Caring for Others
The Lay Pastoral Visitor volunteers provide pastoral support via phone calls and visits under the guidance and supervision of the clergy of St Timothy’s. The people supported are usually people who are unwell, isolated, lonely, grieving, and perhaps unable to come to worship in person. If you would like a pastoral visit or are interested in being part of the Pastoral Visiting Team please contact the office.
Prayers for Those in Need
Those in need are prayed for on a daily basis. We also have a prayer chain. A small group of individuals who commit to daily prayer for those whose needs are brought to their attention. If you wish to be remembered in prayer for any reason whatsoever contact the church office.
Following Jesus’ call to us, outreach has been an important element at St. Timothy’s since 1933 when the first church service was held in what is now our gymnasium. The Outreach Committee provides leadership to the parish in helping those in need in three ways. Each year, money is used from givings to support worthy causes in the community. In addition, some of this outreach budget minimally funds projects where parishioners can be involved in helping in the community. Effort is also expended in letting parishioners know about worthy causes that they can support with their own funds.
Hands On Opportunities
Prior to COVID, parishioners held a monthly community lunch and also prepared and served a monthly meal as well as baking cookies for the residents of St. George House, a high needs boarding house in Toronto. For many years, parishioners enjoyed a fall weekend at Moorelands Camp, building and helping with the end of season clean-up. We are hopeful that all of these opportunities for our members to help in our community will be up and running again soon.
Our most recent project has been the Little Free Pantry. Envisioned by the outreach committee, built by a congregation member and painted by the youth group, the Little Free Pantry sits along the path to the parish doors. During the Pandemic, this has served as an opportunity to meaningfully and safely engage with those in our community and neighbourhood in providing nutritious, hygienic and accessible food. Best news is that anonymous neighbours regularly contribute to the stock in the pantry. The Pantry’s vision: GIVE what you can and TAKE what you need is really working.
For many years we have had two Christmas gift projects: Once again, in 2021, we participated in Moorelands Christmas Sharing, adopting two families and providing grocery gift cards and Christmas gifts for six children in two families. We also gave gift cards at Christmas to the twenty-six residents of St. George House. In addition, we continued to hold our annual collection of baby items on Mother’s Day to support Moorelands Kids’ Baby Bundles program.
On June 4 2022, the Outreach Committee and the Parish hosted a Queen’s Jubilee Tea on the front lawn of the church property. It was a joyous occasion with entertainment provided by a Bagpipe and Drums band and also some very energetic Morris Dancers. Gallons of tea, lemonade and myriad sweets were served; the community and church members and 3 corgis had a grand time, and in conjunction with parishioners givings, over $3000 was raised for the Spirit Garden to be built in City Hall Square to remember the victims of residential schools.
Encouraging parishioners to give as they wish.
The Outreach Committee spearheads the annual Faithworks campaign as well as an Advent Conspiracy project – in 2021 – in support of Water First (via PWRDF) . In 2021 , over $20,000 was given to these causes through the church. St Timothy’s has raised nearly $225,000 for Faithworks over the past 25 years.Support for Others from the Church Budget.
Funds allocated to the outreach budget provide for financial donations in support of several excellent community organizations. During COVID, our donations have been directed to organizations providing food to those less fortunate than ourselves, including Able Kids Rehab in Malawi and closer to home, Flemingdon Park Ministry, Moorelands Kids, North York Harvest Food Bank, The STOP Community Food Centre and the St Stephen in-the-Field Anglican Church meal program. A recent parish survey confirmed hunger and houselessness as two top priorities.
In 2021, a one-time COVID Emergency Grant was approved at Vestry. The Outreach Committee researched and recommended to the wardens, the amounts that five organizations would receive from the $50,000 grant. Recipients of part of the funds were: St Stephen in-the-Field Church and All Saints Church and Community Centre (for their frontline work in delivering food and other supports to those most in need in downtown Toronto), Toronto Urban Native Ministry (for their frontline support to First Nations residents of Toronto), St Bartholomew’s Church (for their food program in Regent Park) and The Anglican Diocese of Mishamikoweesh in Northern Ontario and Manitoba. Understanding that First Nations were particularly hard hit by the pandemic, the parish directed 30% of the One-time Special COVID Donation to First Nations-run organizations.
Vestry in 2022 has approved additional outreach expenditure, leading to a total budget of $120,000 of Outreach giving, compared to $18,000 to $20,000 in recent years. To date, some of these funds have been allocated to the above recipients and consideration is being given to a number of other worthy projects and recipients.
The Old Orchard Blossoms
The Old Orchard Blossoms is an outreach group of St Timothy’s Church with approximately 15 active members supporting the work of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and its Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. Founded in 2006, the women of the Old Orchard Blossoms were inspired by the amazing African grandmothers supporting their grandchildren and other orphans created by the HIV and AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. Their mandate is to raise awareness of the grandmothers’ supportive role in the HIV and AIDS epidemic and to raise funds to assist grassroots projects run by and for African grandmothers. These amazing grandmothers are central to the life of their communities and to a whole generation of orphaned children.
Our members today include women from the church and the community. To date, the Blossoms have raised over $250,000 – our contribution to the $40 million raised for the Grandmothers Campaign by 240 grandmother groups in Canada. This money has been raised through a variety of projects including concerts, pub nights, wine tastings, sales of greeting cards, our fair-trade marketplace, and by participating in the annual national fundraising walk, “Stride to Turn the Tide.