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PARISH NEWS - 20 December 2023

Jesus, Light of the World!


SUNDAY, December 24, 2023 – 10:00 a.m. – 4th Sunday of Advent & Christmas Eve

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. Note: the time change for the coming weeks

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.




The office will close at noon on Friday December 22nd and re-open on Wednesday January 3rd at 10am


Please take note!!  Donations for the 2023 tax year will be gratefully received no later than Friday, December 29th. The office will be open from 10 – 2pm

Envelopes are located in the narthex for those wishing to make a special Christmas offering


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.  



December dinner will take place on Tuesday December 26th.

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


MONDAY AFTERNOON GAMES – First and third Monday of the month from

1.30-4pm, in the Parlour. Next game day January 15th. Everyone is invited to participate, ladies or gentlemen.



Special Art Sale

featuring pieces by Wayne Allan! 

Wayne‘s art collages can be viewed during office hours: Tues – Fri 10am - 2pm.

All pieces are $100.00, mounted, and ready for framing.

All sales support the accessible door project.


Thank you to everyone who supported St. James through the Fundscrip gift card program.


St. James earned over $2100.00 from this initiative

in support of the accessible door project!


The next order date is in early February.


The Chosen – Season 2 (a dramatic series)on break until January


Wednesdays 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.



St. James’ Gallery December Artist

Dave Archbell

Gallery times: 10am-2pm 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.


Annual Collection of Stamps for The Leprosy Mission Canada

St. James for many years has provided annual financial support to this international charity which raises funds in support of medical treatment, education and rehabilitation for those suffering from the debilitating, painful disease of Leprosy which continues to plague people in the developing world. Church members have been faithfully contributing their used stamps. The collection is mailed every December to the Markham office of Leprosy Canada. The stamps are sold to stamp dealers who pay $10 per pound. In recent years, it has cost almost twice as much in postage as would have been raised by selling our stamps, thus this effort has not been cost-effective. Consequently, our stamp collection program will end on December 31, 2023 and everyone is encouraged to bring in any final donations by then for our final submission early in the new year. Your ongoing support and efforts in collecting your stamps over so many years has been very much appreciated. St. James is committed to continuing to provide some annual funding to The Leprosy Mission Canada and the Corporation will be discussing more effective, alternative ways of raising funds for them. We are advised that it costs just $100 to cure someone suffering from Leprosy!


Anglican Church Calendars

$8 each Available in the Narthex on Sunday or in the office during the week.




Before life becomes too hectic, keep in mind that Vestry reports are due January 3rd , 2024.



December 24                        Advent 4 - 10am 

                                                Christmas Eve Children’s service with pageant – 4pm

                                                Christmas Eve Choral Eucharist – 9pm


December 25                        Christmas Day Eucharist – 10am


December 28                        John MacIntosh Celebration of Life – 4pm


December 31                        Christmas 2 – 10am


January 7                              Epiphany Service – 10am

                                                Parish Council & luncheon following the service


February 20                          Pre-Vestry - 7:30pm


February 25                          Vestry – immediately following the service



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