“After these past years’ tough lock-downs, these children will more than benefit from a week at this camp with its beautiful open spaces,” says Linda Hachey. “They will also be able to revel in the freedom, independence and growth that comes from being away from home, probably for the first time in their lives.”
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“Children have experienced a much higher degree of social isolation because of the pandemic,” says the Rev. Rhonda Waters, Incumbent. “It is our hope that we can contribute to pandemic recovery by sharing the gifts of connection, play, and joy with the children of our community.”
“The people of St. George’s are highly supportive of their youngest parishioners. No matter what your age or interests, our church offers a rich program of ways to belong, to learn and to help others. Our young people had a vision for Music from Around the World and now that vision is ready to come to life.”
May this jubilee year for AFC can be a time of recommitment to our mission: to provide abundant resources for the Anglican Church of Canada. May it be a celebration as we look forward to the next 50, 65, 100 years, with hearts full of gratitude, and a generous capacity to imagine more.
“Five or six years ago I felt nervous attempting to partner with schools too. Reaching young people is challenging due to the decline in trust of the church universal and fears about what might be taught. My advice: Trust that God will and does show us the way.”
“We are so grateful to the foundation for this grant and helping us to do more to reach out to young people who are not already connected to our parish. The wagon ride was so much fun. We had hot chocolate and cookies and a much-needed chance to visit after a long winter of isolation.”
“In my sermons I have honed-in on the message that we’re sowing seeds, and we don’t know where God wants them to land.” Faithful champions for the program have emerged: “Many parishioners volunteer, and many more share in that sense of pride that comes from seeing the kind of outreach we are doing.”
Our hope is that this campaign will be both empowering and energizing: enabling our churches to harness the power of peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising to grow sustainable revenue streams for youth programs, while connecting them with other churches across Canada that are growing a brighter future for young people, today.
After a warm breakfast, those who attend SLT can draw from a range of essential support services, which include a hot shower, help with laundry, the use of a personal computer, dry socks and a top-up on winter gear, fresh fruit from one of SLT’s community fridges, and connections to more specialized resources.