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St. John the Evangelist

280 St. James Street
London, ON  N6A 1X3
Phone: 519-432-3743
Email: office@stjohnslondon.ca

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  • 5K RUN/WALK

    HUNGER HURTS - HOSPITALITY HELPS


    St. John’s annual 5km run has been raising money to support our Saturday Evening Meal Program for ten years. All runners, walkers, strollers, joggers, pacers, sprinters, racers, hikers and ramblers of all kinds are invited to join us for this year’s event. For more information or to register for this year’s annual 5K run, please fill out a Registration Form and submit it to the church office.

    Support the Saturday Evening Meal Program ...

    COMMUNITY MEAL PROGRAM


    About 22 years ago, a group of parishioners at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church on St. James Street decided they needed to do something more to help London's less fortunate. It started as a community soup kitchen, then quickly evolved into a weekly meal every Saturday night of the year. There are a total of 14 meal prep teams, half of which are church- based, and they rotate through the different responsibilities including shopping, cooking and setting up on Saturday nights.

    John Thompson has been volunteering with the community meals program for 14 years now. He says it takes a lot of people and work to get the meals together every week but says they now have it down to a science. "It's a pattern that we've developed long before I came along," he said. "There's a different menu each week that usually rotates every four weeks."

    Thompson says he's come to know some of the regular clients very well throughout the years. "I'm thinking of Jim and Marie, when I asked them how they met, they said they met in the back of a police cruiser," he said. "But they're a lovely couple."

    Funding Community Meal Program

    In order to keep the church's community meals up and running, funds are raised to cover the cost of putting the weekly event together. Thompson said there's a 5K walk every October to raise money for the program. "We invite members of the teams who serve the meals to join in and we have no more than about 60 people who participate," said Thompson. "Of those 60 people, we usually raise between $12,000 and $15,000."

    Cooking community meals for the last 20 years has allowed the church to forge relationships with local businesses. St. John works closely with Valu-Mart and Angelo's for dessert and bread that is donated to their weekly community meal. "Last weekend, the dessert was pie and ice cream," says Thompson. "We had about 160 guests last week and all of them got pie and ice cream from Valu-Mart."

    Thompson said he knows the meals address a deep need in the community. "Borderline poverty is really common, there are people that if they have one major setback, they'll be homeless," he said.

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    The Gleaners (Des glaneuses) is an oil painting by Jean-François Millet completed in 1857. It depicts three peasant women gleaning a field of stray stalks of wheat after the harvest. The painting illustrated a realistic view of poverty and the working class. One critic commented that "his three gleaners have gigantic pretensions, they pose as the Three Fates of Poverty...their ugliness and their grossness unrelieved." While the act of gleaning was not a new topic—representations of Ruth had existed in art—this new work was a statement on rural poverty and not biblical piety: there is no touch of the biblical sense of community and compassion in the contrasting embodiments of grinding poverty in the foreground and the rich harvest in the sunlit distance beyond. The implicit irony was unsettling.

    Participation - Compassion

    St John's 5K Run/Walk

    An "Old North" Community Event


    This event is a major and essential fundraiser, primarily for our Saturday Night Meal Program, also, for other initiatives to support the less fortunate in our community. Some will compete to be first in their age categories; some will enjoy a leisurely stroll with family and friends through beautiful Gibbons Park on a Sunday afternoon. All are invited back to the church hall after the “race” for pizza from Pazoon's and an awards ceremony with great prizes. Also, all participants receive a free t-shirt! The race begins at 2:30 pm on Sunday, October 14. Registration for the race starts at 1:30 pm in the parish hall. Registration forms and posters are available in the church office for those who wish to pre-register and be eligible for the pre-registration draw!

    Use button below to donate to our Saturday Meal Program; select St. John's 5K Run and Walk from "FUND" dropdown.

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    At St. John’s we strongly believe in serving and supporting the community. As a result, in addition to weekly worship, a major part of our Christian ministry includes volunteerism and outreach activities. In the past we have supported causes in London and around the world touching on issues including poverty, social justice, children’s issues and community health.

    © 2020 stjohnslondon.ca

    At St. John’s we strongly believe in serving and supporting the community. As a result, in addition to weekly worship, a major part of our Christian ministry includes volunteerism and outreach activities. In the past we have supported causes in London and around the world touching on issues including poverty, social justice, children’s issues and community health.

    © 2020 stjohnslondon.ca

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