The parks restoration project fixes parks while also building relationships in the community. Throughout the project duration, ICC plans to connect relationships built within the community to the closest Christian entity. Through the restoration of each park, ICC improves the quality of these shared locations for neighbourhood residents, especially for the children and elderly.
Below are some highlighted projects that ICC is involved with on a regular basis. We are thankful for the ways in which we are able to be tangibly involved in the community. Through these projects, we can be a tool of hope and community-building.
Music can soothe the soul, excite the senses and enliven the atmosphere. Through many volunteers, interns and staff ICC has been able to host a wide variety of concerts. Music enables us to reach a wide range in the community whether it be fringe of society through a rock band or the older generation through enka. Music can cross language and cultural barriers and enable us to share love and joy in a tangible and delightful way.
ICC helps run a basketball camp every summer in the month of August at a local elementary school. The camp targets elementary school students and is open for both the more experienced players and those who are just starting to play. The camp runs for two to three days and ends in a cookout and campfire for the students and parents. In the past, volunteer teams like the JUMP team, coach the students and help run the camp.
Two years after the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami, there were still roughly 30,000 people living in temporary housing in Ishinomaki and the surrounding areas. Through relationships and connections with several temporary housing units, ICC is able to regularly visit the local residents with various events and activities. Once a month, ICC helps run a bonsai workshop for temporary housing residents in the temporary housing meeting center. Bonsai is a Japanese art form involving potted miniature trees, and is particularly popular … Read More
Ishinomaki Gospel Festival serves as a bridge between local churches, ICC, and the community. The overall desire is that this festival provides a space and time in which the collective church in Ishinomaki gathers to praise God and provide a space for community and celebration. Beginning in 2013, we have hosted the Ishinomaki Gospel Festival at San Juan Bautista Park. There are three main components to the festival each year: the kids’ corner, the booths and the stage.