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PARISH NEWS - 6 December 2023


SUNDAY, December 10, 2023 – 10:00 a.m. – 2nd Sunday of Advent

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 – 9.30 p.m. Note: the time change for this week 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.






10am – 2pm Tuesday through Friday



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.  







December dinner will take place on Tuesday December 26th.

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




MONDAY AFTERNOON GAMES – First and third Monday of the month from 1.30-4pm, in the Parlour. Next game day December 18th. Everyone is invited to participate, ladies or gentlemen.




Special! Special! Read All About It!

The Dundas Room Roof Replacement has been fully funded thanks to a very generous donor and all of your contributions.  Thank you!


There is still a special art sale, featuring pieces by Wayne Allan! Wayne‘s art collages can be viewed in the attachment or during office hours: Tues – Fri 10am - 2pm.

All pieces are $100.00, mounted and ready for framing.

All sales will support the accessible door project.



ORDER YOUR GIFT CARDS FROM ST. JAMES for all those everyday purchases. Everyone benefits!


Last Order date of the year: Sunday December 10th

Gift Card pick up on Sunday December 17th 


Order forms are on homepage – Drop off or email to the church office

This year, all profits will support the accessible-door project.




The Chosen – Season 2 (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.


St. James’ Gallery December Artist

Dave Archbell

Gallery times: 10am-2pm Tues – Thurs.


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.




Annual Collection of Stamps for The Leprosy Mission Canada


St. James for many years has provided annual financial support to this international charity which raises funds in support of medical treatment, education and rehabilitation for those suffering from the debilitating, painful disease of Leprosy which continues to plague people in the developing world. Church members have been faithfully contributing their used stamps. The collection is mailed every December to the Markham office of Leprosy Canada. The stamps are sold to stamp dealers who pay $10 per pound. In recent years, it has cost almost twice as much in postage as would have been raised by selling our stamps, thus this effort has not been cost-effective. Consequently, our stamp collection program will end on December 31, 2023 and everyone is encouraged to bring in any final donations by then for our final submission early in the new year. Your ongoing support and efforts in collecting your stamps over so many years has been very much appreciated. St. James is committed to continuing to provide some annual funding to The Leprosy Mission Canada and the Corporation will be discussing more effective, alternative ways of raising funds for them. We are advised that it costs just $100 to cure someone suffering from Leprosy!


Holiday Hope

(Formerly Adopt a Family)


Sorting day is Sunday Dec. 10th! If you would like to be part of the packing and sorting team please be in touch with Carleon or Angela via the office. Instructions and light food will be provided.




Before life becomes too hectic, keep in mind that Vestry reports are due January 2nd, 2024.




December 10 Arabic bake sale after service

ADC Advent Walk in the Park at 6pm

December 12 Advent Organ Recital 12:15pm

December 16 Advent Labyrinth Walk (Dundas Room) 10am -12pm

December 17 Accessible Door Bake Sale

A Service of Lessons & Carols 4:00pm

December 19 Advent Organ Recital 12:15pm

December 24 Advent 4 - 10am

Christmas Eve Children’s service with pageant – 4pm

Christmas Eve Choral Eucharist – 9pm

December 25 Christmas Day Eucharist – 10am



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