The “Saturday Suppers@Stirling” program started in November 2013. It is based at Stirling Ave Mennonite Church (one block away from FMC) and provides a hot meal and warm fellowship each Saturday evening (November through April) to anywhere between 160 to 180 guests. Coffee and fellowship begin at 5:00 pm. Supper is served between 5:30 and 7:30 pm. Guests are free to stay until the doors close at 8:00 pm.
We do serve some guests who are “living rough” (i.e. homeless). However, the majority are people who do have a (reasonably) safe place to sleep, but their financial and other support systems are limited and shaky. The hope for Suppers@Stirling is that by providing a hot, healthy meal, along with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, individuals without strong support systems may be strengthened financially, socially, mentally and emotionally.
The program is supported by four Mennonite congregations: First Mennonite Church, Rockway Mennonite Church, Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship, and Stirling Ave Mennonite Church. Volunteers come primarily from these churches, but also from other congregations and the broader community. New volunteers are always welcome.
As a member of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region, the Saturday Suppers@Stirling program also access the Food Bank for some of the food that we cook and serve. Donations are welcomed, and can be sent via CanadaHelps.org.
YOU are welcome to stop by for supper, any Saturday between November and April!