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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. Children come from the city as well as from surrounding rural area.The Youth Camps are an integral part of the work of the Mission. The camp includes learning how to canoe and survive in the wilderness. The sheep,goats and donkey and chickens are all part of the camp and the children learn to respect animals not as pets but as helpers in creation.l Arts ,drama and theatre play a big part of the OWL camp experience. Included is the daily prayer in the forest chapel. Meals are prepared from local produce that we grow ourselves and are mostly cooked over an open fire. Subsides are available so that no child who wants to come to camp is turned away.

Families with Children Camp — As of 2020, one week at the camp is set aside for families to attend camp together. During this time, parents and children can attend sports and theatre, and educational and spiritual activities.

Kids Klub — Initially based at 155 Broadview, it is now at Good Neighbours in Scarborough. It’s for kids who want to make new friends, and are interested in cooking. Kids Klub meets on Saturdays at Good Neighbours, which is at 193 Markham Road, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Many of the children who come to this activity are newcomers and from many different ethic backgrounds. 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.

The Moms and Tots program 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 are open every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., as 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.

Food for Families — We provide fresh and dry foods for families with children every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


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