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Tuesday’s discussion group will be starting in September, every Monday in-person in the parish hall at 10:00 AM and Tuesdays on Zoom at 7:00PM.
This is an opportunity to keep in touch with others, and dig a bit into the weekly readings, in a very relaxed and comfortable forum.
Everyone and anyone is welcome. It is a relaxed and conversational environment, centered on the readings for the upcoming Sunday each week. People are welcome to ‘pop in’ or ‘pop out’ at their convenience.
Please email Sandra at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for either In-person or virtual.
Dates: Starting Monday 13, 2021 from 10:00AM - 11:30AM. In-person
Tuesday 14, 2021 from 7:00-8:00PM on Zoom
Note: In-person registration is limited. Covid protocols apply.
BEHIND THE SCENE
Since the pandemic started well over a year ago worship services have evolved to on line You Tube, pre-recorded and live video’s.
These are the key players
Music: Rob Martin and choristers:
Sound track is played and recorded using keyboard or organ.
Individually recorded, one to four choral parts are laid on to sound track, mixed and edited.
Music file is now forwarded to Shwetha who adds video and/or words.
Readings: Recorded in homes, church or outdoors by various readers from the congregation. These too are collected by Shwetha.
Sermons and liturgy:
Produced and delivered by Father Brad from a variety of indoor and outdoor venues.
Editing: All above files are delivered to Shwetha who edits and produces the finished product to upload to YouTube in time for Sunday services.
These services can be accessed directly from the St. Thomas’ YouTube channel or linked from Facebook, or through the St Thomas’ website.
Sandra provides the link to parishioners to facilitate access to upcoming events through email communications with the parish.
For the most part these are the people who have taken the initiative to solve a number of difficult challenges along the way to get us where we are at today. We extend our thanks to all of them.
As we move forward post pandemic, the intention is to continue to provide an on-line presence, accessible by the wider community, those who are shut-in or find attendance difficult.
This opens the door to those who would like to participate in a brand new form of outreach by becoming part of the team who will put these videos together on a regular basis. If you would like more information please let Shwetha or Brad know by calling 613 962-3636 or email them through the "Leadership" page on the St. Thomas’ website.
The weekly "Offering" began in April 2020 as a means of " Keeping in Touch" during the covid-19 pandemic.
Each week readers will hopefully find support, comfort, and joy revealed in topics of their personal journey of faith,
life, family, and food.
Rev. Kate Ann Follwell, Deacon
click here to download "Offering" by week
Please check this website on a regular basis for updates
March 30, 2021- EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
Once again St. Thomas church returns to a full lock down of all in person activities due to the rapid increase in cases locally. Further details to follow.
September 2, 2021
A note to address the question of when we are hoping to be able to return to church in-person. There has been much discussion on this matter and what parish council and the wardens have decided is that we are currently hoping for Thanksgiving weekend, October 10. The reason we are waiting is that there is growing concern among many local medical authorities about the Delta variant spreading so widely, the increasing local numbers, and the return to school. With school returning, and the current government protocols suggesting a 10 day isolation if someone becomes infected with Covid, then waiting until Thanksgiving weekend gives some time for the impact of the return to school to show itself. Our current plan is for weekly services, subject to anyone having attended who might develop symptoms and then get a positive test result, in which case we would likely cancel the following week’s in person gathering. In the meantime, Brad, (the parish priest) is more than happy to visit outside. We can not express our gratitude enough for your ongoing support, and the many volunteers continuing so many community ministries. For example, our food outreach has fully quadruped in both frequency and output. Just a little bit more, and we’ll get through this. We can do it - just a little bit more. Can’t wait to see everyone.
The wardens, rector and parish council for St. Thomas’
St. Thomas' Food Ministry
Led by Sheila Stanley, St. Thomas’ Food ministry is one of the ways that St Thomas’ Anglican Church helps to address food insecurity in our community.
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.
A Caring Community
St. Thomas' Church delivers support for Wounded Warriors Canada. read more
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 FUND for more information
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