Magazine article Anglican Journal

Tuesday Drop-In

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Tuesday Drop-In

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IT WAS TWO o'clock on a Tuesday afternoon before Christmas at the Cathedral Church of St. James in downtown Toronto. A large crowd of men and women had congregated in the narthex, the lobby just inside the front doors. Following some community announcements, the vicar led us in prayer.

As the glass doors were opened, everyone made their way into the west aisle of the cathedral. Emptied of pews except for a few in front of a chapel at the far end, the space was set up with stations to meet a variety of needs. At the entrance, hot drinks, sandwiches and fresh fruit were on offer. Farther down the aisle, two barbers were ready to cut hair. Beyond that was a station where a couple of nurses could provide foot care. Across the aisle was a table laden with hand-knit socks, hats, mittens and scarves. Behind it, a parishioner was busy knitting more.

At another table, people could select a Christmas card to send to family or friends. The cathedral would ensure it was mailed. For the more adventuresome, there was an opportunity to sign up for a winter camping trip. Several photo albums revealed how much fun those expeditions could be. Off in the distance, a man who had come in played the piano as others gathered around to sing songs of the season. …

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