"Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me."
Various committees of dedicated volunteers, with the active involvement of clergy, enable our mission and outreach ministry. Beyond providing financial contributions to international programs or aid agencies, this ministry involves information and advocacy as well as substantial in-kind support to various agencies.
Homelessness and Affordable Housing: A Municipal Responsibility
Right Reverend John H. Chapman, Anglican Bishop of Ottawa
click here to read Bishop Chapman's document about homelessness and affordable housing in Ottawa and what the
Anglican church is doing to combat this issue.
In 2017 St Thomas supported
· - The Stittsville Food Bank:
- Loonies for Lent
- Funds donated at the ‘A Choired Afternoon’ concert
- Other donations
· - Regular ongoing donations of food for the
Stittsville Food Bank
· - Constance Bay Flood relief
· - Primates Word Relief & Development Fund
· - Open Table Meals
· - The Ottawa Diocese for Diocesan Outreach
· - Frequent donations of clothing and
toiletries delivered to the various shelters around the city
· - Two very large bins of dry goods from 'A
Choired Afternoon’ concert
· - Several containers of food following our
· - Gift cards in support of the Angel Tree at
· - At least 250 cups of hot chocolate
handed out at the Parade of Lights.
· - Hours spent by many parishioners assisting
with monthly Open Table dinners.
· - Participating member of the Kanata
Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship Group
· - The various ministries supported financially
Refugee Sponsorship Group
Thomas is a member of the Kanata Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship Group (KSRSG) which is
comprised of seven churches in the Kanata Stittsville area. The Group has
helped many refugees to settle in the Ottawa area. More information about the Group can be seen by
clicking on this link.
Anglican churches donate $25,000 to hospice
From The Stittsville News
By John Curry
Rev. Michel Dubord, left, of St. John's Anglican Church in Richmond and Rev.
Jane McCaig, right, of St. Thomas Anglican Church in Stittsville stand in front
of a sign at the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice in Kanata where a new residential
hospice facility is planned. West end Anglican Churches are donating $100,000 to
provide a reflection room in this new residential hospice, with the first
$25,000 being presented in a ceremony at the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice on
Wednesday, Oct. 8.
St Thomas Anglican Church in Stittsville and St. John the Baptist Anglican
Church in Richmond are two of 22 Anglican churches in the west end of the Ottawa
Diocese which have committed to providing $100,000 for the capital campaign for
a residential hospice addition at the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice in Kanata.
This new residential hospice will
serve the residents of the west Ottawa area, providing end-of-life care in a
hospice setting. These funds from the Anglican churches will fund a reflection
room in the new residential hospice, providing a place where end-of-life hospice
residents and their families can enjoy calm, quiet and prayerful thought.
The presentation of the initial
$25,000 installment towards this $100,000 contribution took place on Wednesday
morning, Oct. 8 when Rt. Rev. John Chapman, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of
Ottawa, presented a giant cheque representing the donation to Rabbi Reuven Bulka
who is chair of the Hospice Ottawa West capital fundraising campaign.
This involvement by west end
Anglican churches in the Ottawa Diocese to funding a reflection room at the new
residential hospice began with the St. John's Anglican Parish of March and the
celebration of its 175th anniversary.
This parish pledged to raise
$50,000 for the project, with other parishes coming on board to help with the
project through contributions through the Anglican Diocese's G.I.F.T. (Growing
In Faith Together) program.
In presenting the $25,000 donation,
Bishop Chapman said that the Anglican parishes involved are committed to the
hospice ministry, noting that there is nothing more important than an
end-of-life experience that allows for a fullness of love in faith.
Rabbi Bulka, in accepting the
donation on behalf of Hospice Care Ottawa and the Hospice Ottawa West captain
campaign, said that end-of-life care in such an important service. He admitted
to being totally overwhelmed at this donation which will allow a reflection room
to be included in the new residential hospice facility.
The Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice is
located in the former Trinity Presbyterian Church facility on McCurdy Drive just
off Terry Fox Drive in Kanata.
Open Table at St.
St. Thomas Open Table Community Dinner is now held on the 2nd Saturday of every
month (as of Sept 2014), except July and August. Doors open at 4:30pm and the meal is served at
5:00pm. The meals are free of charge, there is a donation box for anyone who
wishes to donate. Donations received are used to defray the cost of the meals.
For several years, Open Table has been offering these tasty and nutritious meals
where a warm welcome is assured to all. There is a good mix of age groups,
couples, friends, singles and families. The dinner is now a fixture for many
of the guests who never miss the meal - "2nd Saturday is Open Table Saturday" .
Supported Outreach Programs
Outreach involves giving to others
within and outside of our community. St Thomas’s accomplishes this in many ways:
Locally: St Thomas
supports the Stittsville food bank with donations and assists the Frederick
Banting Adult High School with clothing and with their breakfast club. Main
Street Community Services also receive clothing, household
and financial help from St Thomas. This year (2015) we participated in a bike rally
with Kanata United Church to raise money for the Stittsville/Kanata Refugee
Committee, and along with other member churches are sponsoring refugees as they
settle into their new lives in Canada. St Thomas opens its facilities to
Alcoholics Anonymous and to Victoria’s Quilts, a group that sews quilts for
cancer patients. At Christmas time we participate in the Angel Tree program
providing gifts for local children. Once a month (except July and August) many
volunteers organize and serve at our Open Table Dinner, a self-supporting
outreach providing a good meal and fellowship for anyone wishing to attend, from
seniors on a fixed income to families with young children.
Regionally: We collect
and deliver clothes, food and various specified items to Centre 454, The Well,
Cornerstone, The Shepherds of Good Hope, The Youville Centre, St Luke's Table
and the Ottawa Mission. One parishioner assists in
sorting clothes at St Luke’s.
Primates World Relief and Development Fund, the Anglican Church of Canada’s
agency for sustainable development, relief, refugees and global justice is well
supported in our parish. At coffee hour we use Fair Trade coffee. Our Anglican
Church Women knit Prayer Shawls and Afghans to give out to those in need of
comfort and warmth. They provide financial support to St. Jude’s Cathedral in
Iqaluit and are involved with the ‘Days for Girls’ program, providing kits to
help with feminine hygiene.
The Watoto Choir
performing at St Thomas
The Nicaraguan children thanking
the St Thomas workers.
In 2014 we hosted the Watoto Children’s Choir in
support of orphaned children in
St Thomas youth and adults travelled to Nicaragua to assist in building
a school with SchoolBox in 2014 and again in 2016. These were hands-on opportunities to serve
our brothers and sisters in need.
At St Thomas we are actively showing
God’s love to one another but we feel there is always more we can do! We would
like to compile a directory of outreach contacts within our community. We want
to investigate, with a view to supporting, programs for Aboriginal peoples in
Canada and we hope to support an initiative for affordable housing in
Stittsville in conjunction with a developer and other community organizations.
God’s power working in us is more than we can ask or imagine...
The following is an excerpt from a ‘thank you’ letter written to the Open table
committee: “Thank you so much. We have had illness in the family and
financial troubles – wonderful to be able to go out to dinner without worrying.
Great to have a good nutritious meal.”
Local and International Outreach we have supported