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Melrose Prayer Shawl and Outreach Ministry

We meet on the last Saturday of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Please plan to join us for a continental breakfast and a morning of conversation and fellowship while working on prayer shawls.  Patterns, needles and yarn are provided.  Also, if knitting and crocheting instruction is desired, we would be glad to assist you.

Melrose Social Justice and Action Committee

Recent updates from our Social Justice and Action Committee:

Thanks everyone!
A message from the administrator at the Dundas Retirement Home stated: "I want to thank you for all your help the residents were given your presents today and loved them all. Could not of been done without your help. Thank you so much. " 

The social justice team thanks for all the soap, facecloths and socks, razors and clothing! The car was filled over twice with wrapped gifts for the seniors at Dundas Retirement Home. We had leftovers that were shared between Interval House, Helping Hands and the Aboriginal Women's Centre. So thanks to all folk at Melrose! Truly a GIVING Church. 

Check the facebook page out for pictures of the presents. 

Also thanks to Nicola and Chris for providing wonderful carol leadership on Christmas Day to the seniors in the Home! It was a GREAT Christmas Day!!

What does giving look like?
St Paul's United Church donated knitted hats, mittens and boxes of chocolates. Melrose United Church donated shirts, coats, sweaters,  socks, undershirts, and 33 hygiene kits that contain soap,  Facecloth,  toothpaste,  toothbrush,  shampoo,  moisturizer, razors, and other necessary sundries for personal care.
Together these donations have made 33 seniors ( all with no other family)  at Sunday retirement home, have a really wonderful Christmas.
Thanks to absolutely everyone who made this wonderful gift giving happen. 

On Dec 12 our Melrose women in touch potluck supper hosted two fantastic guest speakers: Rev Chalmers and Karen.  Rev Chalmers spoke about his work as a chaplain at the Hamilton Detention Centre.  Karen was from The Bridge, further down Barton Street. She spoke about the men who live and are assisted back into society after leaving the Detention Centre. Melrose congregation provided 20 personal hygiene kits for the men who pass through the Bridge, and a Christmas gift of a pullover and socks for each resident. Attendees of the supper brought in socks, soap, deodorant,  toothpaste and toothbrushes as donations for residents of the Bridge. It was a great evening learning about reaching out through Christ and through compassion to those folk who are in need in our city. 

We actively support the following local, national and international organizations:

 Wesley Urban Ministries:

  • Members of our congregation participate in and raise money for Wesley's annual Case for Kids Walk-a-thon. In 2014, Melrose raised over $1,000 to continue their commitment to improving children's lives in Hamilton
  • Melrose members prepare and serve a healthy and delicious supper to over 200 needful and hungry people at Wesley's Day Centre once a year
  • Donations and volunteer hours are contributed to Wesley's No-Charge Christmas Store, which allows those who qualify to shop for their own food and gifts

    Helping Hands Street Mission:

    • Members make regular donations of clothing and household goods

    WrapAround Hamilton:

    • WrapAround Hamilton assists those in need through a team approach. Melrose provides meeting space to WrapAround Hamilton as well as helps coordinate donations of clothing and household goods for families in need
       
    • Check out WrapAround's latest newsletter here: WrapAround Fall Newsletter

    United Church Mission and Service Fund:

    • Melrose contributes to the United Church's Mission and Service Fund from the regular donations from our members, as well as targeted appeals, to assist with international issues of Christian social concern

    Leprosy Mission of Canada:

    • Members of our congregation collect used stamps to donate to the Leprosy Mission. The stamps are then sold to stamp processors and purchasers to support treatment for leprosy

    Canadian Foodgrains Bank:

    • Melrose supports this organization's efforts to improve global food security and food assistance in areas around the world at risk of hunger and starvation through lunches and special events

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