Mission & Outreach
“The Coldest Night of the Year”
In February each year we participate in “The Coldest Night of the Year” in support of The Dam – a non profit organization in Meadowvale and Cooksville. The Dam works with at-risk youth and their vision is to stop the flow of at-risk youth in the community from experiencing the pain of homelessness, broken relationships and isolation. The Dam encourages youth to discover who they are and know where they are going, to make a positive impact in the world as they reach toward their full potential.
ARMAGH, a home for abused women and their children
Our most recent work with Armagh was a project we titled “Saving for Suds” which raised money for a washing machine and dryer along with soap, towels, sheets, and laundry baskets. We also share in a long-term tradition of providing Pajamas and slippers at christmas time.
The Deacon’s Cupboard is an ecumenical outreach program located in St. Peter’s Anglican. It offers practical, emotional and spiritual support to those in need. This includes food and personal care items offered on a voucher basis as well as clergy and nursing support.
This mission is supported by the following churches in the area: St. Peter’s Anglican, St. Thomas a Becket Anglican, Erin Mills United, Erindale Presbyterian and Erindale United. The Deacon’s Cupboard also does some of its own fundraising and receives donations from numerous schools, scout groups, the police, businesses and individuals in the community.
Erindale supports this outreach program by encouraging its members to bring in non-perishable goods each Sunday, provide donations throughout the year and by hosting various fundraising activities throughout the year. As well, a few of our members provide volunteer support.
Visit: http://www.stpeterserindale.ca/deacons-cupboard/ for more information.
Good Samaritan Fund
The Good Samaritan fund is used as a caring outreach to provide monetary assistance to persons in need, either within the congregation or part of our local community, and to help fund local groups that are seeking to perform community service to those in poverty and need.
Individuals are invited to give to this fund in an envelope labelled, “Good Samaritan Fund”.
Links Across Borders
Each year Links Across Borders travels with a group of volunteers to Ghana in May. The group will help to complete a new library, design and coordinate activities for children and youth in two villages and run the Love to Read Campaign from May 6 – June 2. Sylvia Morrison, the founder of Links Across Borders, is hoping to give a solar lamp to each child who participates in the Love to Read Campaign this year.
Erindale supports this ministry through book donations along with financial donations to help provide solar-powered lamps for children. These lamps are useful for the child’s household during in the weekly power outages. Lack of light in the home limits the child’s opportunity to study, read, or do homework at night.
A letter from Sylvia…
I have no words to express my sincere appreciation for Erindale’s expression of generosity and care last Sunday. Erindale gave generously to Links Across Borders (http://linksacrossborders.org/) providing 50 Solar Powered Lamps (more than $1250 was raised!) for children living in Ghana**. I will bring back photographs of that event for the church to see to whom the fifty lamps went.
With heartfelt gratitude,
**Each year Links Across Borders travels with a group of volunteers to Ghana in May, Sylvia coordinates the group. This year the group of 17 comprise Humber & George Brown College students along with 4 individuals who will take their vacation time to volunteer in Ghana. The group will help to complete a new library, design and coordinate activities for children and youth in two villages and run the Love to Read Campaign from May 6 – June 2. Sylvia is hoping to give a solar lamp to each child who participates in the Love to Read Campaign this year. A donation of $25 could provide a lamp that would be useful for the child’s household during in the weekly power outages. Lack of light in the home limits the child’s opportunity to study, read, or do homework at night.
Presbyterians Sharing is the national church fund that supports the mission and ministries we do together in Canada and around the world. Presbyterians are sharing in a wide range of ministries from encouraging and equipping congregational renewal and development, to supporting inner city , native, refugee, urban, remote and chaplaincy ministries in Canada, to sending mission personnel to work with international partners.
Presbyterian World Service and Development
Presbyterian World Service & Development is the development and relief agency of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. For over 65 years, our church has been actively working to serve marginalized and vulnerable people through Presbyterian World Service & Development. While the global context has evolved since PWS&D was first formed, what has not changed is a commitment to Christ’s message of love through justice, poverty reduction and support in times of disaster. Erindale supports the work of PWS&D through financial gifts, and in particular times of crisis and disaster.
A Classroom for every child!
The youth have decided to take on a project from the PWS&D Gifts of Change Catalogue and would like to fund “A Classroom for Every Child”. One of their fundraisers towards this goal was the sale of “Cookies in a Jar”. They raised $340 towards their mission project. Congratulations and well done! A portion of the open offering on Christmas Eve was designated for the project and there will be further fundraising opportunities in 2019.