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Our Lenten/Easter Appeal this year will support the Community Lunch held at Knox on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, September to June.

If you would like to support this worthwhile event, there are envelopes in the pews throughout Lent to Easter or you can call the church office with your credit card  at 604 261 3747. Thank you!

Some Background on Knox Community Lunches

Community Lunches at Knox have been held for over 10 years. Originally, Aunt Leah's Non-Profit Society prepared the meal, served it and cleaned-up after the event.  Knox members provided the funding for the meal and at-risk youth had practical experience with food preparation, serving and other aspects needed to help them gain employment. Unfortunately, Aunt Leah's did not have their government funding continued so Knox people and others took over the tasks essential for successful lunches.

Knox Free Community Lunches are held on the second Wednesday of every month, except July and August. Our mandate is to provide a free, nutritious meal and offer a sense of community to those who attend.

It takes many willing workers to successfully orchestrate our lunches:

  • Flyers advertising our lunch are distributed at other churches that offer free community lunches. Our sandwich board advertising the lunch is set up on 41st and Balaclava.
  • Tables, complete with bright tablecloths, and chairs are set up in the gym. Flower arrangements are added to each table. The gym is transformed into a welcoming dining hall.
  • Coffee/tea and goodies are prepared for guests who arrive early and are welcomed in the warm lounge. Piano music is played and singing is encouraged.
  • A meal consisting of a nutritious, hot entree, salad, bun and dessert is prepared and served to our guests. Juice, coffee and tea is offered.
  • Knox folk are encouraged to join the tables to share the meal and enjoy conversations.
  • An Advocate is on site to help any of our guests re housing, completing forms, etc.                                             
  • Clean-up is handled by two paid workers recommended by First    United.
  • Healing Touch is offered by qualified practitioners after the meal.

Funding for this ministry comes from many sources. Donation envelopes are provided in the pews on Communion Sundays. Funding from the Vancouver Foundation has been received in the past and hopefully in the future. There was a special appeal for funding at Christmas. Best of of our most faithful volunteers asked his friends to make a financial donation to the Knox Community Lunch instead of buying him birthday presents!  That is the spirit of the Community Lunches at Knox