"We love because He first loved us!" - 1 John 4:19
Opportunities like the following allow us to demonstrate the love of God in practical ways, and connect us to people within the church and outside our walls. Other words for our work in the community might be "Outreach" or "Serving". Whatever you call it, we'd love to have your help as we do what we can with the resources we have. Please use the contact form at the bottom of our website to be in touch with any questions or with how you'd like to participate.
Out of the Cold
St. Matthew’s is one of more than 50 religious and charitable organizations in the GTA participating in Out of the Cold. This program, run entirely by volunteers, provides food, shelter, and clothing to those in need, in a manner which respects their dignity and self-worth.
(Not available during the lockdown) The Food Cupboard is open each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. Everyone at St. Matthew’s, and other organizations and groups who use our church facilities, donate food. Each week volunteers prepare food bags for people who come to our doors seeking help.
Indigenous Issues Working Group
St. Matthew's supports Indigenous groups locally and nationally. Our Indigenous Issues Working Group provides information and experiences to expand our knowledge related to Truth and Reconciliation Recommendations.
Men and women of the Chancel Guild prepare the church for all the services. We work in pairs one weekend or less per month. Tasks involve setting up the altar and credence table for each Sunday morning service on Saturday mornings, usually no more than an hour, and tidying up after each service on a Sunday morning. For the special times of the Church year, Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, extra attention is paid to beautify the church with flowers, fruit, vegetables, and colourful seasonal hangings. Our flower coordinator chooses and arranges seasonal flowers for each Sunday. New volunteers are always welcome.
Outside of COVID-19 pandemic safety precautions,
St. Matthew's has a choir for our 11 a.m. Sunday services, and a praise and worship group for our 9:30 a.m. Sunday family service. The Music Ministry also participates in holiday services, concerts, recitals and outreach projects.
St. Matthew's welcomes all to join the choir and praise and worship group, which rehearse Thursday evenings.
FRIENDS FOR FRIENDS
A dedicated team of volunteers helps people who can't get to St. Matthew's anymore stay connected with phone calls, emails, letters, greeting cards, and Christmas baskets.
Since 1980, St. Matthew's has had a team of people who support people with prayer. In 40 years, this chain of prayer—connected by phone, email, and God's love—has honoured well over 1,300 requests.
Hospitality is an important part of St Matthew's community. Throughout the year, we help at special events, provide coffee and refreshments after each Sunday service, and lunch after the Wednesday morning service. It doesn't take a lot of time, but our efforts are appreciated.