Photo Credit: Catherine Leach; Courtesy of David Busby Centre
“We Who Are Many Are One Body” (1 Cor 10.17)
FaithWorks – the annual appeal of the Diocese of Toronto – provides support to 18 Ministry Partners helping people in need throughout our diocese and around the world. In 2013 for the first time in the history of FaithWorks, we exceeded our fund-raising goal. With the help of All Saints Kingsway and the help of parishes throughout our diocese, we raised over $1.6 million on behalf of our Ministry Partners.
FaithWorks was created in 1996 in response to parish concerns about unsustainable parish assessments. At that time, a bold decision was made to remove outreach ministry support in order to trim $1 million from the diocesan budget. It was a controversial decision, but one that has proven to be even more successful than imagined. Over the past 18 years the diocesan budget has continued to contract, while the level of FaithWorks funding has grown. By the end of 2014, FaithWorks will have raised $25 million on behalf of our Ministry Partners.
In 2013, parishioners at All Saints Kingsway contributed $13,619 on behalf of our FaithWorks Ministry Partners. Of this total amount, over $2,000 remained with the parish to support our own local outreach ministry. The generosity is truly appreciated and is making a difference in many, many lives. Please visit http://www.faithworks.ca/ to learn how your support is providing help and hope to some of our most marginalized sisters and brothers.
St. Paul wrote that it is “God’s power working in us that can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine” (Ephesians, 3:20). Let these words be a blessing and give you hope for a future where we think not about scarcity, but about abundance. And please remember those who are still in need with your gifts of prayer and financial support.
Click here to make a secure, online donation [http://contact.toronto.anglican.ca/stewardship/donating-to-faithworks].