Reaching Out… and Helping Others
St. Paul’s reaches out to others outside its Buildings and Borders in a variety of ways. One of these is the popular Tots and Us program. Our annual Vacation Bible Camp has also proven to be an effective way to reach out to the community.
St. Paul’s building facilities are put to good use by mid-week youth groups such as Scouts and Guides. As well, the use of our gymnasium is donated to the Special Olympics Ontario - Oakville SkyWalkers Basketball Club for indoor training purposes. We provide space for the annual Salvation Army Christmas dinner for their clients.
We have made an agreement with the YMCA next door to share our parking lot with them.
For the less fortunate in Oakville, we provide food to the Salvation Army. We also support the Fareshare Food Bank. Lunches have been provided to the volunteers who are building two homes here through Habitat for Humanity. We also support Ian Anderson House and The Salvation Army Lighthouse for the homeless.
Our church supplies backpacks, school supplies, mittens, hats, socks and Christmas gifts along with many other useful articles to Wesley Urban Ministries in Hamilton.
A new endeavour is to give financial support to the Kiva organization.
We also recognize that Outreach is not only financial support but quiet prayer remembering those less fortunate.
Many of our members are active as enthusiastic volunteers on an individual or group basis for a number of national, regional and local charitable organizations which include the following:
canvassing for the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Salvation Army Red Shield and Jingle Bell campaigns and other community services
delivering Meals on Wheels to shut-ins and handicapped persons, and acting as drivers for medical and other appointments
providing a healthy breakfast to start the day for students at W.H. Morden School
sharing monthly food donations with the Salvation Army and Oakville Fareshare Food Bank
collecting gifts at Christmas for The Samaritan’s Purse and the Salvation Army’s Toy Shop
serving meals to the homeless at Wesley Urban Ministries
We are proud of the leadership role played by our Laura Harper in Sleeping Children Around the World and members are encouraged to make individual donations.