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PARISH NEWS - 6 September 2023


SUNDAY, Sept10, 2023 – 10:00 a.m. – Season of Creation (15th Sunday after Pentecost)

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.



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

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


EMERGENCY REQUEST for Kenyan Welcome Project and the Indigenous Centre: All Saint’s Church has identified a desperate need for men’s clothing that can be layered: Shirts, hats, pants, mitts scarves, coats(winter weight), belts (Women’s clothing will be accepted as well but the need is not as great.) Bring your items to church on Sunday and Nora and Lynn will see that they are delivered to

All Saints Sunday afternoon. Any questions contact Lynn via the office 905-627-1424 or


September 15th – Turkey Dinner!!

Turkey Dinner Tickets available each Sunday after church or through the office. Tickets will also be available after the ADC Service on Sunday, August 20th


Five Oaks Women's Weekend

Theme “Your Spiritual Journey

September 22-24, 2023. Please contact Marline , Mary or Carleon via the office


ORDER YOUR GIFT CARDS FROM ST. JAMES for all those everyday purchases. Everyone benefits! Next Order date: Sunday September 24th for pick-up on Sunday October 1st Order forms are attached – Drop off or email to the church office or give to Isabella on Sunday. St. James has earned $1086.00 from Fundscrip sales so far. Imagine if everyone ordered cards through the church! This year, all profits will support the accessible-door project.


NEWSLETTER Please send any and all submissions of photos or articles for our upcoming newsletter to Dana via the office The deadline is Friday, September 15th. Thank you!


REGISTER TODAY through the office! There are a few spots remaining!

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 fall semester of the Niagara School for Missional Leadership is open for registration! Explore Anglican polity with Bishop Susan Bell, learn adaptive leadership practices with Archbishop Colin Johnson, immerse yourself in the foundations of Christian faith with Pat Paulsen, or practice pastoral care with Archdeacon Terry DeForest. All people - lay and ordained - are welcome to register for a course!

The Niagara School for Missional Leadership is a Gospel-focused learning community that equips lay and ordained leaders to respond missionally to the needs of God’s world. Learn more, or sign-up for a course today, at


Come Alongside the Work of the Bishop's Company

You are cordially invited by Bishop Susan Bell to become a member of the Bishop's Company, a group dedicated to providing resources that enable the bishop to respond compassionately and strategically to the emergent needs of our diocesan leaders, lay, and ordained. You can register online here.

Please help share the word about the important work of the bishop's company and invite others to join!

This year, Bishop Susan is delighted to resume in-person events; members and their guests are invited to attend a special brunch with the bishop on September 14 at Liuna Station in Hamilton! We hope that each parish and mission will be represented!

Should you have any questions or need assistance registering, please contact Hannah Keller, Bishop's Company registrar. She can be reached by email or by calling 905-527-1316 ext. 380.



Hunger does not take a summer vacation. Please remember to bring non-perishable items to church to donate to St. Matthew’s House.


The Chosen (a dramatic series)

Starting Wednesday, September 13 at 10am. There will be weekly viewings of this Series, We will watch an episode, (each is approx. one hour) and have a discussion about 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

As a follow-up to last Sunday's announcement regarding the resumption of Choir Rehearsals (start back date on Thursday, September 7th at 7:30 pm) we are actively recruiting for new members for all sections of the Choir (SATB). It is said that Augustine, a Catholic Priest, coined the phrase 'those who sing, pray twice'. There is an immediate need for 4 new Sopranos. With regards to the Alto, Tenor, and Bass sections, 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 love to sing and is interested in joining the Choir please contact Richard Hansen, Organist and Choir Director at (905)-627-1424 or


KNITTING GROUP – Bring your knitting needles, crochet hooks and love of creating in wool to the Parlour every second Wednesday starting September 13th at 1:30 – 3:30 pm. For more information contact Pam via the office 905-627-1424



Summer Office Hours The office at St. James will be closed on Fridays through the summer up to September 29th.



Sept 1 – Oct 4 Season of Creation

September 7 Choir resumes: rehearsals weekly at 7:30pm

September 9 Thank you for your support! Pick up Mums - 10am to noon

September 10 Bake Sale!

September 15 Turkey Dinner

September 16 The Chosen: Every Wednesday at 10am we will be showing an episode

September 22-24 Women’s Weekend

September 30 Dundas Studio Tour

September 30 TRC (Truth & Reconciliation Day)

October 1 Sundae Sunday & Blessing of the Backpacks

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

October 15 Steve Bell Concert

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