On Sunday mornings our  church bells  will once again ring out at 9:45am to remind our communities that we are still present and praying.   


Quiet time at St James:  Throughout Lent St James church building will be open for a time of quiet prayer or meditation beginning at 7pm.  Please feel free to stop by and join this peaceful time by candlelight.  All COVID-19 protocols will be followed.



Green Burial Presentation:  Coming up this week our own Ray Mattholie will be leading a session for the Diocesan Environmental Network on the topic of Green Burials.  Ray has been working on a significant project for the last number of years and has learned quite a bit along the way.  Ray will be joined by Louisa Horne who shares Ray's passion for green burials.  Please feel free to join Ray on Zoom this Thursday, March 4th at 7pm.
External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://zoom.us/j/94396015448?pwd=Um9XYndEbGIvWnpZdFBkNmtUSEZmdz09
Each week the Diocesan Environmental Network hosts a discussion on different topics.  The link to join in these discussions is the same each week. More details and the weekly schedule can be found on the Diocesan website External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://www.nspeidiocese.ca/ministries/diocesan-environment-network 


 



Easter Memorials: This year we have chosen two worthy causes to receive the monetary offering from our Easter Memorial Campaign. Souls Harbour Rescue Mission and The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia  will each receive an equal share from memorial funds collected.  If you would like to remember a loved one this Easter season please consider giving to this campaign.  A tax receipt for donations over $10 will be issued and memorials will be printed in our Easter bulletin. To make a donation please contact our Parish treasurer Dorothy Dauphinee at 902-826-2305 orn ddauphinee2009@gmail.com. 


Lent & Easter Newsletter
   click link below to view

newsletter.pdf

How are you enjoying your winter?


Take pictures of your winter activities to share on our website.

Email them to peter.wilson@ns.sympatico.ca


Click here to view our 'Winter Activities' photo pages

 

 

PARISH DRINK AND THINK

Our next Parish Drink and Think will be held on Friday, March 5th beginning at 6 p.m.
This meeting will be held on Zoom.

click link below to join meeting

External link opens in new tab or windowhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/82116513280?pwd=c1MwZ3N3cHNHaEprcW54QTNjTjFMdz09
Meeting ID: 821 1651 3280      Passcode: 056730


Lenten Book study: This year we have opted for a daily reflection type of devotional/study.  The book selected is Lent and Easter Wisdom From G. K. Chesterton and I have included the Amazon link below.  This book is currently out of stock but I am hopeful that the stock will be replenished in time that we will receive them in time for Lent.  Should this title remain unavailable, there are several other authors in the Lent and Easter Wisdom series that are worthy of study.  Feel free to choose your favorite and join us for weekly gatherings as we pray and study our way through Lent.

 


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.