Making a Difference
We are called to act with justice to love tenderly and to walk humbly with our God. (Micah 6:8). At St. Paul’s/Trinity Anglican Churches we continue to explore ways to engage with our communities in order to spread God’s love for all of creation.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
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Advocating for Guaranteed Basic Income
In the midst of a global pandemic, the Bishops in the Anglican Church of Canada and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada sent an open letter to the government advocating for a Guaranteed Basic Income that would provide a minimal level of support for all in need. Those interested in adding their names to this advocacy can do so by sending this letter with whatever modifications you see fit to your local MP, MPP and municipal government officials.
Random Acts of Kindness
It began in Advent 2017 and was such a hit that folks asked for it to become a tradition. So now, the last Sunday of the month, a baskets is available at the back of each church and folks are encouraged to make a donation and put their name in for the draw. During our ‘thank you bank’ time, a name is drawn from the basket and that person ‘wins’ the money with a challenge to go forth and use it to make a difference.
There have been wonderful stories shared about providing young people food for school lunches, paying for people’s coffee or groceries, putting together a donation package for Street help, and more. As people engage, we are learning about their passions and new opportunities to make a difference in our communities.
Trinity – fidget blankets!
Members at Trinity are now collecting notions and baby blankets to create special fidget blankets that will be distributed to seniors throughout Windsor-Essex county. These blankets are particularly meaningful for those who have advanced dementia as they function to keep hands busy and minds stimulated.
The Clothing Cupboard is open!
With prayers of thanksgiving and words of hope the clothing cupboard at St. Paul’s church was blessed on Mar. 3, 2013. We received our first customers Mar. 5th, families referred to us by the Essex Food Bank and on Mar. 6th by the Salvation Army Food Bank. Thanks to the support of both congregations and the wider community, we look forward to helping those in need for years to come!
Donations of gently used, clean clothing are always welcome. Please contact the church office (519) 776-7711 for more information.
Trinity Toy Collection!
A donation box is in the hall collecting new, unwrapped toys that will be donated through our local fire department at Christmas time. Let’s keep working to make Christmas a joyful time for local families!
Thank you Bank
At the conclusion of Sunday services each week, congregation members are invited to show gratitude for God’s blessings and make a donation to a charity. Over the weeks we have given thanks for the Leafs winning, for the weather, for harvests, for the safe arrival of grandchildren and great grandchildren, for health, family, friends, and visitors. These expressions of gratitude have been shared through donations to Free the Children, the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the Cancer Society, Essex Food Bank, Council of the North, Guatemala Hope and more (charity changes monthly).
Baskets are continually available at the entrance to both churches to enable members to donate food and supplies to the Essex Food Bank and toiletries to Hiatus House (a women’s shelter in Windsor). St. Paul’s also had a toy drive at Christmas and Trinity had a hat, scarf and mitten tree. Used prescription glasses are collected for distribution to those in need.