God on the Streets

Subway Scavenger Hunt 


The Basics

“God on the Streets” is an annual subway scavenger hunt.  Young adults, aged 13-20 years, explore Toronto together - Canada’s largest urban centre. On this journey, we provide care packages to those we encounter who are homeless or ask for support. 

This year, our goal is to grow the event by building on the foundations of faith, connection and community nurtured at CLAY. We will see the realities faced by those experiencing homelessness through a stop at a youth shelter or food bank.

We want to grow from 20-30 participants to 60 in 2019!  We invite those within drive-able distance from Etobicoke to join us. We're hoping to reconnect with people we've met at CLAY and to make new connections.

We are grateful for a grant from the Eastern Synod YAYA Committee to make this an amazing experience for more young people.

How the subway scavenger hunt works...

Participants are exposed to the strengths and challenges faced by urban populations, in addition to landmarks in the city. The groups are no larger than 5 young people and 1 adult. Young people and volunteers use the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) day passes to travel along Line 1, stopping periodically to take pictures as dictated by provided riddles.

In the past, landmarks have included: Scotiabank Arena, Rogers’ Centre, CN Tower, Eaton’s Centre, the Royal Ontario Museum, the cherry blossoms at Robart’s Library, Queen’s Park Parliamentary Buildings, and SickKids Hospital. This year, we are hoping to add specific stops at homeless shelters in the downtown core, where the groups will learn a little about the struggles of being a homeless young person in Toronto.