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2018 Christmas Letter


St. James' will be open on three Wednesday evenings from 7 - 8:30PM.: December 5th,12th and 19th.

Advent is a time of reflection as we slowly make our way to Christmas Day. Reflection is often done when and where there is a minimum of distraction. On these Wednesdays evenings in our beautiful church, with its inspiring lighted window over the altar,  there will warmth, candlelight, quiet and time. All are welcome as are your friends and neighbours throughout the communities of the Parish of French Village. As there is no service,  everyone is welcome to come and go as they please, when they please. Quietly of course! Feel free to bring a book to read, earbuds to listen to music - whatever will  make this a meaningful, fulfilling time for you..



Each year the parish offers a $1,000 scholarship to post-secondary (university, community college, etc.) students.
Applications must be received by January 31st.
More details are available on the parish web site (just click on the Protocol tab) or by contacting Denise at 902-826-1739.
Memorial Donations to help build up the Scholarship are always welcome: contact Dorothy at
902-826-2305 for more information.


Join us for our 3rd annual Parish of French Village adult/teenager Bowling evening on Thursday, December 27th starting at 4:00 pm. 

No experience can come on your own or bring friends or family.  The total cost for three strings and shoes is $10.00 per person. What a deal ....get some exercise and share some fellowship!
This will be followed by a bite at Bubba Rays if you choose.
Please contact Denise Hicks at 826-1739 or by email at by December 20th.


Mission to Seafarers’ Shoeboxes


Fill a shoebox with a mix of mitts, socks, pen/paper, soap, toothbrush/paste, hard candy, etc., a Reader’s Digest or puzzle book and a Christmas card. Boxes are given to sailors spending Christmas in the port of Halifax. The Mission asks that you include wrapping paper (and a bow, if you’d like), but to leave the box open so it can be inspected. Call 902-826-2251 for information. If you are unable to fill a box, how about donating some of the above items and/or cash and we will make up the box for you. A limited number of empty boxes will be at the back of each church and can be returned there for pick up. If you can provide your own box that would be much appreciated.

 For more information contact: Janet Champniss 902 826-2251 or Baleigh McWade 902 478-3506



 Anglican Parish of French Village Christmas Flower Program

Parish contacts to place your orders are listed below. Please order plants by December 9, 2018.
St. George's Margaret deCarvalho 902-826-2497
St. James' Mary Stone 902-826-2847
St. Margaret's Brian Bright 902-826-7159
St. Paul's Donna Mattholie 902-821-2032
Please direct your order, along with appropriate payment, to your church representative.



Pick some up when you come to church or contact:
• Hearty Vegetable Soup Mix available for $6 per bag
• Beer Bread Mix
White bread $4
White cinnamon/raisin $4.50
60% Whole wheat $4
60% Whole wheat cinnamon/raisin $4.50
Both make excellent Christmas gifts for those who have everything! By purchasing these items you will be supporting the work of the Mothers’ Union both locally and overseas.


Gender Based Violence Outdoor Vigil

Approximately every 6 days a woman in Canada is killed by her spouse or intimate partner. Human Trafficking is a local issue.

Please join us! – give voice to those who are suffering in silence, bring hope to ending all forms of violence particularly against women and girls.

DATE: Friday November 30 (Storm date: Fri. Dec 7)TIME: 3:00 – 5:00 pmPLACE: Redmond’s Plaza, 5209 St Margaret’sBay Road, Upper TantallonCONTACT:



Fall Book Study -

Fueled by the success of our summer book study, we are pleased to announce that starting September 12 we will begin discussing 'The Case for Christ' by Lee Strobel.  In this book Strobel, former legal editor for the Chicago Tribune, retraces his own spiritual journey form atheism to faith. Strobel cross examines numerous experts and challenges them with questions such as:"How reliable is the New Testament? Is there reason to believe that the resurrection was an actual event?"

This book is available for purchase online. Please contact Rev. Brieanna if you need assistance in ordering a copy.

Join us at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at St. Margaret's for lively discussion and thought-provoking quetions.                                                   


Looking for donations of Fabric and Yarn for a Grandmothers to Grandmothers fundraiser.

For further information or to arrange for pick-up please contact Deb Blackadar at 902-876-2282.



Linked Through Prayer 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 in to Mary Stone (826-2847) or Janice Jackson (826-7165), or you can email the information to

Prayer Partner information:



Anniversary and/or other significant dates ___________________________________________________

You can help purchase a Wheel Chair for a Veteran by putting pop can type tabs in the container Sherry Richardson has placed in the vestibule at Saint George’s Church.

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 or Donna Mattholie if you would like to be a part of the team working together for God’s mission. Rev Brieanna:; Donna:

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 or 902-826-2251.

Anyone wishing to be a reader and/or greeter is asked to contact Janet at 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 MARCARDE@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.