"Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can."
John Wesley, (1703-1791)
Hope Street CMC was birthed in 2004 at Glenview Nazarene Church. The earliest beginnings of this ministry were found as a group of Ministry Development Centre Online Students (formerly The Medicine Hat Bible Institute) began going to the Champion´s Centre in Medicine Hat on Tuesday nights and serving the evening meal. Under the leadership of Dr. Dave Skidmore, Glenview Nazarene Church´s Senior Pastor, they also began to learn how to give proclamations of Kingdom Come to a group of people. Rev Murray Alan Kumm was one of these students. Through this weekly ministry, the worthy ones (Matthew 10:11) were identified and the ministry started to grow.
Street Church continued to meet weekly at the Champion´s Centre for the next few years. This body of believers continued to grow and move forward and eventually started a summer Barbeque service that took place in Riverside Park in downtown Medicine Hat. For the months of July and August, hamburgers and hot dogs as well as additional items were distributed freely to all who showed up. The service also consisted of various worship groups from our city and included preaching by many different clergy members.
In approximately 2009, Street Church found a new home in the gymnasium of St Barnabas Anglican Church located in downtown Medicine Hat. They graciously offered us their building and it came complete with a working kitchen to accommodate the start of a weekly meal. The Champion´s Centre has continued to be part of this weekly service by providing us soup and/or other items for our meal. We ventured out into the park for one more summer of Barbequing in 2009.
In 2010, Street Church underwent a name change and adopted the Hope Street CMC name. It was at this time that the summer barbeque moved to St Barnabas as we cooked 100 Hamburgers and 6-8 dozen hot dogs weekly to meet the demand of our congregation. The congregation continued to grow as we fed 60-85 individuals per week and supplied food hampers as the food became available.
In late 2010, Rev Murray Alan Kumm accepted the position as the Compassionate Ministries Resource Manager and started expanding the food ministry at Hope Street CMC. In the fall of 2011, he accepted the role of Senior Pastor at Hope Street CMC. The food ministry of Hope has transformed and grown over the past year. We no longer offer Food Hampers as our sources of good quality food have dried up. We have since improved the quality and quantity of our Sunday meals and have expanded the menu. The first Sunday of each month now changes from soup to chili. We have started offering fresh salads as well as various fruits and vegetables each week with the meal. There is a food table where bread and buns as well as various other food items are placed out to be taken home. We continue the Peanut Butter Sandwich ministry each week as 10+ loaves of bread are made into sandwiches to be taken home for the week. We also offer gently used clothing the first Sunday of each month. Our weekly attendance numbers have grown to 75 - 130 children of God who weekly attend Hope Street CMC. The ministry teams of Hope Street CMC are an incredibly compassionate and gifted group of believers who sacrificially give of their time every Sunday afternoon to serve Hope Street CMC Patrons.
The Future looks bright for Hope Street CMC. Hope Street CMC is a safe place for families, young and old, to gather, eat a meal and partake in fellowship. The food ministry of Hope will continue to grow as God continues to provide. Hope Street Compassionate Ministry Centre continues to be one of the most unique organizations in the City of Medicine Hat!
In 2013, Hope Street Church bagan the process of becoming Medicine Hat Hope Street Compassionate Ministry Centre or Hope Street CMC. We have received our Incorporation documents from the Province of Alberta (2013) to operate as a Religious Society. We also have received our Alberta license to operate as a non-profit organization. The process of receiving the Revenue Canada Non-Profit Status so we can issue Charitable Donation Receipts is NOW completed. The transition from a Good Samaritan Church ministry to a full blown CMC will allow Hope Street CMC to expand and grow in the future. We continue to seek the Face of God as to what our future looks like. At this time, we are recognized as a Compassionate Ministry Centre within the Church of the Nazarene Canada and will continue to plow forward as we seek new ways to serve the very old, the very young and the working poor of our city! - Pastor Murray Alan Kumm