Cookies and Christmas Carols – Monday, December 11, 7 pm

Kindred Spirits is a group of women, of all ages, who will come together in an open forum is discuss social issues and explore matters of the heart connected to these issues. The group will hold its first Meet & Greet on Dec 11th in the church community room. The theme for the gathering is Christmas! The event will be called Cookies & Stories for Christmas. This is how it works: each participant will bring 2 dozen cookies (of your choice) to be shared with the group. By the time you leave you’ll have a variety of cookies to share at your Christmas gatherings. Over cookies and hot coco we’ll entertain each other with our favourite stories of “What Christmas means to me”. A perfect way to get the ball rolling

We’re also fortunate to have Kim Stanbury joining us for the evening. Kim will talk about the outreach ministry she is actively involved with. ARISE Ministry, run and organized by Kim’s sister Deborah Rapport, is a mission of the Presbytery of East Toronto and supported by the Presbyterian Church in Canada. ARISE offers outreach, case management and pastoral care to individuals involved in the sex trade. They advocate for the rights, goals and dreams of women, youth and children who have become victims of sex-trafficking and/or have worked in the sex trade. ARISE builds relationships, provides support and offers an intensive case management program to one of the most marginalized and victimized populations of our city.

During this Christmas season we’re hoping Kindred Spirits can help contribute to this worthy cause by way of small donations. Items such as Kleenex packages, hand sanitizer, band-aids, etc…

Click here to find out what is needed:   Arise Outreach Bags

This invitation is extended to the women of the congregation as well as sisters, daughters, mothers, aunties, grandmothers and friends.

Please R.S.V.P to Raeleen Sparks (raeleenms@hotmail.com) by Dec 1st, to take part in this new emerging circle. A complete list of donation items will be provided at this time.

Outreach Bags

Thank you so much for helping to support our outreach by preparing bags. The following is a list of what goes in an outreach bag, in brackets we have put how much of that item is put in a bag. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

– Gum (1 pack)
– Moist Towelettes, individually wrapped, no water needed. The kind generally given is called Moist Wipes. A box of 24 wipes for $1.25 at Dollarama. (1-2 wipes)
– Band-Aids (3)
– Hand Sanitizer (purse-sized packages) (1)
– Lip Balm (1)
– Hair Elastics (2-3)
– Safety Pins (3)
– Tampons (1)
– Personal-sized packages of tissue (1 package)
– Mini-sized chocolates bars (3)
– Bobby pins (3)

We generally purchase the bags ourselves, using satin bags that can be purchased at Dollarama for $1.25-$1.50. If you would like to purchase the bags or make similar bags, please let us know and we can give you the dimensions.

We also include with the items listed above program information and Public Health items.