Garden of Eatin'
The Garden of Eatin’ is both a way of providing fresh food for mealtimes at the Salvation Army, and a demonstration to others of how they might grow and share their crops with people in need.
The concept is simple: the Garden is planted in the spring by a group of volunteers. The popular vegetables recently have been green beans and tomatoes.
A succession of volunteers weed the garden from time to time, water it as necessary, and harvest the beans and tomatoes as they become ripe.
The vegetables are taken in to the Salvation Army facility on Bayfield Street and very gratefully received. They will be consumed by the guests while still very fresh.
Members of the St. Thomas team have encouraged local gardeners to grow a bit extra to share. Our volunteers will pick up donated food and deliver it to the Salvation Army, along with the Garden’s bounty. This can double the amount of produce that will feed hungry people.
Out Of Cold Program
For many years St Thomas has been a part of the Out of the Cold program. Barrie Out of the Cold provides safe, respectful and welcoming overnight accommodation and meals to the homeless from November to April.
Restoring Dignity and Hope
On May 9th, the parishioners of St. Thomas' organized a Loonie Auction in support of Kelly Scaglione's ministry to former inmates. This unique project was written up in an article on Thursday, May 7 in the Barrie Examiner. The Loonie Auction was St. Thomas's way of helping Kelly continue to provide her work of caring for a neglected segment of society.
Busby Street Outreach Van
Sandwich Making for the Busby Van every third Sunday of the Month after the 10:30 service.
"The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) Le fonds du Primat pour le secours et le développement mondial is the Anglican Church of Canada’s agency for sustainable development, relief, refugees, and global justice. With the support of Anglican parishes across Canada, PWRDF makes financial and human resources available to support partners’ initiatives and to promote knowledgeable actions of solidarity at home and around the world.
PWRDF strives to be a part of the outreach ministry of every Canadian Anglican parish and an expression for all Anglicans of their baptismal covenant to strive for justice and peace and to respect the dignity of every human being." pwrdf.org
"FaithWorks is the annual appeal of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto. Since 1996 FaithWorks has provided more than $24 million to Anglican-affiliated ministries offering help and hope to people in need throughout south-central Ontario and around the world." faithworks.ca