Caring For Others
Caring for Our Community
THERE'S LOVE HERE!
|Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these
who are members of my family,
you did it to me.
At Christ Church Deer Park we follow Christ's injunction: We care for and about each other — in our parish, our local community, and our world — because it is our duty, but also our pleasure and privilege, to do so. Please be in touch with us if you are interested in any of our caring initiatives or if you feel called to join us in joyful service to the world. Contact us.
Saturday Morning Breakfast Program
Local community service is a long-standing tradition at Christ Church Deer Park, and a devoted team has served this ministry since it started in 2007. On alternate Saturdays from 8-9:30 am, the team offers a hot breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausages, and toast in a safe, inclusive, and family-like atmosphere. Guests are welcome to come just as they are: no payment is required, no personal questions are asked, and no means test is applied. This ministry is about trust and mutual respect between team members and guests. Our breakfast program supplements Calvin Presbyterian's long-running biweekly breakfast program. Team leaders from both churches continue to communicate, and although both breakfasts operate independently, we are proud of our ongoing ecumenical collaboration.
Tribute to Brian Buckingham
We are very much missing the inspiration and leadership of Brian Buckingham, a long-time parishioner who was deeply committed to outreach. Brian died in January, 2011. His widow, Yvonne, has requested that memorial gifts in Brian's name be designated for outreach at Christ Church Deer Park.
Let Your Lights Shine
This program, initiated in 2013 by parishioner George Lewis, is a tangible example of bringing faith to life. Our parish has committed to make ten donations of $1,000 each to charities where individual parishioners donate their time. A letter signed by the parishioner and the Rev. Canon Kevin Robertson accompanies each donation, indicating why the parishioner supports the organization and how that organization exemplifies Christ's model of selfless, active service in the world.
This is the annual appeal of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto that supports over a dozen community ministries. Since 1996, FaithWorks has provided more than $23 million to non-profit groups that offer help and hope to those in need throughout south-central Ontario and around the world. Christ Church Deer Park supports this appeal by means of a parish donation in its annual operating budget, and many parishioners also contribute individually.
This is an ecumenical group composed of the following Christian churches in the Yonge and St. Clair area:
- Calvin Presbyterian Church
- Christ Church Deer Park (Anglican)
- Deer Park United Church
- Grace Church-On-The-Hill (Anglican)
- Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church
- Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
- St. John Evangelical Latvian Lutheran Church
- Timothy Eaton Memorial Church
- Yorkminster Park Baptist Church
The group cooperates on projects that serve the needs of the local and wider community, and holds ecumenical worship services from time to time such an annual Advent service and a Good friday walk. For current information, visit our calendar.
Churches-on-the-Hill Food Bank
This ecumenical outreach program, sponsored by the Churches-on-the-Hill, is located at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church and is open on Mondays from 6-8 pm and on Wednesdays from 10:30 am–12:30 pm. A number of Christ Church Deer Park parishioners are regular volunteers at the foodbank; they may process applications, stock shelves, distribute food, or lead a team there. Our parish and individual parishioners also support the food bank financially and by donating food.
Learn More: Churches-on-the-Hill Food Bank
ACW Donations on behalf of Christ Church Deer Park
Every year the Anglican Church Workers make a variety of charitable donations on behalf of the congregation using money earned through the Christmas Fair and other activities. Here are some of the good works that they have supported:
- All Saints Church Community Centre: provides a safe and nurturing environment to homeless and street-involved individuals from a harm reduction and human-rights based approach
- Canadian Bible Society: promotes the translation, publication, distribution, and use of the Scriptures throughout Canada and Bermuda
- Toronto Friendship Centre: provides a safe, warm, and friendly place for those who are the most vulnerable in our community, live amongst us on our streets, and are at risk every day
- LOFT Community Services: offers recovery and independence for the most vulnerable, including people with mental and physical health challenges and addiction issues, or those who are homeless, abused, or abandoned
- Mission to Seafarers: provides chaplains and other services to seafarers and is a world wide Anglican ministry that was founded in 1856
- Moorelands: works with Toronto's children and youth affected by poverty, to provide them with positive and fun experiences that strengthen their confidence, competence, and character
- Moorelands Wilderness Camp: provides a summer camp in the Algonquin Highlands for children ages 8 to 16
- The Stop Community Food Centre: strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community, and challenges inequality