We know that we are stronger when we work with community partners and we are excited by the relationships that we are continuing to develop. Together with our community partners, we contribute to the fabric of our city through musical, artistic, and life-supporting activities.
The Anglican Foundation of Canada was created in 1957 by a motion of General Synod to provide Anglicans a place where they can donate funds or leave a bequest to support ministry all across Canada. AFC invites every parish and diocese to become a member with a $50 or $100 annual donation. Each diocese may also apply for funding three times/year, and individuals may apply for bursaries and grants for educational programs.
SINCE 1957, OVER $25 MILLION HAS BEEN GIVEN by the Foundation for parish construction and renovation, theological education, choir schools, summer camps, children’s hospice care, homework clubs, leadership training and development, community outreach projects, accessibility ramps, musical composition, and all kinds of innovative ministry.
AFC ENCOURAGES PARISHES AND INDIVIDUALS to reach for the sky with imagination and innovation. At your Foundation, galaxies of imagination have generated ground-breaking ideas creating faith communities that flourish.
WE’RE HELPING children and young people become responsible stewards and dynamic leaders. We’re helping refresh dated infrastructure. We’re helping build strong faith communities every day.
AFC WELCOMES your donations so that when you or your parish has a need or an idea, we can help.
For more information please click here to visit the AFC website.
The second Friday of each month is the regular night for the James St. North Art Crawl when the Cathedral opens its doors to show off the art treasures in the building. During Art Crawl, we also host the New Harbours music series. Visitors are greeted by volunteers and guides are available for tours or to answer any questions. Attendance at the Cathedral during Art Crawl is phenomenal.
Hamilton Children’s Choir
The Hamilton Children’s Choir began as a Cathedral outreach to children in the city who loved to sing. As the original ‘sponsor’ of HCC, we can only watch and listen with great joy and satisfaction as this choir goes from strength to strength now involving children of all ages through its various performing groups and training programs, and as a Children’s Choir which has won international acclaim over and over again. We rent office space to HCC, and continue to welcome these beautiful singing artists as they rehearse at the Cathedral every week.
The Jamesville Breakfast Club was born when the principal of a neighbourhood school expressed concern about too many kids arriving at school hungry. In response, the Cathedral started a breakfast program organized by a group of volunteers under the direction of a member of our clergy. The breakfast program has been in operation since 2007 with much community support.
From that initiative, grew the mighty HARRRP, which provides so much to so many. HARRRP operates several community centres in areas of greatest need. Local residents are consulted to determine what programs best suit their needs
Jamesville Children’s Centre
Many years ago, several parishioners knew that the children of our area had particular needs for daytime care, and so the Jamesville Children’s Centre was born. From very humble beginnings, in which Cathedral space which was largely unused was made available to a clearly articulated community need, Jamesville has grown and grown, developing significant expertise as a child care centre which cares greatly for its children and which works closely with the community. It is a Cathedral outreach of which we should be justly proud – it now serves almost 100 children and is known as a leader in the child care community throughout the region. It continues its close working relationship with the Dean, the Cathedral Staff, and the congregation.
Jamesville Children’s Centre offers early learning and care to children 18 months to 12 years. Parents who access the service may be working, going to school, have medical issues, or are struggling with challenges that make it difficult to raise their children.
Jamesville Bennetto Community Care Coming in the Fall
Extended Hour Care for Kindergarten Children
Hours of Operation: 7:30 – 8:50 and 3:10 to 5:30
Information line will be open July 21st. Please call to inquire (905) 577-9255
New Harbours has presented their music at concerts at the Cathedral for over four years. There is nothing about the New Harbours music series that would remind you of being in a church. Choral music it is not! The music has been described as “harsh noise to ambient dronescapes, from free jazz to minimal techno, from doom metal to avant-garde folk” and we are constantly pleased at the hundreds of people who come to hear these concerts.
Out of the Cold provides a hot, nutritious evening meal for the homeless and near homeless in Hamilton, 6 nights a week from the beginning of November until the end of March. They also partner with Wesley Centre to serve breakfast on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Each Saturday from November to the end of March, Hamilton Out of the Cold occupies our church hall from noon to 7 p.m. A small army of volunteers get to work in the kitchen. They chop, they cook, they wash dishes—they’re preparing for their guests. Doors open at 4 p.m.
PWRDF works in partnership with organizations in Canada and throughout the world to support people-centred development that improves the quality of daily life for vulnerable populations, promotes self-reliance, and addresses root causes of poverty and injustice. PWRDF is active in approximately 30 countries, and also accompanies uprooted people – including victims of disasters, refugees, internally displaced people, and migrant workers. PWRDF partners are drawn from Anglican churches, ecumenical organizations and community-based groups. Partners address the root causes of problems and accompany communities as they move beyond survival into sustainable development.
Parishioners at Christ’s Church Cathedral support the work of PWRDF through financial donations.
St. Matthew’s House
The Cathedral has a shared history with St. Matthew’s House since its inception in 1964. Our weekly offertory includes a basket of non-perishable food items destined for St. Matthew’s House. At Christmas we sponsor a family, and throughout the year, parishioners make financial donations through the Cathedral to St. Matthew’s House.
St. Matthew’s House is a charitable, non-profit, multi-service agency that serves the needs of families, children, youth, seniors, and individuals living in poverty, as well as children with special needs and their families, through a variety of services and programs, provided in a flexible and non-threatening manner. As a result, many people of different ages and backgrounds obtain assistance, help and support with a wide range of issues.
Peter Wall (Rector of the Cathedral), William Cliff and David Pickett are Canadian Anglican Priests who, with accompanist Maestro Angus Sinclair, sing to benefit The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (Huron Hunger Fund), seeking lasting solutions to world hunger through sustainable development.