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St. Martin’s outreach goal is to address social, environmental and justice problems and their causes. Because the Church participates in God’s mission, we are called to demonstrate to others that God loves them and sends us to love and serve them.

Outreach for St. Martin’s consists of ongoing food bank donations, collected at the weekly worship service, Friday hot lunches at People for a Healthy Community (PHC, our local social services agency) in collaboration with Gabriola United Church and PHC.

The parish acknowledges and supports the work of parishioners in individual outreach, including prison ministries, international village development, donations of articles for various charitable organizations, and many others which we appreciate as being part of our Christian commitment to love and service. Besides the work mobilized by the Outreach volunteers, our parish makes regular budgeted financial donations to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund and Canadian Lutheran World Relief Fund, and supports two children through Foster Parents Plan.

Current Activities

Syrian Refuge Crisis

Click here to read a letter from The Right Rev. Dr. Logan McMenamie, Bishop of the Diocese of British Columbia on the current refuge crisis in Europe.

Hot Lunch Program

St. Martin's of Tours Anglican and Gabriola United congregations provide a hot lunch every Friday at the People for a Healthy Community location at the Commons. All are welcome.

Caregivers’ Support Group – Meetings on the first Wednesday of each month

St Martins of Tours Anglican and Gabriola United congregations have partnered again offering support to anyone in the Gabriola community who is providing long-term care for loved ones. This popular program brings together caregivers in an environment of friendship, caring  and understanding.

Outreach in 2014

Christmas Alive! – A Gift from Five Churches

Christmas Alive! is a yearly gift to the Gabriola community from St Martin of Tours Anglican Church, Gabriola United Church, Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Gabriola Fellowship Church and Church on the Rock. Christmas Alive! is an outdoor enactment of the story of the birth of Jesus.

Christmas Alive! began in 2012 through the efforts of three Island churches: St Martin's Anglican, Gabriola United and Our Lady of Victory Catholic. The narrator that year was Antony Holland with music by Marilyn Smith. Harold Jenner was our narrator in 2013 and 2014. Christmas Alive! is held on the Saturday before Christmas. Over 100 Islanders attended the inaugural event and crowds since them have been about 120 – 140 people for this family-friendly evening.

The enthusiasm for Christmas Alive! 2014 could not be dampened by wind and rainy weather. Thanks are extended to all who helped in any way to present this labour of love to our Gabriola community. Photos in the slideshow below were taken by Don Butt in 2012 and Richard Pullano in 2014.

The Giving Tree – Supporting Haven House and the V.I. Therapeutic Facility

Advent "Giving Tree" is a Christmas gift opportunity for the congregations of both churches. People are invited to remove one or more of the gift tags from the tree and purchase the items written on the tag and return then place the unwrapped gifts under the tree by December 23.

Items are directed to Haven Transition House (for victims of family abuse in Nanaimo) and to the Vancouver Island Therapeutic Facility that is operated by the Nanaimo Region of the John Howard Society.



 
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