IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE WARDENS OF ST. THOMAS' ANGLICAN CHURCH
These are interesting and uncertain times for all of us as we work our way through this ever-changing COVID-19 situation.
At this time we know that you will join us in thanking Fr. Brad, Sandra and Shwetha for the additional work they are taking on. As always, many St. Thomas' volunteers have also stepped in to help.
By direction of the House of Bishops, (being advised by Public Health), the church office is not accessible at this time for in person contact.
The Memorial Gardens, and church grounds remain available for your quiet meditation and reflection, however we have been directed that the interior of the church building is closed due to their concerns regarding infection control.
Though the building may be temporarily closed to us all, the church of Jesus Christ carries on. We are so grateful for your ongoing financial support. Donations could be mailed or dropped through the mail slot at the front door.
The staff, wardens, and other volunteers are working out ways of keeping in touch with one another, and developing a plan to ensure that pastoral needs are being met. Rest assured that all concerns will be taken into account and dealt with as we continue to work through our church family’s needs.
We will be creating and forwarding links to you over the next period of time, to access videos which you may find helpful as we travel down this road.
Please stay safe, touch base with family and friends and keep all those affected by COVID-19, particularly our front line health care workers, in your prayers.
Wardens of St. Thomas’- Barb, Ev, and John
ALL CHURCH SERVICES SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Notification has been received from Bishop Michael Oulton and the House of Bishops that all worship services are to be suspended in our Diocese beginning this Sunday, March 15 until further notice.
Further Information is also available on the diocesan website.
"I know this is an unsettling situation, and as I said last week, different people have different comfort levels. It seems to me most hospitable for us to do what we can, and what is reasonable, to help ameliorate those who - for whatever reason - feel fearful, or anxious over Covid-19. In that spirit, allow me to share some favourite daily prayers which maybe you too will find helpful at times like these. I also think it most appropriate at this time to remember in our prayers the doctors and nurses and custodians, and researchers, and everyone else involved with this situation. "
Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O heavenly Father, in whom we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray thee so to guide and govern us by thy Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget thee, but may remember that we are ever walking in thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen
O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the use world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, in thy mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen
Your brother in Christ, Brad
New Director of Music
We are delighted to announce that Robert Martin is our new Director of Music. He is a pianist, organist and singer with over eighteen years' experience playing in churches, almost twenty years as a voice teacher and over twenty five years singing professionally. We are confident that under his leadership, our Music Ministry will continue to enhance our worship.
As you can understand, we are unsure when we will officially welcome Rob to St. Thomas’.
Many thanks to our Director of Music Search Committee Rev. Brad Beale, Jennifer Halladay, Rudy Heijdens, Jim Littlefair, Heather Rutledge, Annette Snow, Bill Tomlinson, Rosemary Archer, Deborah MacCallum,.
Anne Clark, Chairperson
Lenten Study Series 2020
This event is cancelled until further notice due to the closure of study venues since the COVID-19 outbreak. Participants may wish to check out the Henri Nouwen online Lenten discussion of the book.
Three Organists Celebrate Beethoven Postponed
On Sunday, April 19áµ—Ê° at 4:30 PM, three organists will share the bench of St. Thomas' Anglican Church's pipe organ (in Belleville) to celebrate Beethoven's 250áµ—Ê° birthday. The last event of the 2019-2020 season of “Music at Saint Thomas’” will feature organists Matthieu Latreille, Francine Nguyen-Savaria, and their guest artist Christophe Gauthier. Christophe Gauthier graduated from the University of Montreal in organ performance, where he studied under Réjean Poirier and Luc Beauséjour. He is currently organist at Saint Stanislas de Kostka Church in “le Plateau Mont-Royal.” An active musician, he regularly performs both as a harpsichordist and organist. He played in several series of the metropolitan area: “Les Concerts de la métropole,” “Orgue et Couleurs” organ festival and “Les Saints-Anges en musique,” as well as “Rendez-vous baroques français.”
Admission is by donation.
A Caring Community
St. Thomas' Church delivers support for Wounded Warriors Canada. read more
Single use plastics
At a meeting of parish council on May 9, consideration was given to a recommendation by the kitchen management committee to eliminate, where possible, the use of single use plastics within the church. This includes products such as plastic straws, Styrofoam cups, certain food containers etc. This initiative was endorsed by council but not to the extent of a total ban.
Meatless Monday at St. Thomas'
Meatless Monday is a global movement that everyone can join – and enjoy! It’s easy, inexpensive and a chance to make a really make difference. Read more and find recipes.
KITCHEN USER EDUCATION
Please stay current with proper kitchen safety and practices.
The Kitchen Manual can be found as a download in the Resource section of this website. This should be read periodically by all users to keep updated. Any questions should be directed to the church kitchen management team. This is important for insurance purposes.
Education sessions for those requiring supervisor training or those wishing an update will be held as needed. Please give your name to the office and the Kitchen Team will get back to you with the time of the next session. The education only takes about half an hour, but it’s a vital part of our compliance with local health and safety regulations, now that we have been approved to cook and serve food to the general public.
Register for training through the office by phoning 613 962-3636 or emailing email@example.com.
ST THOMAS' AND ST PAUL'S MINISTRY FUND-
Following considerable discussion, the purpose, funding sources, project proposals and application process have been redefined. click here to get all the details
HOYER MEMORIAL FUNDfor more information
MUSIC AT ST THOMAS'
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