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PARISH NEWS - 2 August 2023


SUNDAY, Aug 6, 2023 – 10:00 a.m. Tenth 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.

Message from the St. James’ Holiday House Tour Committee Thank you so much to everyone who gave us suggestions for possible homes for

this year's Holiday House Tour. We are happy to tell you that we are close to confirming some fabulous homes with many thanks to Jan S. Committee Members are already hard at work to make sure that the 47th St. James' Holiday House Tour is a great success!

We have something new for this year – committee members are looking for sponsors for the event. We are planning on a colourful printed program with advertisements for local businesses, a map, and photos and descriptions of the homes on the tour.

Do you know a Dundas business that may be interested in supporting the House Tour and advertising their business to over 700 ticket buyers? Please contact Gillian H. or Janet C. via the church 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.

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.

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 $6,800 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 another art sale opportunity coming soon highlighting pieces by Wayne Allan!

Save these dates!!

September 15th - Turkey Dinner hosted by the St. James’ Womens Group. 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 S. Mary M.

or Carleon H. via the office 905-627-1424 or

St. James Community Bench! The bench has arrived! Check out the new community bench on

the front lawn at St. James. This is part of the MAP initiative from last year which includes a lending library. The bench was delivered and installed by local manufacturer, Bienenstock. Funding came from a Wow grant through the Diocese of Niagara. Once our younger and young at heart parishioners finish painting the lending library it will be installed near the bench. The hope is for additional seating to be added to this area to create a community courtyard. Please check out the bench, it is very comfy!

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 on home page– Drop off or email to the church office or give to Isabella on Sunday. St. James has earned $786.00 from Fundscrip sales. This year, all profits will support the accessible-door project.

Coming This October to St. James!

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.

Returning This Fall

EfM (Education for Ministry)

Education for Ministry (EfM) was founded in 1975 to recognise that Christian ministry is not restricted to clergy, but is the vocation of all the baptised. EfM exists to provide laypeople with resources to help you carry out your ministry in all areas of your life. It offers small-group studies of the Bible, Church History, Ethics and Interfaith Relations, along with the practice of theological reflection. The St. James group meets from September to May on Monday evenings, via Zoom and with some in-person gatherings. There is also preparatory reading involved. Help with annual fees is available. Please speak to Peter D. or Carleon H. via the office 905-627-1424 or for more information about this program, which many describe as transformative.

Both EfM and Revive have proven to be transformative for participants. And both welcome people who have questions about, and wish to explore, the Christian faith. B

Summer Office Hours The office at St. James will be closed on Fridays through the summer up to September 29th.


August 20 ADC Outdoor service at Highland Hills Faith Community

(10:30am) Details forthcoming very soon!!

Sept 1 – Oct 4 Season of Creation

September 15 Turkey Dinner

September 22-24 Women’s Weekend

September 30 Dundas Studio Tour

September 30 TRC (Truth & Reconciliation Day)

October 4 Pet Blessing on Front Lawn

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