Kairos Canada is a group of churches working together for justice and peace. In a special initiative Kairos Calgary has partnered with the Calgary Homeless Foundation in support of a project called A Place to Call Home: Acadia Place. St Matthew’s is one of the partners working to raise $1.5 million to pay down half of the property’s mortgage.
Our Prayer Shawl and Chemo Caps program provides hand knit prayer shawls and caps to bring comfort to anyone going through difficult times. Many of these are presented to the Children’s Hospital and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Since the program began in 2008, our volunteer knitters have provided more than 300 shawls and 180 chemo caps, and the knitting continues.
We have a box by the front door to collect non-perishable food items which are then taken to the Calgary Food Bank to support those in need of a little help making their groceries last longer. Bring in your food donations while you’re attending our services, it’s just that easy.
We have been pleased to support Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids on several occasions, both to host specific BB4CK lunch-packing events, but also by offering an ongoing collection space in our main entrance to receive donations of healthy, non-perishable snacks and other items.
We have a dedicated group of members who volunteer their time to make sandwiches that are delivered to the Calgary Drop-In Centre to provide healthy lunches for their clients. A good day starts with a good meal!
In the fall of 2016, we began a volunteer partnership with The Brenda Strafford Society, whereby a regular group of St. Matt’s members host the Treasure Trunk program at Brenda’s House, which houses multiple families for as sometimes as long as 100 days while transitioning moms, dads, and their children into new homes. Once a month our volunteers spend an evening interacting with the children living at the House – playing games, reading stories, making crafts, and enjoying healthy snacks.
We’re also pleased to offer visitation and Pastoral Care to congregants, their families, and other members in the community, who may be ill or isolated and unable to attend a Sunday service. For more information on how to access this program, please feel free to contact us.