St. Matthew's has a rich history of reaching out to the wider community. This includes:
Hiatus House: This is a vital resource for families experiencing domestic violence (http://www.hiatushouse.com). We support this work through donated items such as clothing, toys, and toiletries.
Marlborough School Breakfast Program: We help to prepare a hot breakfast of grilled cheese sandwiches, fresh fruit and chocolate milk for 25 to 45 children. Every week, our team also provides freshly baked muffins. Warm socks, hats and mitts are also taken to the school for distribution to those children with wet and cold feet and hands.
Southwest Detention Centre Ministry: St. Matthew's has supported the ministry of the Chaplain at the Windsor Jail. We collect items such as toiletries, decks of cards, jig-saw puzzles, greeting cards, puzzle books and soft-cover books with self-help topics and adventure stories. For the last two years we have prepared and donated backpacks to the inmates being released "to the street". They include basic items for hygiene, towel, face cloth, underwear and socks. We give about 50 a year. Beginning in January 2017, two of our folks and two volunteers from Church of the Epiphany in Kingsville, have been giving sewing classes to the women inmates once a week.
Food for the Hungry: Every week more and more canned goods and items that are distributed to the needy and hungry by various food banks in the city are added to the collection basket in the church. Then they are delivered by volunteers to the Downtown Mission, Windsor Homes Coalition, Welcome Centre for homeless women, and Street Help for the homeless to support their ministry.
Council of the North: On each Sunday in the season of Advent, we gather after our time of worship for a time of fellowship in the parish hall, featuring a variety of delicious soups. A free will donation is accepted, with funds designated to strengthen the ministry that takes place in the Council of the North. For more information, please visit Council of the North.
Huron Lodge (Long Term Care): Twice a month we provide church services for residents at Huron Lodge (Tuesday Eucharist; Sunday afternoon non-Eucharist).This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with residents and their families.