Community Partners in Social Action
In her poem The Low Rad, Marge Piercy wrote:
It goes on one at a time.
It starts when you care to act.
It starts when ….you say We, and you know who you mean,
And each day you mean one more.
An organizing principle that we at Mattjam apply is “with whom will we partner”, when we think of events or community transformation. And in turn, we support many activities and initiatives in the wider community. We are convinced that Jesus taught his followers to work within our communities, with our neighbours. We are always delighted to welcome “one more” on a project or to be the one more for someone else.
Organization Titles are Linked to Their Respective Websites
Transition Guelph is a not-for-profit organization that is part of the larger Transition Movement. Transition Guelph is made up of volunteers working to promote processes and projects for strengthening community resilience and economic vitality. The Guelph chapter has had a long history of cooperation and partnership with our parish. The church and Transition Guelph have held movie nights, hosted discussion groups, and been the location for a number of meetings, potluck dinners, and pancake breakfasts. http://www.transitionguelph.org/
Mattjam was the first host to the Repair Cafe Guelph in August of 2016. Repair Cafes are events that bring together “fixers” and those that need something repaired. The fixers diagnose and repair the item while teaching the attendees about what they are doing. Since its inception, the Guelph Repair Cafes have served over 500 people and diverted nearly 2000 kg of waste from local landfills. http://guelphtoollibrary.org/repair-cafe/ The church has been host to three Repair Cafes and counting.
The congregation of St. Matthias and St. James the Apostle (Mattjam) offers numerous assets to benefit the arts in Guelph. We have a venue size that is in short supply (seating for 150 – 175). We are moving towards more options for space configuration with movable chairs slowly replacing pews. Our acoustics are excellent! Any event can be enhanced with the support of a commercial kitchen. Possibilities for the use of the parish hall and kitchen are as extensive as one’s imagination, such as community events, pop-up dinners, exhibits, etc. We have a large elevator making loading in and out for events very easy. We are fully accessible.
There is always something in the works for the Guelph community to enjoy at St. M & J.
Looking ahead, a highlight of the Christmas season will be a reading of A Christmas Carol; a family event, Monday December 3rd, 2018.
2214 pounds of food were donated in 2017 by so many generous people at Mattjam, and Sugarbush Christian Church. We exceeded our goal of 1700 pounds and are aiming even higher with a target of 1800 pounds for 2018 – 18 in 2018!
For a complete list of needs, click on Donations-Requests-List.
Each December our church also participates in the CCSC Christmas Bag Campaign. Parishioners go Christmas shopping to fill gift bags for CCSC guests containing everything from gloves to toothpaste & deodorant, to a Christmas treat. In 2017 we donated more than 30 bags and hope to improve upon that in December, 2018.
For more information about CCSC go to https://chalmerscentre.ca.
23rd Guelph Sparks
Sparks is the first level of “Girl Guides of Canada” for girls ages 5-6. We meet Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. for 1 hour at The Church of the Apostles (St. James & St. Matthias) at the corner of Glasgow and Paisley Road in Guelph, Ontario. Throughout our program we provide girls with a nurturing environment where they can build valuable skills that will last them a lifetime! As a Spark, girls learn to focus on the importance of being a friend towards one another, taking care of each other, and of the world around them. For information contact Deb Murray (Contact Guider) email@example.com or 519-821-9235. For more information about Sparks click on Girl Guides of Canada – Sparks Program.