I was hungry, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in.
WHO: Outreach Team of St. George’s of Forest Hill consists of a committee and the support of many, many members of the parish. As a team, we partner with a number of K-W agencies who directly help people in need who live in our community. Outreach is not just a group of people, but a large family of wonderful, giving, kind and thoughtful individuals collaborating together doing God’s work! We recommend causes and organizations for Parish support and co-ordinate Outreach events.
WHAT: We support practical ways the Mission Statement of our Parish: “Inspired by Christ, we dedicate ourselves to grow together in faith through intentional acts of generosity and ministry to one another and our communities.”
WHERE: The Outreach committee meets in a comfortable community room, known to St. George’s parishioners as “the Fireside Room”. This room is located downstairs at St. George’s.
WHEN: Typically, the committee meets once every few months on Thursdays, at 7:30 p.m. If you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact a committee member to ascertain the exact meeting date.
WHY: As a Christian community, the outreach program does not separate the “what and why” in our goals. We do what we do, because we follow the example of Jesus Christ.
We humbly extend our appreciation to the committee who leads St. George’s outreach programs
We partnered with the following programs and agencies
Angel TreeOur Angel Tree is one of our greatest Outreach initiatives. The families we sponsor through this program are brought to us through parishioners, through our summer camp and through Westmount Public School and most recently, KW Family & Children Services. If you know of someone who could benefit by the Angel Tree in 2018, please speak to Rev. MaryLynn Forrest or Dianne McCandless by September 2018.
Monica Place provides professional support for pregnant young women, young parents, and their children though residential, supportive housing, and community program.St. Monica House will offer suggestions of required items, and parishioners will donate as many of these items as possible. An annual financial donation is also given to support the Chaplaincy program.
Little DragonSummer Day Camp
This program is an inclusive faith-based summer camp where we celebrate the gifts that God has given each of us. The camp’s mandate is to:
a) inspire the celebration of God’s gifts through a variety of creative activities
b) to create an atmosphere of love and acceptance of all people
c) to provide a safe, welcoming fun environment and to exhibit positive role modeling.
There are a limited number of partial and full bursaries to families who are experiencing financial difficulty. The congregation provides supplies for the camp and financial resources to sponsor children who attend.
A shelter for homeless families and single people. We donated numerous boxes and bags filled with dishes, bedding and towels. As families and people get established they often need the basic essentials for their new homes. There is always a high need for these items. It is always appreciated and we are the largest contributing church to these needs.
St. John’s Kitchen is a haven in downtown Kitchener serving up to 300 meals per day and providing a refuge from isolation. Many of the patrons suffer from physical and mental health issues, and all lack sufficient funds.
A group of parishioners sews turbans to be used for those receiving treatment at the Cancer Centre Grand River Hospital. The group meets periodically throughout the year.
The Children’s Community Closet is a free community-wide event that provides gently used children’s clothing at absolutely no cost. Held in the Spring and Fall each year, we collect children’s items (newborn to young adult) that have been outgrown and need a new home. We open our church doors to connect local families with access to children’s clothing, free-of-charge. Our next event is Saturday, October 27 at 9:00 am
A few parishioners and friends knit vests for children in Central and South America in the hope that wearing one of the vests will prevent pneumonia. Since its inception, this group has delivered over 300 vests.
Eyeglasses for Missions
St. Georges collects eyeglasses and takes them to a local optometrist who donates them to the Lions Club. The Lion’s Club then sorts the glasses and passes them onto those in need. There is an area located above the parishioners’ mailboxes to deposit eyeglasses.
The Food Bank obtains and distributes approximately 3 million pounds of emergency food each year. Ongoing donations of food are place in a box in the church foyer and volunteers take the donations to the Food Bank. St. George’s also makes an annual financial donation.
Annually, St. George’s hosts a pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday. Two foster children receive support from the proceeds of this supper.
PWRDF, as an instrument of faith, connects Anglican’s in Canada to communities around the world in dynamic partnerships to advance development, respond to emergencies, assist refugees and act for positive change.
Salvation ArmyWe collected 38 bags of gently used winter outerwear, including socks (Sock it to the Homeless) from our congregation and delivered to the Salvation Army during the months of October and November.