Neighbourhood Ministry Christmas Events – Please Join Us!

Volunteers are warmly welcome to join us on Saturday December 22nd for our 10th Annual Christmas Street Outreach to our homeless neighbours, followed by a lunch and caroling at the Coast Dunbar supportive housing apartments at 17th and Dunbar. These are wonderful events that bring together our four churches (St Anselm’s, St Helen’s, St John’s and St Philip’s) and needy friends from the community. Here are the details:

Street Outreach

On Saturday, December 22nd, the Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry volunteers meet at St. Anselm’s church around 9:00 a.m. We will prepare gift and lunch bags, enjoy coffee and muffins, and divide up into teams to go onto the streets and give Christmas packages to our homeless neighbors around 10:00 am. Even if you are unable to go out on the street, please do join us at St Anselm’s for this time of fellowship. If you are able to volunteer to go out on the street visits please let Rhona Thornton know at:

Dunbar Pre-Christmas Luncheon & Caroling at Dunbar

On Saturday December 22nd, 12:30-2:30pm, Coast Dunbar Apartments (3595 West 17th Avenue).

Take a pause from the hustle and bustle of Christmas activities and join us at Dunbar Apartments for lunch and caroling with our friends. This is a wonderful event that the residents of Dunbar have grown to anticipate with excitement.

Set up time begins at 11:30 am. If you can provide refreshments for the event, please choose from the following list: Eggnog; Fruit drinks; Eggs; Milk; Bacon; Onions; Potatoes; Elbow Macaroni; Ham; Cranberry sauce; Cheese; Bananas; Pancake Mix; Pancake Syrup; Salad; Vegetable Platter; Potatoes; Casseroles; Fruit/Mandarin Oranges; Juices; Mince Pies; Desserts/Christmas Cookies.

Please let Joan Stewart know if you can assist with setup, serving, cleanup, provide some treats or are able to join in singing Christmas carols. Please contact Joan Stewart:


Recognized by the Anglican Church of Canada

The Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry is recognized by the Anglican Church of Canada.  Read all about it at



Benefit Concert 2018 – A Rousing Success!

On October 14th, St. Philip’s church was alive with music to commemorate Homelessness Action Week.  Leading off the night was Deacon Pitman, accompanied by Friends of Pro Bono Publicum, who offered original folk/ bluegrass tunes of a social justice nature, with a love song or two thrown in.  This was followed by some original tunes by his bandmates.  The headliner, jazz duo Rebecca Jenkins and Joel Bakan, brought down the house with a mix of originals and classics.  The evening ended with Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released”, where everyone joined in.  The crowd was enthusiastic and generous with their donations to the Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry. Thanks to all who helped with the reception, and to everyone who came out to support this cause.

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