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PARISH NEWS - 6 December 2022


WEDNESDAY, December 7th – 7.00 p.m. ADVENT QUIET PRAYERS. Gather in the sanctuary for a time of prayer and quiet reflection.

SUNDAY, December 11, 2022 – 10.00 a.m. THIRD ADVENT! Guest homilist Susie Kim. Choral Eucharist with Children’s Program. We hope to see you in person. 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.


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. THANK YOU!!


There are fantastic on-line resources available this Advent Season. Here are a couple that you may wish to use in your daily prayers and reflections. The PWRDF resource is especially good for families with young children in mind!


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 at 905-627-1424


The KNITTING GROUP has started up AGAIN every second Wednesday at 1.30 in the Parlour. 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. Please contact the office to find out how to purchase a calendar.

ADOPT A FAMILY – Extended to Dec 11th!

Thank you for your response to this wonderful project! You are making a big difference for 8 families in our community this Christmas. We have extended the deadline to Dec. 11 so you still have a chance to help by taking a card or envelope off the tree or bringing in stocking stuffers.

For more information, please contact Carleon H. via the office 905-627-1424 or


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.

Christmas at Ellen Osler Home

Are you able to help to bring Christmas cheer to the fifteen women who live at the Ellen Osler Home, or in one of the Ellen Osler apartments? The request is for new pajamas. Details on size, colour, and style, plus delivery date etc., is on cards posted in the narthex. Please take a card and leave your name for tracking and follow up. To help with this project or for more information, please chat with Anne W. via the office 905-627-1424 or

Many thanks for participating and/or pondering and praying for the women who are preparing to return to the community after incarceration in federal prison.


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


Tuesdays in Advent: Organ Recital Series – Dec 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. Tea, coffee and cookies included!

Wednesdays in Advent: 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 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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