OUT OF THE COLD AT ST. ANDREW’S

“The people of St. Andrew’s are called by God to serve in faith, hope and love in the heart of Toronto”. As one way to live out that mission statement, over twenty-five 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 find a good meal and some friends who care.

We have been offering community breakfasts year round on Tuesday mornings. From November until April, we have been serving supper on Monday nights. In recent years we have often welcomed OVER THREE HUNDRED guests on some evenings. Our chef works with a large team of volunteers to prepare delicious meals. Our mandate from the beginning is to serve meals that we would be proud to serve our family and friends.

In addition to serving wonderful meals, guests are welcome in our Boutique where they can choose new and gently used clothing as well as toiletry items. All of these items are donated. We now work in partnership with Brands for Canada and the Bargains Group.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR OUT OF THE COLD PROGRAMMES A SHORT VIDEO IS NOW AVAILABLE HERE:

 

 

 

 

DOORS OPEN TORONTO & BOOK SALE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

St. Andrew’s has been approved as a site in this year’s “Doors Open Toronto”.  On Saturday, May 28 and Sunday afternoon, May 29 we will be welcoming people in to see our beautiful sanctuary to learn more about the history and the current ministry of St. Andrew’s.
In conjunction with Doors Open, on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28, we are holding a book sale on the King Street patio.  This has been a very popular event in the past and we expect hundreds of people to drop in and browse – and buy!  Funds raised will support outreach programmes at St. Andrew’s as well as missions and ministries such as Evangel Hall and ARISE.  On Saturday we will also have great music and food for sale.
In order to ensure a successful weekend we are once again asking for volunteers.  If you are able to help, even for just a couple of hours, we would be most grateful.  The sign up form for the various activities can be found HERE

A SHOUT OUT TO OUR OUT OF THE COLD VOLUNTEERS!

A huge thank you to our Out of the Cold Volunteers.  Our supper program ended on April 4th.  Over the winter months we were serving a fabulous take away meal to an average of 250 guests.  It takes a lot of work to do this and we depended on our volunteers to prepare, serve and cleanup – all while adhering to Covid 19 protocols.  The love and commitment shown by members of our congregation and of our community spoke volumes to those who were struggling even more during the pandemic and over and over again they expressed their appreciation and gratitude.  We too express our gratitude and thanks.  And please don’t forget that our Breakfast and Boutique volunteers continue to serve throughout the year

THE MONDAY NIGHT SUPPER:  Has now ended for the season

THE TUESDAY MORNING BREAKFAST:
We will continue to offer a take away breakfast on Tuesday mornings.   Guests receive a sandwich, fruit, snacks and a muffin in addition to our usual eggs, blueberry porridge, juice, yogurt and coffee/tea.  We are also providing hot chocolate and on some mornings a fruit and yogurt granola parfait. Between 75 and 85 guests are served at each breakfast.   We begin serving at 7am at the Simcoe Street entrance.
THE BOUTIQUE:

The OOTC Boutique is currently operating out of the West Tower during the Tuesday breakfast.

We are still accepting donations for the Boutique and with the coming of warmer weather the needs of our clients do change. We are currently in URGENT NEED  of the following new or gently used items:

 

  1. Men’s and Women’s pants: jeans & khakis
  2. Men’s and Women’s running shoes – all sizes
  3. Baseball Caps – needed for protection from the sun

and then as always…..

  1. Men’s and Women’s : hoodies, tee-shirts, spring jacket
  2. Men’s and Women’s underwear and socks (must be new)
  3. Small, medium and large plastic/cloth bags/knapsacks/gym bags
  4. Small toiletry items such as soap, tooth brushes, toothpaste, facial tissues, shampoo and insoles for shoes (all of which are available at Dollarama!)

We would also ask that all used clothing be laundered or dry cleaned (and without stains) before donation.

In addition, the Boutique also accepts monetary donations.

To arrange a drop off time or monetary donation, please email Diana Veenstra at: dveenstra@standrewstoronto.org

 

NEEDEDPlastic Shopping Bags Please drop off any excess plastic shopping bags at the church during regular work hours or please call 416-593-5600 if you need them picked up.  OOTC uses over 80 bags on a rainy breakfast morning and the Boutique uses them as well.

Book Donations Announcement – NEW
Book donations have continued throughout the pandemic, even though we have been unable to have our annual book sale.  With so many generous donations we have now run out of storage space!  We ask that everyone please hold onto any further books until such time as we are able to accept them.  Thank you for your understanding.

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Socially Distanced Prepping

Packing up those takeaway meals!