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PARISH NEWS - 26 September 2023


SUNDAY, Oct 1, 202310:00 a.m. – Season of Creation (18th Sunday after Pentecost – TRC Day)

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 for Kenyan Welcome Project and the Indigenous Centre: Thank you to everyone for the generous donations for the Kenyan Refugees. Household items and furniture have been provided to nine Kenyans! They have been most appreciative. The collection continues for a clothing fare (date and location to be determined). Pick up is available for donations. A major clothing sort is planned in the Dundas Room at St. James this Thursday from 2-5, all are welcome. If people with clothing to donate could have them at the church by Thursday it would be helpful, however donations will still be accepted after this date. There is a need for towels, sheets of all sizes, blankets, blue tubs and clothes. If you have other items you think people starting out might need please contact the office 905-627-1424 or 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 Daniels 905-536-3438



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

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


Message from the St. James’ Holiday House Tour Committee

Please put Saturday December 2nd, in your calendar to help at the St. James' Holiday House Tour. It is an important fundraising and outreach event for the church.

On Sunday November 5th, signup sheets will be available in the Narthex for volunteers. Watch this section for details about the many ways that you can assist.

  • Do you have home preserves and/or jams to donate for sale at the House Tour. If so, all donations are gratefully accepted at the church office.

  • Do you know a young person who is looking to get high school credits for volunteering in the community? The House Tour is a great way to earn credits. Please check with your family to see if they or their friends may be interested in one of the many positions that are fun while engaging with the public. Contact Gillian via the office 905-627-1424 or

  • A critical role on the day of the House Tour are greeters who work at the homes on the tour. We will need up to 40 people to greet guests at the door, check tickets and to be situated at various points in the homes. If you enjoy meeting people, seeing the homes on the tour and are able to stand for five hours (with breaks), this is the job for you. The five-hour shift may be shared with a partner. Contact Marg via the office 905-627-1424 or

  • Staffing the Tea Room is another important position on the day of the tour. Helpers are needed for one-hour shifts to pour tea in the parlour and church, to set up the day before and to clean up at the end of the day. Contact Sue 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 to sign up.

Any questions or comments? Feel free to contact Gillian 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 at the end of October highlighting pieces by Wayne Allan!


ORDER YOUR GIFT CARDS FROM ST. JAMES for all those everyday purchases. Everyone benefits! Next Order date: Sunday November 19th Order forms are attached – Drop off or email to the church office or give to Isabella on Sunday. St. James has earned $1400.00 from Fundscrip this year! Imagine if everyone ordered cards through the church! This year, all profits will support the accessible-door project.


MONDAY AFTERNOON GAMES – First Monday of the month from 1.30-4pm, in the Parlour. Everyone is invited to participate, ladies or gentlemen. Any questions, please speak with 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)

Continuing Wednesday 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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.



Sept 1 – Oct 4 Season of Creation

September 27 The Chosen: Every Wednesday at 10am

September 30 Dundas Studio Tour

September 30 TRC Day at Highland Hills Faith Community

October 1 Sundae Sunday & Blessing of the Backpacks

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

(Bring your pets or a picture of a beloved pet)

October 15 Steve Bell Concert

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