THIS COMING SUNDAY AT SAINT JAMES:
Sunday 22nd December 2019
The Last Sunday of Advent
BCP EUCHARIST, 8:30 am
PARISH EUCHARIST and Children’s Christmas Pageant 10:30 am,
CHRISTMAS EVE 24th December
4pm Children’s Christmas Service
7pm Christmas Eucharist
10pm Christmas Eucharist
Christmas Day 25th December
9.30am A simple Holy Eucharist to celebrate the Feast of the Incarnation
The Office will be closed from December 23 and will reopen Thursday, January 2, 2019. Blessings, peace and love to my beloved congregation at Saint James. “Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.” ~ Oren Arnold
A new website for Saint James has been designed by our own Mike Anderson (Thanks Mike!) and it went live last week! Please check it out and help us by sharing it with friends and families.
THE JILL AWARD
The ‘Jill Award’ is given annually to a volunteer who exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism at Saint James Church, particularly those who encourage the next generation of volunteers. The qualities in such a volunteer would include accountability, inclusivity, a passion for helping others, dependability and commitment. Nominations are open from December 1st – January 31st. Nomination forms are available from the welcome centre in the Narthex. The Jill award will be presented at the annual vestry meeting of Saint James Church. The completed form should be submitted directly to the Rector.
If you are going to make a financial donation to Saint James for the 2019 tax year, please make sure it is in the Parish Office by December 31st. Tax receipts will be issued in the second week of January 2020.
KNITWITS, BODY AND SOUL, EfM, WOMEN’S WRITING GROUP, MEN’S SPIRITUALITY – Will resume in the New Year beginning the week of January 6th
If you use Church envelopes please look for your box of 2020 envelopes in the Narthex.
The Annual Vestry meeting will take place on Sunday 23rd February 2020 following a SINGLE SERVICE at 9.30am. Reports on all areas of ministry are due to Rev. Mike Deed before December 30th 2019 to be included in the vestry report. Thank you!
On Saturday 11th January 8am- 1pm, we’ll be having a Maintenance Morning to get moving on a number of jobs around our building, like painting the ramp area and putting shelving in the maintenance room, cleaning out closets and so many other small projects. Our Maintenance Team will take the lead, but all help is greatly appreciated. The more who turn up, the more things we can accomplish together. Please sign up in the Narthex if you can come.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Dear Jesus, may the light of your love always shine in our hearts.
As Christmas draws closer, we marvel at your great love for us.
Let your love transform every aspect of our lives and touch everyone we encounter.
Our hearts are open to you, Jesus. Amen.