While many church congregations are shrinking or struggling financially, Weston Park Baptist Church is placing its faith in development plans that aim to revitalize its property in the west-end Toronto neighbourhood.
“Our vision formulated [in] 2005,” says church deacon John Frogley-Rawson. “It’s a nice piece of land, and we have developed [a plan] for the property and the community.”
It’s worth reading, because it shows how a development should be done: with community consultation and assent. It also includes much on the fate of churches, and how they will be reused and redeveloped in a secular age.
Weston’s own Elliot Madore will be performing in an online Messiah, which is streamable until January 7.
The show is produced by Against The Grain Theatre, and it looks great. The producers say it is a “truly cross-Canada performance — in Arabic, Dene, English, French, Inuktitut, and Southern Tutchone, and accompanied by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra”.
Zayde Wisdom has a lot of class. He grew up in poverty in Weston, and his family struggled to get by. You could celebrate him, then, spending his first big cheques from the Philadelphia Flyers on something that would be a hell of a lot of fun.
Instead, Zayde Wisdom gave $5,000 to the local Salvation Army.
What a guy.
Flyers prospect Zayde Wisdom has just donated $5,000 to the Salvation Army in his Toronto neighbourhood of Weston.
A text from his mom: “Zayde wanted to give to them first. This is just the beginning of paying it forward.” pic.twitter.com/BmjQ83sYX7
Wisdom told the OHL, “I have a lot of tough memories, so my goal one day is to just help as many kids as possible from struggling growing up,” he said, “ I just want to give back to the community that gave so much to me.”
People around the world are planning on ringing bells on their balconies and doorsteps at 6 pm Christmas Eve.
The ‘Worldwide Christmas Eve Jingle’ was started in North Yorkshire, England by a woman who thought the world could use a bit of joy this year. She said it’s for kids, so they can look back on 2020 with some fondness.
Your correspondent may have to download a bell app for his phone to make this happen—but perhaps a reader might, ahem, pull some strings at a local church? I have to plead complete ignorance: do churches ring bells any more? Are they allowed to do it just for fun?
Our local food bank has seen a huge increase in need this year—almost quadrupling from 650 visits a month to 2,500. For 31 years, the Weston Park Baptist Church has been a big supporter.
This year, the “food distribution will be very important to families but must be done in a very different way”, so the church is hoping to raise $10,000 to deliver hampers of food and personal-care products this holiday season.
The church will also be collecting non-perishables between November 30 and December 5 at the UPX station, and again at the church on December 7.