All Saints’ is actively involved in a variety of ministries and programs in our neighbourhood, town, and region.
We are mindful that many families and individuals in our area struggle every day with food insecurity, health issues, isolation or alienation, and worries over job availability or housing. We feel called by the Spirit and Christ’s example to share our time and resources with those whose day-to-day needs are as much material and physical as they are spiritual.
To that end, All Saints operates a Deacon’s Food Cupboard Foodbank that helps community residents meet their basic food requirements. The Cupboard receives food and monetary donations from local community partners and residents as well as from All Saints’ own parishioners. The food bank is open from the church office wing on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Note, however, that the last food order of the day is taken at 12:50pm.
With the support of other churches in the community, All Saints’ coordinates the provision of over 200 Christmas Hampers to Whitby individuals and families receiving Social Assistance and Disability support. The “hampers” (largely made up of giftcards) are fully funded by the congregation through an annual appeal for donations to cover the cost of grocery gift cards as well as toys and clothing for the children through our Christmas Tree Gift Tags.
The parish Men’s Group leads a seasonal drive, “Staying Warm Together,” which donates warm clothing items to seven community service shelter agencies. Year-round, we also support North House Transitional Housing through our FaithWorks fundraising, and we open our facilities for the use of support organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Durham Community Care-COPE. They also organize one-off drives and events to meet current needs in the community and world.
All Saints’ also actively supports the Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh and the PWRDF’s Indigenous Water Projects in Canada. All Saints’ Reconciliation Group leads an ongoing effort to educate ourselves on the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada and to continue the work of reconciliation.