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to All on this fantastic September day!
we prepare to move into the Fall routine, and the pace picks up in
life, as well as the Church, I would like to say "welcome
back" to all who have spent the summer at cottages, on
vacation, visiting loved ones; and to all who have been here all
summer I say thank you. Your faithfulness in attendance has been
quite heartening and I have so enjoyed seeing you every Sunday
tried a new thing this summer, maintaining the two Sunday morning
services when I was not on holiday and, from my perspective, it was
a good decision. Sometimes it is nice to maintain consistency when
so much else is in flux. As Autumn begins we will continue with our
regular services of Book of Common Prayer at 8:30 and a mix of the
old with the new (Book of Alternative Services) at 10:00 am.
being said, we will be celebrating a Joint Worship Service at 9:30
am, followed by a Pot Luck lunch on 06 October, the week before the
Thanksgiving long weekend. We know that plenty of people like to get
one more weekend at the cottage or head out to family for the
official Thanksgiving weekend, so we are inviting the congregation
to give thanks and break bread together as a community the week
the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day, (13 October) we will celebrate
Harvest Thanksgiving in Church. You are, like last year, invited to
bring a symbol of your harvest: maybe something that represents your
work or a hobby, a sport or something else that God has made dear to
your heart. You are asked to bring it forward before the service and
lay it in front of the altar. It's a different way of Thanksgiving
decorating, one that is truer to who we are in the Parish.
we arrive at Thanksgiving though, we would like to invite each of
you to invite someone else to join us for Back to Church Sunday at
both services on 29 September. This is an opportunity for each of
us, myself included, to simply ask another person we know to join us
for worship and to check out our community. The St. James' Orchestra
will be sharing their beautiful music ministry with us at the 10 am
service and we will have a special time of Fellowship following that
service. Please pick up an invitation from the Narthex to give to a
friend, a neighbour, a relative or a co-worker.
has been a strong desire of the Congregational Development Committee
to develop a Sunday School again. As you may know, this has been a
struggle for the past few years. So, we need your help. If you would
be interested in bringing your children to Sunday School if it was
offered regularly, please call the office at 477-6770 or email me at
email@example.com. If you would be interested in assisting
with Sunday School leadership, please let me know as well.
do expect that every member of the Congregation will become involved
in this by praying for God' s will to be known and done with respect
to children & young people and Christian Education in the
Parish. We are all called as Christians to pray and to continue to
study and mature in the faith. We are also called to do that in
Community. So, please pray that God's wisdom and will shall be done
here within our St. James' Community.
find below a schedule of Christian Education and Discussion
opportunities for this fall:
Sept noon - Townsend Room Discussion of The Shack
Sept noon - Townsend Room Discussion of What's So Amazing
Oct noon - Townsend Room Discussion of Too Busy Not to Pray
Oct noon - Townsend Room Discussion of Jesus: A
Nov noon - Townsend Room Discussion of A History of God
for "Normal" People by John Bowen
Mondays from 21 October - 09 December 7-8 pm in the Church Narthex
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is also invited to join us on Wednesday mornings at 10 am for BCP
Holy Communion in All Souls Chapel, followed by a time of coffee and
conversation in the Parish Office.
Wednesday Bible Studies will resume on 25 September. We gather in
the Narthex of the Church at 11 am for lively and informal
discussion and study. This Fall we will be studying the Prophet
Daniel (25 Sept - 16 Oct) and The Revelation of John (23 Oct - 11
Please note that attendance at the Communion Service and Coffee
Hour are not required to join us in study.
I finish this letter I would just like to offer my heartfelt
gratitude to the entire Parish for the incredible ways that you have
welcomed me and my husband, Rob, into your midst in the past year. I
am able to honestly answer the question "How is the
Parish?" with an enthusiastic "awesome"!
Church is a place within which I am encouraged to serve my vocation
as Priest and the Congregation has become like a family for both Rob
is my pleasure to pray for you every day. It is my pleasure to stand
before you and celebrate the Holy Mysteries every Sunday and
Wednesday. It is my pleasure to walk with you on the good days and
sit beside you on the tough ones.
has blessed this Parish of St. James for many, many years. God will
continue to bless this Parish through each and everyone of you.
you all and may God bless you this day and forevermore.
- St. James Anglican Church, Armdale (Halifax)