Breakfast on Bond
This ministry first began in 2012 as an opportunity for members to meet before church Sunday morning and has evolved into something different. At that time there was a food voucher program for neighbors that dropped in, and early on, the breakfast group invited them to stay for breakfast. Gradually the number of people coming for vouchers and breakfast has grown. A coordination of efforts to deal with poverty and the high cost of food began among the Westdale churches. This has resulted in the vouchers we contribute now being distributed through Westdale United church, the third Sunday of the month. St Cuthbert’s breakfast is currently being held the last Sunday of the month with typically 8-20 people attending. Most people are from our neighborhood but some come from other parts of the city. We try to prepare a special meal with handmade baking and to be gracious hosts to those who partake. All are invited to come to worship afterwards if they wish. The needs of many who come are great and this modest effort is an attempt to get to know and offer friendship in some tangible way.
Outreach Projects Supported by St Cuthbert's
There are an overwhelming number of needs but we seek to choose programs based on principles that include: that there be a 50% split between local and global concerns/issues, projects that we have a connection to through people known to us, smaller projects with access to less funding, programs that support children and youth. The following have received funding: Mission Services of Hamilton, Inner City Ministry, Hamilton Food Share, Camp Kintail, Circles of Support and Accountability, True City Christmas Hampers, Grace Haven, Presbyterian World Service and Development, McMaster Chaplaincy. In addition to that there are funds designated for Presbyterian Sharing.
Each year we prepare and serve a dinner at Wesley Urban Ministries.
Christmas Special appeals are designated each year to augment our outreach programs and usually are funds designated for Good Samaritan orphan program (see above), or other events like relief efforts through PWSD (Presbyterian World Service and Development).