PARISH NEWS - 18 July 2021
As part of our getting ready for the reopening of the church we are having an outdoor church garage sale Saturday July 24th from 10-12. This is not our regular garage sale where we ask for donations from the congregation. The goal of this garage sale is to empty the church! If you have been doing spring cleaning and want to sell some items you may do so from the trunk of your car on Saturday AM. NO donations left at the church please. We will need volunteers at the church on Wednesday AM starting at 10 AM and Saturday starting at 8 AM. We would love to have some children and grandchildren volunteer-we will have forms ready for volunteer hours. Please email Lynn D. through the office email@example.com if you are able to help either day. If you have some more valuable items items you want to sell and can not be there Saturday please email Lynn D. to discuss the items. Do not drop them at the church please. Many thanks-please email the attached poster to friends and post it on your social media.
Many of you will have read the Bishop’s Pastoral Letter (attached) announcing that churches across the Diocese will start reopening in the coming weeks. The exact date for reopening at Saint James will be decided in the coming two weeks. We need to adapt to a few new guidelines to ensure as best we can, our safety when we gather. The number of people permitted will be higher than when we previously opened. Please note we will still need to register in advance (for contact tracing), we will need to wear masks and keep our distance. We will not yet be able to have coffee hour, nor will we be able to sing together. Children’s church also wont be able to run for the time being. Those who volunteered as greeters at our last reopening will be contacted in the coming weeks by Barb or Anne and a schedule created. More information will follow as soon as we have it!
ZOOM COFFEE HOUR
Our weekly Coffee hour continues each week on Zoom, a chance to connect with others in our parish community.
We meet at 10am on Thursday morning.
All are welcome to join us via Zoom:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 893 5637 9105
We have a number of small painting projects underway at the church building. Thanks to all those who have already given of their time and energy to renew our space! If you are able and willing to help us with some small painting projects around the building, please contact our warden, Terese H. (905) 627-1424 to let her know your availability. We particularly hope to have a small group during the week.
The deadline for the Autumn/Thanksgiving newsletter is August 15th. Please submit your news items/reflections/photos, etc. to Peter D. via the church office firstname.lastname@example.org
before then, so we can get the newsletter out on time.
EFM What do I believe? Is it alright to have questions? What is my purpose in life?
Is there a safe place for me to share my faith journey?
Education for Ministry (EfM) recognises that all of us have gifts for ministry, and offers a small-group weekly seminar where you can explore your faith and its many implications for your life.
You will study the Bible, Church History, Interfaith relations & Christian ethics, and practise Theological Reflection.
The St. James group meets on Monday evenings from 7.00-9.00 pm from September to May, with
Peter D. & Carleon H. as mentors.
Register now for the 2021-2022 session. Please contact the office (905) 627-1424 or email@example.com or speak to any current or previous members. We need to register members by the end of July to ensure that materials can be shipped during August.
You pick locations nearby:
https://www.jerrysberries.ca/ Jerry’s Berrys in Copetown (up Governor’s Rd, on the right a km, past the #52 intersection) are open for lovely raspberries and Blueberry picking on Old 99 Road before you reach Copetown have a good crop. (well signed - turn left on Binkley and immediately right on Old 99 and blueberry farm in a km down on the right). Cash only! Take your own baskets for both places.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer of St. Columbia
Be, Lord Jesus, a bright flame before me,
a guiding star above me,
a smooth path below me,
a kindly shepherd behind me:
today, tonight, and forever.