Central to Christ’s mission on earth is the service of others. Through numerous examples He showed us the importance of service to the poor, sick and vulnerable. At St Aidan's we support a number of community ministries and agencies including The Well-La Source, Christie Lake Kids and the Heron Emergency Food Centre. As well, we have been providing space, free of charge to the 101st Scout Troop for over 50 years which provides leadership and life skills to over 90 youth in the community.
Used Postage and Old Eyeglasses: We collect used postage stamps for the Bible Society and old eyeglasses for the Lions Club Eyeglass Recycling Program. Please deposit your donations of these items in the appropriate boxes in the Narthex.
Centre 454, a community ministry of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, provides drop-in support services and social recreational activities for individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It is located at 454 King Edward Avenue.
It offers a wide range of services to assist homeless men, women and their children to transform their lives with respect and dignity. Since 1954, Centre 454 has been working closely with the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, the municipal, provincial and federal governments, local businesses, community and church groups, donors and volunteers. Although Centre 454 provides support to an increasing number of people, the demand far outweighs the support available. Without Centre 454, many would be spending their days on the street or in very unsafe conditions.
St. Aidan’s supports Centre 454 as part of its outreach ministry. Please include Centre 454 in your prayers. More information on how to support the Centre can be found at www.centre454.ca
Cornerstone provides emergency shelter and supportive housing for a diversity of women. Its services are offered in an environment which promotes dignity and a sense of hope.
In 1994, the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa and the Region of Ottawa-Carleton jointly opened a 36-bed emergency shelter at 172 O’Connor Street. Twenty-nine years later, Cornerstone has four thriving communities, each full at all times. The Women’s Shelter provides short-term accommodation for up to 55 women per day. 515 MacLaren provides long term supportive housing for twenty women. McPhail offers long term supportive housing for six women living cooperatively. 314 Booth Street provides 42 self-contained apartments in an affordable supportive housing community.
St. Aidan’s supports Cornerstone as part of its outreach ministry. Information on how to support the Centre through donations or volunteer time can be found at www.ottawa.anglican.ca/cornerstone or by contacting them at 314 Booth St., Ottawa 613 254 6584.
The Heron Emergency Food Centre (HEFC) serves the needs of South East Ottawa. It acts as a food bank for the beneficiaries of the population of South East Ottawa, distributing food directly to the needy by arranging for, collecting, processesing, storing and distributing food. Working with the Ottawa Food Bank, supported by the City of Ottawa and assisted by the generosity of churches and local residents, the HEFC receives food in bulk and purchases items that are needed to supplement what has been donated. This ensures that the three-day emergency supply of food that HEFC provides will meet the nutritional needs of the beneficiaries.
St. Aidan’s is a collection point for food that parishioners donate to the Heron Emergency Food Centre. A barrel for this purpose, sits just outside the main entrance to the nave in the narthex. Regular deliveries are made to the Centre. St. Aidan’s also participates in HEFC special fund raising drives.
The Heron Emergency Food Centre address is 1480 Heron Road, 2nd Floor, Ottawa, 613 737 9090. More information is available at www.hefc.ca
St Aidan’s is involved with several other congregations who have sponsored refugees from Syria. A summer outing to Rideau Hall with sponsors, friends and relatives (including an unexpected encounter with a warm and welcoming Governor General!) was a great way to learn about Canada’s political system as well as our values of inclusivity and compassion.
For over 50 years, the 101st Ottawa Group of Scouts Canada has been enjoying the facilities at St. Aidan’s, usually twice a week. Currently, over 90 children, boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 16, participate in the program. The aim of the program is to equip our youth with leadership, citizenship and life skills. New members are always welcome. To register you can contact Scouts Canada at 1 888 855 3336 or through their website www.scouts.ca
The Well/ La Source is a drop in day program for women and women with children. It offers numerous services to vulnerable women and the community: including free clothing, housing outreach, breakfast and hot lunches, access to showers and laundry, personal, peer and group support, emergency food, computers and internet access, crisis intervention and advocacy, and literacy. The centre is located in the basement of the Church of St. John the Evangelist, 154 Somerset St. West, Ottawa.
The main purposes of The Well/ La Source are to:
1) Affirm the dignity and worth of each woman who comes to The Well/La Source, whatever her story.
2) Help women recognize that they are capable of taking charge of their own lives.
3) Provide a safe place where women can meet and support one another.
4) Encourage acceptance and tolerance among those who come to The Well/La Source.
5) Provide support and empowerment tools to help women overcome whatever barriers my be hampering them.
The Parish generally and the Ladies Guild support The Well/ La Source by providing clothing, toiletries, and financial support throughout the year.
More information is available at www.the-well.ca