Each day we will be posting a new photo on our Facebook page and asking you to suggest a scripture verse or inspirational quote that speaks to you when you view the image. We will choose one of the inspirations and post the picture and inspiration on our Webpage. The quotes have all been great so far and the choice has been tough. We look forward to more people joining in and making the choice even harder. We love to see different pictures from people! Please send along any picture you have taken that you would love to have posted. Also, if you can’t think of a scripture or inspirational quote, even a word about how it makes you feel! We love participation! Use these as a daily prayer, a thought for the day, or a blessing in the moment.
Join us on January 16, 2021 for a movie and discussion afternoon 1pm. We will be watching “The Hate U Give” and will be following with a discussion on the movie and how it relates to the racism we are seeing not only today but building up from the past. We will also discuss how we can make a difference in our community. Due to Covid-19, there will be a limit of 20 people, please contact the office (902-462-1818) to reserve your spot.
In gratitude for your generosity over the years and in recognition of our “interesting” times, the Altar Guild will not be collecting donations towards flowers for this Christmas. Instead we invite you to consider forwarding your generosity to the PWRDF Campaign for a donkey and to the Christmas Outreach program.
The Altar Guild is always grateful for your support of our ministry over the years and we choose this year to support your remembrances by purchasing poinsettias on your behalf from the flower fund. As many of your remembrances have remained the same over the years, we will use last year’s bulletin. If you wish to make a change/ addition or to be reminded of what was there please email Carole Aylard and she will make those changes for you. email@example.com
Several2021 church calendars are still available for $7.00. If you would like a calendar, please call Brenda Tucker at 902-462-7006. She will ensure that you get it.
Our PWRDF project this year will be to raise money to buy donkeys! In Kenya they are used for carrying water …….precious water from a well, like the one we bought last year!
Some families still have to travel a distance to get to the wells. A donkey can carry four times the weight that a person can, so they are often given to older people to make the journey easier. Your gift will go towards providing a strong-backed donkey to shoulder cans of fresh, clean water from the well to home.
Perhaps you’d like to “pin a tail on a donkey” by making a donation! You can donate by cash or a cheque in an envelope to be mailed to the church or dropped off at the church. Donations can also be made online http://www.churchofsaintandrew.ca/donations/ where you just click on FUND and scroll to PWRDF. Look for more information as to how donkeys enrich many lives next week!
Are you are looking for some joy and uplifting music to cheer and warm your heart? Then please accept a warm and welcomed invitation to the second annual Rachel Maclean Concert:
At the Church of Saint Andrew
Friday, December 4th, 2020 at 7pm
Tickets are $10.00
Please note: A registration/sign up will be sent out shortly. As there will be no physical ticket sales this year, once you’ve registered for the concert, payment for the concert tickets should be either mailed into the church office, or by placing your payment on the offering plate at one of the November church services. All concert monies should be placed in a separate envelope, marked “Rachel MacLean concert”, along with your full name and phone number. Please consider purchasing a ticket, and to help bring about some much needed cheer, enjoyment, and peace during these trying times.
Our first in-person service is Sunday, July 19. Please contact the office (902) 462-1818 for information on seating and availability.
We would like you to keep I mind we are returning as safe as possible with the following guidelines in place:
- If you feel unwell, please stay home.
- We will require the use of a mask
- Physical distancing must take place in the parking lot, upon entering the building and within the church walls. Exiting the building will also take place with physical distancing.
- You will be checked off on our list upon arrival and guided by a greeter to your seat.
- Hand sanitizer will be available for use and encouraged.
- We ask that you stay seated unless using the restroom.
- Children will always need to stay with their family bubble.
- There will be no prayer books, hymn books or bulletins available in the church. The bulletin will be online as usual, and you are encouraged to print it at home and bring it along with you. (It must leave with you.) If you own a prayer book, you are more than welcome to bring it with you.
Good afternoon everyone!
We are continuing our journey and I am finding there are moments of pure joy and moments of sheer exhaustion. I have heard that mirrored by many of you in conversations I have been having. My prayers are for all of us! We are navigating this new landscape and we are risking a lot! Thank you for journeying with me. You are all amazing!
Following are some notes for the upcoming week:
Palm Sunday Crosses
Missing your Palm Sunday Palm Cross? Barb Kent has recorded a beautiful way to make a Palm Cross from Ribbons. It has been posted to Facebook. We are hoping people may consider making one and put it somewhere for people to see!
I have had a lot of questions about Holy Week Services. Our schedule for next week is going to be a lot different than previous years.
There will be 3 recorded Services on our Website for Holy Week:
Maundy Thursday – Evening Reflection
Good Friday – A reading of the Passion Gospel
Easter Sunday – Morning Prayer
You can expect to get a financial update by email shortly. This is a separate email and will not be posted on the Website or Facebook site. If you have decided to not be a part of the Parish email distribution list but would want to receive financial updates, please contact the office.
Easter Sunday Table Grace
We thought it would be meaningful to have a time to say Easter Table Grace together. We are going to plan a Zoom call for 4:00 pm on Easter Sunday for 30 minutes. Display an item of resurrection or hope in your background!
List of Activities this week: If you are interested in any of the Zoom calls, contact Archdeacon Katherine or the office and a Zoom link will be emailed to you!
|Daily||Nature and Nurture: Inspiration in Isolation||Facebook/Website|
|Sunday Morning||Palm Sunday Morning Prayer||Website|
|Tuesday 11am||Coffee and Zoom||Zoom|
|Wednesday 11am||Prayer Time with Katherine||Zoom|
|Thursday 11am||Canoeing the Mountains Book Club||Zoom|
|Thursday Evening||Maundy Thursday Reflection||Website|
|Friday Morning||Good Friday Reading of the Passion||Website|
|Sunday Morning||Easter Morning Prayer Service||Website|
|Sunday 4pm||Easter Table Grace||Zoom|
Church of Saint Andrew Office – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of prayers for everyone!
I want to take a moment and reflect on my weekend. Personally, it has been a rollercoaster all weekend. I have been inspired by many of you and how you are reaching out to others. This inspiration is continued by photographs and inspirational quotes on Facebook and our Website. In the same moment I miss you all so much, I long to see each of you. I am trying to take my own words and reflect on them. I see the pain and yet in the breath I am attempting to enable God to transform me. Part of this transformation is to let you all know you are not alone. We may each be isolated physically but we are not alone mentally or spiritually. Please continue to reach out to each other. I will continue to reach out as well.
Our Diocese continues to provide us with Updates. To find the most recent one please click on the link below.
Our Sunday Services seem to be going really well! We are really hoping to have as many different people as possible reading. If you are interested please contact the office!
Nature & Nurture: Inspiration in Isolation
We are in NEW times to which we have to ADAPT. We have been asked to LISTEN to the breath of God in our lives, go forward with CONVICTION and WRESTLE with new directions. The process will TRANSFORM us if we are earnest in our efforts. This can be painful at times and exhausting. To offset that we are offering you a breath of beauty every day through Nature & Nurture: Inspiration in Isolation. Each day we will be posting a new photo on our Facebook page and asking you to suggest a scripture verse or inspirational quote that speaks to you when you view the image. We will choose one of the inspirations and post the picture and inspiration on our Webpage. The quotes have all been great so far and the choice has been tough. We look forward to more people joining in and making the choice even harder.
Beat the Blues with Bryan
By popular demand Bryan is going to host a hymn sing on Friday morning at 11:00 am by Zoom! If you are interested in joining us, please email Archdeacon Katherine or the office.
We are encouraging different people to use different means of connecting the congregation. Not all ways are going to work for everyone. We are already using Zoom, email, phone calls, Website, and Facebook. If there is a way you would like to connect please tell the office. We will make suggestions to our leadership and see who may be able to help. Maybe you are interested in starting a Parish Connector group of your own! Tell us if you are!
Diane can help people to connect with us on Zoom. If you need assistance, please contact the office.
List of Activities this week: If you are interested in any of the Zoom calls contact the office and a Zoom link will be emailed to you!
Daily Nature and Nurture: Inspiration in Isolation Facebook/Website
Tuesday 11am Coffee and Zoom Zoom
Wednesday 11am Prayer Time with Katherine Zoom
Thursday 11am Canoeing the Mountains Book Club Zoom
Friday 11am Beat the Blues with Bryan Zoom
Sunday Morning Palm Sunday Morning Prayer Service Website
The Church office email is: email@example.com
Please keep safe and remember I am only a phone call away!
Lots of Love and prayers to everyone!
Church of Saint Andrew Parishioners,
Here we are in Week 2!
I am working very hard to practice what I have been preaching about Missional Church! I keep saying that church is not a building. It is about Christ’s love being shared in our world! Our building is a resource. Well, we are out of the building a lot these days! I have been calling, texting, emailing, and messaging many of our parishioners. It is exciting to hear ways people are reaching out from their Christian hearts to be missional in this world at this time! People are praying, reaching out to each other with phone calls, making meals, delivering food, sharing their pictures, helping a friend. Thank you for your inspiration!
I have had many comments about recording our services in the church building. Thank you for your support. It has been very intentional to record people in different places so that we are aware that we can be church outside the building in a very real way. I am so amazed with the vulnerability people are sharing by being recorded. Many are stepping into very uncomfortable places. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. This week we hope to add music!
In many of my calls there is the pain and worry of the economy. Please pray for our families as they encounter many struggles over the weeks ahead. Also, be aware that our CanadaHelps link on our Webpage leads you to a way of giving that can support our Needy Fund Fund and our Parish in the weeks ahead. The Diocese is also prepared for changes and additions in PAR (Pre Authorized Remittance)
The Leadership in the Parish is working hard to have many new offerings every day! Regular updates will be provided Monday, Wednesday, and Friday’s during Covid-19.
Email Distribution List:
Last week we sent out an email asking for people to opt in to be part of an email distribution list. Parish communications will be sent out via email and posted to our Website and Facebook Page. If you did not receive this email, and would like to be on the email distribution, please email the church office to be added to the list.
Our Pastoral Care Team are currently working on developing a plan on how to connect with Parishioners while we are in our homes. We have already made close to 300 connections but our Parish list is over 800 people. We will continue to make connections and have others join us in our calls. Please feel free to contact me if you need to. I am available by many methods. Connecting goes two ways. I love hearing from you too!
Services will be recorded and posted on the Website by 8:30 am Sunday mornings! Our first time was last Sunday March 22.
Beer and Theology
Our first Beer and Theology will be held this Wednesday night, March 25th at 8:00pm by Zoom. Topic – Going off the Map! If you are interested to join contact Archdeacon Katherine or the office.
Family Ministry Email Communication
The family ministry group has been sending material to families to help center our lives in our faith. If you are interested on being on this distribution list please contact Nicki Hetherington or the office. Everyone is welcome!
Our Parish email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope everyone is staying safe!
Lots of love in Christ