This committee is responsible for:
- Facilitating St. Thomas’ participation in local and global mission concerns
- Liaising with Ministerial Staff and all Standing Committees
- Supporting and/or challenging the national church regarding Outreach
- Other duties as may be brought forward by the Executive Council or Congregation
Outreach offers congregational volunteers an opportunity to make dinner, one Sunday per month, for homeless youth living at the Boys and Girls Club shelter called Avenue 15.
We work to provide dinners (September thru to June). The dates are set with Avenue 15’s Nutritionist, and the meals are organized by St. Thomas volunteers. The shelter is always in need of unused makeup, toiletries, condoms, feminine hygiene products and gently used clothing, footwear and stuffed animals.
Please consider spending a Sunday afternoon to help cook a dinner or if you have items to donate, please contact Hope Cochran through the office.
Habitat for Humanity
The Outreach committee would welcomes any interest in assisting Habitat for Humanity within our congregation. If you are interested and would like to assist in this, please contact Melinda-Rae Lyse through the office.
Should you wish to assist the work of the M & O committee, there is room for more volunteers. The committee meets once a month at the Church (and Karen brings baking). Please contact Sandra in the office if you wish to help or need more information.
Veteran’s Association Food Bank
The Veterans Association Food Bank run by veterans for veterans replaces the Veteran’s Food Bank operated by the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Fund. The doors at their new location (2916 – 5th Ave NE) officially opened on October 15, 2018. They work to insure that veteran’s have access to the food they need.
Food donations help reduce the budget support for each hamper and enables the Veterans Association Food Bank to provide more hampers. Food donations can be dropped off at St. Thomas during regular business hours and every Sunday.
For more information on how you can support the Food Bank, please contact Loree Irving through the office.
Calgary Alliance for the Common Good
In 2019, St. Thomas United Church joined the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) to facilitate our efforts of making a lasting difference in our city. We have done many projects over the years: Inn From The Cold, Avenue 15, Veterans Food Bank among others, which has helped people in need and shown them the loving hands of Christ through our work. To build upon this success we have been searching for a way to better create a lasting change in the lives of the people who need it the most.
CACG can do just that. The Alliance is a group of many different organizations: churches, labour unions and non-profit organizations, that use the power of their many and varied voices to research and find practical solutions to problems that Calgarians have. The research-backed solutions are then presented to politicians from the city, province and federally to get their support and make these changes. Most solutions do not involve governments spending more money and some, like preventative programs, can actually save tax payers dollars.
For example, the Seniors Programs that CACG presented to City Council, asked for a seniors Help Line to better access services that would allow seniors to stay in their homes. Staying in their own homes is better for seniors as it allows them to remain active in their community with their friends and neighbors for support. It is better for the city and province as it is much more cost effective to have someone help seniors mow their lawn and shovel their walk, then have them rely upon the staff and facilities of seniors residences.
If you are interested in joining the movement to change lives for the better or want more information about the CACG, please contact Karen Kavanagh through the office.