February 2013

St. James Anglican Church
February 2013
From Father Ross…

As we move from February into March this year we head deeper into the time of reflection, repentance and renewal that the Church calls Lent. All of those functions call for a stillness that is mostly foreign to many of us.

On Saturday, February 23rd, Trefor Munn-Venn spoke to the Men’s Breakfast group about the need for quietness in our lives. This from a very active man with a full professional life and a young family; and someone who is a self-proclaimed extrovert full of interesting things to talk about with others. The irony is not lost on him.

The point is that without some quietness in our lives there is no space for simply being open to God. Even when we try to do that, most of us experience the constant internal chatter of our minds that seems to interfere with the experience of the Divine.

Taking the time to be still (mentally as well as physically) is a discipline well worth cultivating. In your life are there periods when you are not fully ‘on’ and can take some space to let the chatter of your business finally run down so that you can just ‘be’?

One of the fears we have is that we will not be productive, or not remember an important event or idea. Perhaps we need to practice letting some things slip for 10 or 15 minutes (as a start).

Another fear we sometimes have about quiet time is that we might be overwhelmed by the things we would rather avoid – our insecurities and fears; our mistakes and failures. That could be the ‘repentance’ part: recognizing ourselves as honestly as we can and turning our hopes for change or forgiveness over to the built-in Spirit of God who wants to lead us ‘beside still waters’, to quote the familiar words of Psalm 23.

And in that move from frantic activity to quietness; from quiet reflection to unsettled awareness of self; from insecurity and fear to confidence in God’s love and power – in that is renewal of the kind we celebrate on Easter Sunday, bursting forth with new life and renewed energy.

But the renewal is stillborn if we never stop for reflection in the first place. 

Up and Coming …

Baptism Class

Please contact the church office by March 13th if you wish to attend a baptism class in preparation for baptisms on April 7th, 2013. Date and time of class to be determined.


Now until Mar. 28th weekdays – Lenten Morning Prayer at 9:30 a.m.
In the Sanctuary
Now until Mar. 20th Wednesdays Lenten Reflections at 12 noon.|
In Tomkins Hall.

Join Fr. Michael Fleming for a reflective time based on the Rembrandt painting “The Return of the Prodigal Son”.  Through our eyes, our hearts and our minds, we will enter the world of brothers and outsiders, of parents and children and, in the journey, hopefully discover new insights into our personal and corporate spirituality.

Weds. Mar. 6th – Lent Reflections and lunch at 12 noon

Hosted by St. James A.C.W.
Weds. Mar. 6th – Glow in the Dark Bowling Merivale Bowling 6:30-8:30 pm
F.A.I.T.H. youth team welcome all youth and their friends over the age of 12 to join them at Merivale Bowling Centre. The cost to bowl will be $14.50. This amount includes 2 games of bowling, shoe rental but not snacks and drinks. Merivale Bowling Centre is located at 1916 Merivale Rd., Ottawa, (613) 228-9190. If you are interested in attending please let Donna know by Sunday March 3rd.
Tues. Mar. 12th – Floral Arranging by Joanne Plummer at 7 p.m.
Everyone is invited to bring a friend to a flower arranging demonstration given by Joanne Plummer from Mill Street Florist. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the demonstration will be from 7 – 9 p.m.  Refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes.  Tickets $10 each can be purchased from the church office or by calling Joyce at 692-9966 or Heather at 822-3097.
Weds. Mar. 13th – Lent Reflections and lunch at 12 noon
Hosted by Manotick United

Sun. Mar. 17th – Church School Lenten Visit to Carleton Lodge

during the 10 a.m. service departing right after the Youth Chat

Weds. Mar. 20th – Lent Reflections and lunch at 12 noon
Hosted by St. James A.C.W.
Sat. Mar. 23rd – Men’s Breakfast at 8 a.m.
Tomkins Hall

Sat. Mar. 23rd – Messy Church?

from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

We are in need of volunteers to help get Messy Church off the ground.
If you are interested in overseeing a craft activity, assisting with the meal, leading the worship service, or helping to promote the event, we would love to have you on the Messy Church team. For more information on how to get involved in Messy Church, please contact Chrisann.

Sun. Mar. 24th – Passion (Palm) Sunday Luncheon after 10 a.m. service

Free will offering

Weds. Mar. 27th – Youth Dinner in Tomkins Hall at 6 p.m.

After dinner we will carpool over to St Leonards for 7:00 p.m. to participate in the “Stations of the Cross”. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Thurs. Mar. 28th – Maundy Thursday Service at 7 p.m.

Fri. Mar. 29th – Walk of the Cross & Ecumenical Service
The Walk of the Cross begins at St James at 10 a.m. and will head to Manotick United where the Ecumenical Service will be held at 10:30 a.m.

Sat. Mar. 30th – Easter Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m.

Sun. Mar. 31st – Easter Sunday

 Sun. April 7th – ACW Penny Auction


A fifth grade teacher in a Christian school asked her class to look at tv commercials and see if they could use them to communicate ideas about God, here are some of the ideas:
God is like…
He works miracles.

God is like…
He’s got a better idea.

God is like…
He cares enough to send His very best


 God is like…
Aren’t you glad you have Him? Don’t you wish everybody did?

 God is like…
He gets the stains out others leave behind.

Our Gifts to the Community…

The F.A.I.T.H. Youth team is happy to report that they hosted their second annual dinner and games night on Wednesday Feb. 20th and 9 parishioners joined them and their 2 leaders in a hilarious night of games, good food and laughter! We thank everyone that attended for their support. Check out our Facebook page for pictures.


Workshop Series Hosted by St James Anglican Church


Saturday April 13 – “Kids and Drugs” Workshop

St James Church and the community police are co-hosting a second workshop called “Kids and Drugs.” This is an education program developed by the RCMP to reach out and educate adults regarding drugs. A drug specialist will attend to discuss the specific drugs out in the community now. This workshop for parents, community youth leaders or any concerned adults of children in grades 5-8 and will be approximately 4.5 hours long (from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm), and will cover current drug trends, signs and symptoms to look for, the role and power of parents/leaders, talking with children and helping them make good decisions. The cost will be $10.00 and this covers coffee/tea/juice/snacks and lunch. Workshop will be held here at
St James the Apostle Anglican Church in Tomkins Hall. If you would like to register or have any questions please call Donna Rourke at 613-825-1913 or Sam Hills 613-692-2082

Saturday April 27 – Suicide Prevention LivingWorks Education safeTALK 

SafeTALK is a three hour workshop/training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. The workshop trainer will be Robert Heard, the Priest from The Church of St John the Evangelist. Registration is limited to 30 people. The cost will be $10.00 and this covers coffee/tea/juice/snacks and workshop materials. This workshop will be held here at St James the Apostle Anglican Church in Tomkins Hall from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

If you would like to register or have any questions please call Donna Rourke at 613-825-1913 or Sam Hills at 613-692-2082. 

Opportunities to Give…

The kitchen is in need of new coffee urns –
If you have Canadian Tire money to donate towards the purchase,
please drop off in the envelope outside the church office door. Thank you!!


Lego Request…
We are looking for gently used Lego that you would be willing to part with
for our supply cupboard.  All colors and sizes gratefully accepted.
If you have any questions regarding this request please see Donna Rourke
or e-mail the church office.

Many thanks to all who attended our Vestry Meeting
on Sunday, February 24th
Janet Harris-Campbell- Senior Warden
Roger Soler – Senior Warden
Lynda Turner – Deputy Warden
Myra Conway – Deputy Warden
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