Advent/Christmas Greetings from Fr. Brad
Who would have thought last year, as we all prepared for Christmas, and then celebrated the coming in of the New Year, that 2020 would play out the way it has? We have no lived memory of a global pandemic, and it is so sad to see the chaos, tragedy and suffering that COVID has wrought in the lives of so many people around the world. The suffering has not been limited to the virus itself; loneliness, isolation, neglected health conditions, postponed surgeries and treatments, drug addictions, domestic turmoil, have all risen dramatically in these last several months. read more
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ALL Services Cancelled for in-person attendance until further notice
This is a summary of the letter we received from the Diocese on Dec. 21, (click here for full text ).
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From the Diocese:
1. Beginning on Dec. 24th and continuing until we are notified, no in-person worship is permitted. We are in the process of informing those who signed up for our Christmas Eve service.
2. Church buildings are closed except for essential maintenance and recording of on-line services.
3. Food ministries may continue with takeout only and precautions.
4. Weddings, funerals and baptisms are postponed unless the bishop gives special permission.
5. Pastoral care is by phone and video calls except in an emergency and with multiple precautions.
6. Fellowship and children’s activities are on-line only.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact one of the wardens (Barb 613-403-2615, Ev 613-969-1393.
Brad, Ev, Barb
TGIF Frozen Dinner preparation
Alternate Mondays, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
As you may know, a small group of volunteers has carried on the St. Thomas effort to prepare and donate 120 frozen dinners for distribution to those in need. What was a once-a-month activity with a over a dozen volunteers before COVID, has since morphed into an every-other-week cooking session with a roster of only 4 volunteers. As we head into the colder seasons and a possible “second wave", the need for these frozen meals is expected to increase.
Now that we are more aware of how COVID spreads and the best ways to protect ourselves, perhaps you might consider joining our small team?
We cook at Bridge St. United as it is a much larger kitchen that allows for social distancing at all times. There is a maximum of 6 people allowed in the kitchen at any given time. We wear masks the entire time and are extra careful about hand washing and sanitization.
Our partnership with Bridge St. United on this front has been very successful and a testament to what we as Christians can do when we work together.
Please contact the office at 613 962-3636 for further information.
Message from Fr. Brad
"Regardless of how thick or intense the darkness might seem, the Light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never overcome it."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
MUSIC AT ST THOMAS'
Baptism - For information on being baptised, please go here
Weddings - If you are interested in celebrating your wedding at St. Thomas', please go here