News, Notices and Events:
Opioid Use – A Grace-Filled Response Multi-Faith Week of Prayer
There is a growing theory that isolation is one of the root causes of addiction, and that is an area where the faith community can individually and collaboratively help. We are not a Public Health or Mental Health group, and we feel there is no need to duplicate their amazing efforts
We can help to normalize the conversation about opioid use by incorporating the issue into our weekly communications. We hope to offer workshops facilitated by experts from the community on a variety of related topics, such as naloxone training, addictions, and bullying. We are learning to use naloxone kits and keeping them at hand in our faith communities.
We will hold a multi-faith week of prayer from Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 17. We will contact schools and community organizations ask them to let their students, youth, teachers, coaches, leaders, support staff and admins know we are thinking of them, available to them, and intentionally including them in our prayers. We will pray for those feeling isolated, and open our minds, our hearts, and our doors to all who might wish to join us. #pray4me #support #listening #nojudgement. Please contact Donna Rourke for more details.
#Limitless St James Youth:
for youth between the ages of 12-17
Everyone needs a safe place to explore and experiment, especially when we are young.
At St. James we provide that kind of an experience for our youth – a purposely- planned series of events and discussions that provide an opportunity to explore the breadth of the Christian tradition, to ask questions and express doubts, and to discover what you truly believe. Beginning Sunday September 24 with a Blanket Exercise facilitated by KAIROS. Please call the office for more details or contact Donna Rourke
Our monthly Games Night returns in September for all youth ages 9-17. Friday September 29 from 6:30 – 9:00. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Friends are welcome to join us!
If you have any questions regarding youth events, please contact Donna Rourke at firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Internship Program – YIP
We have 6 intern positions and our interns are selected based on a written application and participation in a panel interview. Any youth in grades 11- 1st year university/college may apply. We will be accepting applications beginning May 15, 2017 for a potential January 1 start. To view the YIP video please open this link
For more information, to send your application or to donate to this program please contact the YIP Coordinator DONNA ROURKE, by emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Events for the Community:
Leslie Giddings, Learning Facilitator with the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa presents an interactive workshop on bullying prevention. Using resources designed by the Ottawa Bullying Prevention Coalition we will come together as concerned parents, grandparents, faith leaders, coaches, volunteers and teachers to create and support safe communities. Please join us Saturday October 14 from 9:00-11:30 am for this workshop. More details to follow, if you have any questions please email Donna Rourke at email@example.com
Please call the church office 613-692-2082 or email Donna Rourke to register.
In the event of a pastoral emergency,
please contact Reverend Andrea Thomas at 613-799-8759
City of Ottawa’s annual Pride Parade – Sunday, August 27
All parishes in the Diocese are invited to walk together in the parade. We will have the banner for the Dicoese of Ottawa, but all parishes are also invited to bring a parish banner. The parade begins at 1pm and participants are asked to assemble along Bank St. between Catherine & Gladstone, at approx 12 noon. Look for the Diocese of Ottawa banner to join us.
An Introduction to Aboriginal Culture: Saturday, Sept.9. 9:30am – 7pm
Good Shepherd, Barrhaven is partnering with Kateri Native Ministry of Ottawa to help us grow in understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture. The Chi chiskutimaasunaanaau: We Are Learning event will introduce participants to traditional First Nations practices such as sacred fire, tobacco teachings, drumming and more. We’ll also hear from First Nations people who work to integrate their traditional ways with their Christian faith. The afternoon will include a presentation on the Indian Residential School system and its ongoing legacy. Pre-registration is required. To register or find out more: goodshepherdbarrhaven.ca
GRIEF SUPPORT LIBRARY
These booklets, books and CD’s explore the complex, and often painful, thoughts and feelings that come with loss. Whether you are saying good-bye because of a death, a move or a divorce; grief is grief. There is a full list of titles on the bulletin board in the church entrance. Our new lending library is situated in Rev Andrea’s office.
Some titles…healing a child’s heart after divorce; healing your grieving heart when someone you care about has Alzheimer’s; dispel 5 common myths about grief; helping yourself heal when a parent dies. There are over 75 different books covering various topics!
Memorial or Thankoffering Flowers –
Anyone who would like to make memorial or thanksgiving offerings or a donation towards flowers, please sign the flower chart at the back or contact Maxine Whelan or Sam Hills (692-2082)
Pastoral Care –
If you know someone…….a relative, a friend, a neighbor, even a stranger…….who is lonely, elderly, shut-in, chronically ill, distressed, who could use some assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact The Reverend Andrea Thomas, 613-799-8759.
Prayer list –
If you wish to have a name added for the Sunday service only, please write the name on the sheet provided in the prayer basket at the back of the church prior to the service, so that the Lay Assistant has time to pick the note up and add the name to the list.
If you wish to submit a name for a longer term (up to 4 weeks), please call the office with details, or fill out a form and leave it in the prayer basket.
(If a terms of more than 4 weeks is needed, please re-submit the person’s name).
For urgent and immediate prayers, please contact Myra Conway of the Prayer Chain Ministry.
Lost & Found –
Any jewellery items found in the church are kept in the church office. All other items are in a box in the coat room. Please check in the box or give Sam a call, at 613-692-2082, if you are missing an item.