Our Projects

WE BELIEVE IN SIMCOE

We Believe in Simcoe is our large community blessing project, held annually in the spring.  It is a two-part festival, with events held on two consecutive weekends.  The May 2018 festivities were our 8th undertaking.

The Activity Fair is a free event planned especially for our “neighbours-with-need,” whether it be due to financial, mental or other life crisis, and is by invitation.  It is an afternoon filled with “shopping,” services, entertainment and refreshments.  Alongside our Cafe and Restaurant, there are several stores and shops to browse, the Hair Salon and Spa offer new hairstyles and shoulder massages, and our Portrait Studio offers a profressional sitting.  There’s games to play and prizes to win.  Gift baskets and treasures are given away by draws.  And there’s a mini trade-show area where local resources are displayed.  Over 200 volunteers serve our special guests.  Some of our volunteers also visit elderly citizens at local nursing homes, while others pick up trash along our downtown streets and walking trails.  

The Fireworks Celebration is a free event to which all of our neighbours across the County are welcome.  Folks come with family or friends, and lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the evening.  Children’s inflatables and games, carnival food, music bands, a trivia contest with prizes, and “the very best fireworks ever” put this event on everyone’s calendar every year.

DONATION STATION

Donation Station receives gently-used furniture, appliances, kitchen basics and chidlren/baby items to share with those who cannot afford to purchase these living necessities.  Items we collect include fridges, stoves, washers, dryers, microwaves, televisions, couches, lamps, tables, chairs, beds, bedding, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, toasters, kettles, blenders, kids clothing.

If you have an item to donate, email or call to let us know.  All donations must be gently-used, clean, from smoke-free homes, and in good working condition. (Please note that items not repurposed after a reasonable time may be sold/used to support COS projects in other ways.)

Care workers are able to place an order for a client via a “Wish List” for these household items.  For children’s clothing and other kids’ items including shoes, winter wear or sporting goods, please use our “Children’s Wish List” form.  All requests must be made through a referring agency.   

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FIRST SERVING DINNERS

First Serving Dinners is a community meal, served weekly on Monday evenings.  Currently, meals are served on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th weeks of the month (except July and August).  Dinners are served at First Baptist Church, corner of Talbot and Young Streets, across from Talbot Gardens in Simcoe.  Doors open at 5:00pm, dinner served at 5:30pm. 

If you are looking for great food and a place to meet new friends, you are welcome to join us.  All meals are free of charge.  Contact the church office at 519-426-3273 for more information. 

CELEBRATE RECOVERY

Celebrate Recovery is an international Christ-centered support program that helps people rise above life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups.  Through teachings, stories and sharing, they learn about, apply and celebrate Gods healing power, turning despair and struggle into freedom and victory.

Websites:  www.celebraterecovery.ca   www.celebraterecovery.com

Celebrate Recovery Simcoe meetings are held every Tuesday evening of the year at 7pm at Evergreen Heights Church, Oak St. and Evergreen Hill Rd. in Simcoe.  CR Simcoe Brochure.  If you, or someone you care about, is looking for hope or peace in life, please come out and join us.  You will receive a warm welcome.  

Call John at 519-410-3020 for more information.

THE GATHERING FOOD GARDENS

The Gathering Food Gardens is a community-building food-security initiative.  We gather together to grow produce for our neighbours who have limited access to fresh, healthy food.  The harvests supply local meal programs, teaching kitchens, and food banks.

Our 18 garden beds are located at 3 sites currently:  Indwell-Hambleton Hall, Unilever-Simcoe, and Evergreen Church.  The 20 varieties of vegetables are grown pesticide-free and watered by drip irrigation.

EMERGENCY MEAL PROGRAM

The Emergency Meal Program prepares and preserves healthy meals for people who are unable to cook for themselves and their families, due to homelessness or other life crisis.  All requests must be made through a referring agency.

The 2017 “Food in Norfolk – Emergency and Low Cost Support” brochure lists emergency food services, meal programs, community gardens, community kitchens, and nutrition programs.  Church Out Serving works with the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit in updating and printing this brochure annually.

THE BOTTOM LINE

​The Bottom Line offers baby, feminine, senior and other personal “paper” products at low cost to those who struggle to afford to purchase these items.  This service is only meant to help supplement daily needs.  ​All items are subject to availability.

Care workers are able to order items on behalf of a client via this form.  ​All requests must be made through a referring agency.

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LAUNDRY MATTERS

Laundry Matters is located at 69 Norfolk St. South in downtown Simcoe.

Clean clothes are a basic need that we believe everyone should have.  After the last of 4 local laundromats closed, this need became our concern.  Stories of what some of our neighbours were doing to cope with this void were just plain sad.  In just 6 weeks, and with some assistance, this community laundromat opened with 4 washers and 6 dryers.  It’s not fancy, but it is simple and clean.

Neighbours helping neighbours.  Because laundry matters.

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H2O PRAYER

H2O (Hearts to the One) is the name of our prayer project.  Prayer is a foundational component of all that we do at Church Out Serving, and we consider it a privilege to pray about concerns in our community and in our world.  There are currently two opportunities for involvement:  an Email Prayer Chain is sent out 2x a month with current prayer concerns, and “Concerts of Prayer” meetings are held every 3 months on a Friday evening.

If you are interested in participating in either of these opportunities, please send an email to cosprayerteam@gmail.com.

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RIVERSYDE 83

Riversyde 83 will soon be a local, community destination.  It is located at 83 Sydenham Street in downtown Simcoe, on the Lynn River, next to the county trail system, with lots of free parking.

We live in Ontario’s Garden, and we are excited to provide our community with a “food playground,” exploring old and new ways of the pleasures of food.  As Ryan Rivard, one of our local chefs has said, “Food – good food – feeds our souls.  It nourishes us.  It inspires conversation.  It’s a catlyst for connection with others.  Amazing things happen over a heartfelt meal.”

The plans include a community teaching kitchen, commercial kitchen, and trendy cafe, as well as a local marketplace, information hub, and several meeting spaces.  We are currently in the phase of fundraising for the renovations, with plans to begin interior demolition in the fall of 2018.

Riversyde 83 … a gathering place, where food, friends, wellness, and local converge.

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WHEN IS THAT AGAIN?

When is that again? Click here to find out!!  On our Events Calendar, you will see a variety of events that we believe are of general interest to all.

Find out WHAT is happening WHEN, and WHERE … events like meetings, concerts, programs, seminars, dinners and more … offered by churches and faith groups in the Simcoe ON area … This website also highlights some of our community goings-on too.  Love promoting our community, and where we live.  There’s lots of things to do.

If you would like us to share your event, please send an email churchoutserving@gmail.com

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