May 2011

St James Anglican Church Newsletter
May 2011

From Father Ross…

While surfing around churchy websites, I came across this posting in Tamie Fields Harkins’ blog.  Below is a shortened version of the article Click here for full article.  

Tamie answers one of the most frequently asked questions in parishes like ours, “How do we get young people to come to church?” As a bona fide young person, she is qualified to respond.  Some of her ideas will make you smile; all of them should make us think. So, over to Tamie…

“Here is a step-by-step plan for how to get more young people into the church:

1.      Be genuine.

2.      Stop pretending you have a rock band.

3.      Stop arguing about whether gay people are okay, fully human, or whatever else.

4.      Stop arguing about whether women are okay, fully human, or are capable of being in a position of leadership.

5.      Stop looking for the “objective truth” in Scripture.

6.      Start looking for the beautiful truth in Scripture.

7.      Actually read the Scriptures.

8.      Start worrying about extreme poverty, violence against women, racism, consumerism, and the rate at which children are dying worldwide of preventable, treatable diseases.

9.      Do not shy away from lighting candles, silence, incense, laughter, really good food, and extraordinary music

10.  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

11.  Learn how to sit with people who are dying.

12.  Feast as much as possible. Cardboard communion wafers are a feast in symbol only.

13.  Notice visitors, smile genuinely at them, include them in conversations, but do not overwhelm them.

14.  Be vulnerable.

15.  Stop worrying about getting young people into the church.

16.  Figure out who is suffering in your community.

17.  Remind yourself that you don’t have to take God to anyone. God is already with everyone.

18.  Put some time and care and energy into creating a beautiful space for worship and being-together.

19.  Make some part of the church building accessible for people to pray in 24/7.

20.  Listen to God (to Wisdom, to Love) more than you speak your opinions.


This is a fool-proof plan. If you do it, I guarantee that you will attract young people to your church. And lots of other kinds of people too.”

Food for thought…

Fr. Ross+

Up and Coming…

Fri June 3rd, 6 p.m. – Dickinson Day Parade

Look for the F.A.I.T.H. Youth Group float!

Sat June 4th, 10-4 p.m.

Dickinson Day Youth Fundraiser

Support our youth by purchasing a hot dog and/or drink!

Doors Open

Invite your friends to come and see our beautiful church!

Sun June 5th, 1-4 p.m. – Doors Open

Sun June 12th

Pentecost Sunday –Wear red!

Church Picnic – after the 10 a.m. service

Join us for some quality fellowship time, rain or shine

  • Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided by the church
  • Please see the sign up sheet at the back of the church to indicate the number of people attending
  • Pot luck salad and desserts welcomed
  • Fun activities for the kids including face painting and games
  • Bring your own chair or blanket to sit on

Mon June 13th 2nd Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner

Sign up sheet at the back of the church for golf and/or dinner only. Green fees $40, Dinner $20. Payment in full required by Sunday, June 12th.

Sun June 19th summer service schedule begins

One service only at 9:30 a.m.

Tues June 21st  Men’s Group BBQ at Todd Sandrock’s home

For more details on any of the above

call Sam at 613-692-2082 Tues – Thurs

or send an email to: St. James

Opportunities to Give…
  • Support the St James F.A.I.T.H. Youth group BBQ on June 4th and help them raise money for a trip to the C.L.A.Y. 2012 conference in Saskatoon.

Participate in the 2nd Annual Golf tournament and dinner. This year 25% of the proceeds will go towards paying for the room sponsored by St. James for the Cornerstone Womens Shelter in Ottawa.

Volunteer a small amount of your time on Sunday:

    • Sidespeople needed for Sunday services
    • Serve lemonade and cookies for a brief social event after a Sunday service.

Purchase grocery cards -from Ivy, Myra or Ann after the 10 a.m. service or drop by the office Tuesday to Thursday to see Sam. Participating in this program gives the church 5% of the card value which is used to support our current programs.

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