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PARISH NEWS- 19 September 2023


SUNDAY, Sept 24, 202310:00 a.m. – Season of Creation (17th 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 fONGOING EMERGENCY REQUEST for Kenyan Welcome Project and the Indigenous Centre: Many thanks for your generous donations for the Kenyan Refugees. The need for men's and women’s clothing continues. If you are able, please bring these items to church on Sunday or contact Lynn D. via the office 905-627-1424 or for a pick- up.

Beds, mattresses and small pieces of furniture such as tables and chairs are also required at this time. Thank you for your support of this project for some of the most vulnerable in our midst.


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 September 27th. For more information contact Pam via the office 905-627-1424 or



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

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


NEWS-LETTER ! Watch for a NEW newsletter in the coming month!


Message from the St. James’ Holiday House Tour Committee

The House Tour Committee is busy working on the many aspects of this year's Holiday House Tour. Please put Saturday December 2nd, 2023, in your calendar to volunteer at the church or at one of the homes. It is our major fundraiser, and we need your help in a number of different ways.

· Would you like to personally sponsor the House Tour? We are approaching local businesses for their financial support, but we also welcome donations to offset the expenses of delivering a top-notch event. Contact Gillian H., Committee Chair via the office 905-627-1424 or

· Do you know a talented musician who may be willing to perform at one of the charming homes on the tour or at the church? If so, contact Gillian via the office 905-627-1424 or

· Do you enjoy Christmas baking? Christmas cookies will be baked in the church kitchen on November 8th and November 22nd. If you prefer to bake at home, a donation of your special Christmas cookies will also be gratefully accepted. Please contact Norma via the office 905-627-1424 or

· Have you had the pleasure of eating a St. James' apple pie? They are always a sell-out at the House Tour. An apple pie baking day is scheduled in the church kitchen on November 15th. Contact Jill via the office 905-627-1424 or

· On Sunday November 5th, signup sheets will be available in the Narthex for House Tour volunteers. Watch this section for details about the many ways that you can assist. Please put a hold on December 2nd to help at our 47th Holiday House Tour!

· Please contact Gillian or Janet via the office 905-627-1424 or


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 highlighting pieces by Wayne Allan!


ORDER YOUR GIFT CARDS FROM ST. JAMES for all those everyday purchases. Everyone benefits! Next Order date: Sunday September 24th for pick-up on Sunday October 1st Order forms are attached – Drop off or email to the church office or give to Isabella on Sunday. St. James has earned $1086.00 from Fundscrip sales so far. Imagine if everyone ordered cards through the church! This year, all profits will support the accessible-door project.


MONDAY AFTERNOON GAMES - will begin again on, Oct. 2nd from 1.30-4pm, in the Parlour. Everyone is invited to participate, ladies or gentlemen. Any questions, please ask Jill via the office 905-627-1424 or


Opening Retreat Sat Oct 21st 9am-4pm

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

Module 2 – Wednesday evenings, Jan – Mar via Zoom

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

Closing Retreat – date TBD

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.


The Chosen (a dramatic series)

Started Wednesday, September 13 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 SEPTEMBER’S FEATURED ARTIST Sierra Robertson - Roper Gallery times: 9am-noon Tues – Thurs. Come and see Sierra’s colourful and mesmerizing art.


Church Office Hours The office at St. James will be closed on Fridays up to September 29th.



Sept 1 – Oct 4 Season of Creation

September 20 The Chosen: Every Wednesday at 10am

September 22-24 Women’s Weekend

September 30 Dundas Studio Tour

September 30 TRC (Truth & Reconciliation Day)

October 1 Sundae Sunday & Blessing of the Backpacks

October 4 Pet Blessing on Front Lawn - 4:00 p.m.

October 15 Steve Bell Concert

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