From Father Ross…
There are times when we are tempted to think of ‘The Church’ as some entity out there, separate from ourselves. That’s easy enough to do when we commonly identify our particular ‘church’ with a specific building.
In fact, the Church is the community that gathers together with the common purpose of encouraging each other as we endeavour to follow the ways of Jesus in our particular time and place.
After a summer break from many of the things we do together as a community, we are again looking forward to being together again this fall. There are many opportunities for each of us to be nourished by the community and just as many opportunities for us to enrich others by our presence and participation.
As you read through the rest of this newsletter, full of the things we are planning together please be mindful that this community needs your presence – sometimes receiving, sometimes giving. We look forward to working together this year!
Prayers of the People
Would you like to assist in this ministry?
We will be meeting some time in September to talk about resources and approaches to writing Prayers of the People and other intercessions. If you would like to be part of the prayer-writing team and participate in that session, please talk with Father Ross by September 9th.
The instruction session will be planned around the availability of those interested.
Our next Baptism date is Sunday, October 30th.
If you are interested in a baptism, please contact Rev Andrea.
In case of a pastoral emergency
(Rev. Andrea is on vacation August 24 through to September 7.)
** Due to vacations, regular office hours will not be maintained
August 25 to September 1st.**
Fall Bible Study
Plans are being made for a continued study of the Gospel of Luke.
Details to follow in our next newsletter.
Up & Coming…
Sat Aug 20 – Kitchen Reno (clean out kitchen in preparation)
Wed Aug 24 – Youth Games Night from 6-9 pm in Tomkins Hall
Sat Sept 3 – Wedding at 4 pm
Thurs Sept 8 – Choir Practice begins at 7 pm
Sun Sept 11 – Welcome Back Party for Kids’ Club
(details under Youth News)
Mon Sept 12 – Women’s Prayer at 7 pm
Tues Sept 13 – A.C.W. Meeting at 7 pm in Tomkins Hall
Sat Sept 17 – Multifaith Housing Speaker from 10 am-11 am in Tomkins Hall
Tues Sept 20 – Parish Council Meeting at 7 pm in Tomkins Hall
Wed Sept 21 – F.A.I.T.H. Team Gathering from 6 – 8 pm in Tomkins Hall
Fri Sept 23 – St. James’ Seniors Lunch
See Rev. Andrea if you have any questions
Fri Sept 23 – Jr. Youth Gathering from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in Tomkins Hall
Sat Sept 24 – Wedding at 11 am
Sun Sept 25 – CLAY Thank you Lunch following the 10 am service
Mon Sept 26 – Women’s Prayer 7 pm
On Thursday, August 11th, a meeting was held to agree on how to proceed with the kitchen renovations. To ensure the necessary cash flow and to give time to resolve a couple of outstanding planning issues, it was agreed that the full renovation would be put off for the time being. However, we will be purchasing and installing the necessary equipment to have a completely functional kitchen by mid-September. This includes a new stove, new ventilation system, new dishwasher and new refrigerator.
We thank the GIFT Fund, the ACW, the Property Committee and Corporation for their roles in making this initiative possible.
If you have any questions regarding this project, please speak to Douglas Frosst.
Events & Opportunities to Give…
Pride Parade – Sunday, August 21 at 1 p.m.
The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa invites anyone interested in joining the Anglican group that day, to be at the marshalling area (along Bank St., between Gladstone and the Queensway) around 12 noon. Look for the banners for ‘Integrity Ottawa’ or ‘Diocese of Ottawa’ to join our contingent; the parade begins at 1 pm (and normally lasts about 2 hours). For more information, see notices on the church bulletin boards.
COME AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ‘HAVEN’
A model for safe affordable housing for more than 300 people!
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH
10 am to 11 am
at St James Anglican Church
Many opportunities to get involved –
property maintenance, prayer, housing management team, tenant relations.
For more info speak with Rev Andrea
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Find out what’s going on in our deanery quickly and easily by joining theCARLETON DEANERY FORUM facebook page
. All the churches in our deanery post their events here. If you would like to get more involved in the way our churches work together and explore new options for ministry, please talk to Janet Shaw or Fr. Ross about the deanery council.
An Invitation to All Women of the Parish
Would you like to meet some new friends? Make some lifelong friendships? Make a difference in many peoples lives? Then please join us, Tuesday, September 13 in Tomkins Hall at 7 pm. We will be reviewing all the plans for the coming year. Even if you cannot attend meetings monthly, there are many ways you can join the fun and camraderie
We usually meet the first Tuesday of the month and conduct our meeting with who ever is able to attend that evening.
Last year we donated approximately $3,000 to Outreach agencies, including TEMBO (Tanzania Education and Micro Business Opportunity), Operation Come Home, R.O.S.S.S. (Rideau & Ottawa South Support Services), Sleeping Children Around the World, Manotick Food Cupboard, PWRDF (Primates World Relief & Development Foundation), Harmony House, The Well and the northern community of Iqaluit.
We accomplish this and much more through prayer, and much laughter and fellowship. DON”T MISS OUT. Please come out and join us.
Mason Jars Wanted!
If you have any 250 ml mason jars that you are willing to donate to the ACW, please leave them in the cloakroom under the bench. The jars will be used for jams, pickled vegetables and other tasty items which will be sold at the Christmas Market on December 3rd.
Gifts to the Community…
ACW Shipment to Resolute Bay, Nunavut
On July 14th, 29 boxes containing food, fabric & toys plus several packages of paper products (toilet paper, tissues and Pampers) were delivered to the Northern Shopper. All of the boxes have been crated and are on their way by ship to the northern community of Resolute Bay. The ACW (Anglican Church Women) will be supporting this tiny community, which consists of ~240 residents, in the days ahead. Many thanks to those who contributed their time or financially.
The St James CLAY team thanks our wonderful parish community for their support in getting us to PEI this August, please join us for a Thank you lunch on Sunday September 25th after the 10:00 am service!
Church Movie Licence
St. James now has a licence from ACF to show any movies commercially available
from their film library. The ACW has paid for the licence for the year ending March 7, 2017 and any church group may take advantage of the licence at no cost.
St James’ Kids’ Club
- Back to school means a party at Kids’ Club. Our Welcome Back Party will be held on Sunday, September 11th. All children and families are welcome to take part during the 10 am service. Bring a friend or two!
- Registration for Kids’ Club will be online again this year. Please visit our Facebook Page or follow this link.
- We are looking for two youth volunteers to help out with Kids’ Club on a regular basis. These hours can be counted towards volunteer hours. If you are interested, please speak with Kelly Ellis or send her an email
Junior Youth Group
- Our first Junior Youth Gathering for the fall will take place on Friday, September 23rd at the church. All youth ages 9 to 12 are welcome. Feel free to bring a friend. For our first gathering we will be playing games and getting to know each other. Please bring a peanut free snack to share and a non-perishable food item.
- A schedule of Junior Youth Events for the September to December period will be circulated shortly. If you are interested in receiving this calendar of events please speak with Kelly Ellis or send her an email. Event will be published in the parish calendar as well.
F.A.I.T.H. Team News:
The F.A.I.T.H Team will take a short break from meeting to let everyone get settled back into school. Our first September gathering will be Wednesday September 21from 6:00-8:00 pm in Tomkins Hall.
If you are between the ages of 12-17, please join us for food, fun and fellowship.
Our schedule for this fall (regular gatherings, games night,special events, diocesan and community events) can be found on the website
If you have any questions regarding our youth program for ages 12+ please contact Donna Rourke
Our first get together for the Confirmation+ team will be Sunday Oct 16 after the10:00 am service, please join Father Ross and Donna for a pizza lunch, some games a lot of great conversation.