Join us as we start the season of Advent with a family oriented Advent Breakfast on Dec. 2nd from 9:00 – 10:15 am. A warm breakfast will be served before families participate in an interactive Advent program.
The TWMVC proudly draws on the great Welsh tradition of singing hymns and songs born of the mountains and valleys of Wales. At the same time it emphasizes a multicultural context in its broad repertoire which also includes spirituals, operatic arias, Canadian folk songs as well as Broadway show tunes and contemporary Canadian music. The blend of traditional and contemporary music, all sung off book in accordance with tradition, will thrill the ear and soothe the heart. Tickets available through the office.
Join us for a special Blessing of the Backpacks on September 9 at 10:30 am. All students and teachers are welcomed to bring their backpack to church to receive a prayer of blessing over the school year.
The Fall Kickoff will be on Sunday, September 23 at 10:30am. This is a great opportunity to reconnect and get plugged in this fall. The service is followed by a BBQ – please bring a salad/side item or dessert to share. Please email Katharine to sign up today!
Surviving the Holidays
Monday. November 30, 2020 @ 6:30-8:30 pm via ZOOM
We are conscious that many grieving folks dread holiday time, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years cannot be recreated.
“Surviving the Holidays” is a one time 2-hour gathering that offers support for people as they face challenging situations and circumstances associated with the holiday season. Participant booklets at a cost of $10 to defray costs will be available to pick up at the church-kindly call Katharine at 905 477 1991 to arrange a time.
To register, please go to griefshare.org, enter your postal code, click on ‘Find a holiday event’, click on the St. Philip’s-on-the-hill notice, and enter your information.
Come as you are. God bless you and your family.
GriefShare at SPOTH – Fall 2020
We will be offering our fourth 13-week GriefShare (GS) program, for the first time ‘on-line’. This will involve new ways of sharing information and being with one another. For this reason, we are adding an Introductory session on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Thereafter, sessions will occur weekly up to and including Tuesday, December 22, 2020, break for the Christmas and New Year period, and resume on Tuesday, January 5, 2020 for the remaining 3 weeks.
GS is a Christian based program of bereavement support. Regardless, people of different faiths or no faith are welcome. Participants before you have reported great insight from the program information, comfort in the companionship of others in a similar life situation, and reference to the workbook. Contact Katharine Crowe (905-477-1991) to arrange pickup of your workbook at St. Philip’s before October 13, and leave $25 as you are able. .
We recommend a period of a few months from the death of your loved one to be able to optimally participate in a support group. Kindly note that registration is limited to 8 participants.
Please come as you are. Thanks for your time.
Virginia Clark Weir and Julia Warren, Co-Facilitators
Lent is a time to prepare for Easter. Historically it was a time for those preparing for baptism at Easter, but now it’s a time for all baptised Christians to prepare themselves by taking time to pray, fast, and give to the poor. We encourage you to intentionally draw close to God in these 40 days (not including Sundays) before Easter. Below are a few opportunities to help you do so.
Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John Small Group – starting Tuesday, February 20 at 7pm and meeting weekly until March 27 in the Lounge at St. Philip’s led by Rev. Stephen Kern. This Lenten prayer offering of reflection has been put together by the Anglican monastic community The Brothers of St. John the Evangelist. We have ordered 30 prayer journals at a cost of $5.00 or you can download and print your own at www.meetingjesusinjohn.org.
Morning Prayer – starting Thursday, February 22 at 10am and for the 4 Thursdays following there will be Morning Prayer for half an hour led by our Family Pastor, Brian Suggs.
Lenten Retreat Day – Saturday, March 3 from 9am-1pm. Rev. Stephen Kirkegaard will led us through “Forgiveness-Living Love”. Cost is $20 and you can register by emailing Katharine at email@example.com.
Holy Week begins on Sunday, March 25 with Palm Sunday services at 8:15am and 10:30am. This service includes the blessing of the palms and reading the passion narrative of scripture as we enter into Holy Week.
Family Maundy Thursday service at 6pm on Thursday, March 29. This service is interactive, for all ages, and is an opportunity to learn, worship, read scripture, and pray together. This service includes Holy Communion and ritual hand/foot washing.
Maundy Thursday service with the stripping of the altar (ancient tradition where all the altar cloths and other items are taken off the altar and it is left bare in preparation for the solemn Good Friday service) is at 7:30pm on March 29 and includes Holy Communion and ritual hand/foot washing.
Family Good Friday service starts at 9:30am on Friday, March 30 in the Parish Hall. This interactive one-hour service provides an opportunity for parents and children to pray, worship, and learn more about Jesus’ death on the cross together.
Good Friday service starts at 10:30am on Friday, March 30. This solemn service commemorates the cross of Jesus and includes singing, drama, scripture reading, prayer and Holy Communion.
Easter Vigil begins at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 31. This ancient service includes lighting the new fire outside and processing into the darkened church (representing the resurrection of Jesus from the dark tomb) together. This is the first opportunity during Holy Week to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and includes joyful singing, scripture reading, prayer, and Holy Communion.
Easter services will be at 8:15am and 10:30am on Sunday, April 1. Both services include a joyful celebration of Christ’s resurrection and include scripture reading, prayer, and Holy Communion. There will be a special Easter children’s program at the 10:30am service in the Parish Hall, followed by an Easter Egg hunt (open to children 12 and under).
Calling all fathers, daughters, grandfathers, and granddaughters! You’re invited to this year’s dinner and dance on Saturday, February 3 from 6-9pm.
This is a fun event for all who attend with a delicious dinner, fun games, dancing, a photo booth, and door prizes to be won! Tickets are $30 per father/daughter ticket, $10 for additional daughters, and free for those age 3 and under (just let us know they’re coming).
Feel free to invite friends, neighbours, and other family members to be part of the fun!
Tickets are available by calling the church office at 905-477-1991 or by emailing Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Philip’s will be hosting Kairos Canada to come and lead The Blanket Exercise. It is a teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Check out this video for more information.
Saturday, January 27, 9:30am-12:30pm
Join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year on Sunday, February 18 at 1pm. There will be lots of performers – dancers, musicians, soloists – and lots of lucky draws. Bring a friend and join in the fun!