“Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy……for it is in giving that we receive…” – Prayer of St. Francis
St. Andrew’s is passionate about serving our neighbours.
St. Andrew’s is part of LARC (Lutheran Anglican Refugee Committee) and we helped sponsor and settle a refugees family of 7 in early 2016. We are hoping to help sponsor a second family soon.
Household Start-up Kits
When clients leave transitional and treatment programs and move into independent living they are setting up a new household. The government used to provide support for such clients but funds were cut. St. Andrew’s prepares kits containing all basic items needed for the bedroom, the bathroom and the kitchen and provides them to the agencies for distribution to clients. Start-up Kits are valued at between $800 and $900 each and items are donated or purchased new with donated funds. We make about 6 kits each year.
Each year we pack and deliver about 125 Welcome Bags. These are cloth shopping bags, made by our parish members and then filled with a variety of toiletries and other simple necessities. There are bags for men and for women. They are given to clients as they enter transitional and treatment programs, many of whom arrive with little or nothing. The agencies tell us what products will serve their clients and we pack the bags at an annual event. Parish members donate money and the products are purchased in bulk.
The Chili Ministry
The title sounds a little odd but its serious business. We take a chili lunch or dinner to three Kelowna agencies on a rotating schedule. We serve the clients of the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Now Canada and Willowbridge. Parish members make the chili and buy buns and serve the simple meal.
Each year the parish gives two bursaries of $500 each to University of BC Okanagan. One is in memory of Dorothy Deakin, a beloved parish member. The other is from the parish and in response to the TRC Call to Action it has been designated for an Indigenous student enrolled at UBCO. These bursaries are administered by the university and awarded at their discretion.
The Food Bank
Each month several baskets of food are brought forward to the Altar to be offered to God. Parish volunteers deliver the food to the Food Bank. Financial gifts are also sent to the Food Bank periodically. In the summer we make a special effort to fill the shelves at a time when donations are often at their lowest.
Inn From the Cold
This service provides overnight shelter to the homeless during the winter. St. Andrew’s provides financial support to this ministry and parishioners volunteer for many of the tasks involved in the program.
Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF)
The members of the parish give substantially to the Primate’s Fund which sponsors development projects overseas and in the Canadian north. Relief is offered at times of disaster and donations to the Primate’s Fund have often been eligible for matching grants from the Federal Government. Relief support has been sent to many places devastated by disasters.