Be doers of the word, and not hearers only." James 1:22 Kingsway-Lambton seeks to live out the message by being "doers" of the Word. Several groups within our church engage with and support groups outside our church. We do this by raising funds for and providing non-financial support to these 7 charities: Out of the Cold, Lake Scugog, The Gatehouse, Youth Without Shelter, Youth Unlimited, Stonegate Ministry, and Parkdale Golden Age Foundation.
Out of the Cold at All Saints
All Saints Anglican's weekly "Out of the Cold" returned to in-person dinners in 2023. On both January 20 and March 3, it was KL's turn to provide the meal, and did we ever! Shout-out to the peelers, choppers, bakers, cooks, and dishwashers. Here is a 2-min. video showcasing our January 20th full-day contribution (scroll down to Downloads).
The Coldest Night of the Year
On Sat. Feb. 25, 2023, Mary Prime and Jeff Loudon joined Colin McCartney's Connect City group, "The Holy Rollers" walking in Scarborough in support of "The Coldest Night of the Year". Our team (6 walkers) and its many supporters raised about $14,000!! Woohoo. Thanks to all who gave!
Ukrainian Newcomer Task Force
In Summer 2022, this task force, in partnership with a townhouse developer in Brampton, quickly set up homes for Ukrainian newcomers. Four townhomes were outfitted with donated furniture, bedding, kitchen acoutrements, etc. Financial donations poured in to cover rent for 3 months on all 4 homes ($48,000!). In all, 31 people from Ukraine across 6 families are happily settled in Brampton because of these efforts. To hear a thank you message, Watch Video In January 2023, there was an additional drive for ice skates and helmets for this group and 60 pairs of skates were donated.
The Benevolent Fund is administered by the Coordinating Minister to provide emergency assistance to people in need or to agencies that serve those in crisis. The congregation is asked to support this fund annually during the Christmas season.
Our community-welcoming pancake supper returned in person this year on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The Men's Group cooked up and served to a great crowd fresh pancakes, sausages, real maple syrup, fruit, dessert, and coffee/tea.
Mission & Service (M&S)
At Kingsway Lambton, members may designate an amount towards the United Church of Canada's M&S Fund as part of their annual pledge and on their offering envelopes throughout the year. These funds go to support ministries and programs in Canada and around the world. For details, click here.
United Church Women (UCW)
The UCW oversees fundraising events such as the Flea Market and Art Show, as well as ongoing initiatives such as funeral catering. With the funds raised, the UCW supports several local, regional, and national charities. Some of the funds raised are used to assist with the finances of the church.
The Warmth Initiative
In the Fall of 2020, 2021, and 2022, The Warmth Initiative responded to the urgent need for warm clothing in Toronto shelters. Donated coats, jackets, sweaters, socks, hats, and mitts/gloves were collected throughout October and provided to downtown Toronto shelters such as Fred Victor Centre (www.fredvictor.org). This year, we were blessed with 140 garbage bags full of donations!