"Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me."
Various committees of dedicated volunteers, with the active involvement of clergy, enable our mission and outreach ministry. Beyond providing financial contributions to international programs or aid agencies, this ministry involves information and advocacy as well as substantial in-kind support to various agencies.
In 2017 St Thomas supported
· - The Stittsville Food Bank:
- Loonies for Lent
- Funds donated at the ‘A Choired Afternoon’ concert
- Other donations
· - Regular ongoing donations of food for the
Stittsville Food Bank
· - Constance Bay Flood relief
· - Primates Word Relief & Development Fund
· - Open Table Meals
· - The Ottawa Diocese for Diocesan Outreach
· - Frequent donations of clothing and
toiletries delivered to the various shelters around the city
· - Two very large bins of dry goods from 'A
Choired Afternoon’ concert
· - Several containers of food following our
· - Gift cards in support of the Angel Tree at
· - At least 250 cups of hot chocolate
handed out at the Parade of Lights.
· - Hours spent by many parishioners assisting
with monthly Open Table dinners.
· - Participating member of the Kanata
Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship Group
· - The various ministries supported financially
The Kanata Stittsville
Refugee Sponsorship Group
St Thomas is one of the seven founding member churches of the KSRSG. Over the
years we have helped to sponsor a number of refugee families. St Thomas
provides an annual contribution to the KSRSG, and occasionally seeks additional
donations of money and household items for our refugee families.
The KSRSG Annual Report for 2017
can be viewed by clicking on
On Nov 11, 2016, Rev. Grant Dillenbeck sent us the KSRSG Report for 2016. His
report can be seen by clicking on
The Kanata Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship Group has
sponsored a mother and daughter from Afghanistan who were in danger of “honour
killings.” They arrived in Ottawa on February 15, 2018. Following are a
few pictures of them when they arrived at Ottawa airport.
On March 17, Rev. Grant sent us wonderful news that a refugee
from Syria, Rouba Kaba, has arrived in Ottawa this week. You can read
Grant's email by
Rouba is pictured on the left with her sister, brother-in-law
and niece, who live in Ottawa.
On March 8, 2017, Rev. Grant sent us another very interesting
update on the current situation of the KSRSG refugee sponsorships. His
report can be seen by clicking on
The following email has been
received from Rev Grant Dillenbeck, President of the KSRSG
on July 7, 2016.
Greetings friends of KSRSG,
As I previously informed you, on Wednesday June 29 we welcomed Dani Marina to
Ottawa. He was a refugee from Syria living in Lebanon. At this time his family
is providing him with most of the assistance he needs.
On Friday June 17 the KSRSG also
welcomed the 12 members of the Hakam and Nejrabi families to Ottawa, who were
originally from Afghanistan and had been living in Tajikistan. These two
families are related to each other and have family members here in Ottawa who
are providing them with a great deal of support. The families are each renting a
house and they require many household items. They have made a list of the items
they need, which is included below. If you or anyone you know can provide any of
these items, please contact Penny Gelinas from Kanata United Church at firstname.lastname@example.org
. They need living room furniture (sofa and chairs to seat 6), coffee table,
dining table and chairs for 6, dinnerware set and tableware for 6, 4 single beds
and one double bed (including sheets, blankets and pillows), TV and stand,
freezer, blender, lamps and night stands, electric kettle, microwave, bicycles,
computer, vacuum and kitchen utensils. Thank you for your support.
We are still awaiting news regarding
our sponsorship application for a single young woman from Syria who is living in
Lebanon. In addition, we are preparing a sponsorship application for another
family from Syria. We will keep you informed about their progress.
Thank you for your interest.
Yours In Common Purpose,
Rev. Grant Dillenbeck.
More Good News!
The KSRSG has just welcomed a new refugee from Syria. Following is the
announcement from Rev. Grant Dillenbeck received June 30, 2016.
As I mentioned in a recent email, the Kanata Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship
Group was expecting one of the people from Syria for whom we have submitted a
refugee sponsorship application, to arrive last evening. We are thrilled that
indeed he has arrived! Dani Marina, a single male from Syria, who had been
living in Jordan. He has family members here in Ottawa who will be supporting
him and we submitted his application in early March. He fled Syria due in large
part to the violence and persecution he faced there as a Christian. At the
present time we do not require the donation of household or clothing items for
Dani. As he gets more settled we will let you know of any specific requests they
You may also be interested to know that the KSRSG provided a significant
donation to the Centretown Emergency Food Centre to assist them in providing
support to those in the Centretown areas who are refugees from Syria, including
those presently residing at the YMCA on Argyle St.
Thank you so much for your interest and support, and we will keep you informed
about further developments regarding those who have arrived, and others we are
seeking to sponsor.
Yours In Common Purpose,
Rev. Grant Dillenbeck.
Last Friday, June 17, 2016, The KSRSG welcomed 2 refugee families from Afghanistan to Ottawa.
Both of the families
have family in Ottawa
that will help with their settlement.
The Refugee Crisis
- The following message was received from Rev. Grant Dillenbeck, the
President of the KSRSG on June 16, 2016
Greetings from the Kanata Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship
As you know, we have recently received great news about some of our sponsorship
applications. If any of you would like to make a verbal or written announcement
in your church this Sunday about this good news, I have included something for
you here. Once families have arrived and I have more information regarding how
people might help, and specifics about their situations, I will send a
Our congregation is one of eight member Anglican,
Presbyterian and United Churches in The Kanata Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship
Group. We have some great news to report about some of the people we have been
seeking to sponsor as refugees to Canada. This past Friday, two families arrived
who were originally from Afghanistan and had been living in Tajikistan. The 12
members of these two families are related to each other and have family members
here in Ottawa who will be providing them with much of the required support.
They fled Afghanistan due to the threats they experienced from the Taliban and
other violence, and our group has been working on their refugee sponsorship for
about two years. We have also received notice that a single male from Syria,
living in Jordan, will be arriving before the end of June. This person also has
family members here in Ottawa who will be supporting him and we submitted his
application in early March. He fled Syria due to the violence and persecution he
faced there. We are very pleased that these people are being reunited with their
families, and will have the opportunity to live in peace and safety here in
Canada. We will keep you informed about ways you can assist the people we have
mentioned, and regarding news of the others from Syrian and Afghanistan whose
sponsorship applications are still being considered by Immigration, Refugees and
Citizenship Canada. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Kanata Stittsville
Refugee Sponsorship Group.
Yours In Common Purpose,
Rev. Grant Dillenbeck.
Stittsville United Church
6255 Fernbank Road,
Stittsville, ON K2S 1X5
Anglican churches donate $25,000 to hospice
From The Stittsville News
By John Curry
Rev. Michel Dubord, left, of St. John's Anglican Church in Richmond and Rev.
Jane McCaig, right, of St. Thomas Anglican Church in Stittsville stand in front
of a sign at the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice in Kanata where a new residential
hospice facility is planned. West end Anglican Churches are donating $100,000 to
provide a reflection room in this new residential hospice, with the first
$25,000 being presented in a ceremony at the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice on
Wednesday, Oct. 8.
St Thomas Anglican Church in Stittsville and St. John the Baptist Anglican
Church in Richmond are two of 22 Anglican churches in the west end of the Ottawa
Diocese which have committed to providing $100,000 for the capital campaign for
a residential hospice addition at the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice in Kanata.
This new residential hospice will
serve the residents of the west Ottawa area, providing end-of-life care in a
hospice setting. These funds from the Anglican churches will fund a reflection
room in the new residential hospice, providing a place where end-of-life hospice
residents and their families can enjoy calm, quiet and prayerful thought.
The presentation of the initial
$25,000 installment towards this $100,000 contribution took place on Wednesday
morning, Oct. 8 when Rt. Rev. John Chapman, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of
Ottawa, presented a giant cheque representing the donation to Rabbi Reuven Bulka
who is chair of the Hospice Ottawa West capital fundraising campaign.
This involvement by west end
Anglican churches in the Ottawa Diocese to funding a reflection room at the new
residential hospice began with the St. John's Anglican Parish of March and the
celebration of its 175th anniversary.
This parish pledged to raise
$50,000 for the project, with other parishes coming on board to help with the
project through contributions through the Anglican Diocese's G.I.F.T. (Growing
In Faith Together) program.
In presenting the $25,000 donation,
Bishop Chapman said that the Anglican parishes involved are committed to the
hospice ministry, noting that there is nothing more important than an
end-of-life experience that allows for a fullness of love in faith.
Rabbi Bulka, in accepting the
donation on behalf of Hospice Care Ottawa and the Hospice Ottawa West captain
campaign, said that end-of-life care in such an important service. He admitted
to being totally overwhelmed at this donation which will allow a reflection room
to be included in the new residential hospice facility.
The Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice is
located in the former Trinity Presbyterian Church facility on McCurdy Drive just
off Terry Fox Drive in Kanata.
Open Table at St.
St. Thomas Open Table Community Dinner is now held on the 2nd Saturday of every
month (as of Sept 2014), except July and August. Doors open at 4:30pm and the meal is served at
5:00pm. The meals are free of charge, there is a donation box for anyone who
wishes to donate. Donations received are used to defray the cost of the meals.
For several years, Open Table has been offering these tasty and nutritious meals
where a warm welcome is assured to all. There is a good mix of age groups,
couples, friends, singles and families. The dinner is now a fixture for many
of the guests who never miss the meal - "2nd Saturday is Open Table Saturday" .
Supported Outreach Programs
Outreach involves giving to others
within and outside of our community. St Thomas’s accomplishes this in many ways:
Locally: St Thomas
supports the Stittsville food bank with donations and assists the Frederick
Banting Adult High School with clothing and with their breakfast club. Main
Street Community Services also receive clothing, household
and financial help from St Thomas. This year (2015) we participated in a bike rally
with Kanata United Church to raise money for the Stittsville/Kanata Refugee
Committee, and along with other member churches are sponsoring refugees as they
settle into their new lives in Canada. St Thomas opens its facilities to
Alcoholics Anonymous and to Victoria’s Quilts, a group that sews quilts for
cancer patients. At Christmas time we participate in the Angel Tree program
providing gifts for local children. Once a month (except July and August) many
volunteers organize and serve at our Open Table Dinner, a self-supporting
outreach providing a good meal and fellowship for anyone wishing to attend, from
seniors on a fixed income to families with young children.
Regionally: We collect
and deliver clothes, food and various specified items to Centre 454, The Well,
Cornerstone, The Shepherds of Good Hope, The Youville Centre, St Luke's Table
and the Ottawa Mission. One parishioner assists in
sorting clothes at St Luke’s.
Primates World Relief and Development Fund, the Anglican Church of Canada’s
agency for sustainable development, relief, refugees and global justice is well
supported in our parish. At coffee hour we use Fair Trade coffee. Our Anglican
Church Women knit Prayer Shawls and Afghans to give out to those in need of
comfort and warmth. They provide financial support to St. Jude’s Cathedral in
Iqaluit and are involved with the ‘Days for Girls’ program, providing kits to
help with feminine hygiene.
The Watoto Choir
performing at St Thomas
The Nicaraguan children thanking
the St Thomas workers.
In 2014 we hosted the Watoto Children’s Choir in
support of orphaned children in
St Thomas youth and adults travelled to Nicaragua to assist in building
a school with SchoolBox in 2014 and again in 2016. These were hands-on opportunities to serve
our brothers and sisters in need.
At St Thomas we are actively showing
God’s love to one another but we feel there is always more we can do! We would
like to compile a directory of outreach contacts within our community. We want
to investigate, with a view to supporting, programs for Aboriginal peoples in
Canada and we hope to support an initiative for affordable housing in
Stittsville in conjunction with a developer and other community organizations.
God’s power working in us is more than we can ask or imagine...
The following is an excerpt from a ‘thank you’ letter written to the Open table
committee: “Thank you so much. We have had illness in the family and
financial troubles – wonderful to be able to go out to dinner without worrying.
Great to have a good nutritious meal.”
Local and International Outreach we have supported