Serving our city.
The Good Food Box
Once a month from September to June on a Wednesday afternoon, St. James serves as one of the northwest depots for the Good Food Box (GFB) program, a division of Community Kitchen of Calgary. Based on advance orders placed in cash at the church, pre-packed boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables are delivered. The three sizes of food box offer good value, which is particularly significant to those with limited financial resources. Anyone may place an order. Some people place orders and/or pick up the food boxes for others, which allows those whose ability or schedule makes it difficult to come to the church themselves in order to access the program. St. James currently handles between 25 and 35 food box orders a month, benefitting between 75 – 120 individuals.
Our next deadline for orders to be placed is September 19th for pick up on September 27th, 2017.
Inn from the Cold
Through its emergency family shelter and temporary emergency shelter program, Inn from the Cold is a volunteer society that provides the first important step for ending homelessness for families and others in need. To this end, the Inn offers families a single, stable place to stay every night, where volunteers can come to provide meals and hospitality.
St. James supports the Inn by providing the necessary financial, procurement and volunteer services to prepare, cook and serve breakfast to approximately 20 homeless families on the 3rd Saturday of each month (typically consists of 60 adults and 20 children). Our mission is a simple one premised on Matthew 25:40 "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me." – to give back in some small part the great blessings Christ has given to us by offering the families of the Inn a wholesome, homemade breakfast that they otherwise wouldn’t have. Our ministry’s mandate is to only cook and serve fresh, homemade food. Our typical breakfast consists of bacon & sausages, French toast (sometimes pancakes), hash browns, scrambled eggs, and an assortment of fresh fruit. By giving back and caring for our brothers and sisters in need we hope to demonstrate Christ’s love for all of us.
Bag Lunch Ministry
This ministry is made of up three teams and a number of faithful volunteers who help with supplying lunches for the EXIT Community Outreach. EXIT is a downtown storefront ministry to young people, offering a safe drop-in with counselling and service referral. EXIT promotes their health while they live on the streets and help when they choose to leave the streets.
Our teams put together 100 lunches of sandwiches, cups-of-soup, muffins, fruit, juice and milk on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Sundays of each month. EXIT staff come to pick them up on Monday mornings and the lunches are usually distributed to those who need them by Wednesday morning. Most of the food costs are paid for by the church but we always welcome donations of supplies.
Chinook Care Centre Hymn Sing
On the fourth Sunday afternoon of each month, St James takes its turn to offer a time of hymn singing for the residents of the Chinook Care Centre. This provides an opportunity for the residents who otherwise could not get out to enjoy a church service.
St. Edmund's Food & Clothing Bank
The Anglican parish of St. Edmund's in Bowness operates a food and clothing bank that St. James is pleased to help support. The need in the community is such that St. Edmund's has been distributing about sixty hampers each month. Donations can be left at St. James and we will ensure that these items are delivered.