John's Groups & Ministries: Outreach/Justice
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"Then the righteous will answer, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' ... 'truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." - Matthew 25:37-40
Initiatives & Partnerships
PWRDF ~ The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund is our national church's coordinated alliance for hunger relief, advocacy, development and disaster relief. It is the vehicle through which Anglicans respond nationally to domestic and international relief efforts such as Slave Lake, Haiti, Japan and south Pacific Tsunamis, Hurricane Sandi and the needs in the Philippines, as recent examples. St. John's is a strong parish and individual supporter of PWRDF, which creates partnerships with local agencies and people to help build a more just, equitable and peaceful world. In joy and struggle, the Primate's Fund engages in development work, responds to emergencies, works to protect refugees, and educates and advocates for change.
Christmas Outreach ~ Advent is especially busy as the parish organizes gifts for seniors at St. Matthew's House, as well as sponsoring families in need with gift and food hampers for Christmas and winter.
Christmas Outreach - Youth ~ The Youth Group takes on their own branch of the Christmas initiative by raising funds and purchasing gifts for equivalent aged kids in their own sponsorships. With everything from spaghetti suppers to selling their own craft-work, the youth earn their own resources to fulfill this work.
Environmental Justice ~ Niagara's commitment to good environmental stewardship is known as "Greening Niagara". St. John's is a good steward of the property, resources and energy use wherever possible and is now accredited at a Diocesan level as a green church.
Scouting ~ St John’s has supported Ancaster Scouting for decades, meeting in the Parish Hall. Scouting activities offer a fun and interactive way for young poeple to meet new friends, develop important life skills and learn more about their world and service to the community.
Ancaster Food Drive ~ As an active part of the local Ministerial Association, St. John's is one of the founding churches of what has now become a community-run, ecumenical initiative... one of the largest food drives in Ontario. Each year in February, St. John's hosts the food drive in the old parish hall, and provides thousands of volunteer hours from its membership for the gathering, sorting, packing and distribution of up to 80,000 pounds of food, and growing! St. John's salutes the many ecumenical partners that work together to make this annual event a success, but also urge everyone to give all year round to those in need... even better, to help create a world where food drives are no longer needed!
St Matthews House ~ St. Matthew's House is one of the Anglican Diocese of Niagara's important centres of care and outreach in the heart of our region in Hamilton. St. John's offers year-round support St. Matthew's House's ministry through gifts of time, food, money and hard work. Several of our parishioners have offered volunteer commitments to participate in the work of St. Matthew's.
Inasmuch House ~ St. John's has assisted this shelter for battered women with clothing and with resettlement needs, helping give people a new start.
Ancaster Community Services ~ The local local Ministerial Association was the founder of the original concept of a coordinated community service group. This grew into a crucial, community-based agency will full time staff. Our cooperation with, and support of, ACS continues!
Ancaster Farmer's Market ~ In partnership with the local B.I.A., St. John's hosts a local farmer's market, Wednesdays on the Green from May to October, promoting locally sourced food and local producers. Check it out!
Food Security ~ St. John's offers hunger relief through weekly collection of non-perishable food for local food banks, especailly St. Matthew's House. St. John's also ensures that any surplus food safely prepared on site for events is never wasted but will set aside extra food to support the programs of Mission Services, The Senior's Centre and others.
Canterbury Hills ~ St. John's parish and membership supports kids camp programs and sponsors kids to attend camp at Canterbury Hills, giving young people a chance to experience more of their world!
Ancaster Ministerial ~ St. John's takes part in the Community Worship Service, Lenten Lunches, Remembrance Day Services and other community leadership through the work of The Ancaster Ministerial Association.
Seniors' Residences and Nursing Homes ~ St. John's makes visits and leads worship for all denominations in five area seniors' residences or nursing homes, providing prayer and sacramental care to those unable to attend worship in their home church, or who now live outside of their previous communities.
Vacation Bible School ~ In partnership with ecumenicly partner churches, St. John's offers VBS annually to local children and youth.
Ancaster Village Church ~ Is a new congregation of The Christian Alliance. St. John's is making the use of our parish hall available as a place for worship for this new congregation in the community.
Clothing After Sale Donations ~ In partnership with a local Winner's franchise, St. John's gathers clothing to benefit local high schools, the C.A.S., St. Christopher's Eva Rothwell Centre Youth Outhreach, Inner City Kids, Ancaster Community Services and St. Matthew's House, keeping people warm and clothed all year long.
Volunteer Hours for Youth ~ Ever since the Ontario Government mandated volunteerism in students, St. John's has been providing opportunities for local high school aged youth to find a place to volunteer in a variety of capacities, in keeping with their talents.
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