January 2017

From Rev Andrea…

Dear friends,

During this Season of Epiphany, the light of Christ continues to shine brightly into each of our hearts, and we are called to reflect that light back into the world.  And it is so much easier to do together!

These coming months we will be sharing the light of Christ in many different ways and with many different people. I know you will want to be part of these events so keep reading this newsletter…and don’t hesitate to speak with me if you would like to be a leader of something or the organizer or the participant…we all have our way of sharing Christ’s love.


Rev Andrea+

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Ecumenical Service, 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25 
@ St. James’ Church, Manotick.
This year we join once again with other churches in the area to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with an ecumenical service which has been
prepared by Christians in Germany.
The theme this year focuses on reconciliation through the love of Christ as a wellspring of life within the Church and as the source for our common witness in the world.

Please plan to join Christians of other traditions as we celebrate and pray for unity in our diversity.

Rev. Andrea is looking for Readers for this service.
If you are able to help please contact Sam in the church office.
Sabbatical Leaves
As mentioned in our December newsletter, both our clergy – Father Ross and Reverend Andrea – qualify for a Sabbatical Leave in 2017.
To provide the least amount of disruption to the parish
while providing this necessary time of renewal:
Fr. Ross is currently away and will return on Tuesday, February 28; Reverend Andrea’s leave will be June 7 – August 7, 2017.
We pray God’s blessings on them during their time away.
Up and Coming…
Mon. Jan 9 – Women’s Prayer 7 pm with Rev. Andrea
Thur. Jan 12 – Information Session for Flower Arranging at Christ Church Cathedral 9:30 – 12 pm (see Opportunities to Give section below for more information)
Fri Jan 13 – Junior Youth Gathering Tomkins Hall 6:30-8:30 pm
All youth ages 9 to 12 are welcome.  Feel free to bring a friend.  Please bring a peanut free snack to share and a non-perishable food item.
Sat. Jan 14 – ACW “Fabric and Notions Sale” from 10 am to 1 pm in Tomkins Hall. Fabric donations will be gratefully received in Tomkins Hall on Friday Jan. 13noon to 4 pm
Sun. Jan 15 – Building the Faith 11:30 am in Tomkins Hall.
Tues. Jan 17 Parish Council Meeting at 7 pm in Tomkins Hall

Wed. Jan 18 – #Limitless Youth meet in Tomkins Hall, 6 – 8 pm

Fri. Jan 20 – Messy Church in Tomkins Hall, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Stay tuned for more information

Sat. Jan 21 – Men’s Brew Day
(with Good Shepherd), 11 am – 3 pm in Tomkins Hall
(See below for details – Space is limited – Register early!)
Mon. Jan 23 Women’s Prayer with Rev. Andrea at 7:00 pm
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:
Wed. Jan 25 Ecumenical Service at 7:00 pm at St. James’ Church.
All are welcome. (See above for details.)
Fri. Jan 27 St. James’ Seniors’ Lunch    
See Rev. Andrea if you have any questions.

Fri. Jan 27 -Youth Pizza & Games Night, 6:30 – 9 pm in Tomkins Hall


Wed. Feb 1 #Limitless Youth Gathering from 6 – 8 pm in Tomkins Hall
Fri. Feb 3 – Junior Youth Group Tomkins Hall 6:30-8:30 pm
Sun. Feb 5 Annual Spaghetti Lunch following the 10 am service
hosted by the #Limitless St.James’ Youth (check the bulletin or website for details)
Mon. Feb 6 – Women’s Prayer with Rev. Andrea at 7:00 pm
Wed. Feb 8 – ACW Speaker (Northern Shopper) 7 pm in Tomkins Hall.
 Sun. Feb 12 – ACW Meeting following the 10 am service

Sat. Feb. 18Men’s Breakfast at 8 am in Tomkins Hall
Men’s Brew Day
Our men’s group is team building with Good Shepherd, Barrhaven to put on a brewing day.

Join us as we prepare a celebration ale, which will be ready for sampling at Easter.  Lunch will be provided, and participants will each receive several bottles at the end of the process.
Cost is $25 per participant.
Takes place Saturday, January 21 from 11 am – 3pm.
Speak to Tim Venus for details or to register.
Space is limited, so please register early
Opportunities to Give…
Do you love church flowers? Come help celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday at the Cathedral!
June 2-4, 2017 Doors Open Ottawa and Pentecost coincide and Christ Church Cathedral is seizing the opportunity to hold a very special celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial with a flower festival, tours, concerts and more.
Would you like to help the Cathedral flower arrangers make our lovely old building even more beautiful? A group from St. James will be taking part, and would welcome your help.
Join us at an information and planning session at the Cathedral from 9:30 to noon Thursday, January 12, 2017. For more information or to take part, please contact Maxine Whelan or Carol Gervais.
Coffee on Sunday
We are looking for people to serve coffee on Sundays after the 10 am service. Never done it before? No problem! Just ask someone who does coffee duty already and they will be able to point you in the right direction. The sign-up sheet is posted downstairs just outside of the kitchen.
Gifts to the Community…
ACW Fabric & Notions Sale

On Saturday January 14th, the Anglican Church Women will be holding a Fabric and Notions Sale in Tomkins Hall from 10 am to 1 pm. If you know of anyone who likes to sew, quilt or knit please invite them to come. All funds raised will go to supporting our community of Resolute Bay in the north.

If you know of anyone who has fabric or wool they wish to give away, we will be setting up in Tomkins Hall on Friday January 13th from 12 – 4 pm and will gratefully receive any donations.

Bible Study

Reverend Bill Byers is planning to offer a study of the Gospel of Luke beginning on Wednesday, January 18 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., OR on Thursday, January 19 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
No previous experience is needed. All are welcome. Please use the sign-up sheets at the church entrance if you plan to attend or contact him at Rev. Bill Byers
Youth Activities…
Junior Youth Group
Our first Junior Youth Gathering after the holidays will take place on Friday, January 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the church.
All youth ages 9 to 12 are welcome.  Feel free to bring a friend.  Please bring a peanut free snack to share and a non-perishable food item.
Messy Church
Our Messy Church event was a huge success.  Over 35 people participated in our Hogwarts Themed event.  Our next Messy Church event is taking place on January 20th between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Stay tuned for more information.

Building Our Faith

The premise behind this new program is: Everyone needs a safe place to explore and talk about their faith.
At St. James we hope to introduce that kind of an experience for our youth – a purposely- planned series of events that provide an opportunity to explore the extent of our Christian tradition, to ask questions and express doubts, and to discover what they truly believe.
We are calling this new program ‘Building Our Faith’. Our expectation is that this program will replace our current ‘Confirmation Class’ and ‘Confirmation Plus’ with an ongoing faith formation opportunity that any youth can join at any time. If a person has participated in the monthly meetings for two years, then they will be confirmed when the Bishop next visits us if they so wish. Some will be at the end of the two-year cycle, some will be in the middle; each will be confirmed and each will be expected to finish the cycle. Whether you hope your youth will be confirmed the next time the Bishop is here, or they were confirmed in the last two classes, we hope they will want to continue to explore the Christian faith with us.
Our next gathering will be Sunday January 15th, from 11:30-1:00 pm for youth between the ages of 12-17. Lunch will be provided by one of the families
# Limitless, St James Youth  
We are the new youth group and if you are between the ages of 12-17 you are welcome to join us for food, fun and fellowship in Tomkins Hall from 6 – 8 p.m. every second Wednesday evening and usually one Friday evening a month for a Pizza and Games night.
We will meet Wednesday January 18,  6-8pm, in Tomkins Halls for food, friendship and conversations.
Pizza and Games night will be Friday January 27, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. in Tomkins Hall.
Up Coming Special Events:
Is It Just Me?
Conversations about Mental Health – Inspiring conversations. Raising awareness.  Transforming youth mental health. January 30th at St James Carleton Place, 11am – 2pm (it’s a PD day)
If you have any questions regarding any of the youth programming please contact Donna Rourke
Follow us on Twitter @Stjamesmanotick or @donnarourke1.
Electronic Year-end Income Tax Receipts Available!
If you wish to receive your year-end receipt this way, please forward your request and current e-mail address to Sam Hills.
Please note, once we are notified it remains in effect until we are told to cease.  You do not need to advise us each year unless there is a change in your e-mail address.
About Us…
St James Anglican Church,
1138 Bridge Street, Box 220, Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1A3
**Please note Rev. Andrea’s current e-mail is afthomas@rogers.com.
 In case of a pastoral emergency
contact Rev. Andrea at 613-799-8759
If you have any questions regarding items in our newsletter
please call or e-mail Sam Hills at the church office,
Tues – Thurs, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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