Friday, 18 June 2021 01:53

Social Justice

Social Justice Concerns

Indigenous People

Territorial Land Acknowledgement
We want to acknowledge that the land we are gathered on today is First Nations’ territory, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Attawandaron, and Wendat peoples.
This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. We also want to offer respect to our neighbouring Indigenous nations, including the Metis, Cree and Inuit amongst many others. Our necessities of life are here and our work today is possible because of the stewardship of the 7 generations who came before us.

National Indigenous Day of Prayer -  June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Indigenous Ministries supports the Indigenous Peoples of Canada (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) spiritually, socially, economically and politically. We recognize that the purity of the land base provides for all our needs. As active participants in the life of the church, we strive for reconciliation with the Anglican Communion and work towards Indigenous self-determination.

More information on the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples, their work and many other resources may be found at: https://www.anglican.ca/im/

Navajo Beauty Way Prayer “Walk in Beauty” from the women of the Episcopal Church in Navajoland. Blessing led by the Rev. Canon Cornelia Eaton at Sheep Camp, Navajoland.

Prayers, an adaptation of the Great Thanksgiving. Led by Ms. Judith Moses and Mr. John Haugen, members of the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples.

Homily by the Rt. Rev. Chris Harper, Bishop of Saskatoon

The Strawberry Story, written by the late Canon Ginny Doctor, read by Donna Bomberry.

One particularly inportant resources is Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen lands, Strong Hearts. The purpose of this one hour long film is to respond to the calls to action by helping to provide education and insight into the racist foundations of many of our property and other laws still in existence to this day.
https://www.anglican.ca/primate/tfc/drj/doctrineofdiscovery/

Other resources:

In 2019, St. Anne's hosted a Blanket Exercise and were pleased to have 29 people join us for this event.

Hunger

Do you have 10 minutes to spare in your day? You can do something amazing and simple with no gardening experience required!20210701 Greenhouseinsidesm
Take about 10 minutes out of your morning or evening to help us help our neighbours as St. Anne's grows fresh food for the local Byron Cares Food Bank. A greenhouse has been supplied to the church by Business Cares London and the London Food BankFisher's Landscape Depot and Home Hardware Komoka also made donations that helped us to put the greenhouse into operation. Many thanks to the people behind these organizations for caring enough about their neighbours to support this effort!

At this time volunteers are needed to open or close our greenhouse each day so the plants don't get overheated. It is as easy as zipping or unzipping the doors and rolling up the flap to allow good air flow. If you have ever camped this will bring back memories (hopefully good ones)! From time to time the plants may ask you for a drink and we have a convenient hose and watering wand ready to do the job. A step-by-step guide will be posted shortly. You can also contact Keith B at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or if you have a question. Everyone from the community is welcome to participate.  A pdf formatted guide to working in the greenhouse pdf is available for you.

Here is our signup process.

Please sign up for Growing Food at St Anne's!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/login/entry/5270196015688580125
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Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

 

St. Paul's Daily Bread Program, a registered charity, is an ecumenical social service provider supported by over 50 London and area churches of various denominations, a number of service and fraternal organizations and hundreds of caring individuals on a regular ongoing basis. The Daily Bread Program is available to anyone need in the community who is in need and is one of the few agencies in London that offers emergency financial assistance in crisis situations pertaining to shelter and/or utilities cut off as funds permit.

Human Trafficking 20190730CourageForFreedom

Courage for Freedom is one organization working to increase awareness of this practice of human sex trafficking and its presence along the 400 series highways and have a Project Maple Leaf intitiave to spread the word - https://courageforfreedom.org/solution/projectmapleleaf/  Can you spread the word?

In 2019, 14 members of the congregation attended a public rally in July to learn more about what can be done to decrease human trafficking. It was both informational and inspiring.

Internationally, human trafficking, bonded labour and slavery are still very prevalent in some parts of the world. The International Justice Mission (IJM) - https://www.ijm.org/ - partners with local authorities in 24 program offices in 14 countries to combat slavery, violence against women and children, and police abuse of power against people who are poor. IJM is a global organization partnering with local justice systems to end violence against people living in poverty.

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Friday, 23 March 2018 12:26

Outreach Ministry

Outreach at St. Anne's

In 2019 we continued to gather gifts of backpacks and supplies in September and warm hats, socks, mitts etc during Advent for Christmas distribution at the local school. We also participated again in the creation of a number of Shoeboxes for women living in shelters here in London with several teams of parishioners also serving meals at Inn Out of the Cold in St Thomas. At the encouragement of the ACW financial gifts were made to Merrymount ($1000) and El Sistema South London ($1000). The Hostess group raised funds so that we could contribute to the work of Life Spin ($500) and Inn Out of the Cold ($300), as well as collecting egg cartons for the Daily Bread at St Paul’s. A further gift was made to Inn Out of the Cold ($200) to further their work.

Combined with funds raised by the children of the parish at the Spring Sale and the Bazaar, we were able to make a $350 gift to the PWRDF purchasing, one cow, a goat, seeds for farmers, and 40 chickens for distribution to those living in Africa in very difficult circumstances. These gifts will change their lives. In addition to this, after a number of years, we were able to send $4,050 to the PWRDF towards a Cuban Water project.

In addition to this, items not sold from the Spring, sale were donated to Mission Services for families in need. As well books were donated to CPRI for their fundraisers. The Library raised funds to send cards to those at Parkwood and support their programs (see Library report for more details about this) with a certain percentage of the funds raised by the sidespeople’s Pancake Dinner also going to Outreach.

Our heavenly pie ladies (and some gentlemen, numbering 20 or so) not only made pies to support the church, but also hosted the two Seniors’ Luncheons that took place each year, as well as making pies available from time to time for pastoral support, and inviting some of our young friends from Northview over to learn the fine art of pie-making.

The ladies of the prayer shawl ministry kept knitting, creating shawls that would surround the recipients with love and prayers; and Laurie H. continued to organize and send the Bales north to Indigenous communities twice a year. Collections were made for St Monica’s house and blankets were crafted for the London Children’s Hospital Trauma Unit.

We made space for the VON to hold their twice-weekly exercises for seniors as well as providing a room for an ALANON group’s weekly meetings. We also hosted two separate Tuesday evening groups for Ability Through Drumming classes. The badminton group also continued to meet regularly in our Parish Hall.

We had hoped that we might manage to connect to Habitat for Humanity in 2019 and to host a community lunch, however, these initiatives did not take place.

In 2019, we hosted a Blanket Exercise and were pleased to have 29 people join us for this event.20190730CourageForFreedom

Also, 14 members of the congregation attended a public rally in July to learn more about what can be done to decrease human trafficking. It was both informational and inspiring.

We were pleased in 2019 to have raised $4,050 in support of Water Filtration systems in Cuba, as initiated by our deacon Ken B. As well through supporting a visit to our pollination garden, we did provide students at our local public school with opportunities to learn more about the pollination garden and how it helps to safeguard the integrity of creation.

We were able to connect to our local school and to provide for them a gift in the amount of $500 towards the purchase of equipment to support children’s learning about sustaining the earth.

We were able to invite students to our pollination garden to share with them how these kind of gardens support butterflies and bees in their pollinating efforts. There are additional funds left for the beautification of the gardens.

PWRDF is an important outreach arm of the Diocese of Huron www.pwrdf.org

St. Paul's Daily Bread Program, a registered charity, is an ecumenical social service provider supported by over 50 London and area churches of various denominations, a number of service and fraternal organizations and hundreds of caring individuals on a regular ongoing basis. The Daily Bread Program is available to anyone need in the community who is in need and is one of the few agencies in London that offers emergency financial assistance in crisis situations pertaining to shelter and/or utilities cut off as funds permit.

Anglican Church Women (ACW) - The Bale
St. Anne's gathers donations of suitable, gently used washable clothing, sheets and towels and toiletries and sends them to the northern Diocese of Keewatin for the many individuals, families, communities and programs (safe shelters, rehab, and hospital) who rely on several agencies for support. The Diocese of Keewatin includes 45 parishes in the central region of Canada straddling the border of the provinces of Manitoba and Ontario and comprising over 900,000 sq kilometres.

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