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CHRISTIAN OUTREACH

Outreach is the Christian response to Christ’s call to care for “the least of these who are my brothers and sisters”. Such ministry to those who live on the margins of our society was modelled by Jesus when he ate and drank with outcasts and sinners. St. JOHN’S struggles to maintain this vital aspect because to pray for justice and equity in the world without taking some action to promote them is hypocrisy.

FAITHWORKS

FaithWorks was created by the Diocese of Toronto in 1996 when the competing appeals of five diocesan charitable agencies joined together into one appeal for support.

The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund

The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is the Anglican Church ofCanada's agency for sustainable development, relief, refugees, and global justice. With the support of Anglican parishes across Canada, PWRDF makes financial and human resources available to support partners' initiatives and to promote knowledgeable actions of solidarity at home and around the world.

PWRDF strives to be a part of the outreach ministry of every Canadian Anglican parish and an expression for all Anglicans of their baptismal covenant to strive for justice and peace and to respect the dignity of every human being. St. JOHN’S parishioners make a modest gift to this fund annually. They also respond very generously when an appeal is made for relief funds in the wake of some catastrophe.

Choices Youth Shelter

The Choice Youth Shelter plays an important role in the lives of homeless young people in the Caledon-Orangeville area. The people of St. JOHN’S have taken a special interest in helping the young people who find themselves in need of shelter while they finish school or look for work.
St. JOHN’S operates a Christmas Gift Program so that each youngster in the shelter receives a personal gift at Christmas. As, well there is also a gift that must be shared and that build community (past gifts include a DVD player, a gaming system, etc.).
St. JOHN’S also collects food year-round to support the kitchen at the shelter – a significant expense feeding 20 growing young people.

During 2012, a group of men from the parish donated time and talents by participating in the conversion of an old garage into a fitness area and gym in an old shed on the property.

Toys for Tots and Teens

Every November, the Orangeville Police Service launches an annual toy and food drive to assist needy local families during at Christmas. At the annual visit of St. Nicholas to the parish in early December, children, parents, neighbours, and parishioners of St. JOHN’S gather for prayers, carols, cookies, and to hear St. Nick tell his story. Guests, children and parish members have generously donate unwrapped Toys for Tots at this time.

 

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