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PARISH NEWS - 11 July 2023


SUNDAY, July 16, 2023 – 10:00 a.m. Seventh Sunday after Pentecost If you are unable to attend, the service is live streamed. For links to the service and the order of service please visit St. James at: or the St. James Facebook page.

WEDNESDAY – COMPLINE – 8.30 p.m. Compline is a short service of night prayer. The heart of Compline is the recitation of several psalms. There is a short reading from scripture, intercession, and time for reflection. It is a beautiful way to close out an active day. Compline is offered by St. James’ through Facebook to bring the community together. If you cannot join live, the service is available afterwards on St. James’ Facebook channel.


ALTAR FLOWERS - Giving altar flowers for a Sunday service is a special way to remember a loved one, give thanks for the blessings in your life, and brighten the lives of “shut-ins” and parishioners who are unwell since we deliver flowers from the altar to them. Please consider providing flowers at an upcoming service over the next few months. Now that we are in the season of gardening some of these flowers could be flowers from your garden! For more information, please contact the office 905-627-1424 or

****************************************************************************************************** Garage and Bake Sale on Saturday, July 22nd. In the event that you are, or know someone who is downsizing or spring cleaning, any useful, clean items are needed. We are not in a position to store donations at the church, so please hang on to any boxes until Friday July 21st. Thank you to everyone for the success of the bake sales to date. For July the Bake Sale will be held at the Garage Sale on July 22nd. Baked goods are welcome, please contact Terese via the office if you have questions 905-627-1424 or


Message from the St. James’ Holiday House Tour Committee It is that time of year already, when we are actively seeking houses to feature in this year’s Holiday House Tour. If you or someone you know may be interested in having their home on the tour, please contact Jan Southall via the office 905-627-1424 or Jan will be happy to reach out to the homeowner to discuss further. Are you interested in joining the Holiday House Tour Committee? It takes an energetic committee as well as an army of volunteers to pull off the House Tour. We have seasoned committee members who are eager to orient new members to the workings of the House Tour. We have fun, meet lots of people from the church and community and raise considerable funds for the church. If you are interested in joining the committee, phone Gillian via the office 905-627-1424 or


For the summer months St. James is supporting a vital partner in ministry, St. Matthew’s House. The following items are needed for distribution to those greatly in need: 1. Meal replacement items like Boost and Ensure 2. Toiletries 3. Incontinence products 4. Non-perishable protein food items The latest impact report from St. Matthew’s House is attached for anyone interested in reading the exciting projects on the go at St. Matthew’s House.


Tuesday Evening Prayer All are welcome to come and pray in the sanctuary on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 to 7:00 pm. The gathering is informal, starting with a short scripture reading then silent or spoken prayers by all. Bring what's on your heart that needs prayer.



Indoor meals at St. James will take place every 4th and 5th Monday.

Doors open at 5:30. Dinner is served at 6pm.


Dundas Room Roof Replacement The flat roof over the Dundas Room is old, worn and in need of immediate replacement. The cost is approximately $32,000. The roof is 3200 square feet. 32,000 / 3200 = $10 per squre foot. For as little as $10.00 (or as much as you are able) YOU have the opportunity to help ensure St. James continues to be a safe and vibrant place for ministry and hospitality. So far, approximately $4500 has been generously donated to ‘raise the roof’. Generosity begets generosity! Donate today! YOU CAN HELP … AND GET A BONUS Robert Morrow has donated 11 photographs - mounted and ready to hang. Purchase one of the four remaining and ALL of the purchase price will be donated to St. James to help pay for the needed roofing. Contact the office to see what pictures are still for sale. All are reasonably priced!


ORDER YOUR GIFT CARDS FROM ST. JAMES for all those everyday purchases. Everyone benefits! Next Order date: Sunday August 6th for pick-up on August 13th Order forms are attached – Drop off or email to the church office or give to Isabella on Sunday. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Beginning the week of July 10, 2023, two heat pumps are being installed at St. James'. The first will replace the roof top air conditioner that cools the rector’s and administration offices. The second will be installed in the church parlour to provide a cooler and more enjoyable place for meetings and events during the hot summer months. It is necessary to replace the roof top air conditioner as its life span is ending. It leaks causing stains in the ceiling tiles and the cooling is inconsistent and unreliable. The unit is large, heavy, and not environmentally friendly given its age. It is only a matter of time before it stops working altogether. The installation of heat pumps is the best choice for St. James because they are energy efficient and will reduce the carbon footprint. Heat pumps will result in cost savings in the use of energy, potentially increase rental revenues and encourage use of the parlour twelve months of the year. St. James’ has a strong history of advocacy for climate justice and the environment. We will again lead the way in the Diocese of Niagara with the installation of heat pumps for our church building. Thank you to members of the Building Committee for their work on this project. Appreciation is extended to the Anglican Foundation for their generous grant towards the cost of the installation of the heat pumps.


September 15th - Save the date!!

Turkey Dinner Tickets available after church beginning July 23rd or through the office commencing July 25, 2023.

September 22-24, 2023 Five Oaks Women's Weekend. Please contact Marline, Mary or Carleon via the office 905-627-1424 or


Coming This Fall to St. James!

Revive, a small group discipleship program, is coming in October.

Revive will take you on an experiential journey of self-reflection, prayer, engaging conversation and spiritual formation that equips participants to become confident spiritual leaders.

Three modules of six sessions each make up Revive with an opening and closing retreat to bookend your experience. Module one - Communicating with God - delves into prayer. Module two - Engaging in Scripture - focuses on scripture meditation. Module three - Called for Ministry - digs deeper into discerning your spiritual gifts.

In order to participate in Revive all that is required is a desire for deeper intimacy with God and a desire to grow spiritually. Still not sure if Revive is for you? Speak with Rev. Canon Leslie Gerlofs.


Summer Office Hours The office at St. James will be closed on Fridays beginning July 14th up to September 29th.



Jul 22nd Garage and Bake Sale

July 24th Community Dinner at St. James

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