The Gospel calls us to care for the poor, the sick, the hurting, the lonely, the exploited, the anxious and afraid, and the forgotten–all of us in some way or another at some time in our lives. It calls us to acts of compassion and to struggle for justice and equity for our neighbours and indeed the whole world. As St. Teresa of Avila so eloquently said, “Christ has no body now, but yours. No hands, no feet on earth, but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ looks compassion into the world. Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good. Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world.” Our work to love our neighbours as ourselves is gathered under the name “St. Martin’s Cloak”. St. Martin of Tours is our patron saint. The most well-known story tells of Martin while still a young man and soldier seeing a beggar in rags, taking his sword, cutting his handsome cloak in half, and giving half to the beggar. A cloak gathers in and protects, comforts and covers, Our hope is that we provide an embracing, non-judgmental love through how we serve those in our community and beyond.
Wentworth Manor: St. Martin’s provides spiritual care to the residents of Wentworth Manor by offering monthly worship services with Holy Communion. Clergy and volunteers prepare the worship space, provide music and lead the liturgy.
Share the Light Candle Program: Many children’s homes lack electrification and children lack light to do their schoolwork. The local non-profit Share the Light sells beautiful, hand-made candles here in Calgary to support the. Nancy Ellen Crooks Foundation’s project “Lights for Learning” ( http://thenecf.org/index.php/projects/lights-for-learning). This project purchases solar-powered lamps for students who need one to study and further their education. To learn more and to purchase candles, please visit Share the Light’s website: https://sharethelightcandlecompany.com/
Icross Canada: Icross Canada sends medical supplies to countries in need. Much of the cargo is fragile and to protect it the Icross comfort doll came into being. These dolls are knitted by volunteers all over the country and distributed to children in the places Icross Canada sends supplies. Dolls are also sent to soldiers in conflict areas to give to the children they meet. Leader: Fiona Tower, 403.286.9756
CUPS–In the fall, we create Bundle Bags for new mothers.
Worship in the World–Two to three times per year, we take our worship out into the world in some form of outreach or service. Past events have included a work day at Grow Calgary followed by Holy Communion, visiting local first responders, leading Sunday services at a local seniors residence, and leading events at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
ESL Conversation Café, Tuesdays. Located at SCA Community Centre, 277 Strathcona Dr. SW., Calgary. Please see the ESL page under this heading for more information. See the ESL Cafe tab for more details.
PWRDF–this is the global outreach arm of the Anglican Church of Canada. Please return to the homepage and click on the PWRDF link (under links in the bottom right hand corner) to learn more and support their work.
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