Outreach at St Paul’s is an opportunity to give of your time, talents and treasures to benefit others. Reaching out to those in need is a practical way to be a reflection of God’s Love. In addition to providing our space to various community groups, as a parish we also provide hands on help.
Hunger continues to be a reality for many in Toronto. We collect donations of non-perishable food items year round. Look for the basket in the Atrium. All items received go to the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Throughout the year, the church has various collections to support the community through partnerships with local non-profits. We have collected school supplies, business attire, socks, toys and much more. Check the What’s Happening to find out more.
Several times a year we partner with Church in Regent Park to offer a hot meal on a Saturday evening to about 400 people. Come on your own or with your family (ages 6+) to help prepare then serve the meal in Regent Park. Sign up to volunteer for the next dinner here.
Knowing how important language is for belonging and professional advancement, for over ten years St Paul’s has provided an informal setting for people to gather and practice speaking English. Join us as a Table Host or Hospitality Support for our ESL Café. Running Monday evenings during the academic year, new volunteers are always welcome. Table hosts facilitate casual conversation according to themes, current events and more. To find out more, contact Sandra Seaborn.
St Paul’s is currently sponsoring a Syrian family who arrived in Toronto in February 2016. The core group of volunteers working with the family is set at this time, but donations to support their settlement continue to be welcome. To give, click here.
Christmas Day Lunch
Since 1967, St Paul’s has hosted a Christmas Day lunch time meal for any who have no one to gather with on this holiday. In partnership with a local synagogue and hotel, we serve over 200 people turkey with all the trimmings. We encourage all members of St. Paul’s who are able to come and help make this event special. Volunteers help set up, host a table, serve food, or clean up.
Pikangikum First Nation
A remote fly-in community located in northwest Ontario, Pikangikum is a first nations community that has been rife with social problems. For the past few years St. Paul’s has provided financial support to provide clean running water and improve infrastructure. Members of our parish have also provided knit scarves, hats, mittens and other winter wear.
Winter cold settles deep. Ever wonder what it feels like to “have” to stay outside? The Coldest Night Walk outreach is designed to raise awareness about homeless issues and raise funding for those working to bring about change. On Saturday, February 25, St. Paul’s is joining hundreds of others in the Coldest Night Walk. Walking will help us experience our neighbourhood and also support the Yonge Street Mission as they reach out to meet the needs of those living in poverty. Click here for more information.
Over the years St. Paul’s has been involved with various global initiatives. Some of our efforts have included building bridges of peace between Christian and Muslim youth in Nigeria, providing musical instruments and soccer balls to unemployed youth in Tanzania, digging wells in communities in need overseas, providing food and supplies to war torn communities in Syria, and more.