A BRIEF HISTORY
In 2005 a number of churches in Greater Sudbury launched an event called 'Celebrate Jesus', an outdoor worship service with the intent of bringing together various churches for an evening worship service at Bell Park.
In 2014, the 'Celebrate Jesus' event evolved into 'Elevate' as a number of Christian and community leaders came together to imagine a full weekend dedicated to unity and mission, combining acts of service in the community, with a culminating celebration service.
On the weekend of June 7-8, 40 churches working alongside community action networks and other volunteer groups embarked on community service projects across Greater Sudbury. Hundreds of volunteers came together to accomplish various projects adding value neighbourhoods across the city.
The weekend culminated with a Sunday evening celebration service where stories of what was accomplished and the relationships cultivated were celebrated together.
ELEVATE IN THE NEWS
Here are links to two news articles the local media ran during the inaugural Elevate year
which encapsulate the mission and heart of Elevate.
Acts of kindness planned for Sudbury's 12 wards (Sudbury Star - May 7, 2014)
Elevate beautifies community (Sudbury Star - June 8, 2014)
VISION & MISSION
The vision of Elevate is to serve as a catalyst for increased unity in the Christian community, which will lead to greater intentionality in our love and service of our neighbours in co-operation with Community Action Networks (CANs). The name and slogan "Elevate: Love in Motion" finds its source in a passage of Scripture (Philippians 2:1-11) which was a hymn in the early church, expressing the essence of the self-sacrificial love of God revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and the call for the followers of Jesus to imitate and embody such a posture of humble love and service.
The inspiration for Elevate is Jesus Christ, the one who fully embodies both the heart of God and what it means to be truly human. One passage of Scripture which was sung as a hymn in the infancy of the church following the death and resurrection of Jesus as a constant reminder of the nature and way of Jesus was Philippians 2:1-11 which speaks of self-giving love as the essence of who God is as revealed in Jesus and how those who follow Jesus should be seen.
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.