Rallying to help refugees

People across the Beach and East Danforth are stepping up to sponsor refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war. Speaking at an Oct. 5 meeting for local sponsorship groups held at Beach United Church, Alexandra Kotyk of Lifeline Syria said her office has been flooded with emails since Sept. 2, when the photo of three-year-old Alan Kurdi […]

Becoming compañeros in Nicaragua

Companion – literally, one with whom you share your bread. Compañeros Inc. – A Canadian-Nicaraguan social enterprise, using private money for public good. During this past March break, a group of 16 from St. Aidan’s Church went to Managua, Nicaragua, to be compañeros with families living in an impoverished area of the city. We worked […]

Warm welcome takes chill Out of the Cold

It began amid controversy, but the Out of the Cold program at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church has been running very successfully since 2007, feeding and sheltering homeless people who might otherwise be sleeping on the streets. With the support of numerous volunteers, and Dixon Hall, the long-running service agency, St. Aidan’s Out of the Cold […]

All creatures great and small and furry

Many Toronto churches have adopted a custom of blessing animals on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Aidan’s Church at Queen and Silver Birch has been holding a special service for a number of years. On Oct. 2 Rev. Lucy Reid welcomed about 40 dogs, six cats and a horse (and their […]