Our Outreach Ministry is committed to building relationships with our wider community and supporting those in need. While we are active in many different facets of London life, some particular activities include:
Christians Against Poverty
- St. James Westminster has become a CAP (Christians Against Poverty) “Money Management Centre”, offering 6-hour courses on a regular basis to help those on limited incomes to manage their money to meet needs, get out of debt, stay out of debt, and even save. To learn more about CAP, go to capcanada.org.
Although currently on hold due to the pandemic, St. James Westminster hopes to be back with its partners Wesley Knox United Church, Calvary United Church, and St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Wortley Village to ensure a community breakfast is served every Saturday for Londoners in need of meal assistance when it is safe to do so. With a hearty breakfast of cereal, eggs, ham, hash-browned potatoes, toast, fruit, juice, coffee, tea – and much conversation, the community breakfasts are a wonderful place to gather.
Throughout the year, we collect dry goods and produce to share with the St. Paul’s Social Services Daily Bread Food Bank and the Anglican Church of the Epiphany Food Bank. Each February, we hold a special drive called “Loaves and Fishes” to assist these food banks at a particularly difficult time of the year.
- St. James Westminster is a member of LERC, the London Ecumenical Refugee Committee, made up of a number of London churches in partnership with the London Karen Association. The St. James Foundation provides LERC with funding support and the Outreach Committee holds various fund-raising events to help refugees from Burma/Myanmar who have been living in camps in Thailand, to find a home in London. St. James also supports the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund drives such as the “Ride for Refuge” to help refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries.
- St James Westminster has created a relationship with Indwell, a Christian charity that works to build and supply affordable housing communties that support those seeking health, wellness, and belonging. Through generous donations from St James Westminster, along with other organizations, Indwell has communities of more than 700 people in buildings in Hamilton, Woodstock, Simcoe, and London. More information can be found at indwell.ca
For those in financial distress, personal hygiene and nutrition are hard to maintain. This is especially true for women when it comes to those invisible items like feminine products and underwear, as well as diapers and formula for their infants. St. James Westminster is involved in an Outreach Project to help the Southdale Community Chaplaincy supply these items regularly to the women they serve -- our neighbours on Southdale Road. We are collecting donations of underwear, feminine hygiene products, infant formula, and/or diapers in various sizes.