By Bev Groombridge

The Church of Our Saviour The Redeemer (Stoney Creek) has launched its third monthly outreach luncheon called, Circle of Friends. Our vision is to meet the needs of our parish family and those in the wider community by offering a safe and friendly place where people can gather, have a complimentary lunch and enjoy the company of others.    

Many seniors, as well as those who have lost loved ones, find themselves experiencing loneliness and miss having meaningful dialogue with others.  We believe that love, companionship and laughter in a safe and friendly environment eases loneliness and boredom and the crippling fear of loneliness.  

 The other two outreach luncheons offered each month are:

Faith, Food and Fun which provides a full nutritious hot meal, a sing-a-long and a friendly game of bingo.  

Still Kickin’ was named by Mrs. Margaret Salter, one of the first participants at it’s formation, who proclaimed to the gathering that “We’re still kickin’.”  It also provides a full complimentary hot meal  with Trivia led by The Rev. Bahman Kalantari.     

Any food that is left over from these three events are made into meals frozen in microwavable containers  and made available to those who are in need of a hot nutritious meal.

 We are grateful for the Walking on Water grant that we received that enabled us to upgrade our kitchen in order to make these and other events possible.