Annual Meetings:

St James - after the 11am service on February 5th
St Paul's - January 27th beginning at 2pm at the home of Ray Mattholie
Parish Annual Meeting - Tuesday February 14th at 7pm on Zoom.



 


Join us for An Adventure in Prayer Pilgrimage: Convoy of Pray-ers!
Save the date - Saturday, February 18th from 9am-noon to pray for the communities stretching from one side of the parish to the other and beyond. Teams are invited to sign-up with drivers, navigators, “see-ers” and recorders for each group as we look with fresh “eyes” at our community and pray for their needs and growth. As we meet at St. Margaret’s to begin our journeys, an introductory presentation will be shared, maps for your journey will be handed out, and activities for the routes in prayer to collect and record your thoughts and group spiritual journeys. Groups will have opportunities to stop, open special prayer envelopes, and pray for the people and places along the route. A celebratory lunch will be served at St. James where groups can share their findings and experiences! A suggested donation of $5 towards the cost of the meal is appreciated.


Upcoming study opportunities

 

This year Rev. Brieanna is looking forward to reigniting our study and educational opportunities at various levels.  There are currently 2 opportunities being offered by the Diocese and one coming up in our own parish.  Stay tuned for information about our ever popular Lenten book study that will be coming soon!


Reconnect & Reframe

reconnect & reframe is a learning and exploring partnership between the Diocese of Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island and Diocese of Fredericton. Sessions are Thursday evenings on ZOOM. Each includes a dynamic presentation on a particular theme, several local examples, followed by small group discussion.  The first module, beginning January 26, is a four-part series on Collaborative Ministry Leadership. Learn how to build effective teams of laity and clergy, lead through liminal times, avoid burn-out, and creatively adapt. Includes practical case studies.  Speakers for this first series include Diocesan Bishops Sandra Fyfe and David Edwards, as well as Rev. Dr. Heather McCance, Director of Pastoral Studies at Montreal Diocesan Theological College. Collaborative Ministry Leadership runs January 26, February 2, February 9 and February 16.
SIGN-UP HERE:    External link opens in new tab or windowExternal link opens in new tab or windowwww.surveymonkey.com/r/reconnectreframe 


ALPHA ONLINE:  CONNECT. WATCH. DISCUSS.

Alpha is a resource congregations use to create a comfortable culture where people are excited to bring their friends for a conversation about life, faith and meaning in a respectful, non-pressured environment. The 9-week series has lasting impact on guests and faith communities, as it nurtures spiritual seekers, encourages discipleship and fosters leaders. Hosted on the Zoom platform, join in from your home. Sit in a comfy chair, wear your slippers, enjoy your favourite beverage, and join in a no-strings-attached series to explore big questions. For example, Who is Jesus? Why should I pray? Does God heal people? Is forgiveness possible? What about evil?
A group of trained, pastorally-sensitive lay leaders and clergy are hosting the Alpha series on Zoom starting January 18th. Each Alpha session includes a time to connect, a short video, and discussion. Ask any question!
This series is hosted by Heart Rock Café, open-minded, open-hearted people from the rock band worship of St. Timothy’s, Hatchet Lake, NS. Other facilitators from local Anglican congregations are involved too.   
Alpha runs 9 weeks - Wednesdays on Zoom!
Starts January 18 – 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.(Last chance to join Jan. 25)Anyone from any background or anywhere may come along.
SIGN-UP HERE:
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FOLLOW on Facebook:   Heart Rock Café Alpha on-line: 
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Come Explore the Labyrinth!

What follows comes from our student Ruth who is working on completing the Christian Education portion of her course requirements.  Over the winter Ruth will be offering 2 separate and different opportunities to engage in a different prayer practice.  The first will be a session on Labyrinth's.
On Saturday, January 21st from 9am-noon I am offering a workshop on praying the labyrinth which will be held upstairs at the St. Margaret’s Bay Shambhala Centre at 13495 Peggy’s Cove Road. Our time will include an introduction to the labyrinth, a ‘make your own finger-labyrinth’ activity, exploring prayer resources, and an opportunity to walk and pray the labyrinth. Refreshments and fellowship will follow . Make sure to bring warm socks or soft slippers to wear in the facility. A suggested donation of $5 is requested for the generously offered use of the Shambhala Centre.  Sign up or RSVP by contacting Ruth at External link opens in new tab or windowruthmacneil.50@gmail.com or 902-802-4844.


 

MOTHERS ’UNION ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

This popular and colourful blend of healthy ingredients, along with an easy to follow recipe, makes this hearty and delicious meal a family favourite. We are offering soup mix in both large & small sizes: large bag $8, serves 6-8, small bag $5, serves 3-4

Pre-order your soup mix from October 2nd-19th in church or by contacting:
St. Margaret’s - Linda Hills 902-826-2546
St. James - Barb Cossar 902-857-1340, jagbac@eastlink.ca
St. Paul’s - Debbie Boutilier 902-826-7747, debbieboutilier@eastlink.ca
St. George’s - Janet Champniss, towerns@eastlink.ca
Margaret Decarvalho, 902-826-2497
Christmas is just around the corner; this soup mix will make a thoughtful and appreciated gift.
By purchasing this product, you will be supporting the continued work of the Mothers ’Union. Thank you!

 



 

 



THE MISSION TO SEAFARERS IS LOOKING FOR WINTER CLOTHING in small and medium sizes as well as men’s T-shirts. If you can assist, please contact Margaret deCarvalho at 902-826-2497.



Servers needed

We are looking for people (young and old) who might be interested in taking on the role of Server at our Sunday Services .  This is a special ministry during our services as you assist the Priest and perform special liturgical duties throughout the service.  In particular we are in need of people to serve at the 9am services.  Training will be provided.  If you are interested in learning more about this ministry please contact Rev. Brieanna.


 


You are invited to join the Mothers’ Union members in their Prayer Partner Program.

Prayer Partners (PP) will be kept a secret throughout the year and will be revealed on or near Epiphany of the following year. During the year, PPs will send each other cards or notes on occasions such as birthdays, Christmas, Mothering Sunday etc. – always anonymously. If you are aware of something happening in your PP’s life, you might want to send them a quick note or card. Of course, the most important thing is to keep them in your prayers at all times. We have an Epiphany Party each year when we reveal our PPs to each other.
If you would like to participate in this program, please fill in the information below. If you know of someone who would appreciate being included, but may not come to church, please pass a form along to them. Forms may be passed into Debbie Boutilier (902-826-7747) or Linda Hills (902-826-2546) or you can email the information to debbieboutilier@eastlink.ca
Prayer Partner information:
Name _____________________________________________
Mailing Address _____________________________________
Birthday ___________________________________________
Anniversary or other significant dates ____________________

 



Neighbourhood Soup Servants

A small group of parishioners and friends have been getting together to make soup and build a fellowship.
The soup is then delivered to neighbours who may be lonely, sick or experiencing other issues or just a welcome to newcomers. It is also a chance for a short visit or just a brief chat at the door.
We would now like to invite others who would like to be involved to join us, remembering that if there is somebody that you would like to help, there also needs to be someone to make the delivery and/or assist in the preparation which takes place on a Friday morning. This is a neighbourhood activity not restricted to parishioners.
Please contact Janet Champniss at 826-2251 or Mary Stone at 826-2847 to find out more.
Neighbourhood Soup Servants. The NSS project is being very well received and we continue to build our list of recipients. Thank you to all those who have given us support in one way or another. If you would like to help out but do not wish to participate in the soup making, we would love to have your help in delivering the soup to a recipient or two.
Please contact: Janet 902-826-2251 or Mary 902-826-2847.

 



 



What can you do with a Pop Can Tab (or tabs from other containers)? You can help purchase a Wheel Chair for a Veteran by bringing tabs to Saint George’s Church. Please put the tabs in the container Sherry Richardson has placed in the vestibule.

 


Do you want to make a difference? The work of our Parish Council is important to sustain the ministries of our churches and to meet the day to day commitments. You can take an active role in developing a strategy for our ongoing ministries and future growth.  Please chat/e-mail with Rev Brieanna if you would like to be a part of the team working together for God’s mission. Rev Brieanna: p.frenchvillage@ns.sympatico.ca;


The Lions Club is happy to accept donations of used eye glasses and hearing aids. Please bring them along to church to be collected later, it would be greatly appreciated. SMB Lions Club have the following equipment available for loan, free of charge, to members of the community: Chair Lifts, Wheelchairs, Hospital Beds, Walkers, Crutches, Canes, Bath/Shower chair accessories. Anyone requiring any of this equipment should contact: Lion Leonard Bugbee (902-823-3001) or Lion Brecken Hills (902-826-2546).


Anyone interested in baptism preparation classes is invited to contact Janet at towerns@eastlink.ca or 902-826-2251.

Anyone wishing to be a reader and/or greeter is asked to contact Janet at towerns@eastlink.ca or 902-826-2251



PWRDF is active in 26 countries, with 59 partners drawn from Anglican churches, ecumenical organizations, and community-based groups. PWRDF supports people-centered development that improves the quality of daily life for vulnerable populations, promotes self-reliance, and addresses root causes of poverty and injustice. Their work is bound together in three strategic themes: Weaving a Culture of Peace with Justice, building a Moral Economy and Accompanying Communities in Crisis.

PWRDF support development programs to include:

- support for maternal, newborn and child health in Africa and Canadian Indigenous communities by purchasing medical equipment for health clinics and maternity wards, construct and refurbish health clinics and nurses’ houses;

- provide Canadian Indigenous communities with midwifery services that are culturally relevant and responsive to their needs and suggestions. It will organize community meetings with the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives and other Indigenous groups in Canada, Mexico and Peru to develop a midwifery curriculum that is sensitive to the needs of Inuit, First Nations and Metis women.

- support Indigenous people by recovering and preserving traditional ways for the next generation; and human rights workers documenting abuses;

- provide a source of potable drinking water to Pikangikum community (Canada) where 90% of homes do not have water or waste-water services. Inadequate and decrepit wooden outhouses are used by most residents. Most of the present homes do not have the space or the structural integrity to support bathroom facilities.

- equipping the homes with a cistern to hold the water and a wastewater holding tank, as well as the necessary fixtures and fittings;

- construct wells to provide clean water to communities affected by water-borne diseases;

- support farmer using traditional and innovative agricultural methods to improve their access to a secure food source;

- help young people by using peer education for HIV/AIDS prevention;

 

Keep up with the Parish News...Join our parish e-mail group by contacting Margaret deCarvalho at External link opens in new tab or windowMARCARDE@NS.SYMPATICO.CA or 826-2497 or write your name and email address on one of our pew cards and place it in the offering plate, or leave it with a greeter.