Next week we begin the Liturgical Season of Lent – a time for reflection, repentance if needed, and refocusing. Various traditions include intentional fasting for one meal a day or for one day a week; giving up some luxury or some ‘vice’; and special disciplines of meditation or study and prayer.
The season encompasses 40 days prior to Easter Sunday, excluding Sundays which are
always feast days for Christians, and begins with Ash Wednesday, which falls on February 22nd this year.
Here at St James we mark this season in several ways:
Our Sunday morning liturgy is different, giving more time for reflection and repentance;
We offer an opportunity for a collective experience of prayer on week-day mornings, at 9:30 a.m. in
Books and pamphlets as aids to private or family devotions are available and will be distributed the
Sunday before Ash Wednesday;
Ash Wednesday Activity Day for children and youth takes place once again this year at Christ Church Bells Corner with other Anglican
churches in our area; and
We are inviting individuals to take the time to read through the book,
‘Take this Bread’ by Sara Miles and then join in a discussion on the book in early April.
But what is all of this contributing to? One way of looking at this season is that in these days and weeks we take time to seriously consider what it means for us to follow Jesus
What is it that will need to change (old
habits/assumptions cast aside; new disciplines/perceptions engaged) in order for the New Life from God to have room to
grow? We can ask this as individuals, as families, as a parish, and as a broader
May we all know the leading presence of God as we observe a Holy Lent.
Parish Annual Meeting
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Join us after the 10 a.m. service
for a light lunch
Strategic Plan Presentation
2011 Financial Report
Up and Coming…
Tues. February 21 – Pancake
Supper 5:30-7:00 pm
Don’t miss this annual favourite! Bring a friend, a neighbour or family for pancakes
with real maple syrup, sausage, fruit salad, coffee, tea or juice in Tomkins Hall. No cooking, no cleanup! Cost is $5 per person, children under 5 are free
Weds. February 22 – Ash Wednesday Activity Day
Register your child(ren) on the
Bells Corners Christ Church website
by February 15th. This full day of age-appropriate activity is a great day of Lenten reflection filled with fun faith activities for children and youth.
Sat. February 25 – Men’s
Breakfast 8 a.m.
Tomkins Hall. Contact
Geoff for further information.
Sun. February 26 – Annual
All parishioners are encouraged to attend. Copies of Vestry reports will be available to pick up on Sunday, April 19th.
Tues. February 28 – Morning
Prayer begins – 9:30 a.m.
Everyone is welcome to meet each Tuesday to Friday morning during Lent in the chancel for Morning Prayer.
Sun. March 4 – Calling all
St. James ladies!
Let’s have lunch after the 10 a.m. service. Make some new friends, reconnect with old friends. Contact
Heather for more information.
Starting in March – Washroom
Thanks to a very generous parishioner, our washrooms are going to get a long-overdue facelift.
Wed. March 21 – Baptism class – 7 to 9 p.m.
In preparation for the baptism service being held on Sunday, April 15th. The next baptism service will be held on Sunday, June 3rd. If you are interested in a baptism please contact the church office at 613-692-2082.
Sat. March 24 – Men’s Breakfast – 8 a.m.
Hardstones Restaurant. Contact Geoff for further information.
Wed. April 11 – Book Discussion – 7 to 9 p.m.
‘Take this Bread’ by Sara Miles.
Sat. May 5 – St. James Annual Garage Sale 8:30-12:00
Start collecting your household items now that need a new home – let’s be part of the reduce, re-use, recycle generation. Watch for
future announcements about this popular event.
to the Community…
The F.A.I.T.H. Youth Group hosted a delicious spaghetti lunch on February 5th as a fundraiser. They not only raised money for the upcoming CLAY conference but requested that $130 of the proceeds be donated to the Ottawa Humane Society.
A Little Bit About Altar
“With Love and Reverence we prepare the Church for Worship and to the Glory of God our faithful hands care for His holy Vessels“
The Altar Guild ministry is a way to provide a simple service to the Lord and our congregation with the added benefit of some good fellowship. The Altar Guild team is
divided into four smaller groups which provide their services on a rotational basis so that each team is only required to perform
their duties once a month. Each team’s term of duty begins on a Friday and ends the following Thursday. Set up for the Eucharistic services takes 30-45 mins on Friday or Saturday, one or two members are tasked with repeating the process immediately following the finish of the 8:15am service and then following the 10:00am service another 30-45 mins is required to wash and put away the items used. The Altar Guild team also
performs the same duties if needed for any special services such as weddings, funerals and baptisms.
This ministry is an excellent opportunity for you to participate in as an individual or share the experience together with a relative or friend of either sex. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry please
contact Carol Gervais for more information.
Opportunities to Give…
Join the Altar Guild
Volunteer at the pancake supper
Sign up for coffee duty
Help to spruce up the nursery; if interested contact Sam