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PARISH NEWS - 17 October 2023


SUNDAY, Oct 22, 202310:00 a.m. – 21st 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.

Tuesday Evening Prayer 6:15 p.m. All are welcome to 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.


ONGOING EMERGENCY REQUEST for Kenyan Welcome Project and the Indigenous Centre: Thank you to everyone for the generous donations for the Kenyan Refugees. We have successfully helped 30 people with furniture and will soon have a huge clothing fair. We continue to need winter clothes, kitchen items, pots and pans, mirrors, towels, bedding and furniture. People have been overwhelmed with our kindness. If anyone has access to a truck or van we have pick ups and deliveries each week.

Thank you. You have brought joy to many. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

KNITTING GROUP – Bring your knitting needles, crochet hooks and love of creating in wool to the Parlour every second Wednesday from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. The next knitting session is October 25th. For more information contact Pam via the office 905-627-1424



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

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



Message from the St. James’ Holiday House Tour Committee

Message from St. James' Holiday House Tour Committee

Please put Saturday December 2, in your calendar to help at the Holiday House Tour. It is an important fundraising and outreach event for the church. Last year, we raised $23,000 to support the outreach programs and ministries of St. James. More than 1,000 people visited the church to shop and enjoy refreshments.

On Sunday November 5th, signup sheets will be available in the Narthex for volunteers.

Please consider the following ways that you can help ensure that the 47th annual House Tour is a major success:

  • Greeters who work at the homes on the tour. If you enjoy meeting people and are able to stand for five hours (with breaks), this is the job for you. The five-hour shift may be shared with a partner.

  • Tea rooms need helpers to pour tea for one-hour shifts in the parlour and cafe in the sanctuary.

  • Setting up the kitchen beforehand and/or cleaning up after the event.

  • Apple pie bakers on November 15th

  • Baking Christmas cookies on November 8 and 22nd

  • Help putting up lawn signs around town on November 26th and retrieving them on December 3rd.

  • Deliver House Tour flyers to local businesses

  • Help with setting up and/or taking down tables and pews

Any questions? House Tour Committee Members will be there on November 5th to answer all of your questions.

Do you know a young person who is looking to get high school credits for volunteering in the community? Please check with your family to see if they or their friends may be interested in having fun while engaging with the public.

Feel free to contact the House Tour Chair, Gillian Hendry or any member of the House Tour Committee with your questions and suggestions.


Dundas Room Roof Replacement The flat roof over the Dundas Room has now been replaced with a NEW roof! The cost was approximately $32,000. So far $14,500 has been generously donated. YOU have the opportunity to help ensure St. James continues to be a safe and vibrant place for ministry and hospitality. Stay tuned for an art sale opportunity at the end of October highlighting pieces by Wayne Allan!


ORDER YOUR GIFT CARDS FROM ST. JAMES for all those everyday purchases. Everyone benefits! Next Order date: Sunday November 19th Order forms are attached – Drop off or email to the church office or give to Isabella on Sunday. St. James has earned $1400.00 from Fundscrip this year! Imagine if everyone ordered cards through the church! This year, all profits will support the accessible-door project.


MONDAY AFTERNOON GAMES – Every first and third Monday of the month from 1.30-4pm, in the Parlour. Everyone is invited to participate, ladies or gentlemen. Next game day is November 6th! Any questions, please speak with Jill via the office 905-627-1424 or


Opening Retreat Sat Oct 21st 9am-4pm (at Christ church Flamborough)

Wednesday evenings Oct 25th to Nov 29th from 7-9pm in-person in the Parlour

Module 2 – Wednesday evenings, Jan – Mar via Zoom

Module 3 – Wednesday evenings, Apr – May in-person

Closing Retreat – date TBD

All who signed up for Revive should have received an email today.

If not, please contact the office.


Mission to Seafarers

St. James will be collecting men’s used clothing; new hats and socks; personal hygiene supplies and chocolates for the Mission to Seafarers again this winter. These items will be given to the seafarers as they come to Hamilton habour and will help them enjoy a happier Christmas away from their families. A box will be available to put items in from October 15th to November 12th. thanks in advance for your help in helping this good cause. Sue Carson and Terese Herron.


The Chosen (a dramatic series)

Continuing Wednesday at 10am. There will be weekly viewings of this Series. We will watch an episode, (each is approx. one hour) and discuss our thoughts and feelings for about 1/2 an hour after each episode.

This story is based on the life and times of Jesus through words from the gospels and through the eyes and lives of the disciples and those who were close to Jesus.


'Singing out' to future Choir Members

Choir Rehearsals are Thursdays at 7:30 pm. We are actively recruiting new members for all sections of the Choir (SATB). It would be helpful to be able to read music. There is an urgent need for an increase of 2 Altos, 2 Tenors and 3 Basses. Please remember, those who sing in a Choir always have a parking spot and sit in some of the best seats in the building. Great comradery from being in a close-knit team of people who love to sing.

If you are interested in joining the Choir, or know of someone who loves to sing and is interested in joining the Choir please contact Richard Hansen, Organist and Choir Director via the office 905-627-1424 or


St. James’ Gallery OCTOBER’S FEATURED ARTIST Claudette Losier

Hamilton, ON Gallery times: 9am-noon Tues – Thurs. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________

13th Annual Community Winter Coat and Boot Drive

Expanded to include blankets and sleeping bags OCTOBER 16TH to MARCH 2024.

Please place clothing in the containers by the parking lot door of the church.

Items go to churches and agencies in Hamilton where they can be easily accessed by people who need them.



October 11 The Chosen: Every Wednesday at 10am

October 28 Trivia Night

November 4 Diocesan Synod

November 12 Order of Niagara 4pm at the Cathedral in Hamilton

October 15 Steve Bell Concert

December 2 St. James Holiday House Tour and Artisan Market

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