Outreach

St. Paul’s United Church (SPUC) is located in Downtown Ajax, which according to the Region of Durham’s Health Neighbourhoods Overview Report, is one of seven priority neighbourhoods where focussed efforts are underway to improve the health of the community.

SPUC is actively involved in supporting the local neighbourhood and surrounding community through a variety of outreach activities.

  • Benevolent Fund – a discretionary fund of the Minister/Office Administrator available to meet local community needs
  • Christmas Hampers – Christmas baskets are stocked with food and gifts for local needy families
  • Collections of eyeglasses, stamps, soup labels, pop can tabs, milk bags, etc. – are provided to support other ministries
  • Joanne’s House – is supported with donations of money and toiletries for homeless youth
  • Mitten Tree – a collection of mittens donated to needy youth
  • Mission & Service Fund – a fund to support local and global ministries in areas such as education, health, human rights, and community development
  • Salvation Army Food Bank – is supported with donations of money and food. The 3rd Sunday of each month is Food Bank Sunday
  • White Gifts – each December gifts and money are collected for distribution to local shelters and the food bank
  • World Day of Prayer – a local worship service that is as part of a global ecumenical movement of Christian women who join together for a common day of prayer for justice and peace on the 1st Friday in March
  • World Development and Relief Fund – a special fund used to provide immediate relief in disasters

Community Partners

We also share our building with a number of community partners that provide fellowship and support for local residents.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) – Monday meetings are held at 8:00 p.m. for people who admit or think they have a problem with alcohol, Friday meetings are held at 8:30 p.m. and are open to anyone. For more information, please visit http://www.aadurham.org/

B’Nai Shalom V’Tikvah – BSVT is an inclusive, egalitarian Reform Jewish congregation in the Durham Region that meets in the Fellowship Room at SPUC. For more information, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/bnaishalomvtikvah/

Brain Tumour Support Group – meets each and every month on the first Thursday of the month from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Fellowship Room to provide support for brain tumour survivors, and their caregivers. For more information, please email lasenior@rogers.com.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous – FA meetings are held at SPUC each Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. FA is a program based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.  FA is a fellowship of individuals who are recovering from the physical, mental and spiritual disease of food addiction after having been obese or under-eaters, bulimic or so obsessed with food or weight that they could not freely live their lives.  FA is a non-profit organization and there are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins at meetings. More information is available at www.foodaddicts.org.

PROBUS Club of Durham West – Garden Club, Nature Lovers and Snapped Camera Club meetings are held at SPUC. PROBUS Club of Durham West is a club for seniors in the Ajax area, all are welcome.  For more information, please visit durhamwestprobus.org.

Sunshine Nursery School – a program available for nursery aged children available in the Gathering Place at SPUC from Monday to Friday, 9 – 11:30 a.m.   Registration is required.   For more information, please call 905-427-6744.

To learn more about SPUC’s Outreach activities and how you can get involved, please send an email to the Church office at office@stpaulsajax.org or visit the Calendar page.

To learn more about our Partners and their programs and activities, please contact them directly or visit the Calendar page.