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
Our 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. Monica Place 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.
YWKW advocates for system level changes while working to provide shelter, supportive and affordable housing, improved education and training, and better childcare services.
St. John’s Kitchen
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.
Parishioners at St. George’s collect and donate funds or food items a few times during the year to St. John’s Kitchen in support of their mission.
The Children’s Community Closet (CCC) outreach initiative welcomes everyone, and brings our community together by giving local families access to gently used children’s clothing and items at absolutely no cost. Our “closet” offers clothing (newborn to teens), toys, books, and diapers, and often also has items such as baby swings, high chairs, strollers, and play pens, all of which have been collected or donated by families and friends of St. George’s. We seek to reach out and help anyone in our KW community by promoting upcoming CCC events at our local community centers, libraries, pools, learning centers, daycares, through outreach liaisons and other community support groups and social service organizations. Pre-COVID, we opened our downstairs hall to host this free community-wide event twice a year, on a Saturday morning, once in the Spring and once in the Fall, and look forward to its return post-pandemic.
Eyeglasses for Missions
We collect used eye glasses for children and adults. These eye glasses are taken to a local optometrist. They are then taken to an official Lions Club Eye Glass Recycling Centre for processing.
The Lions Club distributes usable glasses to optical missions around the world.
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.
For a few weeks prior to Synod at the end of May, donation envelopes for PWRDF will be placed in the bulletins. As well, the bulletin will contain an explanation and example of the good work of PWRDF around the world. Please prayerfully consider supporting this worthy Anglican ministry.
We 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.