Loving our neighbours

o4Jesus teaches that we are to love our neighbours and at Trafalgar we are always finding new ways to do just that. We engage in a variety of ministries to care for the world around us. We strive to feed those who are hungry and welcome those who are in need of care. Along with a variety of other initiatives, we continue to invest in the following initiatives:

Since 2010, Trafalgar has hosted a weekly BBQ in a nearby subsidized housing neighbourhood. Working alongside residents, we enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs, along with watermelon, freezies and other treats every Wednesday evening. Children from both communities play together as food is prepared and shared in an atmosphere of welcome.

r3During the winter months, Trafalgar works with Frontline Outreach and other local churches to host a fresh food bank with food provided by Food For Life in Halton. Each Friday at a local pub we gather with low income families to unpack, sort and distribute a variety of meat, produce and other food items. This is a great time for volunteers and Rev. Kristine to visit with our neighbours, offering conversation, prayer and other kinds of practical and spiritual help.

Each Christmas Trafalgar creates an Angel Tree that invites families to provide Christmas presents and food vouchers for thirty or more families in the community. We also love to drop cards, cookies or small gifts at each home in our partner neighbourhood at Christmas or Easter.  We also work with community leaders to collect, sort and distribute winter clothes to local families each November.

community garden 1In all seasons, a large bin near our front door collects non-perishable food items which are taken regularly to the local food bank. Especially needed are canned meat and fish, pasta, baby formula, and cereal.

In 2012 Trafalgar planted a new community garden where people grow tomatoes, squash, herbs and a wide variety of other vegetables. Each 4′ by 8′ plot is free of charge (although gardeners are invited to make a donation if they are able) and while some are tended by members of the congregation, we also receive referrals from community agencies and local partners.

g1Each year Trafalgar cares for God’s creation through the local Earth Day Clean Up. Working with the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology & Human Rights, we host a site for collecting garbage at a nearby section of walking trail. Youth, adults and children from the church join neighbours and from the surrounding area to pick up litter.

If you are eager to serve others in practical and meaningful ways, we are ready to help. Simply send an email to our administrator at trafalgarchurchadmin [@] bellnet [dot] ca.