Advent Unwrapped – Joy

Welcome to Advent Unwrapped 2016!

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


God’s joy cannot be manufactured or packaged; rather it is a spontaneous response to the presence of the spirit with us. God’s joy is wild and free!

Joy is appreciating that all that we have, all that we are, and all that we will be comes from God, the Creator, who is still creating.

The Shelbourne Community Kitchen brings joy to program participants.

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

  • “I can cook a variety of foods and follow a recipe, and also have made a few friends while having fun.”
  • “I was amazed at what I learned from Kim, and how tasty simple foods can taste at a very low cost. I learned how to preserve, freeze and prepare foods and what foods to stock in my own pantry.