Diocesan Council, the governing body of the Diocese of New Westminster at their meeting, November 15, 2017 unanimously passed a motion designated Street Outreach Initiative as a Related Group of the Diocese of New Westminster.
Street-involved adults living in Vancouver’s DTES struggle daily with poverty, mental illness, drug addiction, alcoholism, violence, social isolation, and with the legacy of past traumas. In the midst of this, Street Outreach Priest, Fr Matthew Johnson, seeks by word and deed, to remind each person he encounters of their infinite value in the eyes of God. The DTES is a parish where anything can and does happen, where no day is typical, and where Jesus Christ is found in the least expected persons and places.
For those who are interested, the Outreach’s religious dimension includes an invitation to St James Church, and a welcome to full participation in worship. As part of the Street Outreach, on Sunday mornings at St James lay ministers provide an outward looking reception of street-involved newcomers, who are welcomed on the front steps of the Church, invited into the Liturgy, and greeted at the coffee hour. Over the years numerous persons encountered by the Street Outreach have become active members of St James Church, with some also becoming volunteers.
The Street Outreach Initiative is made possible by a three-way funding partnership:
Achan Akwai Cham – Office Operations
Fr Matthew Johnson – Street Outreach Priest
Street Outreach Initiative
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