What We Offer
As "a body of Christian believers growing in active faith, striving to serve God and humankind through love, grace, and material sharing" (Mission Statement) our congregation participates in several outreach ministries.
We publish a monthly newsletter (summer months excepted) called Connections, copies of which can be found under the Newsletter tab. Christine Morrison is doing an excellent job as our current editor. Various members of our congregation, including our Pastor and Church Council regularly contribute articles of both an interest and informative nature but also a faith based growth viewpoint. Connections is archived and available on our website.
Members from All Saints regularly participate in the ”Saturday Night Supper Program” at Royal City Mission in downtown Guelph. Our congregation makes donations, cooks the food, looks after the kitchen and serving line (at least 12 each meal) and cleans up afterwards. We work on a rotational basis with other congregations and groups throughout Guelph. On a typical Saturday night 160 meals or more may be served. During the pandemic we continue to regularly support Royal City Mission with sandwiches.
Each Christmas the ‘Mary Guse Giving Tree’ supports the “Christmas Bureau” in Guelph by collecting gifts for children (for the Christmas Hamper program), items for Women in Crisis and Better Beginnings, and filling gift bags for the Chalmers Community Services Christmas Gift Bag campaign.
The Silvercreek Community Market.is a free fresh food market that runs from 2-3 p.m. (or until all the food is gone) on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for registration and the distribution begins at 2 pm. The Market’s goal is to help local families and individuals who are experiencing food insecurity by providing fresh nutritious fruits and vegetables. COBS Bread partners with us to provide fresh baked goods to our guests. Please being your own bags. Everyone is welcome at the Market!
The Children’s Reading Room is a new partner is the building and offers free quality children’s book (for children to take home and keep) at each visit. Geared to children ages birth to 12 years. Open for drop-in family programs every Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 5:00 pm; Thursdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Circle time is at 10:00 am each day and a literacy focused craft activity happens at 11:00 am on Thursdays. Call 226-706-9845 for more information or just drop by.
Another way in which we support the wider community is providing space for community partners to meet. Since 2005, members of "Flying Blind" AA Group have been meeting in our building. As many as 25 people regularly attend weekly meetings on Mondays. In 1988, the ”Journey Together" Al-Anon Chapter was founded at HOMEWOOD. These days, as many as 12-15 members attend weekly Wednesday meetings. Other AA groups meet on Wednesdays (Helping Hands) and Fridays (New Life). Inside Recovery (NA) meets on Sunday nights. Tri-County Recovery (SAA) meets on Thursday nights. TOPS (”Take Off Pounds Sensibly") is a non-profit support group for men, women, and teenagers. Ten-15 members regularly attend Tuesday or Thursday evening meetings. In 2021 the Guelph Male Choir started using our space for practices and concerts. Contact the church office if you wish to connect with our community partners.
Special thanks to Church Members who regularly participate in and support our Outreach Ministry.