Programs

Sanctuary partners with the Talbot Street Christian Reformed Church, located at 513 Talbot Street.  It is in the atrium of this newly renovated church building that the community meets for some of its programs, including:

Lunch Drop-in.  Mondays 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
We invite our friends into our space to share a meal, play cards, have a coffee, and get to know one another. We sense that the greatest need of all people is to be connected to others. Drop-in is a space for all people to connect, feel loved, and welcomed. We will not use the word “client” for the people who attend – we much prefer the word “friend.”

Lunch is served at noon!

Bible Study.  Mondays 3:00 – 4:00 pm.
Join us as we dive into the scriptures a little deeper in a small group setting.  It’s a safe place to search for answers to some of life’s deepest and toughest questions.  While we try to follow a book of the Bible, no topics or issues are out of bounds!

Drop-in and Community Meal.  Wednesdays 2:00 – 8:45 pm.
“Family Style” dinner begins at 5:30

Visual Arts and Creative Writing.  Thursdays 1:00 – 3:00 pm @ 531 Talbot Street.
One of the greatest losses a person experiencing poverty feels is the loss of their voice and creativity. They feel like their voice does not matter, is not worth listening to, and should be silenced. We offer space and time (through guided teaching) to allow our friends to express themselves once again.

Worship Service.  Sundays 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Pre-worship fellowship 4-5:30pm, service starts @ 5:30. Potluck Meal on the 1st Sunday of each month @ 4pm.
We remain determined to centre our week on growing in understanding (including allowing questions) of God and His scriptures. And we sense that worship is the essence of any community. It is at the feet of Jesus’ cross that we can be real, feel broken, renewed, called, forgiven, and loved. We meet there weekly.

Generous Space. Contact us!
A bi-weekly Generous Space group at Sanctuary for the LGBTQ+ community and our allies. This is an opportunity to ask hard questions and explore what faith might look like for people who may not feel welcome in other contexts.

Also, if you keep your eyes peeled, you may spot one of our staff, or one of the many other people from the Sanctuary community sitting in a local downtown coffee shop, or on the street corner, or even under a bridge, fellowshipping with people who, for whatever reason, are considered to be the “least among us” within our city.  We leave “our space” and enter the area where our friends feel most comfortable. We walk, meeting people on their own turf, greet people who are new to the city, and over time build up relationships of trust. Rarely do we hand out anything on these walks. We want to establish friendships based on mutuality – not provision of services.

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    • Yes it is, please join us anytime! Thursdays 1-3pm in the back door of Sanctuary office located at 531 Talbot Street. Hope to see you there!

  1. How can I be a part of this? and what exactly is your belief system ?
    Although I am a single mom I’m passionate about helping in this sector I do peer support work as well and wonder how the church is for young ppl and toddlers.

    • Hi Angie,
      We would love the opportunity to meet you sometime and answer some of your questions. Our church is very casual and open for people of all ages, including young people and toddlers. Please contact one of our staff if you would like to meet for a coffee sometime, or simply show up at any one of our programs and ask for Darryl, Gil, Tessa or Breezey!

    • There is a small amount of parking available only during drop-in times at the church. Please join us! We would be very happy to talk about arranging a walk that you can join us on at that time as well.

  2. I joined in for a family dinner this week and very much enjoyed the interaction and cross section of friends.
    After the meal I helped where I saw any need and enjoyed the other helpers equally. I really liked that Gil sat down at my table and broke bread with us and answered my questions of how I can be of assistance in this beautiful setting. I now plan to jump in more.
    Awesome “chill” environment! Great people. Thank You for hosting and having me in!

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