Want to know what's been happening at St. Matthew's lately? Read on.
Church of the Holy Trinity Thanks St. Matt’s
As of August 14, 2020, St. Matthew’s has prepared and delivered 3,000 servings of soups, stews, shepherd’s pies, salads, sandwiches, hotdogs, and more to Church of the Holy Trinity for Toronto Urban Native Ministries (TUNM). Deborah Hurn and Nancy Hurn lead St. Matthew’s Soup Drive with the help of many volunteers and donations from many member’s of our community. Holy Trinity’s thank you note listed the ways St. Matthew’s contributions have helped alleviate some of the severe repercussions Toronto’s socioeconomically marginalized population face due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Look for the details in the next issue of Matt’s Media.
Club Matt Quilts
Club Matt kids contributed a square to St. Matthew’s new all-seasons banner. The Wukasch family put the central characters, Mary and Joseph, in place. The Rabel family afixed the star and light beams. Dawn Mercer and Liam put the head dressings on Mary and Joseph. The Hampton family added the manger, baby Jesus, and the straw. Bruce Gleeson will do the wording. Special thanks to Sandra Wilson for her creative work and ALL the management to get it done in a pandemic when we could not get together.
Archbishop Mark MacDonald "Visits" St. Matt's
Club Matt had a special guest speaker on August 9, 2020. Archbishop Mark MacDonald, the Indigenous Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Canada, was their Hero of Faith. He related the gospel of Jesus walking on the water and Peter joining him to the life of Indigenous people. One example he gave was being welcomed by a man with a large gun who protected him as they walked through a village where a grizzly bear was on the loose. God loves us and protects us in many different ways. We were so thankful that this kind, Godly man was able to talk directly to St Matthew's kids in Zoom.
Seth Enriquez Ordained
Seth Enriquez was ordained on Sunday, June 28, 2020. He was very thankful for your prayers and support. Please continue to pray for him in his new ministry.
Rev. Philip and Mary Anne
As St. Matthew's patiently awaits their arrival next week, Rev. Philip and Mary Anne send greetings.
Campbell Soup Kids Lookalikes: Deborah and Nancy Hurn to the Rescue
A late April clothing drive—touchless in the time of COVID-19—lead to a social-distancing soup drive.
So every Tuesday, thanks to Deborah and her sister Nancy, Soup’s on at St. Matthew’s. Deborah drew up the menu and volunteer schedule. She and Nancy buy the groceries on Mondays and do the cooking the following morning with two other volunteers.
“All this talk about soup brought back memories of people calling us the Campbell Soup Kids when we were little,” says Nancy.
And the photos back this up. (Read more.)
Rev. Stephen's Last Sunday with St. Matt's
St. Matthew's honoured Rev. Stephen and his family with a special presentation, gifts, and many expressions of gratitude, appreciation, sadness to say goodbye, and good wishes for the future. Watch the goodbye video (4 minutes).
Congratulations to the Messy Church Team for their successful virtual Messy Church. Thank you for all your hard work connecting with many of our families and friends.
On May 2, 2020, Messy Church ventured online and met with great success. Children and adults leading Messy MayDay, gathered live online via Zoom, to learn about caring for God’s Earth. Activities included a fast and frenzied scavenger hunt, playing Pictionary, sharing favourite happenings from the previous week, and sharing ideas and information about being good stewards of the planet. Three cheers for more bike riding and less single-use plastics! And special thanks to Cassidy Thompson for giving a talk, and Deborah Hurn and Nancy Hurn for delivering frozen pizzas to everyone.