New Life has many programs aimed to help our neighbours through ministries that provide clothing, food and support for those both near and abroad.
Do you have an ‘extra’ coat to share?
The Clothing Closet is in desperate need.
We are in desperate need of clean coats in all sizes. This time of year, we are overwhelmed with donations so this drive is limited to outer wear. Normally, the Clothing Closet saves winter wear all spring and summer but this year, due to the Covid 19 closure, our storage is bare. The Clothing Closet offers Guelphites a welcoming environment in which they can obtain good quality used clothing free of charge. Times are tough and sharing our excess is a loving way to support our neighbours.
The Clothing Closet has re-opened !
We are accepting donations of clothing only on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
We are pleased to bring you a new, re-imagined Closet that includes a more spacious setting for social distancing,
one-way aisles, a ‘fill-a-bag’ system, the elimination of stapled tags, and the isolation of donations prior to processing.
The Closet is a place for people to get good quality, gently-used clothing. Clothing is offered for free, with a request for a donation if able. The Closet uses generous donations to serve over 1500 people.
To accommodate our safety changes, we have temporarily suspended the Cafe and have returned to our core offerings of clothing /footwear and linens only. Sadly, we have had to remove the toys, odds and ends, and books. We can’t see your children either ☹, and hope these changes are temporary.
New hours are Thursdays only 9 :30 – 11 :30am. Entry is through the church front doors. Shopping will be in 15 minute intervals. To avoid the early surge of people, please consider coming a bit later, keeping in mind that the last shopping interval will begin at 11 :15.
We are accepting donations of clothing only (no household items, toys or books please). Washed, in-season donations of clothing / footwear and linens can be dropped off at the back doors Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 :30-11 :30am. Please ring the doorbell. It’s really important not to leave donations outside. ***We are in desperate need of winter coats/boots/mitts.***
Masks are required and of course, if you’re feeling unwell or you’ve had any contact with a confirmed or probable case of Covid 19, please stay home and contact your doctor or Telehealth (1 866 797 0000).
We’re looking forward to seeing you.
Even though we will all be wearing masks, please imagine our smiles and feel our joy in being together again.
If you have any questions please contact the Clothing Closet Coordinator.
NEIGHBOURHOOD CAFE - Currently Closed - Pleased stay tuned for more info!
Neighbourhood Cafe at the Clothing Closet - The Neighbourhood Cafe is a warm, friendly place to connect with neighbours and new friends while enjoying complimentary coffee/tea/juice and other delicious treats. Enjoy cafe hospitality at 9:00am - 12:00pm out of the weather while you wait for the Clothing Closet to open.
SUMMER HOURS: The cafe will be closed for July and August.
Food brings people together. Through our Collective Kitchens, groups of four to ten people gather once a month to cook and build community. Joining the Collective Kitchen is a fun way to make low-cost, healthy and tasty meals to take home. At the same time, the cooks try great new recipes, improve cooking skills and connect with others. For more information on our Collective Kitchen or to get involved contact the church office.
Brant Avenue Neighbourhood Group
New Life Church works in partnership with the Brant Avenue Neighbourhood Group (BNG) which serves the area east of Victoria Road and north of Eramosa Road. The BNG provides access to healthy food, education on safe and healthy parenting, after school programming, and much more. New Life partners with the BNG in many areas, including: the Run and Read program at Brant Avenue Public School, Collective Kitchens, contributions to the BNG food pantry, and as part of the BNG Leadership Team. For more information on the Brant Avenue Neighbourhood Group, please visit their website.
Brant Neighbourhood Collective Kitchen
New Life Church coordinates a monthly kitchen for the Brant Neighbourhood. For more information contact the church office.
North Riverside (Waverly) Neighbourhood Group
New Life Church partners with the North Riverside (Waverly) Neighbourhood Group. This group is a community-driven organization that provides programs for children, youth and families in North-East Guelph. The programs and services provided by the North Riverside Group include: drop-in playgroups (for infants to 5 year olds), after school programs, summer camp, recreational programs, a dry goods shelf, and seasonal events and activities. These programs aim to meet the needs, and develop the strengths, within the community. For more information about the North Riverside Group, please visit their website.
North End Harvest Market
New Life Church works in partnership with community organizations to deliver the North End Harvest Market. The Market offers free fruits and vegetables to support individuals and families living in North-East Guelph. Located at Waverly Drive School, the North End Harvest Market runs each Wednesday evening from 6:00pm - 7:30pm. For more information please visit North End Harvest Market.
AROUND THE GLOBE
Our Friends in Guatemala
Every February, a group from New Life Church travels to Guatemala for ten days to participate in a range of community projects, including construction work, sewing clinics and outreach in the community. Since 2010, teams have constructed a church in the town of Nebaj and currently participate in construction projects at the missionary hospital. Team members have also worked with women in the community through the Threads of Hope project. Threads of Hope continues to be active in the community of Nebaj, with women meeting every Thursday to make quilts, crafts and cook. While in Nebaj, team members go on house visits to build relationships with families in need. Annual trips to Nebaj allow team members to continue their work with the hospital and church, and to build relationships with the community there.
World Renew envisions a world where people experience and extend Christ's compassion and live together in hope as God's community. Their work is three-fold: community development, disaster response, and advocacy. For more information on the work of World Renew, visit worldrenew.net.
At New Life, our many programs and ministries offer opportunities to become involved in the community through acts of service. In order to provide a safe and supportive environment, all staff and volunteers go through a Safe Church screening process. If you would like more information regarding any of these programs please contact the church office .
We depend on our volunteers to make things happen. Along with the Clothing Closet Coordinator, volunteers work together on Wednesdays handling inventory, and Thursday mornings in the Closet helping customers. Hear stories from these wonderful volunteers in our video. If you would like to volunteer please contact the Clothing Closet Coordinator.
The Clothing Closet is closed Christmas and New Years to give our wonderful volunteers time to relax with family and friends.