"Following Jesus, Serving People"
The two go together. The people of St Matthias engage in hands-on and supportive ways of offering "a cup of cold water" (Matthew 10:42) to others. These include...
Edmonton Food Bank Community Depot Thursdays: Weekly on Thursdays members and friends of St Matthias open the doors from 4:30-5:30pm as a distribution centre on behalf of Edmonton's Food Bank. If you would like to volunteer to help with this work, you are most welcome to contact our office to find out how you can join in!
Collective Kitchens: There are two separate 'Collective Kitchens' -- the 'Neighbourhood' Collective and the 'Seniors' Collective: these meet once/month to have a lot of fun cooking and baking together for an afternoon. The cost to participate is very low, and meals are then divvied up and taken home by participants. This initiative draws on food supplied through the Edmonton Food Bank as well as on our REACH mission funds, and is led by parish members Dawn Ritz, Pat Carson, Sharron Hostland, and Bev O'Brien.
Inner City Pastoral Ministry: twice/year the people of St Matthias prepare food and a team from both St Matthias and nearby Our Savior Lutheran Church attends Sunday worship and serves Sunday lunch at the Inner City Pastoral Ministry, an interdenominational mission at the Bissell Centre. This work is coordinated by Sharron Hostland with the support and assistance of many. Sharron would love to hear from you as there is always room for more volunteers to be part of the team on these Sunday mornings!
Common Threads: a knitting group! Meeting weekly on Tuesdays from 9:30am to noon, these folks represent a number of different of churches in the surrounding area, gathering to knit items such as prayer shawls to be given to those who are in need of prayer as a sign of care, and blankets for those staying at WIN House. This group is always open to new members and guests.
Anglican Church Women (ACW) of St Matthias: The St Matthias chapter of the ACW has historically offered gatherings for the women of the parish and through its work hosting and serving at receptions for events in the Parish Hall and the annual Christmas Lunch & Bake Sale in November each year continues to donate funds to many community and church-based organizations doing good in our city! In 2019 all the proceeds from the Christmas Lunch & Bake Sale went to the support of the lunch and snack programs of two neighbourhood elementary schools.
PWRDF: The Primates' World Relief and Development Fund is a branch of the Anglican Church of Canada dedicated to responding to cases of emergency (i.e., Relief) and to fostering the well-being of various communities world-wide through long-term projects (i.e., Development). There are always a number of different projects to explore and support. Each fall the children of St Matthias collect their offerings toward a gift from the PWRDF gift guide at Christmas. For more information, speak to our parish rep to the PWRDF, Beverly O'Brien. She will be happy to talk and brings us updates from time to time.
More: Refugee sponsorships, pastoral care, food security, community engagement, daily prayer... there are many more ways that a community minded church and its partners serve the neighbourhood and city every day. Come and see what ideas percolate up into realities that transform lives.