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Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

Byron Cares is a benevolent ministry comprised of five local (four Byron and one Lambeth) churches that first individually, then collectively, decided to try to help meet the needs of the less fortunate in London. For two years Byron United, St. George Roman Catholic, St Anne Anglican, Family of Faith, and Byron Community have been pooling their resources, volunteers, and time to make an impact in the city.

"There has been a bit of a learning curve, first with Byron United's program, then with Byron Cares," says Greg Brawn, pastor of Byron United. "We started by giving money and food, later switched to gift cards, then to food, toiletries, and children's clothing."

Whether there is a need for churches to be involved in meeting needs in London is beyond dispute. Last year, through Byron Cares the five churches were able to serve 202 families in a total of 724 visits; 886 bags of groceries, 58 bags of children’s clothing, and $7,020 in gift cards were distributed.

"It is tough to keep in relationship with the people we serve," admits Chris Beaumont, associate pastor with Byron United. “Most of our clients come from downtown and they're not going to come all the way out to Byron to go to church."

Why, then, would the churches continue to support people who are neither living in the local area nor flocking to the churches? "In order to receive our help people show up and tell us, 'I have a need,'" says Brawn. "That's all the qualification someone has to meet." "We are simply meeting a need," adds Beaumont. “What happens beyond that is beyond our control."

Byron Cares is not the only sign that the cooperation between the churches is bearing fruit in the Byron area. Events such as the annual Choir Concert benefiting the churches benevolent funds, the Christmas dinner for the community, and the "Church in the Park" held in Springbank Park every summer illustrate that crossing denominational lines doesn't always have to result in a loss of autonomy or in doctrinal discord. "There is no downside to our churches working together," says Brawn. "We trust each other."

The mission of Byron Cares is: "To see Christ in anyone who suffers; to come together as a family; to have personal contact with the poor; to help in all possible ways." Byron Cares is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1 pm to 3 pm at Byron United Church, 420 Boler Road. Those in need may access the ministry monthly.

For more information or to learn how you can help the Byron Cares program please visit www.byroncares.com.