So we strive to be curious and open—loving those on the margins as well as those of us who feel at home in the Church. We feed the hungry at our community breakfasts and we welcome refugees to a new life in Canada. We believe all people are created in the image of God and our LGBTQ2SI siblings are included in all the practices of our life of faith.
Supporting Refugees In Toronto
Christ Church Deer Park has a long tradition of supporting refugees resettling in Toronto. Most recently the CCDP community has sponsored a refugee family from Syria and supported young refugees from Eritrea. While refugees in Toronto receive educational, medical and other support from the Canadian government, communities like CCDP are dedicated to providing ongoing companionship and guidance to refugees as they navigate language, work and other challenges.
As a spiritual community, we routinely pray for the well-being and needs of others, and anyone may add a name to our prayer list.
People remain on our list for three weeks unless a longer period is requested. (For privacy reasons, we record first names only and do not publish identifying information or background details.) If there is someone you think would benefit from our prayers, we hope that you will let us know.
Congregational Care Team
Pastoral care is a priority for us at Christ Church Deer Park and the Congregational Care Team is made up of parishoners with training and experience in caring for others. Together with our clergy, they lovingly respond to those in our congregation who are temporarily or permanently shut in at home or in chronic care facilities. Depending the individual’s needs, team members will visit or phone on a regular basis to offer friendship and necessary services. The team also serves as a conduit to and from our parish community.
If you are aware of someone from Christ Church Deer Park who would benefit from a visit, or if you would like to join the congregational care team, please contact us.
Saturday Community Breakfasts
Welcome in for a hot breakfast and some great company!
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 most 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 breakfast program. Team leaders from both churches continue to communicate, and although both breakfasts operate independently, we are proud of our ongoing ecumenical collaboration.