One of the questions I sometimes hear goes like this: “What does the church have to offer us today that we can’t already create or develop for ourselves? Is the church relevant any more?”
My answer these days is informed by my daily interaction with people in our community. And it’s not all that religious, at least at the beginning. This is my answer: “The church at its best helps create and build communities that care for the needs of others so that together we can be strong.”
That explains why in addition to the events and programs which have an obvious spiritual element to them, most churches also either run or supply space for other types of programming that meet the spectrum of needs that are part of anyone’s existence. Here at St James we run programs for young teens and senior teens, we have a drop-in cooking program as well as a seniors’ lunch, we offer a variety of occasional workshops on issues that affect people in our community (drug use, caregiver support, suicide prevention, gender identity, etc.), and we support our local food bank and several shelters down town. Our space is also used by other groups that support seniors and youth as well as those that build community, creativity and healthy bodies.
And we worship together, we provide opportunities for all ages to learn more about the essentials of the Christian faith, we set aside time to pray with and for each other. We do these particular things because in our connection with God – creator, redeemer and sustaining spirit – we find the values which lead us into community and service. Our version of ‘church’ is different in some ways than that of our ancestors, but we continue to follow the same principles of experiencing God’s grace and love in practical and beautiful ways with those around us, whatever our various circumstances.
Please join us this fall – a Christian community joyfully serving and growing in God’s love.
Up & Coming…
Fri. Sept. 19; Oct 3, 17 & 31 – Jr. Youth Group Tomkins Hall 6:30 pm
If you know someone between the ages of 9-12 looking for something to do every second Friday night from 6:30 until 8 pm, this is for them!
Sun. Sept. 21 – Bring a friend to Church Sunday
BBQ following the 10 am service, don’t forget to bring a chair if the weather is nice!
Mon. Sept. 22; Oct 6 & 20 – Women’s Prayer Group board room at 7 pm
Wed. Sept. 24; Oct 8 & 22 – Supperman – Tomkins Hall 4-6 pm.
See below for more details.
Wed. each week -Bible Study with Rev. Bill Byers 7:30 – 9 pm
Join us on Wednesday evenings as we explore the Book of Revelations.
Thur. each week – Bible Study with Rev. Bill Byers 1:30 – 3 pm
Join us on Thursday afternoons as we explore the Book of Revelations.
Fri. Sept 26 – Youth Pizza & Games Night Tomkins Hall 6:30-9:30 pmSat. Sept. 27 & Oct. 25 – Men’s Breakfast in Tomkins Hall 8 am
All men are welcome!
Tues. Sept 30 – Pastoral Care Lunch & Learn Meeting Tomkins Hall 12-1 p.m.
Wed. Oct. 1, 15 & 29 – F.A.I.T.H. Youth Team Tomkins Hall from 6-8 pm
All youth and their friends between the ages of 12-18 are welcome to join us for food, fun and fellowship.
Sun. Oct. 5 – Blessing of the Animals Service at 10 am
Bring your favourite pet, stuffed toy or a photo of a special furry or not-so-furry friend to this well-loved community event. Hear the animal choir – they sing notes you have never heard before! Animals will need to be leashed, caged or otherwise contained – no animals at large please!
Sat. Oct. 18 – Gender Identity Workshop Tomkins Hall 9 am – 12 noon
See more details below under the ”Gifts to the Community” section
Sun. Oct. 19 – CLAY Thank you Lunch
F.A.I.T.H. youth will host a lunch and show a video from CLAY 2014 following the 10 am service
Sat. Oct. 25th – St James Feast in Tomkins Hall 6:15 pm
See block below for more details!
Tues. Oct. 28 – “Caregiver Support” in Tomkins Hall 7 pm
See details under “Our Gifts to the Community”
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Come one, come all to a Parish Supper!
St James Feast Saturday October 25th Gather at 6:15 Dinner at 6:30
Roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies, salad and rolls, assorted pies.
Teens and Adults: $20; 5 to 10 years: $5;
Children under 5 free.
Tickets on sale until Sunday October 19th
Supper Man is back!
Join us on Wednesdays,
starting September 24th.
Need new dinner ideas? Hate to cook, or don’t know how? Join Supper Man in the St James kitchen, and take home dinner for yourself, your family, or your freezer. Most meals take less than an hour, so you can start anytime between 4 and 5 pm.
Pre-registration required, so that we have the right amount of ingredients. See the menu choices and register on-line at Supperman, or at the church during office hours. Cost for a meal for 4 ranges from $10 – $15, depending on the menu. Choose as many dates and menus you like.
Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available for most adventures, just ask! For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org (be careful with the spelling), or call your local dinner superhero at 613-862-1277.
Our Gifts to the Community…
Arts and crafts produced by some of the ladies being assisted by Project T.E.M.B.O.
On Sunday September 14th, we received a visit from a couple of representatives of T.E.M.B.O. (Tanzania Education & Micro Business Opportunity). The ACW has been supporting this non-profit organization since it began 10 years ago and now over 180 girls have had the opportunity to further their schooling in Tanzania including two girls who have gone on to receive a university education. Project T.E.M.B.O. provides loans to women who wish to start a small business such as raising goats, chickens or making crafts so that they can raise money to pay for further education (only primary education is paid by the country) for their children. They have already built a library and are now expanding their vision to include a learning centre as well as providing camps for girls to attend to improve their English. For more information on this amazing group, please visit their website Project TEMBOor look them up on Facebook.
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!
Gender identity – Trans-forming the conversation
9 am – noon, Saturday October 18 (concluding with pot luck lunch at noon).
We have heard the term transgender or Trans, but as a community, we lack the information and language to respond to the needs of Trans individuals and participate in a meaningful conversation.
This workshop will help normalize the conversation in our local communities about a topic that has many fears and misconceptions attached to it. Participants will learn more about trans realities and issues so that they will better understand what they hear in general discussions, and have basic practical tools to help educate the community and support those who are Trans.
People we know and love need us to be ready for open conversations with Trans people and their families.
PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a forum for political or theological debate, it is a chance to learn about trans issues from someone with first-hand experience and to open the door for ongoing discussions.
If you are interested in attending, please contact the church office or register through Eventbrite on our website so we know how many people to plan for. There will be no set charge for this workshop, but we will gladly receive whatever donation you think is appropriate for you.
Are You Caring For A Senior?
St James Anglican Church is offering a Community Connect Program
Gain tools to help find your way through the health care system
Learn how to access resources and services in the community
emphasis is on helping caregivers in their role and avoid caregiver burnout
Tuesday October 28th at 7pm in the Church Hall.
Opportunities to Give…
Coffee Time Our sign-up list for those offering to make coffee for fellowship time after the 10 am services will be posted upstairs. Please sign up for a date if you are able. Thank you!
Big Elastic Bands & Coffee Tins Needed
Please save all your big band elastics from broccoli or leeks. They are needed when steaming the Christmas puddings in October. Any 300/360 gram coffee tins would also be very welcome. Everything can be dropped off in the kitchen this month.
Thanksgiving Decorations Wanted Request for donations of fruits, vegetables and/or non-perishables for the decoration of the Altar for Thanksgiving. They should be dropped off at the church on Saturday Oct 11th between 9:00 and 10:00 am. The food will be delivered to the Shepherds of Good Hope following the Sunday service.
Grocery Cards Don’t forget you can support our church just by buying grocery cards! Cards come in $25, $50, $100 and $250 denominations and are available for purchase on Sundays from Myra, Shirley or Kim. You can also purchase them from Sam during office hours. St James purchases these cards at a discounted price from the grocery store and sells them for face value – it is a win, win, win! St James gets a reduction in the cost of the card but sells them at face value, you get the convenience of just handing over a card to the cashier (no searching for cash, cheques or remembering pin codes) and the grocery stores (Loblaws, Independent, No Frills, Superstore and many others listed on the back of the card) get your business. They are also great gifts for students, volunteers, people who go above and beyond and family members – everyone needs to eat!