St Albans Church

Welcome Back Students!

Mission Volunteers Welcome Students at St. Albans BBQ Sunday September 13

September is here, and uOttawa students are back in Lowertown and Sandy Hill.  Many are new in town, still finding their way around, hoping

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“It’s a big job trying to figure out how to feed over a hundred hungry students,” says event coordinator Juliana Colwell, one of the St. Albans Church Student Interns.  “That’s why we’re so grateful that every year volunteers from The Ottawa Mission’s Food Services Training Program come and help us out by doing the cooking.”  to get to know our community.  And many of them will be finding  their way to St. Albans Church’s annual Welcome Student BBQ on Sunday September 13.

Food Services Training is a five month program at The Ottawa Mission which teaches trainees how to cook and much more.  Its graduates have become cooks in restaurants and commercial kitchens or have continued their culinary education at Algonquin College.  And every September, volunteers from the program serve up delicious burgers to hungry students at the St. Albans Welcome Student BBQ.

According to Chef Ric Allen-Watson, Manager of Food Services at the Ottawa Mission, there’s never any problem getting volunteers who want to take part. 

“The men and women in our job training program are always looking for ways to give back to the community, and we enjoy working with the people at St. Albans to welcome students to our neighbourhood.  And besides it’s a great event and lots of fun!”

This Sunday’s BBQ looks like it will be the biggest ever.  Juliana expects an increase due to the new uOttawa Rideau residence that opened this year beside the church.  “With 372 new first year students having just moved into the Rideau residence, that definitely should boost our numbers at the BBQ.”

Many of the students will join St. Albans Church for its 10am Sunday service and many more will go straight to the BBQ which starts at 11:15am in the church garden.  Ministry to university and college students is a priority for St. Albans Church, which is located at 454 King Edward and Daly, close to the University of Ottawa.  There are large student contingents at both the 10am and 5pm services on Sundays, and the student and young adult club meets every Tuesday at 7pm at the church.   St. Albans also runs a Student Leadership Program.  This year there are five Student Interns who will participate in leadership training, faith formation and community placements.   

September is a busy time of year for St. Albans campus ministry, with orientation activities at both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and the first Open Table of the new school year scheduled for Sunday, September 27.  The Open Table is a free meal and an opportunity to build community and meet new friends for students and young adults.  It takes place at Centre 454 in the basement of St. Albans Church, doors open at 5:30pm, meal at 6pm.  The Open Table is an initiative of the Anglican, United, Presbyterian and Lutheran churches and meals are provided by a partnership of local congregations.  

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