Sanctuary partners with the congregation of 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.”

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 – 9:00 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 Spaciousness. Contact us!
A bi-weekly Generous Spaciousness 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.


8 thoughts on “Programs

  • May 19, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    is art on thursday at house beside sanctuary?which entrance?

    • September 26, 2017 at 2:04 am

      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!

  • August 31, 2017 at 11:30 am

    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.

    • September 26, 2017 at 2:06 am

      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!

  • June 5, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Is there place to park if we would like to join an event?

    • June 7, 2018 at 6:06 pm

      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.

  • October 26, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    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!

  • November 13, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I have some clothing and maybe house wares to donate.Are you interested and where could I drop them off?


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