St. Andrew’s offers a wide range of volunteer and social opportunities where you can make new friends, gain a new sense of community and apply your talents. Here’s how you can get involved.
The Out of the Cold Program
Over twenty years ago, St. Andrew’s Church began to open its doors for people on the streets of Toronto, offering a place for them to come in out of the cold and have a good meal. Sadly, there are more people than ever responding to our invitation but St. Andrew’s continues to be a place where they can find shelter, a good meal and some friends who care. From November until April, our Great Hall becomes a place of joyous feasts on Monday nights welcoming now over three hundred guests on some evenings. Our chef works with a large team of volunteers to prepare delicious meals, served at table, as we would for our family and friends.
On Tuesday mornings throughout the year volunteers arrive at St. Andrew’s beginning at 5:30 am to prepare a hearty breakfast for up to one hundred and fifty guests. Many of the volunteers are on their way to work and give a few hours of their time to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others.
In addition to serving wonderful meals, guests are welcome in our new and gently used clothing boutique and have books and magazines available to read and to take with them. All of these items are donated.
The Better English Café
The “Better English Café” is for everyone who wants to improve their English through conversations, learn about different cultures and make new friends from diverse backgrounds.
Each session starts at 7pm and ends at 8:30pm every Tuesday and is completely FREE. Our conversation tables are divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced language skill levels. Each week we discuss a variety of interesting topics such as events, culture, travel, job experience, and education.
We have welcomed students from all over the world and you can join anytime!
Boarding Homes Ministry
Founded in 1996 Boarding Homes Ministry nurtures Christian community by linking church visitors with residents of local homes. These residents are gifted, beautiful people with much to offer. They have been brave in facing their illnesses, they inspire with their stamina, and they often have profound insights into the nature of God-among-us. The residents of these privately owned and operated homes graciously welcome in team members, and rich community is formed as the new community shares life in Christ.
The goal of Boarding Homes Ministry is to glorify God by fostering deeper and more loving relationships with those who experience mental health problems. Mental illness is widespread. There will be people in our workplaces, schools and neighbourhoods who carry the burden of illness. They need to be lovingly met and celebrated.
Please contact Boarding Homes Ministry to receive our Cat Jeoffry church school curriculum which offers insights into pastoral care and explores ways in which the church of Jesus can develop stronger ties with those who experience mental illness. There are four age-appropriate lessons for 10-12 year-olds, four lessons for high school students, and eight lessons for adults. The kit contains twenty commissioned posters, and a cd of original music to stimulate and direct small group discussions. Please visit our website — www.boardinghomesministry.ca — and reflect on how you might become involved.