committees and organizations
Being a server gives youth and adults the opportunity to take a more active role in the Eucharist. New members are always welcome.
Mothers’ Union: the group that tries to make a difference!
The Parish of French Village has an active branch of the Mothers’ Union, an organization that has its major strength in the United Kingdom and Africa. The branches in Canada are spread across the country with Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island being particularly active. The Mothers’ Union aims to strengthen family life. We have taken many tacks to reach this aim, including workshops about domestic violence, supporting clergy families in the North, educational outreach concerning life with disabilities, a campaign to end commercialization of childhood, bible studies, supporting Mothers’ Union work around the world. Two of our current activities involve assisting Reverend Brieanna in the Messy Church initiative and partnering with St Luke’s United Church to provide monthly programs for the women of the Marguerite Center. Our parish branch is proud to include the current national Vice President and the NS/PEI Diocesan President. New members from all types of families are always welcome.
For more information about Mothers’ Union visit our Canadian website :
Co-branch leaders: Mary Stone.816-2847...Janice Jackson...902-826-7165
The Parish is very proud of its choir and music director. New members are always welcome to join, Choir practice is held at St. George's every Thursday at 7:15 p.m., but is reduced to once a month during the summer.
Music Director.....John Reid.....902-826-7850
Anglican Church Women
Three of the Parish's churches have an active Anglican Church Women (ACW) group.
St. George's ACW
St. George's Anglican Church, ACW, Head of St. Margaret's Bay. St. George's ACW purpose is to unite women in fellowship and worship, to help our church, our local community and world-wide communities. ACW membership consists of 7 active members, meetings are conducted on the first Tuesday of each month from September to June. We open and close meetings in prayer. We support our church in numerous ways by fundraising two church suppers during the months of May and November, in addition to caterings receptions and funerals. Recenly we have provided funds for kitchen/hall electrical upgrades, and purchase of hall floor coverings, We support our Sunday School by purchasing supplies including bibles and provide gifts for the White Gift Program for the less fortunate children.. Many seniors are remembered throughout the year with visits, soups, flowers, cards and at Christmas time with fruit baskets. Some of our members are active in the Altar Guild responsibible for the preparation of the Sanctuary and Altar for Communion Church Services, weddings, baptisms and funerals and care of the Altar linens hangings, and flowers. We support our community with a number of activities including a visit to Shoreham Village Retirement Centre in Chester during the month of September to celebrate senior's birthdays with music, sing song and gift filled bags with useful items. We make donations to the local food bank and other organizations such as , Bonnie Lee Farms, Blankets for Canada, Street Connections, and Christmas boxes to Mission to Seafarers, We remember our Veterans and members of the Armed Forces who have passed on by attending the Cenotaph Service held on Remembrance Day. Worldwide we make donatoins to organizations such as Feed the Children program in Haiti. Yearly we make a donation to The Primate's World Relief and Developement Fund in addition to hosting a Soup Sunday chaired and supported by members from the parish. Our members actively participate in World Day of Prayer and support it with a monitary donation
In 2013 preparations are underway for hosting the St. Margaret's/Lunenburg region ACW Annual General Meeting in October in conjunction with St. James Church.
Submitted by Donzella B-Allison, Secretary -20/01/2013
St. James ACW was established in 1927. At first it was the Women’s Auxiliary later to be changed to the Guild and finally in the 70’s as the ACW which is an acronym for Anglican Church Women. At times throughout history there were as many as 40 plus members, often three generations from one family. It was common place to arrive at meetings with Mother and Grandmother in tow. At present there are twelve members. Seven of those are honorary lifetime members and many have over 50 years of service. Although times and traditions change, the ACW fellowship and purpose remain very much the same as it has for years. These ladies are as focused now as they have always been. Their mission of raising and generously contributing over $4,000.00 annually is essential for St. James to meet their fiscal obligations to the diocese, church and outreach projects. Making preemie burial gowns for the IWK Health Center is a very special project they are involved in. They send gifts to elderly and shut-ins, sponsor a Foster child, donate annually to Bonny-Lea Farm & Children’s Wish Foundation. A wreath is laid at the Seabright Legion Cenotaph on Remembrance Day on behalf of the ACW. The ladies also look after the daily operating necessities at the church and have recently purchased a vacuum cleaner and reframed a painting. Through their hard work and dedication, St. James continues to be a pillar of the community of Boutilier’s Pt. Monthly meetings are held from April-June & Sept.-Dec. at the home of Barb McEachern. The meetings are heartwarming and purpose filled. We love to welcome new members and invite you to step on our “welcome mat”. Simply call Louise Christie at 826-2004 if you would like to join us. Hand in hand with the ACW is St. James Altar Guild. Often referred to as our “Beautiful Ministry”, the church is made ready for seasons and services at St. James by a dedicated group of individuals. If you would like to learn, serve and take part please call Janice Jackson at 902-826-7165.
Blessings to all from St. James ACW and St. James Altar Guild
St. George's....Doreen Christie....902-826-1411
St. James'....Joan Brooks
St. Margaret's....Daisy Dauphinee....902-826-2882
Primarily for elementary school age children, the Sunday School children, the Parish's Sunday School Program is available from September to May
The Parish's baptism committee helps families prepare for baptism.
Baptism Co-ordinator....Janet Champniss....902-826-2251
The Parish's Men's Group is a fast growing fellowship that meets five times a year for Eucharist and breakfast. They also occasionally host guest speakers and have presentations on varied topics.