The various ministries of All Saints’ provide opportunity for parishioners to put their ‘faith into action’ in a variety of practical ways exercising their God-given talents, skills and abilities. In an attempt to live the Good News, individual All Saints’ parishioners can be found in almost every volunteer program in Huntsville: hospice, service clubs, youth sports, guiding, hospital auxiliary, school breakfast programs and many other areas needing time and commitment. We support work overseas and in isolated areas of our country. We contribute to local quality of life through the generous sharing of our parish hall, providing ‘safe’ space for community groups to meet. We attempt to put and live the gospel in practical deed.
We welcome you and invite you to join with us in our quest as we actively explore and strengthen our faith through the following ministries.
This ministry is exercised in a formal and informal manner. It takes the form of institutional/home visits, gifts of prayer shawls, Christmas/Easter remembrances, delivery of food and cards, as well as phone calls and emails. Simply, it is being present for others in their time of need, loneliness and bereavement. The knitting and distribution of prayer shawls is a very important part of pastoral care as it is a tangible sign of embracing the recipient in warmth and prayer.
Outreach committee is a small gathering of women who have recognized and responded to particular needs in our community as well as abroad. To mention only a few of the many needs they have supported – Seafarers Thunder Bay, All Saints’ Food Bank, Operation Christmas Child, Christine’s Place, Circles Muskoka, (anti-poverty initiative of the YWCA in Huntsville), Pastoral Care, Door Dinners, PWRDF, Knitters for Global Warmth, water purification tablets for Haiti, Ride for Refuge. Much of their monies for these local and international causes are gleaned from the Loonie and Toonie collection during Lent and from other fundraising events they have initiated.
Parish Food Bank
The Parish food bank functions out of Sutherland Hall and no one in need is turned away. This ministry continues to thrive due to our parishioners’ generous donations and the person who so liberally donates her time to ensure the cupboard is always stocked with nutritious food items and often with additional items such as toilet paper, Kleenex, cleaning supplies, dish soap and garbage bags. Fresco gift cards are distributed for fresh food purchases. Our Food Bank is open during office hours.
The Starfish program has been operating for 25 years. Its purpose is to lend a ‘helping hand’ to community families in need. Families remain with the Starfish program for three years. They are then reviewed to see if they need a ‘helping hand’ for another year. Over the years some families have chosen to drop out saying “We think we can make it on our own now”. Many of the Starfish children are young and we have assisted with summer fun in the form of gift cards to Santa’s Village, camp, taxi rides to the beach, and gas cards. Each Starfish family is given a generous Christmas hamper full of food and appropriate gifts for the entire family.
ACW (Anglican Church Women)
Our parish has a vibrant and dedicated women’s group that meets once a month for education, service and support (except for July & August). Teas, catering for Probus, calendar & bake sales are a few of the activities this group is involved in as well as providing tremendous assistance to the parish. Each year they participate in 2 Deanery Days where ladies from parishes across the Muskoka Deanery gather for morning worship, lunch, fellowship and a wonderful time of sharing their many talents. ACW also has representation at the diocesan level.
All Saints’ has a strong positive history of Fellowship. We like to eat together and laugh together. We linger after the 9:30am service and connect with one another over refreshments in either the foyer or in Sutherland Hall depending on the season. We strive to form new relationships by welcoming newcomers into our church family and we strive to deepen the relationships we already share with one another.
Men’s Breakfast Club
Men’s breakfast club meets the 3rd Saturday of the month, gathering at 8am and finishing by 10am. They do not meet in May, June, July & August. It is an opportunity for the men of the parish and the community to gather and enjoy the four F’s – Food, Fun, Facts and Fellowship. Many men outside of the parish attend and appreciate the variety of community speakers as well as the fellowship. Breakfast is $5 and a ‘free-will’ offering, which at the end of the year has been distributed to the Parish Food Bank, Starfish Program & All Saints’ Building Fund.
Once a month volunteers from All Saints’ provide a meal for approximately 25-30 participants of the Circles Program. This program is run by the local YWCA in an effort to support those living in poverty and those trying to move out of poverty. This program provides lower income families with relationships deemed necessary to exist within the wider community giving lower income families social networks to support and thrive.
We believe that nurturing and growing our youth in Christ is our God given opportunity and responsibility. Dedicated teachers work with lectionary-based curriculum in a warm and caring atmosphere in church school. Deanery youth retreats and special events are held throughout the year and the youth have opportunity to participate in Diocesan Youth Synod in August. Youth can also learn through the experience of being junior acolytes, participating fully in the worship service as readers, sidespeople and presenters of the bread and wine. In addition, youth and children come together to learn and have fun in special events and outreach.
Breakfast Club at Huntsville Public School
An early Thursday morning greets a roster of 11 All Saints’ volunteers as they prepare and present a variety of breakfast foods for the students at Huntsville Public School. It is a joy to share this before school time with the students and it is our hope that it enhances student learning.