September 2017

From Fr. Ross…
 
I hope that you have had a good summer, filled with new experiences and recreation. This change of pace is always good for us – great to get away; great to be back home.

After a summer break from many of the things we do together as a community, we are 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!
Fr. Ross
September 18 – 20th – Fr. Ross & Rev. Andrea 
will be away at a Clergy Conference
Coming Soon! St. James 2017 Parish Survey
At our annual Vestry meeting last February, Fr. Ross announced our intention to engage with all members of the parish to discern our priorities and vision for 2018 and beyond. As Fr. Ross’ retirement next May approaches, and as we prepare to welcome a new priest to our parish later in 2018, it is important that we examine all information available to us concerning our parish and the communities we serve. Your perceptions and comments related to parish life and ministry at St. James will form the basis upon which our plans will be built.
Therefore, we will conduct an online survey toward the end of September to gather your feedback on a range of issues and activities. Every member of your household will be invited to complete a separate survey (except for the very young, of course) to ensure that the results are as representative as possible. We would like a range of views from people
of every age and stage of life as well as from both regular and occasional attendees.
 We recognize that not everyone has access to the Internet, so some of you will receive the survey questionnaire in the mail.

In September, you will receive further information about the survey including the launch date and the deadline for completion.

Up & Coming…
Aug. 21 to Sept. 8 – Kitchen renovation

Mon. Sept. 11 – Women’s Prayer with Rev. Andrea at 7 pm

Tues. Sept. 12 – ACW Meeting at 7 pm in Tomkins Hall

Wednesdays beginning Sept. 13 – Craft Group
from 10 am – 2:30 pm in Tomkins Hall

Sat. Sept. 16 – Men’s Group Breakfast 8 am in Tomkins Hall

Sun. Sept 17 – Family Service & Lunch 10 am service

Tues. Sept. 19 – Parish Council at 7 pm in Tomkins Hall

Sun. Sept. 24 – Building Faith following the 10 am service
(See Youth News below for details)

Mon. Sept. 25 – Women’s Prayer with Rev. Andrea at 7 pm

Wed. Sept. 27 – ACW Pudding Making 9 am-2:30 pm in the kitchen

Fri. Sept. 29 – St. James’ Seniors’ Lunch
                     (See Rev. Andrea if you have any questions)

Fri. Sept. 29 – Youth Games Night 6 – 9 pm in Tomkins Hall
 
Save the Date!
Tues. Oct. 24 – Paint Nite in Tomkins Hall
Opportunities to Give…
Servers Required
Looking for teens (12+) or adults able & willing to help during either of the twoSunday services in the role of Server.
Please speak with Rev. Andrea or Fr. Ross if you are interested or have questions.


Outreach
Bun Run – Volunteers needed!
We are looking for two more volunteers to assist with the Bun
Run – it will take approximately two hours of your time. ContactMarlene Grant for details.
Gifts to the Community…
Resolute Bay, Nunavut
The second shipment of food & supplies was sent off to the
community of Resolute Bay in July.  The A.C.W. paid around two thousand dollars for the items and the shipping of the crate.  Thanks to some shopping divas, we were able to maximize the quantities sent while minimizing the cash outlay!  The ship should arrive sometime in September.
House of Lazarus
The A.C.W. also donated $3,000 to the House of Lazarus in South Mountain. This non-profit organization provides many important services to the surrounding rural community including but not limited to: a food bank, a thrift shop for clothing and household goods, a starting over program for those needing items after a traumatic event such as a fire, a community meal weekly for those with limited income as well as baby supplies and a kids lunch program.
Bullying Prevention
Leslie Giddings, Learning Facilitator with the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa presents an interactive workshop on bullying prevention. Using resources designed by the Ottawa Bullying Prevention Coalition we will come together as concerned  parents, grandparents, faith leaders, coaches, volunteers and teachers to create and support safe communities. Please join us Saturday October 14 from 9:00-11:30 amfor this workshop. More details to follow, if you have any questions please email Donna Rourke.
Please call the church office 613-692-2082 or email Donna Rourke to register.
Families with Young Children…
 
We are so glad to have our families with young children
as part of the parish family; 
here are some of our plans for
helping you and your children connect with the Christian faith.
 
Nursery:    upstairs, off the balcony; a safe space for infants and toddlers up to 3 years old; parents can still see, hear and
participate in the service.
Kid’s Club:  for children ages 3 to 9.
Welcome back on Sunday, September 10th at 10 a.m. with
Bible stories and age appropriate activities; the children

rejoin their parents for the Eucharistic Prayers.
 
Family Service: once a month, beginning Sunday, September 17th, this service provides an opportunity for the whole church family to worship together, incorporating aspects that will help our children appreciate being part of this holy experience.
 
Messy Church: children and parents eat, play and learn together in a hands-on experience of church; the first Messy Church is planned for Saturday, October 28th.
 
Come when you can – you are always welcome!
Youth News…
Opioid Use -A Grace-Filled Response

There is a growing theory that isolation is one of the root causes of addiction, and that is an area where the faith community can individually and collaboratively help. We are not a Public Health or Mental Health group, and we feel there is no need to duplicate their amazing efforts.

We can help to normalize the conversation about opioid use by incorporating the issue into our weekly communications. We hope to offer workshops facilitated by experts from the community on a variety of related topics, such as naloxone training, addictions, and bullying.

We are learning to use naloxone kits and keeping them at hand in our faith communities.

We will hold a multi-faith week of prayer from Sunday, September 10 to Sunday, September 17. We will let students, youth, teachers, coaches, leaders, support staff and admins know we are thinking of them, available to them, and intentionally including them in our prayers. We will pray for those feeling isolated, and open our minds, our hearts, and our doors to all who might wish to join us. #pray4me #support #listening #nojudgement.
Please join us in person and in prayer!
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CLAY – Thunder Bay, ON
August 15 – 19, 2018.
Please see Donna Rourke with any questions
#ThunderCLAY
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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. For more information, to send your application or to donate to this program please contact the YIP Coordinator DONNA ROURKE

Follow us on Twitter @Stjamesmanotick or @donnarourke1.
Like us on Facebook #Limitless, St James youth and /or St James Anglican Church~Manotick.

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AN INVITATION TO ‘BUILDING FAITH’
– SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT FOR YOUTH
Everyone needs a safe place to explore and experiment, especially when we are young.

At St. James we provide that kind of an experience for our youth – a purposely- planned series of events and discussions that provide an opportunity to explore the breadth of the Christian tradition, to ask questions and express doubts, and to discover what they truly believe.

It is a valuable ongoing opportunity for building community and increasing familiarity with the Christian faith for all of our confirmed and non-confirmed youth.

Recent research has shown that young people who remain connected to their faith and to communities of faith past the age of 21 do so for because of several factors. The two top factors have to do with being able to talk about their faith at home and being connected to older people in a community who take their faith development seriously.
We believe this program helps build this foundation for them, and for the families they create in the future.
We will meet the 3rd Sunday of each month during this next school year, following the 10 o’clock service. Each session will be approximately 2 hours long, with time for lunch. We will begin on Sunday September 24 with a KAIROS facilitated Blanket exercise; an interactive exploration of Reconciliation Issues. For more information about this program, the blanket exercise and the dates of our youth faith formation please see our website.* *
September Games Night for all youth ages 9-17 will be
Friday September 29 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Friends are welcome to join us!
The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa
Altar Guild Annual General Meeting
 
Saturday, September 16 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Christ Church Cathedral, 439 Queen St, Ottawa.
 
       9:00 a.m.  Registration – $12.00 payable at the door (includes lunch)
9:45 a.m.  Eucharist with Bishop John Chapman presiding
10:30 a.m.  Meeting|
11:30 a.m.  Guest Speaker – Myra Tulonen Smith
12:30 p.m.   Lunch
To facilitate preparation of the lunch, please register by September 8.
Come to the meeting! We look forward to seeing you there!

For Registration and Parking information/map 
please contact Sam 
or see the poster on Tomkins hall bulletin board.
St James Anglican Church
1138 Bridge Street, Box 220
Manotick, Ontario, K4M 1A3
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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