Advent Unwrapped – Hope

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Welcome to Advent Unwrapped!

 Christmas is the season of giving! This year our local partner organization, The Shelbourne Community Kitchen, has been selected to receive our Advent Gifts of food and money. We can all help by donating items of healthy food every Sunday in Advent. Please put your donations in the big red shopping cart in the Narthex and you will find festive envelopes in the pews for gifts of money.

During Advent we will unwrap the themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. We will discover a new perspective through the eyes of the participants at the Shelbourne Community Kitchen. The “Kitchen” is a Local Mission project of St. Aidan’s, where, in partnership with other churches and associations in the immediate neighbourhood, we work to provide a resource for low-income families and individuals to increase their food security.  See more at http://shelbournecommunitykitchen.ca

Hope

Christian hope is not about things or possessions; it is about promises and faith. Our hopes are based on a shared idea of God’s promise (for the Kin-dom of God) that we work toward together.

Hope is setting out in the desert with nothing, trusting that God will provide.

Hope is trusting that God finds a way, even when we lose the path.

The Shelbourne Community Kitchen brings hope to program participants.

In the words of a couple of Shelbourne Community Kitchen participants:

  • “This program is different in that it doesn’t just feed people or give them food, it also teaches them to cook it and how to get good nutritious food at a reasonable price.”
  • “After attending the Kitchen, I look ahead at what is on sale in the flyers, and put together a menu based on the principles I have learned at the Kitchen. I have found I now spend less on groceries and I am eating more nutritious meals. I am very thankful for this program. I have learned so much.”