Esquimalt United is privileged to be the home of the Victoria Rainbow Kitchen Society, which serves a hot lunch meal to 120-140 guests five days per week in Wheeley Hall. The kitchen creates a safe, comfortable environment which enables the building of relationships and support networks. The relationship between the church and the Rainbow Kitchen is certainly of mutual benefit.
We have 2 groups running AA meetings in the building, Last Chance runs Sunday evenings at 8-9 pm in the lounge across from Wheeley Hall and Old School AA which runs from 7:30-8:30 in the Family Room upstairs in the Church end of the building.
Our gardens attract lots of folks from the neighbourhood as does our little library, come and check them out. And of course, there is the "Plant Sale that we are not having" every spring. We participate in the Buccaneers Days fun and take part in local parades.
The Pajama Prance is not to be missed in December as the community runs around the neighbourhood while collecting food for the Rainbow Kitchen, then gathers for a delicious pancake breakfast hosted by the Esquimalt Lions.
We host the free Esquimalt Toy and Clothing Exchange which is not to be missed. Colette, the originator of the exchange describes how it came to be: "In 2016, I had been attending a Clothing Swap at the Fairfield Community Centre. Due to a misprint of dates in the Victoria Activity Guide, the dates they printed were incorrect. But they did not print a retraction. My friends and I were planning on attending their Swap in January or February of 2016 - my car was full. I called to confirm the Swap was still on and was told of the mistake. Yes, we were disappointed and annoyed. I approached EUC to see if it was possible to organize a similar event once a month in the Wheeley Hall. My goal was that whatever was leftover after the Exchange would be donated to those that needed it most. Our Place always needs adult clothing, so they get the majority of those items based on which season it is. They also receive all the hats, gloves & scarves. Compassionate Warehouse (Mervin) picks up their items, they receive the seasonal items that Our Place doesn't get, for example, summery stuff does not go to Our Place during the Winter, it will go to the Compassionate Warehouse. They also receive all the children's clothing and clean stuffed animals. On occasion, the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House receives children's coats. The Sandi Merriman House for Women in Transition is a new addition to the list of places we drop items off to. They have a specific list of items they need. If Books, DVD's or Video Games are left over, they will be donated to the Little Libraries around Esquimalt. Lastly, the Salvation Army receives whatever is left. If the clothing is stained or torn, the Salvation Army can turn it into rags. They also receive the toys and whatever items the other places don't have a need for."
The Neighbourhood Hootenanny Time Machine family dance is so much fun!
We have choir practice at 9:30 before our 10:30 am Sunday worship.
We are delighted to share our space with many other groups, the Pre-Maternelle Appletree Pre-School, VIPaddlers, Commissionaires, Girl Guides, Esquimalt Photo Club, View Royal Garden Club, and the Victoria Fiddle Society are just a few.