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Parish News - January 7, 2020


Sunday 12th January 2020

The Feast of Epiphany




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, sweeping, changing bulbs 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.


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.


The Annual Vestry meeting will take place on Sunday 23rd February 2020 following a SINGLE SERVICE at 9.30am. Reports will be printed and available shortly. If you wish to receive your reports electronically please sign up on the list in the Narthex.

Lent 2020

As we prepare for Lent 2020, some info for your schedule:

  • Ash Wednesday: February 26th 2020, join us for a service to begin the journey of Lent at either 10am or 7pm.

  • The Bishop’s Lent Book for 2020 is ‘Inspired’ by Rachel Held Evans. Copies of the book are available from the Parish Office or after Sunday services priced $17.

  • On Sunday’s during Lent we will have a sermon series entitled ‘Why Jesus’ and we’ll be looking for volunteers at the end of Lent to share some very brief words on camera on what Jesus means to them. If you are willing to volunteer please let Mike Deed know.

  • At the Easter vigil we will bless and dedicate a new Paschal Candle for the year 2020. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the candle (approx. $200) please put your money in an envelope clearly marked ‘Paschal Candle’ and pass it to the parish office. Much like Christmas flowers we will publish a list of thanksgivings in the Easter bulletin.

NEW ART EXHIBIT for the month of January by Hamilton artist and art educator Alex Borghesan. Opening reception will be this Sunday, January 12 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Come and see his innovative artwork that uses natural sources found in the Hamilton area for pigment to colour his pictures.

BODY AND SOUL - Tuesdays 10 am – 11:30 am.  Jan 14 – Deirdre Pike speaking on Social Justice

WOMEN’S DINNER – January 17th

Tickets will be available for purchase or reservation after the service on Sunday and from the church office. A sign-up poster will be in the Narthex for those available to help.


God our creator,

You have made us one with this earth

To tend it and to bring forth fruit;

May we so respect and cherish

All that has life from you,

That we may share in the labour of all creation

To give birth to your hidden glory,

Through Jesus Christ.


By Janet Morley

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