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PARISH NEWS - 29 November 2022


TODAY! TUESDAY, November 29th – 12.15 p.m. to 12.50 p.m. Organ Recital Series begins!

WEDNESDAY, November 30th – 7.00 p.m. ADVENT QUIET PRAYERS. Gather in the sanctuary for a time of prayer and quiet reflection.

SUNDAY, December 4, 2022 – 10.00 a.m. SECOND ADVENT! Choral Eucharist with Children’s Program. We hope to see you in person, but 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.

Also, on December 4th is the ADVENT PRAYER WALK in the Dundas Driving Park beginning at 6:30pm. Meet at the pavilion closest the bandshell.


For the month of December compline will pause and resume on January 4th at 8:30pm. 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.


…To everyone who took part in planning, implementing, praying and/or participating in the Celebration of New Ministry Service and Reception this past Sunday. It was a deeply meaningful service because of your prayers and presence. I am blessed to be here at St. James and to be sharing ministry with you all. My cup runneth over! Leslie+


There are many on-line resources available this Advent Season. Here are a couple that you may wish to use in your daily prayers and reflections:


Giving altar flowers for a Sunday service is a special way to remember a loved one, give thanks for the blessings in your life, and brighten the lives of “shut-ins” and parishioners who are unwell.

Please consider providing flowers at an upcoming service over the next few months. For more information, please contact the office 905-627-1424


The KNITTING GROUP has started up AGAIN every second Wednesday at 1.30 in the Parlour. The next gathering is TOMORROW…WEDNESDAY, November 30th. If you would like to learn, or would like some fellowship, or would like to join with the knitters for the most obvious reason – to knit – please contact Pam D. via the office 905-627-1424


As you know, St. James collects used eyeglasses and stamps for those in need in the developing world. The glasses are distributed to those who need them and stamps support the Leprosy Mission in Canada. So far this year, everyone has been very generous and we've received over 80 pairs of glasses. We deliver our donation of glasses by mid-December, thus, if you're able to bring any further pairs to Church before then, this will be much appreciated.

Dave Archbell is now taking orders for his 2023 Birds of Ontario calendars. The 2022 version was a smash success; everyone was in awe of the professionalism that Dave has acquired in the last few years in terms of his photographic expertise. A portion of the funds raised (after costs to produce) will go to the Jean Archbell Memorial Fund which was set up to assist refugees coming to Canada, particularly from troubled areas in “the Middle East”. The calendar is the same “style” as last year – 8 ½’ x 11” with small numbers in the day boxes to allow for appointments and notes.

Calendars are $25 and will be available in mid-November. Call the office for information on how to purchase one.

ADOPT A FAMILY – Only ONE more week! There are still a few cards on the tree with children’s names on them. Please stop by during office hours, take a card from the tree or a donation envelope from the table beside the tree and return it by December 4th! This year St. Matthew’s House suggests a food voucher for each family in the amount of $150 to $200. Colourful bags are made from donated material to use for the gifts. These are taken directly to St. Matthews House drop off center. Stocking stuffers are also included in the Christmas bags. Items currently required include: *Cloth to make the Christmas bags. *Volunteers to make the Christmas bags. *Stocking stuffers *Donations toward food vouchers You can also read the posted St. Matthews house flyer in the narthex explaining other ways to help working directly with agency For more information, please contact Jackie D. or Carleon H. avia the office 905-627-1424

The Holiday House Tour is 5 days away!!

There are few events that bring together the parish family of St. James in such a meaningful and spirit-lifting manner. Many, many thanks to those of you who have already put in so much effort and time to bring back the Holiday House Tour for its 46th edition! Sounds busy…and it is! Many have devoted hours and hours to get us to this point … and now we need your help for just a few hours to make the day a success! And tickets – tell your friends – are available ONLINE and at the outlets on the poster. Let’s come together, celebrate and welcome the Christmas season.


We already have some coats in the stage area … and some blankets … but many more are needed once the cold weather gets here.


Vestry is in a couple of months so this is a reminder that before things get too busy during the Advent season, please forward all Vestry reports to the office by December 31st 2022.


Tuesdays in Advent: Organ Recital Series -Nov. 29, Dec 6, 13 and 20 from 12:15 to 12:50. A recital every Tuesday in Advent. Admission $8. Treat yourself to inspirational music by gifted musicians over lunchtime.

Wednesdays in Advent: November 30, December 7, 14, 21 from 7-8pm

Advent Quiet Service in the Sanctuary/Narthex

A time to pause, nurture your relationship with God, reflect and pray together.

December 3rd – Holiday House Tour

December 4th at 6:30pm – Community Advent Prayer Walk in the Dundas Driving Park sponsored by the ADC (Association of Dundas Churches). A re-telling of the Christmas story, songs, prayers, refreshments and fun. Please plan to attend!

AND, if you would like to take part as a character from the story, as a reader or greeter please be in touch with Norma Coe, Anne Washington or Canon Leslie.

December 18 Christmas Pageant during the 10am service.

- Lessons and Carols Service at 4pm.

December 24 - Christmas Eve – There will be two services:

4.00 p.m. – An interactive Eucharist service with young children in mind

9.00 p.m. – A traditional Christmas Service with Choral Eucharist

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