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PARISH NEWS - 25 July 2022


SUNDAY – the last day of July – the 31st. ) – Regular Sunday Service at 10.00 a.m. The Reverend Carol Overing will be presiding and preaching at this service. If you are unable to attend, the service is live streamed. Links to the service and order of service are on our website and our Facebook page.

WEDNESDAY – COMPLINE - 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.



As a parish, we will be going through a process called a MISSION ACTION PLAN. To this point, we have had numerous little articles in the e-blasts to get parish members familiar with the process. Tentative dates have been established for the fall to implement this plan.

August 21 A member of the Missional Initiative Team will do the homily; if you cannot attend that day, we highly recommend that you view the service on-line.

September 7 An evening ZOOM meeting (7 – 8 pm.) for those of you who would like more information. This will be with Canon Christyn Perkons.

September 18, 25 and October 2 – three sequential gatherings, each with some preparation in advance and each with a specific focus …

September 18 Faith Formation/Discipleship

September 25 Reshaping Parish Culture to Enable Ministry

October 2 Fullness of Life in our neighbourhood

October 16 We will use this Sunday to Prioritize our Mission Action Plan, choosing which parts of the missional plan we will engage. This will not make much sense to you unless you have been involved in some or all of the previous three sessions.

The Very Rev. Dean Peter Wall's Send-Off

On Sunday, August 14th. Peter Wall will preside and preach for his final time as Interim Priest-In Charge at St. James. A reception will take place after the service as our way to say goodbye to Peter and thank him for his wonderful support, wisdom, and humour during this most challenging time of transition at St. James. A special party cocktail will be served as well as finger foods. Everyone is invited to join us to celebrate Peter and thank him for his exceptional gifts to St. James. It is a bitter-sweet event as we will very much miss Peter but look forward to a new era for St. James with the arrival of Rev. Canon Leslie Gerlofs on September 1st. If you are able, please bring your favourite finger food to share. We look forward to seeing you for this important milestone and time of celebration at St. James. If you have any questions, connect with any Warden, we will be happy to assist.


We are having a mum sale with the date of delivery being SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th. Orders will be taken from Sunday August 21st for 10 days … orders therefore must be in by August 31. Watch for the flyer in the coming weeks.


Heads up for the next TEA AND TREASURES. This is NOT a garage sale but an opportunity for you to contribute some of those items you consider to be “treasures” but which you are not really using that much any more! At the same time, you can also purchase some of these treasures and enjoy the company of others … HOLD THE DATE – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st …. More information as we approach the date. For more a more informed view of what is needed or to talk with someone who knows what she is talking about, please call Lynne M. via the office 905-627-1424 or


St James Women are having a Fundraising Turkey Dinner on September 23rd and You’re Invited! The profits from this fundraiser will go to the Jeannie Mather Bursary Fund, which provides full and partial payment for Women attending our weekends.

The sit-down dinner will include: starters of cheese ball & crackers and veggies and dip; a turkey dinner with All the fixings and 2 desserts. There will be a limited number of tickets but take away or delivery are also available with reservations.

The cost of the dinner is $30 and tickets/reservations will be available mid-July at the office and after service on Sundays.

It’s been some time since we’ve been able to have a Turkey Dinner and including everyone is a First! And what a great opportunity to help increase our Bursary Fund!

This fundraiser will require lots of help! If you can provide some, we’d be grateful to have you (or your family/friends)! A sign up will be available mid-July.


Saturday, December 3rd, St. James will host our 46th Annual Holiday House Tour. The date is set and an energetic team is in place to deliver a wonderful holiday event for our community. What we don't have are enough fabulous houses for the tour. We are looking for Dundas homeowners who are willing to open their houses to over 600 guests for a good cause - the ministries of St. James. House Tour guests enjoy homes that may be historical in nature, unique in design or décor, and decorated for Christmas. Are you thinking of having your house on the tour? Do you have a friend or neighbour who may be interested in opening their home? If so, please contact Gillian H. via the church office 905-627-1424 or . We will be in touch and follow up with any leads that you may provide.

The Holiday House Tour is the major fundraiser for St James and everyone's participation is needed to make sure that it is successful. It is also a great opportunity to welcome people into our church and experience St. James' hospitality. Please be in touch with Gillian if you are interested in helping out with the many tasks leading up to the big day. We would love your help.

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