St. James Cathedral seeks to build and serve the community through many ministry initiatives; to offer hospitality, to provide food and support for the homeless, a voice of advocacy for the marginalized and respite for the weary.
The Drop-in is open every Tuesday afternoon from 1:30-3:30pm in Snell Hall of the Cathedral Centre (65 Church Street, ramp door at canopy), providing a light lunch and companionship to guests. A priest is always available, along with a health clinic, foot care, hygiene products, hair cuts, and medical referral. A Bible Study is also offered.Read More
The Good Food Box Program is offered through the Tuesday Drop-in. Boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables are provided for a minimal charge for low-income singles and families on a monthly basis. The Cathedral subsidizes the contributions made by the programs clients.
Foot Care Clinic
In addition to foot care offered at Tuesday Drop-in, a Foot Care Clinic is held on Fridays from 9:30am to 11:30am, and provides foot care by certified RNs.
For more information, contact Gloria Wiebe.
St. Bartholomew’s, Regent Park
Regent Park, situated about a mile away from the Cathedral, is undergoing the most significant program of urban renewal attempted in Toronto for many decades. St. Bart’s sits in the centre of this activity. Over the years St. Bart’s has combined worship and outreach to the vulnerable in a remarkable way, but was in need of assistance to effect its own renewal in a new context.Read More
In August 2013, we welcomed The Reverend Walter Hannam as the new Vicar of St. Bart’s, with the Cathedral providing oversight of this ministry. We’ve been excited to see the ministry develop and are pleased to be involved in what is now happening there.
“On behalf of the congregation of St Bart’s, I wish to thank the people of St James Cathedral for their financial, pastoral, and emotional investment in the present and future of our parish. Above all I wish to thank you for your ongoing prayers for our ministry together, upon which we rely as we discern the needs of our community and how God is calling us to meet them.”
– Fr. Walter Hannam, Vicar of St. Bartholomew’s
York Group Projects
The York Group has a 100-year history of devotion and service at the Cathedral. In addition to organizing educational opportunities, the group is pleased to support a variety of outreach efforts by giving financial support through various agencies to provide lodging, meals, clothing and counselling to people in need. These financial resources come from a generous bequest left by Anna M. Brock as well as from parishioners and friends.Read More
Once a year the group holds a baby shower for needy young mothers through Moorelands Community Services. Members and friends, especially the very talented Happy Hands Knitting Group, donate handmade baby outfits, quilts, blankets and other necessities for newborns.
Annual Christmas Food Drive
Each year, volunteers coordinate a campaign to collect financial support and non-perishable food donations. In 2015 approximately $6,400 was raised and many cartons of food collected to support the food programs at St. Bart’s, Regent Park and All Saints, Sherbourne.
The Primate’s World Relief & Development Fund: PWRDF and their activities, which include overseas projects, disaster relief, work with Canadian Aboriginal peoples and refugee sponsorship, is supported by the Cathedral community. The Rev’d Jesse Parker is the Diocese of Toronto representative to the PWRDF.
Supportive Housing: Members of the cathedral community sit on the boards of two supportive housing projects which we originally helped to initiate.
FaithWorks: Through this annual campaign, the Cathedral supports the extensive outreach of the Diocese of Toronto.
Street to Trail: Street to Trail helps people living on the streets of Toronto to rediscover their inner sense of worth, using the healing power of the natural world. This program is supported by the Cathedral’s Outreach Committee.