For those of you who have had a chance to come around to the church in the past few weeks, you may have noticed how wonderful the gardens look. In my June message to the parish, (I think it was June), we asked for parishioners to come forward to help maintain the gardens around the church. We received three responses and, in the end, five people worked very hard to bring the gardens up to their current state. You can see from the picture a small portion of the garden – the roses are just beautiful this year. Thank you to Max, John, Jenny, Wendy and Stephen, for your hard work.
“I was hungry and you gave me food…‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matt 25:35-40)
We just wanted to share a few pictures with you from the food drive we held on the 6th of June. The doors were open to receive donations for just two hours on that Saturday, from eleven o’clock to one o’clock. In that time parishioners donated almost six hundred pounds of food. This is an awesome demonstration of your generosity and care for your neighbour and we want to thank you all for it. As one parishioner was heard to say: “There wasn’t much we could do as a parish during Covid; this is something we can do!”
On Monday, Knights Table received almost three hundred pounds of food and on Tuesday, Ste. Louise received just about the same amount. The work they do in the community is crucial for those who are struggling to make ends meet in this difficult time, and for those who struggle to ensure that they and their families have food to eat. A special thank you to Diane Boodhoo and Donna Morris for putting in a full day’s work to collect, sort and box all the donations we received.
January 24, 2021Celebrating the Reverend Canon Bryon Nash’s 50 years of ordained ministry.Presenting Canon Nash with his 50th anniversary stole, the Right Reverend Jenny Andison.Congratulations and God bless you Canon Nash!
May 14, 2020
‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food,” Matthew 25:34-35
The parish had a food drive on May 12th and May 14th, to collect donations of non-perishable food and hygiene products to support our local foodbanks (St. Louise Outreach and Knights Table). The success of this food drive was beyond what I expected. Thank you to all of you who gave so generously to support the food banks and those who rely on them.
Rehearsal for Sunday Service
Every Friday morning, we rehearse the service for Sunday. We live-stream on Sundays so we have to discoveranything ahead of time that might make the service go less than smoothly. I am so grateful to these fourdedicated people for their willingness to work with me every week to put this service together.
Palm Sunday 2020
Thought we’d share a few pictures of moments before we went live for our Palm Sunday service, a bit of spring and our sign (which we saw two other people taking pictures of this morning).
During this time of social-distancing and self-isolation, we will be live-streaming services of Morning Prayer on Facebook on a regular basis. For those of you who are unable to join us for the live stream, you may view it at a time convenient to you by following the link below.
The link is: https://www.facebook.com/stjamesbrampton/
Our page is a public page so you do not need an account to view it.
Just click on the link to view the video of Morning Prayer for April 2, 2020. You can use this same link to catch up on the latest news from St. James the Apostle, including other services of Morning Prayer and plans for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday on April 12. If you would like to support the ministry of this parish, you can make a donation through Canada Helps at this link: https://stjamesbrampton.ca/support/. Peace be with you all and thank you for joining us.
Parish Life & Getting Involved
St. James the Apostle is always grateful for the time and the gifts of the many volunteers that help to make the life at St. James rich and rewarding. There are many ways to get involved: you can join the choir, become a Sunday School Teacher, join the men’s group on Tuesday mornings, volunteer on the altar guild, be a reader, a server or a sidesperson. And, at various times during the year, volunteers are needed for the Christmas Bazaar, the Pancake Supper, the fall barbecue and other events. There is a Bible Study group that meets twice a month on Thursday evenings and there is a Book Club that meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Also at St. James the Apostle, opportunities for Christian education are offered during Advent and Lent. If you would like to support the parish, you can also ask for envelopes for your contributions. There is lots to do at St. James the Apostle. If there is an activity or group you would like to get involved with you would be warmly welcomed. If you come to one of the services, please speak with Rev. Monique, one of our wardens, to Marilyn, the administrative assistant or you can contact us through the church office.
The Altar Guild
The Altar Guild is a vital group of people who work quietly behind the scenes ensuring that the sanctuary and the altar are prepared for worship and for performing a number of other very important tasks. Linens are cared for, silver is made to gleam, and the Church is prepared for Harvest, Christmas, Easter, Weddings, Baptisms and many other special services. At present, St. James has four teams with two people per team. Each team works once every four weeks. Two more volunteers would be very welcome to set up one more team. If you would like to volunteer please contact our Altar Guild Director, Cindy Blagdon through the church office.
Being a member of the Altar Guild is truly an opportunity to serve God in a quiet, satisfying way. We are grateful to every member of the Altar Guild for their time and dedication to the many quiet and necessary tasks in preparing the Sanctuary for worship.