"Outreach" is really just how we live in community with one another, here at Birchcliff Bluffs United Church. We take time to learn how we can support and share with one another and the wider community. We are involved with many aspects of our local neighbourhood as well as the world at large:
Dorothy's Place, LGBTQ2S+ Seniors' Drop-In Centre
Toby's Place, LGBTQ2S+ (and friends & allies) Youth Safe Drop-In Centre
Birchcliff Bluffs Spiritual Care Team
Birchcliff Bluffs Foster Child
United Church Mission and Service Fund
Dorothy's Place, LGBTQ2S+ Seniors Drop-In Centre
Dorothy's Place is an exciting ministry serving LGBTQ2S+ seniors in East End Toronto and Scarborough in three ways: Inviting folks to a weekly lunch and social program where delicious food, interesting speakers, and friendly connections will be offered; reaching out to seniors living in the community who would like some friendly visiting, pastoral care, and/or advocacy; and offering educational and entertaining programming to local seniors' residences.
Check out our Dorothy's Place Page.
Hours of operation: Mondays, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Toby's Place, LGBTQ2S+ Youth Safe Drop-In Centre
Our community service, Toby's Place, is one of the only safe drop-In spaces in Scarborough for youth who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer and their friends and allies. This ministry is open weekly and includes an evening meal. It is well known that 40% of our city’s homeless youth come from the LGBTQ community and BBUC is proud to offer a place where each can find a source for sharing spirit, a meal and finding professional support.
Want to find out more? Check out our Toby's Place Page.
Hours of operation: Mondays, 3:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Spiritual Care Support
Our Spiritual Care Team, along with the Minister, is dedicated to ensuring all the members of our Church are included in our prayers. They arrange visits to members who may not be able to attend Church regularly, are in nursing homes and retirement homes. They also ensure cards of sympathy and encouragement are sent to our members who are struggling with the loss of a loved one or just the trials of life.
If you are interested in receiving a visit or know someone who may need a visit, please contact our church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-694-4081.
Churches by the Bluffs Community Services Food Bank
Established in September, 2003, The Food Bank is an agency of Daily Bread and Second Harvest and feeds the hungry people of our community bounded by Victoria Park to Midland, and St. Clair to the lake.
Gently Used Bluffs Boutique
The Bluffs Boutique sells reasonably priced and gently used clothing to its food bank clients. Proceeds from the Boutique are used to support the Church’s ministries and the Mission and Service Fund of The United Church of Canada. The Boutique is open Thursdays from 1:00-3:30 p.m. and 6:00-7:30 p.m. It is also open for sales to the general public during BBUC’s Spring Fest and Fall Fest.
Donations of gently used clothing and small items can be dropped off at the Church any Wednesday morning.
Through World Vision, we currently foster a child named Julieth led by our active youth and children. A portion of the proceeds from our Bluffs Boutique also go to support Julieth. Think about the Boutique as a place to donate your gently used seasonal clothing and small household items. Donations can be dropped off at the Church any Wednesday morning. For more information: World Vision Foster Child Programs.
The United Church of Canada’s Mission and Service Fund
The members of Birchcliff Bluffs United make regular donations to The United Church of Canada’s Mission and Service Fund. The United Church uses these gifts to support service and ministry across Canada and around the world.