- Street Ministry
One Friday evening a month, our street ministry team gathers in the downtown core of Maple Ridge, at Memorial Peace Park. We partner with Salvation Army; staffing their soup truck which carries a large supply of soup, coffee and hot chocolate. To this, St. Paul’s adds an abundance of sandwiches and home-baking. The sandwiches are graciously supplied by a local business, The Bread and Buns Factory. In addition to the food, we spread out a tarp and roof shelter and provide a variety of used clothing. From the back of an SUV owned by one of our team, we hand out a large variety of toiletries.! Oh yes, the Pastor gets to hand out bananas!
During the season of Advent, we adorn a “Jesse Tree” with donations of gloves, toques, socks etc. which are then shared throughout the year at the street ministry.
- Glenwood Elementary School lunch
One lunch hour per month, a team of people meets at Glenwood Elementary School, which is essentially across the street from St. Paul’s. Our team provides a hot lunch to about 15 children, identified by the school, who are in need of a good lunch, Donations from the congregation, by way of money and food supplies, help us provide this valuable ministry.
- The Benevolence Fund
Members and Friends of St. Paul’s contribute cash donations to fund the Benevolence Fund. Donations collected are used to purchase “swipe cards,” or “gift cards,” if you will, from local supermarkets. Those gift cards are given at the discretion of the Pastor, to individuals in need.
- Friends in Need Food Bank
St. Paul’s partners with the Friends in Need Food Bank, the local food bank in Maple Ridge. This ministry is supported via the food collection bin and through cash donations from the congregation.
- Alouette Heights Supportive Housing Society
St. Paul’s partners with the Alouette Heights Supportive Housing. When the complex opened, two starter kits were provided for one of the units. St. Paul’s will supply an additional starter kit on occasion.
- Beckman House
St. Paul’s partners with Beckman House, a residence for adults with mental health issues. About a week before Christmas, members of St. Paul’s gather at Beckman House to deliver Christmas gifts purchased by the congregation. We spend an evening of fellowship and song. At the conclusion of our gift-giving, the residents of Beckman House treat us to Christmas baking and snacks!