SERVICES AND GATHERINGS THIS WEEK
SUNDAY – This Sunday coming is the Day of Pentecost; it will be a busy Sunday with the Royal Canadian Legion with us to troop the colours, in honour of the 78th Anniversary of D-Day; our former Rector, Jim Sandilands will be with us as guest preacher. We will also offer special prayers for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth as her Platinum Jubilee will be all around us!
In honour of the feast day, we will also celebrate the graduation of parishioners who have completed he excellent EFM programme.
Pentecost is often characterized as the 'Church's Birthday' and one of its symbols, of course, is the fire of the spirit, descending upon us all. So, wear brightly coloured clothes - come ready for a party!! [ed comment … now, you’re talking my language … let’s ALL be there]
If, however, you are unable to be with us in person, links to the service and order of service are on our website stjamesdundas.ca 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.
THURSDAY – Coffee Hour has now been transferred to Sunday after the regular service. Anyone still there after an hour gets a special privilege. J
CAN YOU HELP? WE WILL TRAIN (PART 1)
If a whole bunch/cluster/horde/team/crew/gang of people signed up for a Sunday set up and clean-up of coffee hour, it would sure make it easy for the rest of us. Please sign up in the Narthex or give Nyle a call at the church office to “reserve your spot”. You can choose to SET UP …. CLEAN UP … or BOTH.
CAN YOU HELP? WE WILL TRAIN (PART 2)
We could use the assistance of a youthful member of our church living nearby who would like to acquire some VOLUNTEER HOURS this summer. You would help in emptying the five or six dehumidifiers in the church on a regular basis would be of great assistance – maybe 2 or three days per week. We can help with training (e.g. where to dump the water and how to make sure the float is working) and we are open to working around YOUR schedule. Contact Terese via the office 905-627-1424 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the May 2022 Prayerground video. Follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUJjCvu0P98
DOWN EAST KITCHEN PARTY
Wasn’t that a party! Congratulations to Maureen and the great team that worked so hard to put together the Kitchen Party on Saturday night at the SHED. The effort sure paid off in terms of fellowship! Great silent auction! Music was exceptional and foot-tapping fun! Pizza was wonderful. Update on the financial success to follow! This was a great way to reach out to the community for St. James.
WALKING TOUR – PEOPLE ARE DYING TO GO ON THIS ONE! JUNE 4TH – NEXT SATURDAY. GROVE CEMETERY WALKING TOUR…ONE WAY!
PARISH PICNIC – GET READY FOR AN OUTDOOR PARTY TO START SUMMER
And, speaking of parties … following up on the Pentecost celebrations, the St. James Annual Picnic will take place on Sunday, June 12th after the Sunday Service on the church lawn. Hamburgers (beef and plant-based) and hot dogs will be served. If you wish, please bring a salad to share and a lawn chair. The picnic will be moved to the Dundas Room if it is a rainy day. Unfortunately, no deliveries will be possible if you cannot attend; we really want to see you in person for this outdoor event.
GARDENING ASSISTANCE AND FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Do you like gardening, are you interested in learning about gardening? 🌿 Do you have spare plants you would like to donate? 🪴 We have lots of gardens at St. James that need your tender loving care. If you can spare any amount of time volunteering with clean up, weeding and maintaining our gardens your help would be greatly appreciated. Starting on June 4th. at 9:00 am and the first Saturday of each month until the fall we will need your help. Thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped in the past, we hope to see you helping out once again. If you can help or have any spare plants please get in touch with either Barry or Terese via the office 905-627-1424 or email@example.com for additional information. Remember to wear sunscreen🧴, a hat 🧢 and gloves 🧤.
MISSION TO SEAFARERS
Last year we made contact with the Mission to Seafarers. There will be another visit to the mission at the end of June. If you have good quality men’s’ clothing that you would like to donate please place items in the box outside the back door. Clothing needed includes hats, sweaters, sweatpants, and jackets. Also personal items such as toothpaste/shaving cream are much appreciated. The box will be there until Sunday, June 26th. Thanks. Any questions speak to Terese or Sue via the office 905-627-1424 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A MISSIONAL MOMENT
There is a neat little 3-minute video on the concept of a Missional church. You can see this by clicking on Missional Moment: The Niagara School for Missional Leadership - Bing video
AND … A REFLECTION …. FOR THE WEEK
Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
Love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
Are moving across the landscapes
Over the prairies and the deep trees,
The mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
Are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
The world offers itself to your imagination,
Calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
Over and over, announcing your place
In the family of things.