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St. Barnabas, Chester  • Diocese of Toronto • Anglican Church of Canada
Let us
faithfully witness
to the risen Jesus
giving generously
of our lives
and substance for
the relief of the poor
and the sharing
of the Gospel,
bringing encouragment
to all.

- from the Collect
for St. Barnabas

The Deacon's Cupboard

Our Deacon's Cupboard needs replenishing for the summer months. Pasta, Sauces, Kraft Dinner, Peanut Butter, Canned Fruit, Juices, Sardines/Tuna/Salmon, Crackers/Cookies.

Please leave your contributions in the hamper at the entrance to the church.

The normal items
Rice (Stovetop and Microwaveable) Instant Oatmeal Pasta (Popular varieties) Canned Fruit and Vegetables Pasta Sauces (Bottled/Canned) Kraft Dinner Canned Tuna/Salmon/Sardines Fruit Juices Canned/Dry Beans/Lentils Ensure Canned Spam/Luncheon Meat Snacks Canned Soup Cereal Bars


Shampoo/Body Wash Talcum powder Toothbrushes/Toothpaste Body Lotion Dental Floss Baby Wet Wipes Small packs of Toilet Tissue

Sudden requests

Occasionally we have requests for baby formula, baby diapers, etc. If you are able to help with these sudden requests, please let the church office know at 416‐463‐1344.

Out of the Cold
We at St. Barnabas support and have a number of volunteers that assist at the Out of the Cold Program at Eastminster United Church. One of the many ways that you can help is by donating both women’s and men's clothing and shoes. You can leave your donations at the back of the church, or take them directly to Eastminster (across from Timothy’s at the corner of Danforth and Jackman) and leave them inside the Jackman entrance). Please label them "Out of the Cold."

The Scott Mission needs your help! The Scott Mission Food Bank is in need of non-perishable food items and they’ve asked for our help. There is a basket at the back of the church for your donations. Thank you. Read more about The Scott Mission website here » - "A Christian ministry of mercy and love". The Scott Mission is a Christian, non-denominational urban mission responding to the needs of the poor, homeless, abandoned and vulnerable of all ages. Based in Toronto, Canada, the Mission offers practical, emotional and spiritual support to thousands of people every year.


Outreach Programming at St. Barnabas on the Danforth

Reaching out to the community, sharing in God’s love to provide information and action to ensure a safe and nurturing environment where everyone can co-exist free from prejudice, poverty, sickness, violence and fear.

Outreach conference
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2018 - The annual Outreach and Advocacy Conference will take place on Oct. 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Havergal College, 1451 Avenue Rd., Toronto. This is an excellent opportunity for learning, sharing and networking among clergy and laypeople passionate about outreach, social justice and creation care. André Lyn, a researcher and advocate on issues of homelessness, poverty and racism, will give the keynote address. Participants can choose from 10 workshops to deepen their understanding of and capacity to address a variety of justice issues. The cost is $30 ($15 for students and low-income participants). Learn more and register online read more here »
As part of our Outreach in the Parish we support Kennedy House Youth Centre in a variety of ways. This fall a lot of the residents are in need of new supplies such as back packs, deodorant, body spray, hair elastics, chapstick & hand sanitizer. If you can provide any of these items please place them in the box at the back of the church and we will deliver them at the end of Kennedy HouseAugust. Any money donated will be used to purchase Amazon.ca or Shoppers Drug mart cards which they need. Visit website: https://kennedyhouse.org   
WOW! You’ve done it again! The donations for back to school were incredible. Truly amazing. Our youth LOVED the gift cards and all the little bits of jewellery. These gifts truly help with their confidence in knowing someone cares and someone acknowledges them. Thank you for always caring and thinking of youth at Kennedy House. We appreciate all your constant support. Michelle, Kennedy House”
Kennedy House - Outreach Partner
A HUGE THANK YOU for your support of Kennedy House this Christmas time. We more than filled 43 stockings for the youth and received $1,025 in cash. We purchased 43 McDonald gift cards of $20 each and gave the remainder to Kennedy House for whatever they need.

Pier 21 Refugee Sponsorship Update

We are pleased to share the news that Mehtab found housing in time for the start of the academic year at George Brown College. We wish him well in all his endeavours. Please continue to pray for him.

[NOVEMBER 13, 2016] from Jan Goddard

Pier 21 Refugee Sponsorship Group welcomed the Moradi Zadeh family to Canada on the evening of August 15. It was hugs all around at Pearson.

Reza, Maryam, Paniz, Parnia and Parham are settling nicely into their three-bedroom apartment in Thorncliffe Park. Everyone is in school. Paniz, 17, and Parnia, 14, attend Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute. Parham, who has just turned 11, is in grade 6 at Valley Middle School. Reza and Maryam are attending English language classes.

Our settlement activities have been a lot of fun, and more than a little work. The MZs, as we call them, have been to the dentist, the doctor, the optometrist and the zoo. Pier 21 members have celebrated their arrival, Thanksgiving, Parham’s recent birthday and Hallowe’en with the family. We are all looking forward to spending more time together in the coming months, including a welcome lunch planned at St. Barnabas. [Sunday Nov. 27]

Without our arrangement with St. Barnabas, our sponsorship of the Moradi Zadeh family would not have been possible. We and they are very grateful. Members of the parish have expressed an interest in providing assistance to the MZs. If you want to get involved, the first steps are to obtain a criminal record check from the Toronto Police Service (www.torontopolice.on.ca/prcp/) and attend a training session offered by AURA (www.auraforrefugees.org/index.php/about-aura/all-about-aura/aura-workshops). Once you have completed these, please email our group chair, Jan Goddard at jan.goddard@sympatico.ca. You will then receive notice of volunteer opportunities.

Out of the Cold is a volunteer initiative by Toronto area synagogues, churches and faith communities to serve as Host Sites that offer shelter, hospitality and refuge to people who are homeless in the City of Toronto. Out of the Cold host sites reach out to marginalized individuals and extend a warm invitation to enjoy food, shelter and hospitality.

This is made possible through the dedication and support of the many volunteer groups that offer their time, energy and perseverance. Donations of winter clothing should be brought to Eastminster United Church (main Jackman Ave door). Please label all donations “OOTC”.. - see website: Eastminster United Church ».

Anglican United Refugee Alliance – AURA AURA is a Canadian charitable organization assisting in the sponsorship and resettlement of refugees. We represent the Anglican Diocese of Toronto and the Toronto Conference of the United Church of Canada as a Sponsorship Agreement Holder with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The growing worldwide refugee crisis means we need to do more to help refugees. Each full day at AURA will cost $76 more than AURA can raise right now. For more information on how you can help, log on to www.auraforrefugees.org. All donations are tax deductible. There are also copies of a letter sent to Fr. Jonathan which you can pick up from the back of the church if you wish to send a cheque to AURA.


St. Barnabas on the Danforth Anglican Church re-vamped its Outreach Program to reflect its growing passion and concern for the welfare of the community in areas of poverty, homelessness, accessibility, health issues, safety, diversity, affordable housing, refugee and aboriginal issues and the environment. 

Using the collect for St, Barnabas as its inspiration, the Outreach Ministry has planned to focus on several prominent issues on a bi-monthly basis.  The focus will be reflected in the whole of the church’s life, encompassing the worship services, the Sunday school program, special events, and the display table at the back of the sanctuary.  We invite the community to witness God’s work in action as we commit ourselves to "giving generously of our lives and substance for the relief of the poor and the sharing of the Gospel, bringing encouragement to all."

The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund • PWRDF

PWRDF is the national Anglican Church of Canada's agency which enables anyone anywhere in Canada to support emergency relief, refugees, sustainable development, and justice throughout the world.

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. You can make a difference to this worldwide outreach through St. Barnabas.

Visit the PWRDF website here ».


FaithWorks is the fund by which people at St. Barnabas on the Danforth and others across the Diocese of Toronto act together with and on behalf of all Anglican parishes to directly support families in crisis, children, youth and women in need, immigrants, the homeless, the unemployed, the imprisoned, and those living in the developing world. FaithWorks has helped fill a void in the social assistance network, providing hope where there was despair and compassion for a broken spirit.

Read more about FaithWorks here ».

Out of the Cold

The Out of the Cold (OOTC) network is an ecumenical project of a large number of Toronto-area religious communities, which open their doors to provide shelter, food and personal support for those in severe need in our city. Programs are coordinated so there are always locations open during the winter months from November through April. Guests at overnight locations are served an evening meal, accommodated on mats and sleeping bags for the night, and served breakfast in the morning.

Eastminster United Church at 310 Danforth offers a Friday supper for 125 and overnight night hostel for 60. Many at St. Barnabas volunteer assistance and support there. You can help too: in person, or with money or food, a TTC ticket per guest, cleaning materials, towels for showers, toiletries, blankets, Christmas packages, and clothing. See information here »

THE STOP Community Food Centre

The Stop Community Food Centre TorontoThe Stop Community Food Centre
works to increase people’s access to healthy food while maintaining dignity, building community & challenging inequality. Programs include community kitchens and dining, urban agriculture, a food bank, drop-ins, civic engagement and pre & post natal nutrition and support.

Learn more! Visit The Stop website here »


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