Sometimes we can become isolated, at least in our own minds, surrounded by others’ activities, but not experiencing any vital connection with them.
This week I have been reminded that even when we are not aware of it, we have an impact on each other. You will have your own examples of this. Mine include a middle-aged couple, a little girl, a parish on the other side of the city, and one of the ministries of this parish. One small gesture of hope and support prompts a response which in turn helps another who reaches out to meet a need half a world away … We are not isolated, but interconnected for the good of all.
This reminds me of the prayer following Psalm 84 in our Prayer Books:
God of pilgrims,
teach us to recognize your dwelling-place
in the love, generosity, and support
of those with whom we share our journey,
and help us to worship you
in our response to those who need our care;
for all the world is your temple
and every human heart
is a sign of your presence,
made known to us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Let us journey together this fall, sometimes helping, sometimes being helped, always surrounded by the love of God and others.
Downton Abbey Tea- Rescheduled for Sat. October 3rd
(September 19th date cancelled.)
Join us on Saturday, October 3rd for a spot of tea and some lovely treats!
The Anglican Church Women will be serving tea and a selection of finger sandwiches, scrumptious scones and delightful desserts.
There will be two seatings:
12:30-2:00 pm and 2:30-4:00 pm.
To order your tickets call Sam at 613-692-2082 (no children under 7 please).
Tickets are $15 each and proceeds will go to the A.C.W. initiative in Iqaluit.
Invite your friends or neighbours!
If you purchased or reserved tickets for the September 19th date
and are unable to attend on October 3rd,
please accept our apologies and contact Sam at 613-692-2082
for a refund or to cancel.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes.
Up & Coming…
Fri. Sept 18 – Jr. Youth Meet at 6:30 pm
Sat. Sept 19 – ACW Downton Abbey Tea Rescheduled for Oct 3rd See details above.
Parables, Miracles and Healings – An Exploration of the Gospels
These weekly studies will be facilitated by The Rev. Bill Byers. For more information or to register, please contact Billor simply use our sign-up sheet at the church entrance.
All are welcome!
Fri. Sept 25 – Games Night 7-10:30 pm in Tomkins Hall
Everyone is welcome to come and play board games (Telestrations, Apples to Apples, Clue, Yahtzee, Pitt, etc) or cards (Rummoli, Euchre, Crib, ETC) Snacks and drinks will be available to purchase.
Sat. Sept 26 – Men’s Breakfast
Mon. Sept 28 – Women’s Prayer Group 7:00-7:30 pm upstairs
See “Gifts to the Community”
Sat. Oct 3 – Downton Abbey Tea – New Date!
Sun. Oct 4 – Blessing of the Animals 10 am service
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 10 – Church decorating for Thanksgiving
Please drop off any donations of fruits, vegetables and/or non-perishable items for decorating the church between 9 and 10 am. The food will be delivered to the Shepherds of Good Hope following the Sunday service.
Sun. Oct 11 – Thanksgiving
Mon. Oct 12 – Women’s Prayer Group 7:00 – 7:30 pm
Save the Date…St. James Roast Beef Supper will be held on Saturday, October 24!
Mon. Oct 26 – Women’s Prayer Group 7:00 – 7:30 pm
To see complete church calendar visit the church website
Opportunities to Give…
Church decorating for Thanksgiving
Please drop off any donations of fruits, vegetables and/or non-perishable items for decorating the church between 9 and 10 am on Saturday, October 10th.
The food will be delivered to the Shepherds of Good Hope following the Sunday service.
Fundraising for a Baby Grand Piano
A “Purchase a Key” program is under way to raise funds for an acoustic grand piano. Each key is $150. Purchase one for yourself, your family, your group or to honour someone special. Forms are available from Jane Venus or at the back of the church. Please place the completed form, with a cheque payable to St. James in the offertory plate.
Also…Copies of Pomeroy’s Quay by E.G. Forward can be purchased for $20 and $10 will go towards the piano fund.
NEEDED – PLEASE save all wide fat elastic bands off your bunches of broccoli. They are needed for the boiling of Christmas puddings. They can be dropped off in the kitchen. Thank you!
F.A.I.T.H. Team News: The F.A.I.T.H. Team resumes their normal bi-weekly Wednesday gatherings on
Wednesday September 23,from 6:00-8:00 pm in Tomkins Hall. All youth over 12 are welcome to join us for food, friendship and fun!
Sunday September 27 after the 10:00 am service there will be a CLAY 2016 meeting. All youth considering coming to CLAY in PEI in August 2016 should attend and bring their parents.
Saturday October 4 from 6:00-9:00 pm the F.A.I.T.H. Team and their friends are invited to All Saints Westboro for pizza and basketball.
Children and Youth Program Registration for 2015-16
We have gone electronic for our registration this year for Kids Club and Junior Youth programs. Please visit the following link, the St. James Facebook page or email Kelly Ellis. All children attending Kids Club or Junior Youth must register.
Junior Youth Meeting and Games Night
Our first Junior Youth meeting will take place on Friday September 18th at 6:30 pm at the church. We will be playing a number of games inside and outside (weather permitting).
Junior Youth will meet every two weeks until just before Christmas. All youth between the ages of 9 and 12 are welcome to join the fun. Youth are encouraged to bring along a friend or two.
Bring a Friend to our Pop, Pop, Pop Party!
On Sunday September 20th, the Kids Club will be having a Pop, Pop, Pop Party to celebrate the return to programming and Bring a Friend to Church Day. We will be enjoying popcorn, popsicles and popping bubbles. We will be singing and playing games. All ages are welcome!
Seeking Volunteers for Kids Club and Junior Youth Programs
We are currently seeking adult and mature teen volunteers to help us out with our Kids Club and Junior Youth programming for 2015-16.
We are also seeking individuals who would be interested in sharing their passion for a particular craft, skill or hobby for special themed lessons.
If you are interested please speak to Kelly Ellis, send her an email, or send a Facebook message.
Gifts to the Community…
Need some quiet time for yourself…life feeling overwhelming? Please join Ref Andrea on alternate Monday nights, 7-7:30 p.m. for Women’s Prayer time. “Be still and listen to God.”
Faith and Practice – An Anglican Perspective
A monthly series designed for adults interested in learning more about the Anglican tradition within the Christian faith. Some key topics will be:
Nature and work of God
Role of scripture
Private and public prayer
Liturgy and worship
Serving the world
Other topics will be included as they relate to the interests of the group.
We are aiming to meet on the third Monday of each month beginning October 19, from 7:30 – 9 p.m. There will be a sign-up sheet at the main entrance. Please contact thechurch office (613-692-2082) or Bill if you have questions or wish to register.
Church Photo Directory
Planning has started for the new St James photo directory. Planned dates for sittings are:
Thursday October 29, 2:30 – 8:30 pm
Saturday October 31, 10 am – 3 pm
Thursday November 5, 2:30 – 8:30 pm
Saturday November 7, 10 am – 3 pm
Tuesday November 10, 2:30 – 8:30 pm
Information regarding booking for these dates will be made available in the next couple of weeks. Taking part does not mean that you have to purchase portraits, but does mean that your family will be included in the directory. Our hope is that all members of the Parish will want to be included.
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!
St James Anglican Church, 1138 Bridge Street, Box 220,