From Fr. Ross:
‘Community’ is one of the five Core Values that we claim as a parish:
We believe that God’s relationship with us is reflected in community – our parish, the places where we live and the larger world to which we are connected in many different ways.”
Throughout scripture, the story of God engaged with the human race is most often placed in the context of community – some small, like Abraham’s family; and some large, like the nation of Israel.
Jesus was ‘in community’ with a group of at least twelve people (mostly the men were named, but we also know about Mary Magdalene as well as Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus). The Apostle Paul, one of the first great promoters of Christianity always travelled and worked with others, and in each new location went looking for the group of existing God Believers if he could find them.
As we make plans for this fall here at St James we are definitely thinking about Worship experiences; different Educational opportunities; and Outreach to those in need close to us, as well as far away in other parts of Canada and the world. Many of our ministries require that we actually work together, not just be in the same building. One term for that kind of community building is Fellowship.
Please join us this fall as we continue to define and live out what ‘Community’ means for us here at St James. You will see some of the opportunities for involvement listed in this newsletter.