April 2017

From Fr. Ross…

Not everyone wants to read the whole story – sometimes a ‘Coles Notes’ synopsis will do just fine. Yet, there are some things that get missed in the act of reducing the content.

Holy Week can be like that: why spend days in church getting from Palm Sunday to Easter, when Passion Reading on Palm Sunday covers pretty much everything, anyway?

The answer is that each of the celebrations and opportunities for prayer and reflection add a new perspective to our journey. Not everyone benefits from each service, but here are the various perspectives you might want to explore. You are invited to participate in any or all of them.

Interactive Stations of the Cross: On Wednesday, the #limitless youth group hosts an intergenerational, interactive Stations of the Cross. The design of the evening gives us opportunity to put some physical expression into key parts of the story – something we don’t often get to do in church. And we get to eat supper together! And we do this with people of different ages!

Maundy Thursday: This ancient service has been recast for this year with a close community feel as we explore the ways in which Jesus calls us to engage in his vision of God at work in the world; and as we realize that to do so may require something totally different.

Gethsemane Prayer Watch: Individuals who appreciate an opportunity for quiet reflection sign up to pray for an hour each, from 9 p.m. Thursday, through the night until 8 a.m. on Friday.

Good Friday Ecumenical Service: This year we join with Manotick United Church in a service that is based on a liturgy from the Iona Community entitled, “Getting our Hands Dirty.” Rev. Elaine Beattie of the United Church has a great capacity to help us explore the themes of Good Friday in new ways.

Fr. Ross

April 9 – 16, 2017
Come and join us for Holy Week services:
Palm SundaySunday April 9
8:15 am      Blessing of the Palms & Holy Eucharist
10 am         Palm Procession, Passion Gospel & Holy Eucharist with Kids’ Club


Holy WednesdayWednesday April 12
6 pm          Supper & Interactive Stations of the Cross (hosted by the           #limitless youth group).  RSVP to Donna Rourke
Maundy ThursdayThursday April 13
7 pm          Foot/Hand Washing, Holy Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar
9 pm          Gethsemane Watch – See “Opportunities to Give” for details.
Good FridayFriday April 14
10:30 am   Ecumenical service at Manotick United Church
Easter SundaySunday April 16
8:15 am    Service of New Light & Holy Eucharist
10 am       Festal Holy Eucharist, with Kid’s Club
GiFT Campaign Update
Thanks to all of you who have generously given to GIFT, a 5-year capital campaign begun in the fall of 2012 which raised a little over $500,000 for enhanced ministry here at St James and in the diocese. We know some of you are continuing to fulfill your pledges, and we appreciate your faithfulness.
As a result of our combined generosity, we have benefited from the ministry of our Associate Incumbent, the Rev. Andrea Thomas, we have been able to increase the efficiency of our administrative space, we have supported a variety of outreach ministry initiatives including the Manotick Refugee Support Program and the diocesan Community Ministries, and we are currently upgrading our kitchen facilities. Specific ministries of our parish have also been supported by the diocesan portion of our GIFT contributions: SupperMan and the Youth Internship Program.
These and other ministries continue to need our support even as the active part of GIFT winds down. As we revisit our parish vision over the next few months we will be asking the St James community to support traditional and new ministries with the same generosity. This fall you will begin hearing more of our plans.
In the meantime, those of you who have finished your GIFT pledge will likely receive a letter from the Bishop inviting you to give to
Today 4 Tomorrow, the new Diocesan Appeal. Please remember that this appeal is focused on diocesan ministries (which benefit us all), but it is not a combined parish and diocesan campaign as GIFT was.
Up & Coming…
Each Wed. – Bible Study from 7:30 – 9 pm in the McGregor Rm
Each Thurs. – Bible Study from 1:30 – 3 pm in the church downstairs
Sun. April 9 – Easter “Mini Bazaar” following the 10am service.
Sun. April 9 – Spaghetti Lunch in Tomkins Hall following the service.
Tues. April 11 – ACW Meeting  7 pm in Tomkins Hall

Sat. April 15 – Men’s Breakfast at 8 am in Tomkins Hall
Mon. April 17 – Women’s Prayer with Rev. Andrea at 7pm
Tues. April 18 – Parish Council Meeting at 7pm in Tomkins Hall

Fri. April 21 – Youth Pizza & Games Night 6:30 – 9 pm in Tomkins Hall

Tues. April 25 – Fabulous Movie Night at 7 pm in Tomkins Hall
(see Gifts to the Community below)

Wed. April 26 – #Limitless Youth Gathering from 6 – 8 pm in Tomkins Hall

Fri. April 28 – St. James’ Seniors’ Lunch  See Rev. Andrea if you have any questions.

Sun. April 30 – ACW “Brick for Rick” Penny Auction in Tomkins Hall following 10 am service. Lunch will be provided.
Mon. May 1 – Women’s Prayer with Rev. Andrea at 7 pm
Thurs. May 4 – Drop off for Garage Sale from 1 to 6 pm in Tomkins Hall
Fri. May 5 – Drop off for Garage Sale from 10 am to 6 pm in Tomkins Hall
Sat. May 6 – Garage Sale from 8:30 am to 12 noon in Tomkins Hall
Tues. May 9 – ACW Meeting at 7 pm Tomkins Hall
Wed. May 10 – #Limitless Youth Gathering from 6 – 8 pm in Tomkins Hall
Fri. May 12 – Messy Church in Tomkins Hall 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Sat. May 13 – Confederation Tea – 2 seatings – 1-2:30 pm OR 3-4:30 pm in Tomkins Hall (Mother’s Day weekend – great gift idea!)
Sun. May 28 – Sweet Suite at 7pm in Tomkins Hall.
                                         “See Gifts to the Community” for details

Mark Your Calendar

St. James’ Golf Day – Saturday, June 17th,
noon start at Manderley on the Green

Church Chuckle…
I had been teaching my three-year old daughter, Caitlin, the Lord’s Prayer for several evenings at bedtime. She would repeat after me the lines from the prayer. Finally, she decided to go solo. I listened with pride as she carefully enunciated each word, right up to the end of the prayer: “Lead us not into temptation,” she prayed, “but deliver us from Email.”
Gifts to the Community…
Easter Mini “Bazaar” – Sunday, April 9
Hosted by the Craft Group after the 10 am service.  Chocolate rabbits, cake bunnies & handicrafts.  Come & see!

Annual Parish Community Palm Sunday Spaghetti Lunch – Sunday, April 9 following the 10 am service 

Hosted by the CLAY 2018 team. There will be activities for the kids.  Free will offering with all proceeds going towards CLAY
Inter-Generational Interactive Stations of the Cross Weds. 
April 12th, 6 – 8:15 p.m.  
Everyone is welcome to join the #Limitless youth group for their annual Holy Wednesday supper and interactive Stations of the Cross in Tomkins Hall.  Please RSVP to Donna Rourke.
Please Join Us for Another Fabulous Movie Night

Tuesday April 25th           Doors open 6:30 pm      Movie starts at 7 pm.

Harry Sanborn (Jack Nicholson) is a perennial Playboy on the cusp of being a senior citizen.  During what was to be a romantic weekend with his latest infatuation, he develops chest pains and winds up being nursed by the reluctant mother (Diane Keaton).
Join us for desserts with coffee and tea following the movie.  Proceeds will go to support Senior’s in our Community.  Bring a group and have a fun evening.
Admission is a Free Will Offering.  Seating is limited, please call 613-692-2082 to reserve your seat (St. James church office).

The Annual St. James Garage Sale
Saturday May 6 from 8:30 am to 12 noon.

Drop off Thursday May 4 between 1 – 6 pm and Friday May 5between 10 am and 6 pm only. No electronics, baby seats, clothes or large heavy furniture.

Watch for the sign-up sheet in the Narthex to help, we need lots of help.

Confederation Tea

Saturday, May 13th with two seatings: 
1-2:30 pm OR 3-4:30 pm
Traditional Afternoon Tea – Finger sandwiches, scrumptious scones and delightful desserts. Proceeds go to our outreach in Resolute Bay. Great gift idea for Mother’s Day!

Tickets are $15. To order your tickets call the church office, 613-692-2082 (no children under 7)

Sweet Suite
Sunday May 28 at 7pm

Tickets $20.  Join us for an evening of music and an all you can eat dessert buffet. Presented by the St. James Choir.

 Mark your Calendar for St. James Golf Day
When: 17 June 2017, starts at noon (12 pm)
Where: Manderly on the Green (5920 Prince of Wales Dr.)

More information to follow very soon 🙂
For questions contact Darwin.


Youth Activities…
Messy Church
May 12th, 5:30 to 7 pm.  We invite families to join us for another fun filled evening of ‘Messy Church” downstairs in our church hall.  Bring your friends!
Over the course of the evening we will share a family friendly meal and undertake various activities and crafts that will help us explore our theme.  (There will be separate activities for ages 4-8 and for junior youth age 9-12.)
Please RSVP Rev Andrea  and Kelly so we can plan accordingly.  Looking forward to hearing from you!

#Limitless @StJamesmanotick
Wednesday Evening Gatherings:
Weds April 12 – Inter-generational, Interactive, Stations of the Cross
Everyone is welcome to join the #Limitless youth group for their annual Holy Wednesday supper and interactive Stations of the Cross from 6:00-8:15 pm in Tomkins Hall. Please RSVP to Donna. Free will offering graciously accepted for the supper.

Weds. April 26 – Guest Speaker from Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind
To wrap up our segment on caring for our animals, we will be hosting a guest speaker from the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. He is coming to tell us about his guide dog and what we can do to help support this amazing organization that helps Canadians with their mobility by providing them in the use of professionally trained dogs. All youth ages 12-17 are welcome to join us from 6:00-8:00 pm in Tomkins Hall.

Games and Pizza Night with Imam Delic and the youth from the Barrhaven Mosque – Fri. April 21 
Re-scheduled from March in Tomkins Hall from 6:30 -9:00. Come and meet some new friends, eat pizza and play board games.  Free will offering for the pizza, snacks and drinks.  All youth ages 9-17 are welcome to join us!

Building Our Faith
Saturday June 3 – 1/2 day discovery event to celebrate Pentecost!
Our theme for the day will be reconciliation and how the Holy Spirit renews and empowers the church. More information to come.

CLAY 2018
Sunday April 9 – Our annual Parish Community Palm Sunday Spaghetti Lunch hosted by the CLAY 2018 team. There will be activities for the kids.
Free will offering with all proceeds going towards CLAY.

Youth Internship Program – YIP

We have 6 intern positions and our interns are selected based on a written application and participation in a panel interview. Any youth in grades 11- 1st year university/college may apply. We will be accepting  applications beginning May 15, 2017.
For more information, to send your application or to donate to this program please contact the YIP Coordinator DONNA ROURKE
Opportunities to Give…
Memorial or Thank Offerings for Easter
If you would like to make a memorial, thank offering or a donation towards the Easter flowers in the church, please sign the flower chart at the back of the church by Sunday, April 9th
Gethsemane Watch
“Could you not keep watch with me for one hour?” (Matthew 26:40)
Again this year a Gethsemane Watch is planned for Thursday, April 13th to start at 9 pm. We are asking parishioners to take an hour or two to be in the Church for prayer, meditation or study.  There is a chart at the back of the Church for those who would like to sign up.  If you are interested and would like to know more, please speak to Fr. Ross.
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.
About Us…
St James Anglican Church
1138 Bridge Street, Box 220, Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1A3
Please note Rev. Andrea’s e-mail is afthomas@rogers.com.
In case of a pastoral emergency contact Rev. Andrea at 613-799-8759
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