"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, 2SLGBTQ+ Seniors Drop-In Centre
Hours of operation: Mondays, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.
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.
Rainbow Tea Time, 2SLGBTQ+ Older Adult Program
Hours of operation: Fridays, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Rainbow Tea Time, also run by Dorothy's Place, is a safe and welcoming program for 2SLGBTQ+ older adults. Enjoy arts, music, and community. For information call or text at 647-360-5767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toby's Place, LGBTQ2S+ Youth Safe Drop-In Centre
Hours of operation: Mondays, 3:30 to 8:00 p.m.
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.
Check out our Toby's Place Page.
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 or 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 email@example.com or call 416-694-4081.
The Bluffs Food Bank
Established in September 2003, the Bluffs 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.
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 SpringFest and FallFest.
Donations of gently-used clothing and small items can be dropped off at the Church any Wednesday morning.
Led by our active youth and children, we currently foster a World Vision child. A portion of the proceeds from our Bluffs Boutique also goes to support our foster child. 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 visit World Vision Foster Child Programs.
Birchcliff Bluffs United Church embarked on a new journey in partnership with Jubilee United Church. In late July 2019, the United Nations identified 2 persons living in a refugee camp in eastern Africa as individuals at risk of harm because of their identification within the 2SLGBTQ+ community. In response, the United Church of Canada put out a call to congregations who would be prepared to sponsor these persons as refugees to Canada. BBUC and Jubilee United Church heard and took action. For more information, click here.
The United Church of Canada’s Mission and Service Fund
The members of Birchcliff Bluffs United Church 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.