” DOERS OF THE WORD_________NOT JUST HEARERS”
St. James has been deeply involved in outreach ministries for most of it’s’ history. Members of this Parish volunteer in many community organizations and service clubs ranging from schools and hospitals through family support groups and food banks. Besides the usual support for Faith Works and the Primates World Relief and Development Fund we provide regular, in some cases, monthly financial support to many outreach ministries. The following are some of those that we support and we hope and pray that you will learn more of their work that we believe to be a response in faith to God’s call to us to love our neighbours and be merciful.
The Bridge Prison Ministry, supported by the Faith Works program of the Diocese of Toronto, works out of St. James and is also financially supported by us. Their website at www.thebridgeprisonministry.com provides further information about their work including institutional programs, discharge planning, reintegration, restorative justice, victim support, advocacy and youth.
Interim Place, www.interimplace.com, is a women’s shelter providing critical support at times of transition. In addition to the two shelters Interim Place administers they are also involved in support services for women and children experiencing violence in the community and provide educational resources.
The Knight’s Table on Kennedy Road in Brampton, provides daily meals for the homeless and serves as a food bank for those needing assistance. You can visit their site at www.knightstable.org to learn more about their work.
The Dam is more than just a youth drop in centre. An acronym for Develop Assist Mentor, it has strived to develop relationships so that a youth has a relationship with at least one significant adult who can be both a friend and a resource. In building relationships and providing programs for youth at risk The Dam strives to meet physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs. At www.thedam.org you can learn more about the ways in which staff and volunteers are resources for youth and their families.
Regeneration Outreach Community is a ministry serving people at risk within our community. At www.regenbrampton.com you can learn more about the ways in which the homeless, working poor and marginalized are served. Their Monday to Thursday breakfasts often provide more than just a meal.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets on Monday nights at St. James and further information can be found at www.aatoronto.org including times and locations of additional meetings.
The San Lorenzo Caravan of Hope ministry to Central America is an incredibly unique outreach meeting a great variety of needs. Developed by and coordinated through a Spanish Anglican Parish in Toronto, the Caravan of Hope consists of a convoy of school buses load with supplies to meet community needs. After arriving at their destinations, the buses are left there to help meet community needs. Pictures at www.sanlorenzo.ca can give you an overview of this incredibly effective program.
The Anglican Foundation, http://anglicanfoundation.org provides a wide variety of support to the Anglican Church within Canada. Bursaries for theological studies, building and repairing Churches, making facilities more accessible and expanding ministries are just some of the ways in which the Foundation assists the Church across Canada.
Trinity College and Wycliffe College are the two Anglican theological colleges located in Toronto. Each offers training for various forms of ministry, both lay and ordained, within Canada and around the world. At http://www.trinity.utoronto.ca and www.wycliffecollege.ca you can learn more about their programs, full time and part time.
The people of St. James have also responded generously to recent disasters such as the Haitian earthquake and the Asian tsunami.