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Childrens’ Programs

The Mission began with children. Children and families are part of what this community understands and embraces.

Childrens programs
O·W·L Youth Camps are joint ventures between St. John’s Mission, Good Neighbours and St. Mary of Egypt Refuge. They are not a ‘church camp’ as traditionally understood. We welcome children who are from the parish and the Mission, and elsewhere, as well as those with no religious tradition. We believe that in bringing both groups of children together, a real ministry is done for both sets of children. The camps’ administration is in flux and freedom to find a model that is sustainable is encouraged. The Youth Camps are an integral part of the work of the Mission. So all involved in the life of the Mission need to be ready to help, participate in the way that is needed. It is preferable to involve and hire if possible staff for these camps from people who are involved in the Mission.

Kids Klub has been running for several years now. Initially based at 155 Broadview, it is now at Good Neighbours in Scarborough. It’s for kids would want to make new friends and are interested in cooking. Kids Klub meets on Saturdays at Good Neighbours at 193 Markham Road in Scarborough from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers to help run the Klub are always needed. As is normal at the Mission, anyone working with children is required to have a police check.

Moms and Tots is part of the mandate of the new Mission in Scarborough to reach out to families and children. Where we are now, there is no drop-in for mothers, so for now we opened a once-a-week a drop-in for moms and their children. It is a very mixed group of people from different parts of the world, and very different religious sensibilities. The Moms and Tots group not only provides respite for mothers, it also provides a place for neighbours to meet. Many are there because they come from such different cultural backgrounds, they would probably never interact elsewhere.


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