Outreach Ministry

The Northern Outreach which provided knitted goods to Indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories will be closing as of November 1st.

Thank you to Jessie Crowells and Sally Charette who began this ministry and to all who supported or participated in it over the years.

Met Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 pm in the Hampton U.C., C.E. Wing (September – July).Knitting Group 001

Our mission: to knit mitts, scarves, and toques which are shipped to First Nation reserves.

We also collected new clothing donations for distribution with the knitting.

Thanks in part to relationships that have formed with people in other communities interested in our outreach we have more boxes of donations coming in than we can send out.

While maintaining our core focus on supporting Indigenous communities we also began sending materials to other groups.  In 2018 we sent…

  • hats and mittens to the Cornerstone Community Association of Durham. A shelter that works to provide a place of transition for homeless people to work through crisis, find affordable housing and the support they need to become independent.
  • blankets, hats, and baby clothes to the Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre in Cobourg. A short-term women’s shelter that in additionato providing temporary housing, counselling, information and connections to local resources.
  • a doll with several handknitted outfits to Calvary Baptist for a young girl with a physical disability.
  • hats, mitts, blankets, baby clothes, hygiene kits, etc. to the Backdoor Mission in Oshawa. The Back Door Mission for the Relief of poverty works to help relieve the burdens of poverty and social dislocation within the economically deprived and street population of Oshawa. It began as an outreach of Simcoe Street United Church in 1998. Currently they serve the needs of about 120 people a day.

We continued to send boxes of warm items to the Northwest Territories. In 2018 they went to communities outside of Yellowknife, some accessible only by plane. The communties were: Fort Good Hope, Colville Lake, Delne, Fort Simpson, Gameti, Wekweti, Fort Providence, Behchoko, Ndilo, Dettah, Lutselk’e, Fort Smith, and Hay River.

Mitten Tree Service

We have a “Mitten Tree” Service every year in December, check calendar for next date.

Mitten Tree December 2017

Everyone brings to church new mittens, scarves, hats and toques (purchased or hand-made).

During children’s time, everyone files forward and the fun process begins to decorate an empty Christmas tree from top to bottom.

The church is filled with lots of joy and laughter as everyone looks for that perfect spot to display their mittens.

After the service, the items are boxed up for the Outreach Group to include in our Christmas outreach to First Nations reserves.

The Mitten Tree Service will continue and the decision as to were our mittens will go in the future, starting Christmas 2019, will be discussed at Session.