sites on Forest Street.   One house was scraped and painted, and the other had its entire wood walkways and ramps rebuilt.  Both houses had extensive landscape work done to the property. Rusty and Laura were this year's deserving homeowners chosen through our nomination process last January. We were honoured and delighted to serve and get to know Rusty and Laura, and wish them the best in their renovated homes. Our theme this year was "Love God; Love Others" based on Mark 12:30-31

Special thanks to Jay Jamieson, Dwight Byrd, 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.

The Backyard Mission would like to acknowledge the support of the following
businesses. Their generosity enabled us to accomplish our goals.

Bin There Dump That - Windsor
Dulux Paints Chatham
Dutch Market
Food Basics
Giant Tiger
Home Depot
Home Hardware – Keil Drive
Home Hardware – Grand Ave
No Frills
Original 2 Pizzas
Patrick Pinsonneault, Royal LePage Peifer Realty
Pharmasave – Keil Drive
Rexall – St. Clair Avenue
Rona - Chatham
Ross’ Nurseryman
Sherwin Williams
Shoppers Drug Mart – St. Clair Ave.
Shoppers Drug Mart – Queen St.
Sticker That
Tim Hortons
TSC Stores

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!!!           


This is Rusty, one of our two homeowners this year.

Mark Labadie our onsite contractor.

Devotions on the morning of Day 1

Dwight and Jay - our BYM coordinators.

Judi - our meals and breaks coordinator.

Starting work on Day 1!


Lots of brush to cart away!

Our coffee break volunteers - Corinne, Barb and Sylvia

Pastor Nate (First CRC), Mark Labadie and Rev. Mike (First Presbyterian)


Painting begins!

Tear down complete, and rebuilding begins.

Supper at First CRC at end of Day 1

The wonderful kitchen crew at First CRC

Day 2 begins!

The final result!