Year by year the congregation generously support the Benevolent Fund. This Fund allows the congregation to underwrite the once a month Soup Bus programme, the weekly emergency Food Hamper distribution and emergency need to individuals both within and outside the congregation.

In 2016 we handed out 410 food hampers, provided a monthly meal at St. Vincent de Paul’s and gave out other emergency needs.  The services we provide cost annually over $12,000. 

Those who generously support the Fund know that your gifts and prayer support do make a difference. Thank you.

St. Giles, along with many other local churches, participate once a month making, serving, and cleaning up Sunday lunch or Wednesday supper.

The Soup Bus Ministry is an outreach to St. Vincent de Paul that has been going for more than 25 years.  Here at St. Giles on the first Wednesday of each month, we make supper.  A team gathers at the church in the morning to prepare the sandwiches, soup, and fruit.  Another team will later deliver the food to St. Vincent's to serve and clean up.

Contact Margaret Plewes through the Church Office if you would like to help, not only on the Wednesday, but also preparing soup stock ahead of time.

Prayer Shawl Ministry meets monthly - Contact Lynda Bateman through the church office.

At St. Giles we have a group of dedicated knitters and crocheters who create beautiful shawls.

The purpose of St. Giles Prayer Shawl Ministry is to create prayer shawls made with prayer and love for people needing the warm arms of concern wrapped around them. The shawls are given to people who are ill, have suffered a loss, or are in the midst of a life crisis.

The group meets monthly at the church to work together and pray for those who will receive their shawls, and often work hard at home. Each knitter or crotcheter begins the work with prayer. We may not know who the shawl is going to, but often we will and we can pray specifically for the individual. The shawls are blessed during a church service before being given to the recipient.

Get Involved
You can join our Prayer Shawl Ministry by getting involved in making shawls with us. Donations of either yarn or monies to purchase yarn will be most appreciated.

We also love giving out our prayer shawls. You can request a shawl for a friend or loved one you know that is in need. Each shawl is delivered to the recipient along with a card containing a special message.

Any requests for prayer can be directed to Faith Furlong through the church office.

The Prayer Chain involves a team of people who have committed themselves to pray for those within the St. Giles' family, but also for those in the community or beyond. Confidentiality is respected.  One or two emails are sent out once a week with requests for prayer. Confidentiality is repected.

In the past we have had a Pastoral Care Committee.  Members of the group had all participated in the Stephen Ministry care-giving course or some other course of equivalent training, they provided one-to-one Christian care to hurting people in and around our church family.

We believe that a care-giving listening ministry provides care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge.

Confidentiality is of utmost concern as an important means of building trust in the caring relationship.

While this group is not currently meeting any more if you find yourself in need of care you may talk to your Elder or the minister, Herb Hilder.