Outreach is an important part of our lives as Christians. Many of us serve as volunteers for various agencies in the area as an expression of our faith. As a church we also are involved in a number of outreach ministries.
If you would like further information about these and our other ministries, please call the church office at 905-734-4627.
Each month volunteers from our church prepare and serve a hearty lunch to about 50 adults and children in need here in Welland. The food for this meal is donated by members of our church.
Food and household products are collected on weekly basis and delivered to the Hope Centre to assist their clients.
For no or minimal cost our building is used by the scouting and guiding movements, Al-Anon, and the Brain Injury Association of Niagara.
Our other outreach ministries are organized by month as follows:
To assist families and individuals who are struggling to clothe themselves, we encourage our members to donate socks during January. This year (2013) 311 pair of socks were donated.
Money we donate to this fund is used to assist people who have suffered from such disasters as earthquakes, hurricanes, drought, and war in underdeveloped and developing countries. Our donations also fund programs to help people from these countries become more self-sufficient.
Although donations to this fund are made on an ongoing basis and updates on the work done through this agency are published monthly in The Journal, our national church newspaper, on a Sunday during this month we also stress what is being accomplished through our donations.
Last year our members donated almost $1300 to this fund.
Donations to this organization are used to provide bed kits to children of underdeveloped and developing countries. One complete bed kit costs $35 and provides a child with a mat or mattress, pillow, sheet, blanket, mosquito net (when required), a clothing outfit, and school supplies. Since this agency was founded in 1970, bed kits have been distributed to children in 33 countries. In 2009 a millionth child received a bed kit.
This year our donations have made it possible for 36 children to receive bed kits.
In April we encourage our members to donate underwear for adults and children in need. Last April, 299 pair of underwear were donated by our members.
Baby Bottles are handed out for our members to fill with contributions to support the work of Elisha House, Welland, a pregnancy and family support centre. This year our members donated almost $500 to Elisha House.
Our members are asked to consider making a donation to this fund which is used to support ministry in northern and isolated regions of our country and in other parts of the world and to fund humanitarian and social justice initiatives within our Diocese of Niagara.
In addition to collecting regular donations of food for the Hope Centre, we have an annual food drive this month to assist our neighbours in need.
To assist those in need of winter clothing, we donate mittens, gloves, hats, toques, and scarves this time of year.
Last November slightly more than 300 items of winter clothing were donated.
For children who might not otherwise receive Christmas presents, donations of sleepwear and books are collected early this month to ensure they are received by Christmas.