"I am the vine; you are the branches." — John 15:5

Ongoing Initiatives

An End to Homelessness

See the display at the church for more information and the following websites:  ottawa.anglican.ca; www.province-ontario.anglican.ca/homelessness Donate toonies for Cornerstone. See the Blue Door to Peter’s+ office!

Outreach Collection

Continuing to collect items for the Bales for the North (Lists and bags available at the church); Thanks to the Craft Group for preparing the ‘Mother’s Bags’.

Shepherds of Good Hope Volunteers

May 6 (9 AM – 12:30PM) 15 volunteers needed. Please email me at valandre0976@gmail.com to indicate your availability as soon as possible. Thank you, Valerie Hughes-Villemaire

Refugee Sponsorship

St. Helen’s has an opportunity to build community through refugee sponsorship. To that end, a small working group formed to determine if it is feasible for St. Helen’s to sponsor a family for one year.

The Diocese provides the direction and guidance through the process; St. Helen’s parishioners do the work and raise the money. To sponsor a family, St. Helen’s would need to raise about $50,000. Seventy-five percent of these funds has to be raised before we apply to be refugee sponsors.

Can the parish raise $50,000 in a short period of time and not diminish its other ministries? A letter will be sent from the Working Group to members of the St. Helen’s members during the month of May to determine if sponsoring a family is feasible.  Please note that we are not looking for donations now. Our letter will be asking for an estimate of how much money you are prepared to donate during this calendar year. Donations made by people unrelated to the refugees being sponsored are considered charitable, and thus will be eligible for a tax receipt.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the members of the working group listed below. Please keep this endeavour in your prayers, that God’s love and peace may find its way through us to others.

Thank you.
Cecelia Taylor
Chair of the Refugee Sponsorship Working Group
Members of the Working Group:

Cecelia Taylor taylorcecelia@hotmail.com
Catherine Cromey catherine.cromey@gmail.com
Kim Jones dkjonesfamily@gmail.com

Ongoing Ministries

“Muffins Made with Love”; the Women’s Challenge: Feminine hygiene supplies and Adult Poise and Depends products;  Clean, gently-used, seasonally appropriate, clothing for men, women and children.  Coffee cups previously collected are being delivered to St. Luke’s Table.

Do you have any suggestions for Outreach?

Talk with Carol Danson or Sharon Tremaine, Chairs of Outreach.