Volunteer

Volunteers are the heart and soul of what we do as a parish, in the church and in our community! Browse through this page to find what speaks to you, then get in touch with the church office to find out more about becoming involved.

Caring for Each Other

Westboro Region Food Bank

All Saints’ is home to the Westboro Region Food Bank, which provides three days’ worth of emergency food once a month. This includes food appropriate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food bank serves all those living in the area bound by the Ottawa River, Island Park Drive, Dovercourt Avenue and Broadview Avenue. Volunteers are always needed.

St. Matthias Community Meals

St. Matthias Community Meals

The end of 2018 saw the conclusion of this ministry’s second full calendar year of operation. St. Matthias Community Meals is designed to offer an evening outing to dispel the effects of social isolation as well as provide a healthy, nutritious meal for our neighbours in the Hintonburg area of the parish. The meals are open to those who make use of the services of the Parkdale Food Centre.

We partner with the Parkdale Food Centre, using their Community Kitchen to offer a monthly supper. St. Matthias Community Meals plans the menus and brings in the groceries. The suppers are prepared and enjoyed in concert with our neighbours. We never know how many folks will show up on any given evening—so prayer is often a feature of this ministry.

New-to-You Shop

We welcome repurposeful shoppers on Wednesdays and Saturdays 9:30 am-2:30 pm, every season of the year.

An outreach ministry of All Saints’ Westboro since just after World War II, the New-to-You Shop has a threefold ministry: serving the community; serving the environment, and; serving the church.

In fact, the shop started practising the five Rs of recycling – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle – long before the concept caught on with the rest of the world. You can reduce the effects of climate change by donating good-quality used clothing and household goods to the Shop. So why not drop by or offer to lend a hand? We’ll be glad to see you, and we even give free, unbiased fashion advice!

New to You Shop

GranAid

GranAid was begun by six grandmothers at All Saints’ Westboro to support grandmothers, aunties and even older siblings raising children who were orphaned by HIV/AIDS. We support these children through Fikelela which means ‘reach out’ in XHOSA, and is the outreach branch of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town, South Africa. Our funds are used for food, clothing, schooling as well as emotional support for both children and caregivers. 

Help GranAid by donating to support a child’s education, or by purchasing Loblaws’ gift cards (contact the church office).

Cornerstone Housing for Women –
Princeton Avenue Residence

Princeton Avenue

Cornerstone Housing for Women, one of our Diocesan Community Ministries, has recently opened a beautiful new residence just blocks from All Saints’ Westboro. This home provides a comforting home for 42 women who need moderate support.

For more information on becoming a volunteer, please email Rosemary Jones, Cornerstone’s Volunteer Coordinator.

Refugee Welcoming Committee

ASW has had the privilege of sponsoring and welcoming two refugee families from Iraq in 2016 and in late 2018. At this point, volunteers are welcomed to continue to help our newest family settle in to life in Canada.

Pastoral Care Team

The parish list of those who are in Nursing Homes, in Retirement Residences, those who are “shut-in”, and those who are living in the community but benefit from extra contacts from others, shows a list of 78 names with varying levels of need. We have a small Pastoral Care Team that follows many of these people, as well as many other parishioners who keep our clergy informed on how other individuals are doing as well.

Serving on Sundays

Hospitality

Every Sunday following the 9:30 am service.

This provides a time to catch up on news and to welcome guests and new parishioners to All Saints’. Volunteers are always welcome to help provide coffee, tea and snacks. This group also organizes other social events such as pot lucks on special occasions.

Greeters/Sidespeople, Readers, Intercessors,
and Eucharistic and Diaconal Ministries

Sunday worship is powered by volunteers! Volunteers are needed to greet and welcome newcomers; to read the lessons; to lead the Prayers of the People, and to help serve at Holy Communion.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild works behind the scenes to care for and change the linens, flowers and sacred vessels needed for services throughout the year. Those interested in donating flowers for Sunday mornings may contact the church office.

Sharing Interests

Craft Guild

The Craft Guild (All Saints’ Originals) meets in Room 5/6 at 7:00 pm on the first Wednesday of every month except in December and January. We create items for the annual bazaar and enjoy fellowship as we glue and paint and sew.

Wednesday Quilters

Wednesday Morning Quilters

Wednesday Morning Quilters, photo by Helen Norman

The Wednesday Quilters meet most Wednesday mornings throughout the year to hand-quilt around a frame in the “quilting bee” tradition. If you are a hand-quilter, or would like to learn how to do this type of quilting, come to one of our sessions and try your hand on our small starter quilt. On the other hand, if you have a pieced quilt top that you have made or acquired which you would like to have hand-quilted, we would be happy to assess the suitability of your quilt for hand-quilting and review our pricing policy with you. This group welcomes visitors at anytime, and donates all of its income to the work of our church.

Making Space for Quiet

Chapel Presence

Open on most Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm for quiet prayer, meditation, or reflection. Volunteers provide a quiet presence and answer questions.

Courtyard Gardens

The courtyard gardens are a place of peace and welcome in the heart of Westboro. We are always looking for volunteers to help keep the gardens beautiful. Please contact the ASW office and a volunteer from the garden will get back to you.

Julie Cross in the garden

Julie Cross in the Courtyard garden, Photo by Helen Norman