Other Outreach Programs

Community Gardens

For a nominal fee, garden plots are available behind the church for any community member, whether a member of the church or not. Call the London Community Resource Centre at 519-432-1801.

Coupons for Hunger

Church members collect coupons and donate them to this organization of experienced coupon collectors who use them to source free donations for Ascension’s Community Breakfast. See more about Coupons for Hunger here.

Kensington Village

A worship service for residents, family & friends is held at this nursing home about four times a year.

Kensington also asks for volunteers to feed nursing home residents at meal times. Training is provided. Call Lynda McNabb at Kensington Village,  519-455-3910.

Donations for outside agencies are stored in this Collections Chest until they are picked up and distributed.

Collections for Community Organizations

  • Ark Aid Street Mission: Stockings are filled with gifts, toiletries, etc. for those using Ark Aid’s services at Christmas.
  • Canadian Bible Society: Used stamps are donated to this organization, which then sell them to collectors to raise money for its programs.
  • Christmas Share: Daily Bread Food Bank at St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in the centre of our city uses donations of gift cards and cash. Bring your donations to church in late November.
  • Coupons for Hunger: Food coupons are collected for this organization, which redeems them for food banks and meal programs. (Place them in the baskets on top of the Collections Bin.)
  • Daily Bread Food Bank and Salvation Army Food Bank: Non-perishable food items, personal care products, reusable shopping bags, and clean 250-500 ml containers are collected in alternating months for the Daily Bread Food Bank based at St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in downtown London and for the Salvation Army at the corner of Dundas St. and Highbury Ave. As an optional hint to its congregation, Ascension suggests a “Food of the Month” each month:
    • January – peanut butters, jam and other spreads
    • February – soup
    • March – canned vegetables
    • April – personal care products such as toothpaste and deodorant
    • May – breakfast foods
    • June – canned fruit
    • July – baby food
    • August – vegetables
    • September – rice
    • October – canned and bagged beans
    • November – canned fish and meat
    • December – pasta and sauce or mac-and-cheese kits (e.g., Kraft Dinner)
  • Greeting cards: Taken to a seniors’ centre
  •  Monica Place: A “baby shower” is held yearly to provided items for this home for unwed moms in Waterloo, Ontario
  • Old hearing aids and eye glasses are collected and refurbished for use by people in developing countries.
  • Pop can tabs are sold to a scrap metal dealer with the money used to purchase wheelchairs for children
  • Wool: Although not an outside organization, the Collections Chest also has a bin for wool used to make prayer shawls. It’s a way to find a use for partial balls of wool left over from other projects.