As we work together to find a new way forward in this time, we will be offering services by video through Facebook live. I invite you to gather within your family or household groups as you are able to pray together. You do not need to be a member of Facebook. Rev. Brieanna encourages you to use the comments section during the live stream to engage with one another.


Log into Facebook
 https://www.facebook.com/Parish-of-French-Village-181240241897431/
Then, in the left hand column, select “Videos”. All the posted videos will appear in chronological order.  
As you scroll down the window, Facebook may ask you to sign in, etc., instead click “Not Now”.
 
The Live services will  begin on Sundays at 10am ADT.



 

 Over the last couple of days members of our parish have been working quickly to identify new ways of gathering with one another.  We have experienced good success with a program called Zoom.  This program platform allows for both video and audio call in.  This means that parishoners who do not have internet access are also able to participate with either the mobile or landline telephone.  It also allows for the recording of the meeting so we can then share the meeting.

Rev. Brieanna has just finished setting up a recurring meeting called Morning Prayer to take place every Wednesday at 11am for a 90 minute duration (allowing us time for fellowship if so desired).

To join the meeting with your laptop or home computer you should just be able to click on the link provided in the invitation below.  There is also an app that can be downloaded for use on tablets or other devices called Zoom Cloud.  If you would like to call in you simply need to dial one of the numbers provided in the invitation and then enter the meeting id number followed by the # key when prompted.
 Helpful tips:Have your device on a stable surface if you intend to use videoMute your device through zoom when you are not speaking to limit background noise.Do not speak over other people otherwise we won't be able to hear either person.You may find headphones useful if the audio quality on your device is poor
Remember, we are all learning how to do this together so be patient with one another and yourself. Brieanna Andrews is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Morning Prayer
Time: Mar 25, 2020 11:00 AM Halifax
        Every week on Wed, until May 6, 2020, 7 occurrence(s)
        Mar 25, 2020 11:00 AM
        Apr 1, 2020 11:00 AM
        Apr 8, 2020 11:00 AM
        Apr 15, 2020 11:00 AM
        Apr 22, 2020 11:00 AM
        Apr 29, 2020 11:00 AM
        May 6, 2020 11:00 AM
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EASTER CHOCOLATE: Help us start a Cacao Farm!
Many of you are familiar with our parish’s relationship with Father Vanderhoff and the community of Buenavista in Mexico, where he serves. The coffee farmers in the Oaxaca region, who we used to support through our Fair Trade coffee program, are slowly recovering from the recent earthquakes and drought. This year some of their new coffee plants will bear fruit for the first time! Now, partly because of changes in climate in the area, the local co-operative has begun an initiative to diversify and to start growing cacao (which produces cocoa), which is better suited to conditions in the lower-altitude areas.
The Mexican Fair Trade co-op has quotes for seeds, grafting materials, special bags for growing the seedlings, and rolls of plastic for roof shields, totalling approximately $1,600 Cdn. Fifteen local farmers will give their time and labour to prepare a one hectare field. In an effort to help our friends in Buenavista reach their goal, our parish decided to replace the Easter flower program with an Easter Memorial and Celebration Plan. As with the very successful Christmas program, for a tax-deductible donation of $10 or more, your dedications will be printed in the Easter bulletin (deadline is April 5).
For more info or to submit your donation/memorial, please contact:
St. George’s • Jessie 902-826-2531 St. Margaret’s • Brian 902-826-7159
St. James’ • Janice 902-826-7165 St. Paul’s • Caroline 902-823-2466
CHEQUES SHOULD BE PAYABLE TO “ANGLICAN PARISH OF FRENCH VILLAGE”.
If you still wish to purchase flowers for the church independently, in memory of a loved one, please notify one of the co-ordinators prior to the deadline for your dedication to be included in the Easter bulletin.

Messy Church is our really popular monthly program featuring crafts, music, lessons, praise, prayers, and  a light meal to finish; all in a child friendly atmosphere!
UPCOMING DATES ARE:
• April 11: We will celebrate Easter together at the 4 p.m. Family Vigil at St. George’s.
• May 9: 4-6 p.m. at St. James’
• June & July: summer break
• September: Messy Church resumes (date T.B.A.)

 




St. George’s ACW meet the 2nd Wednesday @ 2:30 p.m. of each month.

The next meeting is February 12th @ 2:30 p.m. at the home of Donzella B-Allison. The ACW will not be meeting in January. New members are always welcome. Contact Donzella @ 902-826-2955 for more information.



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 ____________________

 

 

 

Our planet is in peril because of climate change.

The Anglican Foundation of Canada challenges your parish to respond by upholding our Baptismal Covenant: “to safeguard the integrity of God’s creation, and respect, sustain and renew the life of the earth.” 20 grants of up to $2,500 each will be awarded to parishes or dioceses for projects that foster sustainability, reduce the carbon footprint, and plant the seeds for change for a greener Canada.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                click here for more information

 



Neighbourhood Soup Servants

A small group of parishioners and friends have been getting together for the last 3 months 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.

 




Human Trafficking

At the Diocesan Synod the following resolution was passed requesting that parishes and regions work against human trafficking and increase its awareness within their communities. Our parish will be working to uphold this request. If you are interested in being involved, please contact Rev. Brieanna.
During the next few weeks in our bulletins we will be sharing some startling facts and updating you on activities within the parish and ways you can help. This information will also be made available on the parish website and via email and Facebook.
Resolution:
That the Diocese of NS and PEI supports the intent of Anglican Consultative Council resolution 15.10 to work against human trafficking, specifically the Diocese
i) laments and condemns the growing trafficking of boys and girls, men and women, for sexual purposes or exploitative labour in Canada;
ii) welcomes the work being done by the Anglican Church of Canada Working group, facilitated by Dr. Ryan Weston; iii) Commends the use of the resource material of the Anglican Church of Canada by parishes and regions https://www.anglican.ca/issues/human-trafficking/ ;
iv) Commends the use of the Canadian Council of Churches resource Sexual Exploitation in Canada: A Leadership and Learning Kit for Churches by parishes and regions.


 



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.

 

 



 


Sleeping Children around the world

as a result of our coin boxes and collections for SCAW we were able to purchase 12 bed kits. Thanks to everyone who contributed and helped to make this campaign such a great success. The change for change is making a difference.
 
 

 

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 stone.johnandmary8@gmail.com

Prayer Partner information:

Name_________________________________________

Birthday_______________________________________

Anniversary and/or other significant dates ___________________________________________________



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: p.frenchvillage@ns.sympatico.ca; Donna: donnamattholie@eastlink.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 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.