"Then the righteous will answer, 'Lord, when was it
that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something
to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you,
or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or
in prison and visited you?' ... 'truly I tell you, just as you did it
to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it
- Matthew 25:37-40
Initiatives & Partnerships
John's is a community of compassion and care. Vounteer hours, gifts, advocacy,
education, community engagements and partnerships are the backbone of
our justice-building work each year.
to the Syrian Crisis, and more...
St. Johns and The Anglican Diocese of Niagara are responding with compassion
to those fleeing from war. You can help...
...by supporting The Diocese of Niagara's 140th Anniversary
To celebrate, Niagara is asking you to donate in
multiples of $140 towards a fund which will support parish refugee sponsorships
in Canada. More...
...by supporting PWRDF
More about PWRDF below, but our national
outreach is working with established partners to support immediate relief
internationally. You can give directly to PWRDF, or you can give through
the parish by calling or dropping by the office.
World Relief and Development Fund is our national church's coordinated
alliance for hunger relief, advocacy, development and disaster relief.
It is the vehicle through which Anglicans respond nationally to domestic
and international relief efforts such as Slave Lake, Haiti, Japan and
south Pacific Tsunamis, Hurricane Sandi and the needs in the Philippines,
as recent examples. St. John's is a strong parish and individual supporter
of PWRDF, which creates partnerships
with local agencies and people to help build a more just, equitable and
peaceful world. In joy and struggle, the Primate's Fund engages in development
work, responds to emergencies, works to protect refugees, and educates
and advocates for change. The parish, especially, supports Archdeacon
Pickett and The Three
Cantors in their work which has raised over $1.3 million for PWRDF
Advent is especially busy as the parish
organizes gifts for seniors at St. Matthew's House, as well as sponsoring
families in need with gift and food hampers for Christmas and winter.
Outreach - Youth
The Youth Group takes on their own branch of the Christmas
initiative by raising funds and purchasing gifts for equivalent aged kids
in their own sponsorships. With everything from spaghetti suppers to selling
their own craft-work, the youth earn their own resources to fulfill this
St John's has been involved in refugee sponsorship since
2000, when we sponsored our first refugee family. We knew this would be
an exciting venture for the parish, but quickly learned not only what
a succes it was, but what an incredible blessing as well. A second sponsorship
took place in partnership with a sister denomination. We continue to work
with the Diocese on the important issue of advocacy and awareness of displaced
persons in our time.
to Keep Kids Warm.
A group of dedicated knitters will take any and all usable
yarn and wool to craft into caps for newborns, mitts, hats and scarves
for kids or senior, keeping people warm in the winter in partnership with
St. Matthew's House.
Education and Advocacy
We are active pariticipants in Poverty Round Table discussions
along with our Diocese.
Niagara's commitment to good environmental stewardship
is known as "Greening Niagara". St. John's is a good steward
of the property, resources and energy use wherever possible and is working
towards it's accreditation at a Diocesan level as a green church.
has supported Ancaster Scouting for decades, meeting in the Parish Hall.
Scouting activities offer a fun and interactive way for young poeple to
meet new friends, develop important life skills and learn more about their
world and service to the community.
As an active part of the local Ministerial Association,
St. John's is one of the founding churches of what has now become a community-run,
ecumenical initiative... one of the largest food drives in Ontario. Each
year in February, St. John's hosts the food drive in the old parish hall,
and provides thousands of volunteer hours from its membership for the
gathering, sorting, packing and distribution of up to 80,000 pounds of
food, and growing! St. John's salutes the many ecumenical partners that
work together to make this annual event a success, but also urge everyone
to give all year round to those in need... even better, to help create
a world where food drives are no longer needed!
St. Matthew's House is one of the Anglican Diocese of Niagara's
important centres of care and outreach in the heart of our region in Hamilton.
St. John's offers year-round support St. Matthew's House's ministry through
gifts of time, food, money and hard work. Several of our parishioners
have offered volunteer commitments to participate in the work of St. Matthew's.
St. John's has assisted this shelter for battered women
with clothing and with resettlement needs, helping give people a new start.
The local local Ministerial Association was the founder
of the original concept of a coordinated community service group. This
grew into a crucial, community-based agency will full time staff. Our
cooperation with, and support of, ACS continues!
of the Cold, Hamilton
Is run out of Anglican parishes in down-town Hamilton, including
Christ's Church Cathedral, providing hot meals and shelter from the cold
in the frosty seasons. Several of our parishioners volunteer for this
important work and St. John's youth have got involved, partnering with
the local high school. Out of The Cold's food is health-conscisous: our
youth love to make cupcakes as a little treat to top off a healthy meal!
The Good Food Box is a non-profit monthly fresh fruit and
vegetable distribution program. It's goal: to make healthy fresh food
affordable and accessible to everyone. St John's partners with Ancaster
Community Services to deliver the food from the distribution centre in
Dundas to ACS for pickup by their clients.
In partnership with the local B.I.A., St. John's hosts
a local farmer's market, Wednesdays on the Green from May to October,
promoting locally sourced food and local producers. Check it out!
St. John's offers hunger relief through weekly collection
of non-perishable food for local food banks, especailly St. Matthew's
House. St. John's also ensures that any surplus food safely prepared on
site for events is never wasted but will set aside extra food to support
the programs of Mission Services, The Senior's Centre and others.
St. John's parish and membership supports kids camp programs
and sponsors kids to attend camp at Canterbury Hills, giving young people
a chance to experience more of their world!
St. John's takes part in the Community Worship Service,
Lenten Lunches, Remembrance Day Services and other community leadership
through the work of The Ancaster Ministerial Association.
Residences and Nursing Homes
St. John's makes visits and leads worship for all denominations
in five area seniors' residences or nursing homes, providing prayer and
sacramental care to those unable to attend worship in their home church,
or who now live outside of their previous communities.
In partnership with ecumenicly partner churches, St. John's
offers VBS annually to local children and youth.
Christian Care/24 Hours of Silence
St. John's youth have enjoyed a good relationship with this residence,
including hosting meals and fellowship andmaking visits with entertainment
and friendly interaction. On a March weekend from noon Saturday to noon
Sunday, St. John's youth and their leaders hold a silent retreat to raise
funds and awareness about mental illness. Often this is timed to coincide
with Earth Day. Funds raised benefit Homestead Christian Care, offering
supportive housing to people living with mental illness. Residents are
assisted with personal goals and life skills training, social involvement
and spiritual growth. More...
Is a new congregation of The Christian Alliance. St. John's
is making the use of our parish hall available as a place for worship
for this new congregation in the community.
After Sale Donations
In partnership with a local Winner's franchise, St. John's
gathers clothing to benefit local high schools, the C.A.S., St. Christopher's
Eva Rothwell Centre Youth Outhreach, Inner City Kids, Ancaster Community
Services and St. Matthew's House, keeping people warm and clothed all
St. John's promotes fair trade and corporate justice by
supporting 10,000 villages throughout the year, especially at the annual
Hours for Youth
Ever since the Ontario Government mandated volunteerism
in students, St. John's has been providing opportunities for local high
school aged youth to find a place to volunteer in a variety of capacities,
in keeping with their talents.