Welcome to All Saints Church
"What's all that going on up there with the tents?"
"Oh, it's probably those All Saints people. They do stuff like
All Saints Anglican Church, located on the corner of King and
Queen Streets in downtown Hamilton is currently dergoing redevelopment of its
property and the community is temporarily relocated in Erskine Presbyterian
Church. Our services are at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons and always include a
celebration of the Eucharist. All are welcome.
All Saints has a long history
of commitment to social justice, advocacy, mental health and supporting those
who are marginalized in our city. Our mission to “Draw the
Circle Wide” includes extending God’s compassion and justice to our non-human
friends as well.
All Saints Annual St. Francis Fair
“If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”
― Francis of Assisi
"But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you;"
Dear Maya, there is no muzzle at the Rainbow Bridge. We were so blessed to have had a chance to meet you. Rest in peace little one. ---- Aniti-BSL
Our service is not just about cute animals getting a
blessing. It is also about animal equity, our stewardship of God’s creation and
the importance and value of human/animal relationships. To this end, we welcomed fourteen groups
involved in rescue and animal welfare last year to come and set up displays, to
educate the public and to fundraise.
Through the generosity of GLOHW (Greyhound Lovers of Hamilton-Wentworth)
participants were able to receive lost cost microchips for their pets. We hope to welcome back our friends from last
year and to invite some new participants as well.
The community of All Saints Church is increasingly committed
to human and animal justice, and this is one of the ways we bring education and
awareness to the community. If you are a
member of a rescue or animal welfare group and would like to participate,
please contact us through the church office or on our St. Francis Fair
St. Francis Fair 2017
A Celebration of the Blessing of the Animals /
Animal Wellness Expo
On Sunday September 24thfrom 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm All Saints Anglican Church, located in downtown
Hamilton will be hosting our annual St. Francis Fair. The event will take place at Victoria Park
on the corner of King and Locke Street and will include a short service of The
Blessing of the Animals as well as providing an afternoon dedicated to promoting
the important connection between human and animal welfare in our
Now in our fourth year, we are again inviting interested community groups and organizations who
are committed to animal welfare and who wish to foster healthy human-animal
relationships, to join us in this exciting outreach. St. Francis Fair is named after St. Francis of
Assisi who taught us to think of all creatures as our brothers and sisters.
Your participation in this event will help us to bridge the connection between
the experience of the blessing of the animals in our lives with our shared
responsibility to care for and nurture our non-human friends; and indeed, all
Event partners will
have a 10x10 foot area in which to set up a table/tent or other display. There is no cost to participate but partners
must be engaged in work which is a direct benefit to animal welfare or healthy
human-animal relationships. Everyone is
invited to find safe and creative ways to engage our park guests (human and
non-human), to educate and to generate interest in their mission. In particular, we welcome partners who are
able to offer a direct service to our visitors at the park that day, such as
free pet health checks, nail clipping, low cost microchipping. We encourage free give-aways and the sale of
small fundraising items but advise that our event is not for commercial sales
purposes. Non-profit organizations are
free to collect donations at their own tables and we welcome the presence of
corporate donors who wish to support this important work. There will be some light-hearted activities
as well such as a doggy costume contest and face painting for children. In past years the event has been covered by
the Spectator and CHCH TV 11. For more information, to register for the event
or if you would like to help out, please contact us through any of the
addresses outlined below.
For more information
please contact The Rev. Ronda Ploughman at email@example.com or message us through Facebook @ St.
Francis Fair. End