3 February 2021

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Looking forward .....

As we commemorate 25 years of FaithWorks, let us look ahead into this year and how we can all support the mission of FaithWorks and celebrate the achievements of FaithWorks.

Lenten Appeal: An opportunity for all parishes to focus on the mission of FaithWorks in preparation for the celebration of Easter. The materials (posters, brochures, manual) for the 2021 parish campaign will be mailed to your parishes on Shrove Tuesday. As most Parish offices are closed, please be aware and keep an eye open for this mail delivery. Delivering these items to the members of your parish will take some extra thought and effort this year.
Eastertide Mail Appeal: During the joyful season of Eastertide a direct mail appeal will be made.
May 28, 7:30 – 8:30: An Evening of Celebration and Appreciation commemorating the 25th Anniversary will be held online. Save the date!
The Reign of Christ – FaithWorks Sunday: Across the Diocese, Sunday 21 November 2021 is the Sunday dedicated to drawing attention to the outreach mission of FaithWorks and our call to action. This Sunday starts the Advent Appeal.
Advent Appeal: An opportunity for all parishes to focus on the work of FaithWorks in preparation for the celebration of Christmas.
Looking back .....

In the past 25 years, FaithWorks has raised over $35,000,000 in support to our Ministry Partners as they serve the needs of people who are Indigenous, homeless, hungry, at-risk women, children or youth, immigrants or refugees, or struggling with HIV/AIDS. We have helped build communities of compassion and hope. As followers of Jesus, we have offered new life. As disciples of Jesus, we do our best to bring to reality His words, "I was hungry, and you gave me food ..." (Matthew 25:35) Every year, FaithWorks feeds, shelters, nurtures and befriends over 20,000 people throughout our Diocese and around the world.
FaithWorks, a charitable programme of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, was created in 1996 in response to the pressing needs of that time. Susan McCullogh, a former FaithWorks Campaign Manager, in her paper “We who are Many are One Body”, reflects on the origins of FaithWorks.
A review of the back issues of The Anglican demonstrates the long-established level of commitment by members of the Diocese of Toronto to reach out in Christian service to people in need. In the decades before FaithWorks was founded, the newspaper regularly featured stories about the caring community: the Downtown Churchworkers’ Association and its summer camps for inner city youth and mothers; the safe and welcoming environments provided by Ingles House, Beverley Lodge and the other Anglican Houses for the poor and the marginalized; the efforts by All Saints' Church – Community Centre to address the systemic causes of poverty; and the tireless fund raising by Anglican Church Women on behalf of ministries at home and abroad.
         Historically, outreach ministry in the Toronto Diocese was funded through a designated apportionment which, at times, far exceeded the total revenue generated through parish assessments to fund the Diocesan operating budget. For example, in 1968, parish receipts for outreach totaled $928,686, which was more than double the amount parishes contributed toward the overall budget.
         In 1995, the “Common Sense Revolution” created an unprecedented demand for social services and changed the face of poverty in Ontario for the foreseeable future. Overnight, the plight of the urban poor could no longer be avoided. Human beings who once were the invisible residents of “skid row” now staked their claim on corners throughout the downtown core.
The Church, the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, needed to find a way to respond.
(to be continued)
If you wish to highlight your Parish's events in support of FaithWorks, please forward the details to faithworks@toronto.anglican.ca
Virtual and Video Sermons available
We are only gathering virtually. The Director of Stewardship, Peter Misiaszek, and I would normally be visiting parishes in person to speak of FaithWorks. Why not virtually!!! If you would like one of us to speak to your parish during your online Sunday worship please contact FaithWork Speakers Bureau at fwspeakersbureau@toronto.anglican.ca

If you would like the pre-recorded video of my sermon promoting FaithWorks (11 minutes) or the 20th Anniversary of FaithWorks video
(2 minutes) for your Sunday morning services, please email me so that I can make them available to you.
Peter Mentis (he/him)
FaithWorks Campaign Manager

135 Adelaide St. E.
Toronto, ON M5C 1L8
416-363-6021 ext. 242
1-800-668-8932 ext.242
We build healthy, missional Anglican communities that engage faithfully with the world and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. I acknowledge that my office resides on the territory of sovereign Indigenous Nations, the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat. I acknowledge especially the Mississaugas of the Credit and the Toronto Treaties.