Youth & Family
Family Ministry Vision Statement
The Anglican Community of St. Mary’s Richmond Hill has been working to strengthen and support the growth and development of families in our local community since 1862. Ten years before our first church was built in 1872, we began to draw together as a group of families, seeking to support each other in our daily lives, while also strengthening our spiritual selves to live into all that God was calling us to be and do! Our community continues this work in the present day, as we place a high priority on the gathering of our church family for prayer, fellowship and a life of service in the name of Jesus Christ.
St. Mary’s has made “Family Ministry” a priority of our current planning and visioning exercises. In 2018 the parish had set aside reserve funds to prepare for the hiring of a full-time staff member, to assist our growing congregation with enhancing our ministry offerings for families and our church family as a whole. In this vein, we are looking to move ahead in 2019 with the hiring for this staff position. Our new staff member will be working to; help increase our social and fellowship offerings for families, they will also be involved with creating parish wide activities and programs that draws together our parish family, will work specifically with our Sunday School and Youth for Christian formation and also help to expand our abilities to communicate through various online and social media platforms.
Our goals through our Family Ministry is to commend the love of God, revealed to us through his Son Jesus to all people. We aim to do so in a way that blesses others and reveals the joy of being in union with other Christians on this journey. Come journey and join us on this wonderful adventure!
YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTRY VOLUNTEERS
Safety and Security is a top priority at St. Mary’s Anglican Church. Both for our volunteers and our program participants. The Anglican Diocese of Toronto and our Bishops’ mandate that all parishes have internal screening systems that help prepare volunteers for ministry and also ensure that no individuals who have criminal records be placed in situations with vulnerable people. High risk volunteer positions are ones that involve leading programs with minors or vulnerable individuals. Medium and Low Risk involves supportive roles and roles that don’t involve any handling of finances or counselling. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed, as our church cannot function without the input and assistance of our members. We thank all who volunteer for their time and energy. For any individuals who are new to our community or are considering joining St. Mary’s, we want you to know that we take our responsibility and the safety of your children seriously. If you have more questions about this or are interested in helping to support our work, please speak to the office or any of our Church Leaders.