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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 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.

One of the refugee sponsorship groups in the community has recently welcomed a new family and is looking for household items to be donated. Needed: Snow pants for child age 8-9, and teenager (5’ 9” and slim), Winter toques for mother, father & 2 boys, scarves for everyone except father, gloves and mitts for the boys, Pillows, 4 sets of single sheets and pillowcases, Mattress covers (King size and 2 twin size), Electric kettle, Microwave ,Coffee maker, Cutlery Tray, Frying pans. Items can be dropped off at church office. Please contact Nora email » or call the church office for phone contact# ) if you are dropping off donation, so that we can cross things off the list as they are received."
A SPECIAL THANK YOU To the members of St Barnabas who walked and raised funds for the “Coldest Night of the Year Walk”. It was a success - the fundraising from the walk and donations in red box went to Kennedy House. We raised over $1,400.00. More about St Barnabas support of Kennedy House on the outreach page »

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Christmas Wish List Thank you
A huge thank you for your support of Kennedy House this Christmas time. We more than filled 40 large gift bags for the youth and gave each one a $15 gift card. [click pics above to see photo albums of gift wrap and cooking making event]. As part of our Outreach in the Parish we support Kennedy House Youth Centre in a variety of ways. Kennedy House Youth Services Christmas Wish List: New pajamas pants, new cotton t-shirts, new socks, hygiene products (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste), winter hats, scarves or mitts, nail polish, headphones, new slippers, flip flops,candies, money can be given through your envelopes and will be used to purchase gift cards. Visit the website »  
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/background-checks/) 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.

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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