Sunday, October 22 at 11 AM - 4 PM
This event is open to everyone, including: folks from St. Paul's United, folks from regional churches, and folks from the community; and including: "straight" folks, LGBTQ folks, allies and friends. Come for the Iridesce reflection during Sunday morning worship service, and stay for a workshop on our themes.
Project Coordinator Aaron Miechkota will also be available for one-on-one conversations, and further invitations during the week.
To participate: please contact Rev. Anne Hoganson or visit http://www.stpaulsunitedchurchspryfield.ca/ to contact this community.
For more information visit iridesce.ca
Email our Coordinator at email@example.com
ST. PAUL’S UNITED CHRUCH TAKES PART IN BEACH CLEAN UP
By Carolyn Mont
Every spring since 1991, during Environment Week, the Friends of McNabs Island Society organizes a beach clean up. (www.mcnabisland.ca) In that time, over 11 000 bags of garbage have been collected on the various beaches on the island. You may be wondering why anyone would give up a Sunday in June to pick up garbage….. well, there are lots of reasons.
St. Paul’s United Church in Spryfield has long been active in environmental issues. We have a monthly fundraising bottle drive on the third Saturday of the month, we periodically have a Green Moment during our Sunday Service in which we call attention local, national or global environmental issues, our Community Garden is chemical free, our Boy Scout Troop has adopted and cleans up a section of Old Sambro Rd….
When talk of the beach clean up arose, we decided to give it a try. The congregation, the Unified Board and our minister, Reverend Jeanne Manning Stright all thought it was a good idea. We reserved seats on the boat with the Friends of McNabs Islands Society and prepared to help with the clean up and have our Sunday Service on McNabs. Yes, this is such a popular event that we had to make reservations to go pick up garbage!
What a day we had. First of all we met at Murphy’s on the Water to get the boat, the Harbour Queen. This boat holds 190 people and all spots were reserved. It was a beautiful sunny day and the boat ride was a treat. When we arrived at Garrison Wharf, we were handed gloves and garbage bags and then assigned an area to work. The folks from St. Paul’s, along with several other individuals, went to Ives Cove at the north end of the Island. We walked through the grounds of the former Hugonin Perrin Estate to the Military Road. These are lovely paths and trails, certainly worth the trip if that was all we did. We passed the Matthew Lynch house (he was Bill Lynch’s Dad), and the Conrad Davis house, whose original owner had had a bottling plant on the island many years ago. These lovely old homes are sadly in disrepair now but as we walked down their long driveway lined with hundred year old linden trees, we could appreciate their former grandeur.
At the end of the Military Road, we came to Fort Ives and turned right and down the hill to Ives Cove where our work began. During the beach clean up, the garbage picked up is not refuse left behind by visitors to the island. Generally, folks who make the effort to go to such a spot are respectful and leave it as they find it. What we pick up is usually junk that has drifted in with the tide and is always interesting to see what the winter has brought to the beaches. It happened that this year, Ives Cove was not very dirty. We mostly found bits of plastic, Styrofoam and glass. Our work took us about 11/2 hours and then we went up to the fort for our lunch and church service at 1:00pm. We stood on the ramparts overlooking the harbour and the city, with the sun shining and the breeze gently blowing. The words of the beautiful hymn How Great Thou Art, seemed particularly apt as we sang…
“ When I looked down from lofty mountains grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze”
There were so many blessings here, especially for the children in our group. In one sunny day, they worked at looking after our world, had a picnic lunch, attended church in the ruins of an old fort and then got to play on the beach. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Sun. April 13, 11:00 am: Intergenerational Worship Service for Palm Sunday. Worship for all ages, including a parade with palms.
Thurs. April 17, 7:00 pm: Maundy Thursday Communion Service. This is a Combined Service with St. Paul’s United and the Sambro Jollimore United Church Pastoral Charge. Service will begin in the Church Hall at St. Paul’s and conclude in the sanctuary.
The Thursday of Holy Week is called Maundy Thursday. Although the exact origins of this name are unclear, some believe the word maundy derived from the Latin word mandatum, which means “command.” On Maundy Thursday we remember the new commandment Jesus gave his disciples, to love one another. Others say it stems from the Latin mundo meaning wash, recalling how Jesus washed the disciples’ feet at the Last Supper. At the Maundy Thursday service we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and we will also re-enact Jesus’ symbolic gesture of washing the disciples’ feet. As part of this service you will have the opportunity to participate in foot washing or hand washing if you wish. You might want to dress appropriately (e.g. pants, sandals or shoes with socks.)
Fri. April 18, 10:00 am Ecumenical Worship Service at Open Door Community Church; 7:00 pm Good Friday Evening Service at St. Paul’s.
Celebrate Easter with the dawning of the new day! Join us at 6:10 am on April 20 for an Easter Sunrise Service at the Bandstand in the Dingle Park. Please bring your own chair if you would like a seat, and dress warmly. The service will take place at the Dingle rain or shine. After the service there will be a light breakfast at St. Paul’s.
There is a profound wonder in watching the sun rise. In community with other Christians at Easter it can create a sense of connectivity and holiness. You can become part of centuries of tradition dating back to the time when the women first went to the tomb. You can be part of the celebration here, now and today of the divine promise of transformation that is renewed each morning.
Sun. April 20, 11:00 am: Intergenerational Easter Celebration with Communion.
The Family Resources Institute, aka, F.R.I. is hosting an Adult Yoga class on Fridays at 7 pm and a Children's Yoga class on Saturday mornings @ 10 am.
The cost for this class is a donation that will go directly to F.R.I. ( Our Outreach Ministry), OR a food bank donation.
What are you giving up for Lent? Why not take something on instead! You are invited to participate in a six-week evening study program exploring basic Christian beliefs entitled, “Beginnings: An Introduction to Christian Faith,” beginning Wed. Feb. 26, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, in the Parlour. The program, while intended especially for those who are new to the church, is designed to address you wherever you are in your spiritual journey. Topics of exploration include: “So, Is This All There Is?”, “Who Is Jesus, and Why Should I Care?”, “What Happens When I Die?”, “Can I Trust God?”, “If I Don’t Feel Lost, Why Do I Need to Be Found?”, “How Can I Make a Life and not Just a Living?”
If you wish to attend, Please contact the church office at 477-3937 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org
This year the Blessing of the Animals was held on a warm, and breezy Sunday afternoon during the Spryfield Harvest Festival. There was a good size crowd and Rev. Manning Stright and our Student Minister Lana Maclean, blessed many different pets this year ranging in size, color and breeds. Our largest pet was a loveable boarder collie named Missy to the smallest of our animals, a fuzzy caterpillar. Also in attendance were a pair of sister cocker-spaniel mixes, a fuffy pom, an adorable teddy bear hamster, a purrrfect pussy cat, a handsome pug , a curious jack Russell poodle mix, and as the Worship band played you could hear the musical chirping of our favorite budgie bird singing along ( he thinks he's a song bird ).
All in All it was a great day, Donations were taken for the SPCA and Paws Fur Thought.