Volunteers are the heart and soul of what we do as a parish, in the church and in our community!
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.
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).
Open: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm.
We carry clothing for adults as well for infants to tweens; also some toys and books.
Drop by or offer to lend a hand? We’ll be glad to see you, and we even give free, unbiased fashion advice!
We welcome donations of gently used and new items and request that you spread the news about our new department. 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.
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.
Cornerstone Housing for Women - Princeton Avenue Residence
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.
Serving on Sundays
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.
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.
Sidespeople, Readers, Liturgical Volunteers
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.
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.
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.
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.