While our Outreach Coordinating Group has not met for some months due to the pandemic, we had thankfully done some general planning through the summer, that allowed us to carry on with various projects. As has been previously reported, our Lenten project to sponsor a night at Inn from the Cold in Newmarket was so well supported that we have enough for two plus nights. The FaithWorks contributions for the first half of 2020 matched all of 2019, and all donations in the second half of 2020 are eligible for the matching grant for any increase in parish givings. Throughout the summer we had decided to focus on the Helping Hand Foodbank, and you responded with financial donations either directly or through Trinity (almost $350) and a few food donations as well. Finally, as part of our commitment to reconciliation with our Indigenous brothers and sisters we had a guest from the Toronto Urban Native Ministry for National Indigenous Day of Prayer in June. We started using a Territorial Acknowledgement at the beginning of our worship services and while we could not host a screening and discussion of the documentary, “Doctrine of Discovery” as planned, we are now doing it as a 4-week study. If you would like watch this eye-opening documentary on YouTube, it can be foundhere or through search of YouTube for “Doctrine of Discovery” by Anglican Church of Canada.
As we look to the fall now, one project that we have been involved with for the last two years is the Inn from the Cold, “Drop your Drawers,” when we collect new underwear, socks and long underwear for the patrons of the shelter. Knowing that people are at church less frequently these days, we are extending the campaign from the beginning of October to middle of November when the shelter opens for overnight guests. New underwear, socks and long underwear can be dropped off at Rev. Dana’s drop-in office, on Wednesday when the office is open (9:30 a.m. to noon) and Sunday mornings, or leave a message at the office to arrangepickup.
Another project that the Outreach Coordinating Group will be looking at and which was mentioned in the Thanksgiving letter, is a new Bradford Out of the Cold Café. Building on an ad hoc program that was started this spring in cooperation with the town, that drew attention for the need for something in our own community, a daytime drop-in café 7 days a week is being planned. It will be hosted in the Community Hub building (same building as the Hand-Up Clothing Room) from November to April. There are currently 2 lunches a week being provided and a 3rd is being offered through a local restaurant, with hopes of expanding lunch to 5 days a week. As indicated in the Thanksgiving letter, our involvement will likely be providing baking for one of the lunches/snacks each week. Baking such as muffins, banana bread or cookies, that can be dropped off at Trinity and we will deliver what is collected to the Out of the Cold Café at lunchtime. More details to follow in the November News from the Pews once they have been worked out.
The Outreach Coordinating Committee will be meeting on Thursday October 8 at 7:30 pm via Zoom. All are welcome, as we talk about these and other projects within our community and beyond. We will be updating you in the November News from the Pews, so stay tuned for how you can assist with these other projects.
The Second Hand Shop remains closed for now, and likely until next spring. We are unable to accept any donations for the Shop. No one is working in the shop. Please DO NOT leave items outside the Church. And if you have a key please DO NOT drop items off inside the Church. We all miss the shop, and look forward to the time when it is safe to open up again.