Sunday Worship Service
Epiphany & St. Mark Anglican Church, 201 Cowan Avenue, 2:00 pm
Join us for an informal, intimate and interactive weekly worship service. We seek to create an atmosphere of acceptance where people can feel safe to come as they are and be both honest and vulnerable. We gather in order to worship through music, prayer, discussion and communion. All are welcome. Join us on the first Sunday of every month for a community potluck dinner following the service.
Monday Drop-In and Lunch
Bonar Parkdale Presbyterian Church, 250 Dunn Avenue, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
The coffee is put on at 10:00 am. Throughout the morning people can hang out over a cup while a hot, nutritious lunch is planned and prepared by community members. Anyone who is willing to help is given the opportunity. At 1:00 pm we sit together around tables, each person helping themselves and those around them to a plate of food while sharing conversation. The clean-up after is a group effort.
Salvation Army Thrift Store Coffee Corner, 1447 Queen Street West, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
This is a smaller scale drop-in held at the Coffee Corner of the local Salvation Army Thrift Store. People gather for coffee, snacks and conversation. Relationships that begin at the Monday Drop-In are often deepened here because lengthier conversations are possible.
Tuesday Bible Study
The St. Clare Centre (St. Francis Table), 1322 Queen Street West, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
This is a participatory study of Scripture for all people, including those who are seeking to understand Christianity better. Leadership of the group is shared: a different community member prepares questions about a passage each week. We meet at The St. Clare Centre and study/read one book of the Bible at a time. We move the study to Coffee Time at 1402 Queen Street West every third Tuesday of the month.
Wednesday Art & Breakfast
Parkdale Queen West Community Health Care Centre – 1229 Queen Street West 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
This is an art-focused drop-in with a little a breakfast on the side. Various art supplies are provided for people to engage in self-directed projects, including doodling.
Wednesday Street Outreach
Starting from Epiphany & St Mark, 201 Cowan Avenue, 8:00 pm until late
A core team of community members take time on Wednesday nights to walk through the neighbourhood to engage in conversation, wherever that may happen. We visit with people in coffee shops, on street corners or park benches. Before heading out we pray that our eyes, ears and hearts would be open to ways we can both give and receive and that we might experience the presence of Christ.
H.O.P.E. Community Garden
Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, 220 Cowan Avenue, Seasonal
The Healthy Organic Parkdale Edibles community garden was dug in 2006 next to the Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre. The garden’s emphasis is on growing food but flowers help beautify and attract pollinators. The 4,000-square-foot space has almost 100 gardeners in 50 plots, including communal spaces and plots for individuals, families and community organizations. H.O.P.E. gardeners take part in evening work parties, workshops, talks, art projects and potlucks in the park.
Open Stages provide the opportunity for people to party by performing, dancing and feasting. All are welcome to participate. We applaud the courage of all to get up and share something of themselves.
February can seem like the longest month of the year, though it is the shortest. Our February Blues Feast breaks the monotony. Instead of having a turkey dinner at Christmas (when so many such dinners are happening), we save it for February.
We enjoy other occasional special events throughout the year that celebrate our community as well as our extended family of supporters. Annual activities include a Community Retreat, Picnics, Fundraisers, Christmas carolling and Christmas Eve outreach.
We seek to be present to the needs of our community through pastoral care.
This involves journeying alongside people whether they be in hospital, at court, in jail or at home.