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Happy almost summer and God bless you!


It seems that summer is approaching; the rain is bringing the flowers and soon the Cottage - Fishing - Golfing - Boating Season will be in full force. We are certainly blessed to live in such a beautiful part of God's Creation and I sincerely hope you take every opportunity to appreciate it and give thanks.


As we head into the summer, our Church Activities slow down somewhat but our worship continues, as do the responsibilities of our Parish Family. Over the past year we have done a lot of talking about and implementing prayer. Our Prayer Circle is now up and running, so if you would like a group of dedicated people to confidentially pray for your concerns or those of others who reach out to you, please let us know. Contact a member of the Prayer Circle (listed on the bulletin boards) or contact Revd Rachael.


Our official Bible Studies have gone on hiatus for the Summer but plans are in the works for the resumption of Wednesday and Monday Bible/Book Studies in September, with a great new Alpha programme set to begin as well. (Should you wish to continue your discipline, or begin one, of daily Bible reading before we resume our studies, please pick up a copy of Day By Day, or Our Daily Bread, which can be found on the table in the Narthex.)


The Outreach Committee is quite aware that the needs of the Greater Community continue even as summer seems to slow everything else down. In July we will be celebrating "Christmas in July" as we gather toiletries, mittens, socks, hats, etc. for our Christmas Shoeboxes for the Mission to Seafarers. We will be collecting items in the summer for delivery at Christmas. (This is the Outreach Committee's way of trying to help us feel cool in the heat of summer - dwelling on thoughts of chilly ships in December gales!)


In August we will, for the 3rd year running, be collecting backpacks and school supplies for Parker Street Mission. They equip hundreds of children with the things we used to take for granted would be provided by the School. Remember those days when #2 pencils and scribblers would be handed out that first day of school . . . Those days are behind us but so many children don't have what they need. Let's join together to give these students the best start for a great year!


Please join us for worship on Sundays at 8:30 and 10 am. And don't forget our Annual Garden Party on 24 July. We look forward to seeing everyone there.


God bless you and have some fun in God's Creation this summer.


Rachael Parker+

Priest, Pastor, Rector - St. James Anglican Church (Armdale)