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PARISH NEWS - 25 July 2023


SUNDAY, July 30, 2023 – 10:00 a.m. Eighth 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.

Garage & Bake Sale Update Grateful thanks to all those who participated in the Garage Sale on Saturday, including those who assisted in publicity, set up tables, displayed items, baked goodies, counted money, boxed up leftovers, and transported them to Parkview Church afterwards. There was a good turnout and we raised over $1600 including $150 in chocolate sales, and $326 from the bake table. Bake table proceeds will support the accessible door fund.

For the summer months St. James is supporting a vital partner in ministry, St. Matthew’s House. The following items are needed for distribution to those greatly in need: 1. Meal replacement items like Boost and Ensure 2. Toiletries 3. Incontinence products 4. Non-perishable protein food items The latest impact report from St. Matthew’s House is attached for anyone interested in reading the exciting projects on the go at St. Matthew’s House.

Message from the St. James’ Holiday House Tour Committee

It is that time of year already, when we are actively seeking houses to feature in this year’s Holiday House Tour. If you or someone you know may be interested in having their home on the tour, please contact Jan S. via the office 905-627-1424 or Jan will be happy to reach out to the homeowner to discuss further. Are you interested in joining the Holiday House Tour Committee? It takes an energetic committee as well as an army of volunteers to pull off the House Tour. We have seasoned committee members who are eager to orient new members to the workings of the House Tour. We have fun, meet lots of people from the church and community and raise considerable funds for the church. If you are interested in joining the committee, phone Gillian H. via the office 905-627-1424 or

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.


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

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

Dundas Room Roof Replacement The flat roof over the Dundas Room is old, worn and in need of immediate replacement. The cost is approximately $32,000. The roof is 3200 square feet. 32,000 / 3200 = $10 per squre foot. For as little as $10.00 (or as much as you are able) YOU have the opportunity to help ensure St. James continues to be a safe and vibrant place for ministry and hospitality. So far, approximately $5000 has been generously donated to ‘raise the roof’. Generosity begets generosity! Donate today! YOU CAN HELP … AND GET A BONUS Stay tuned for another art sale opportunity!

Sit on the Bench The bench has arrived! Check out the new community bench (pictures enclosed) on the front lawn at St. James. This is part of the MAP initiative from last year which included 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 make 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 attached – 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.

September 15th - Save the date!!

Turkey Dinner Tickets available after church beginning July 23rd or through the office commencing July 25, 2023.

Five Oaks Women's Weekend

September 22-24, 2023 Five Oaks Women's Weekend. Please contact Marline, Mary M,

or Carleon via the office 905-627-1424 or

Coming This Fall to St. James!

Revive, a small group discipleship program, is coming in October.

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. Still not sure if Revive is for you? Speak with Canon Leslie Gerlofs via the office 905-627-1424 or

Returning This Fall

EfM (Education for Ministry)

An extended small-group focus on

the Bible, Church History, and issues and choices in life, with theological reflection at its core.

Speak with Canon Peter Davison or Carleon via the office 905-627-1424 or

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.

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


Sept – Oct Season of Creation

September 15 Turkey Dinner

September 22-24 Women’s Weekend

September 30 Dundas Studio Tour

September 30 TRC (Truth & Reconciliation Day)

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