The Refugee Response Group organized a Summer Bike Drive this year in co-operation with Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office (TNO). The aim was to collect bikes and present them to TNO for distribution to refugee families in the area covered by TNO. We would like to say Thank You to all those who made a contribution to this drive which resulted in a total of 40 bikes being collected for use by refugee families. Contributions came from a condominium building having a clear-out to individuals gifting long loved bikes to this great cause. Contributions ranged from road bikes to children’s bikes. Thanks to the staff at Northlea United Church who allowed temporary storage of the bikes while being collected. Pictures show the bikes awaiting dispatch to TNO.
The Northlea United Church Refugee Support Group plans to launch a Summer Clothing Drive. Clothing will be collected at the church between now and Sunday, May 30th and will be given to New Circles who operate GLOW (Gently Loved Outfits to Wear). This is a free clothing service that ensures that thousands of newcomers and other families who are economically vulnerable can meet their basic need for clothing. Continue reading “Summer Clothing Drive Starts on April 2”
The Wednesday Chair-based Exercise Class starts up again! The classes start at 10:30 a.m. on April 5 and continue weekly until May 10. All are welcome. For more information, contact Joanne or Anne through the church office, 416-425-5252.
For 15 centuries, Islam has been a force in the world. Today over one billion people adhere to the Islamic faith, and an increasing number of our neighbours here in Canada identify themselves as Muslims. But the gap in understanding between Christianity (and western society) and Islam seems to have increased. The need to build bridges of understanding and overcome stereotypes is very present following incidents such as the killings in a mosque in Quebec City. Continue reading “Between Cross & Crescent – A Learning Circle on Islam”