At St George’s if you cannot come to church we bring the church to you. Generally, there are between 25 and 30 people on the list of shut-ins. Members visit parishioners in hospitals, senior residences and private homes, attending to their various needs, including banking, shopping and getting library books. Licensed administrants take communion to these members of our family. Pastoral Care is a central part of the lay ministry at St George’s.
St George’s is active where community need is great. For example: Mittens, toques, scarves, sweaters and jackets are provided to some inner-city schools. We also provide bus passes and school supplies. At Christmas we provide donations to the Christmas Cheer Board. The Thelma Wynne Project focuses on mothers with newborn babies requiring assistance. The parishioners donate articles for baby layettes, each layette consisting of about 20 items. Personal care items are also available for the mothers. These donations are sent to the depot at St Matthew’s Church where kits are assembled for nine charitable agencies. Volunteers from St George’s Church staff the Depot. We collect used glasses for the Lion’s Eye Bank. We also provide clothing and school supplies to Norquay School and to King Edward School. A number of parishioners assist each week at Main Street Project.
Sharing Our Faith, Our Resources and Ourselves
The Parish church of All Martyrs, Ndoddo, Diocese of Central Buganda ,Uganda, has been the sister church of St George’s for many years as part of our participation with Central Buganda. It is located about an hour from Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. We have helped this parish by providing funding for school books, assisting with exchange clergy visits, purchasing a cow for the minister. A parishioner made a visit to the parish in October 2019 – and it was an amazing and rewarding experience.
We are currently fundraising for 300 pairs of shoes for children in Ndoddo who walk to school without shoes each day. Financial donations welcome!
We are also supporting the university studies of a young woman from Ndoddo parish who is currently studying to be a primary school teacher. We are also about to support a second student from Ndoddo parish studying at University. Funds have been donated by parishioners for COVID-19 relief in the parish also.
We have also provided $90,000 in funds for a water system in the Diocese of Central Buganda. Work was completed in August 2006. The water system provides fresh water to Bulo, very near Ndoddo.
How can one possibly make a difference to world poverty, famine and disease? One agency that responds and makes a difference is the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. This is a Christian organization supported by St. George’s, committed to international development and global justice. For more information on workshops, etc.
For over 50 years, St. George’s has sponsored and supported refugees from many countries: Hungary, Vietnam, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Iran, Afghanistan, Croatia, Eritrea, Syria, and Sudan.
You can support our refugee initiatives with a cheque or cash donation to the Church, marked “Refugee Support”. These donations will be receipted by St. George’s for income tax purposes.