Community Involvement

We are regularly looking to our wider Guelph community (and beyond) to assist with projects, promote healthy living, join in community-building ventures, and be part of the positive work going on in the world.

Below are the current activities, programs and organizations we’re involved with or have been recently involved with.

Pictures of us out in the Community

Some of our St. Matthias quilters People enjoying the show and tell of quilting Intricate designs crafted by highly skilled quilters Quilting show - June 6, 2016 Group picture of St. Matthias Hospice Hikers - June 2016 Closeup of community weave "always a part of St. Matthias" "in memory of Laurie Henry" - part of the Community Weave Project description of Community Weave Project Community Weave Project at Hike for Hospice 2016 group of people happy about the great work they did cleaning up Hanlon Creek Park in Guelph



Hospice Wellington is a volunteer-supported organization that offers exceptional support to people living with the challenges of a life-limiting illness or loss. We have been part of their annual Hike for Hospice fundraiser and hold many of our gatherings in the lower level of their building in the community room.



Quilting show - June 6, 2016

A Quilting Tea and Show was held on June 6th, 2016 as a joint effort between St. Matthias Anglican Community and The Church of St. James the Apostle.  Quilting has been a much loved part of our community for many years. We have a quilting group that has raffled off a quilt each year at our Christmas Bazaar and meets regularly for joy of creating beautiful handmade work. See the pictures in the slider below of the Quilting Tea and Show along with many other photos of us out and about.



Truth and reconciliation efforts between indigenous and settler people has been ongoing for many years. The recent initiative of the governments’ Truth and Reconciliation Commission has fueled a number of events that we’ve been active in with support, promotion and action. We look forward to many future opportunities to honour and learn about the indigenous people we live with today and commune with them in various spiritual practices and community centered events. Check out our Indigenous Teachings and Events page for more wisdom from indigenous teachings of the Anishinaabe people.



Transition Guelph is a group of citizens coming together as volunteers to promote processes and projects for strengthening community resilience and economic vitality. Each project associated with Transition Guelph is initiated by an interested community member, and grows according to local needs and resources. Our goal is to create a richer, more vibrant community through the re-localization of the services and resources that we need in order to survive and thrive in a world of long-term energy cost increases, climate change, and growing instability in the world economy.



The Hanlon Creek Neighbourhood Group plans and executes regular events and activities to bring together families and individuals for fun, active socializing. Their boundaries run from the Hanlon to Gordon St, and from Stone Rd to Kortright Rd. They encompass the neighbourhoods around Jean Little and FA Hamilton schools.



planting the Guelph Food ForestThe Guelph Community Food Forest is a community led initiative to grow and mange an edible food forest. To plan, design, implement, and use a demonstration food forest for education purposes on topics of food security, urban green space design, water management, pollinator habitat and natural heritage. The initial planting was done in the Spring of 2016




Garden Fresh Box Program is a non-profit, fresh produce buying service created to help people access affordable fresh fruits and vegetables and also to support our local farmers.  We host a volunteer site at Hospice Wellington.



Guelph Clean and Green Community Clean Up happens in April to focus on picking up garbage in various locations around Guelph. Since 2014 we have organized the clean up for Hanlon Creek Park and have had a great turn out to fill several bags of garbage … and a few unusual items.

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