Holy Week and Easter Services
Monday, April 15th 7:00pm at St Lawrence Anglican – ACW Corporate Communion
All women are invited to join with your sister ACW and LCW groups for a joint communion service. You must register by April 7th by signing up in the southeast corner of the Sanctuary or by calling Bea at 613-342-5223. Registration is required for the hot cross buns and coffee, served after the worship service.
Tuesday, April 16th 7:00pm – Contemplative Tuesday for Holy Week
All are welcome to attend a short contemplative service, focusing on the readings for Holy Tuesday.
Wednesday, April 17th 12:00pm – Healing Eucharist for Holy Week
All are welcome to come and reflect on the scripture readings for Wednesday of Holy Week with discussion, prayers for healing, Holy Eucharist, and laying on of hands for those who request this.
Thursday, April 18th 7:00pm – Maundy Thursday
This day begins the Holy Triduum, the three most sacred days leading to Easter. On Thursday night we remember and reenact Jesus washing of his friends’ and enemy’s feet in humble service, as he gives the commandment to us that we “love one another as he has loved us”. Following the foot-washing, we remember the last supper with Holy Eucharist for Maundy Thursday. The night ends with candle light and then darkness as we sit in silence for the Stripping of the Altar, at the end of which the tabernacle with reserved sacrament is removed and the last light is extinguished. We leave in silence to ponder the betrayal of Christ and the suffering that is to come.
Friday, April 19th 9:30am & 11:00am – Good Friday Walk of the Cross & Ecumenical Service
Our church is invited to join in the Brockville tradition of an ecumenical celebration of Good Friday. The Walk of the Cross travels through downtown Brockville with stops along the way for readings, prayers, and hymns. This year the walk ends at First Baptist Church for the 11am service. You may come for just the walk, just the service, or both. St Paul’s is one stop and volunteers are needed to lead the reading and prayer on the steps and to carry the cross on to the final stop at the Baptist church.
Saturday, April 20th – 10:00am Holy Saturday Children’s Passion Play
This child-friendly Passion Play was co-written by our Rector and our Children’s Ministries Coordinator to bring the stories of Holy Week alive for our children. All ages are welcome to attend.
Saturday, April 20th – starting just after dark, Holy Saturday Easter Vigil in North Augusta
This liturgy tells our who salvation story, beginning with creation and culminating with the Easter narrative. It is full of drama as we light the new fire and move from darkness to light. Please contact Lynn or sign up for carpooling on the big bulletin board in the parish hall.
Sunday, April 21st – 8:30am & 10:00am Easter Day
This is what we as Christians are all about! Jesus is risen and we celebrate with joy!! Alleluia!!
Carole Birtch, ACW member and hospital volunteer, is once again encouraging us to support the WEE CARE BASKETS that are given to babies in need who are born at BGH as a Mother’s Day celebration. A full list of requested items is found in the children’s area near the main entrance. Especially needed are long sleeved sleepers, baby wash, Vaseline, and receiving blankets. Please bring these items for a blessing and send-off on or before Sunday, May 12th.
Please speak with Lynn or Pat if you are interested in taking Godly Play storytelling training. The trainers are coming to Brockville the first weekend of May. You will be spiritually fed by this and will love it! We also need to expand our team of leaders.
The Justice Committee meets on May 11th at 9 am. New members are always welcome. In Justice Committee news, new stickers have been added to our prayer books so that we can now include the vow to care for creation in our baptismal covenant. In order to fulfill this vow, the Justice Committee suggests several upcoming community events:
April 14, Sustainability Fair, Market and Electric Vehicle Show. 10 am-3 pm North
Grenville Municipal Hall, Kemptville.
April 25, Restoring Ecological Function $20 admission, St. George’s Cathedral, Great Hall, 129 Wellingston St., Kingston, 6 pm. Learn how you can be a part of a balanced, fair and restorative food system.
April 27, Brockville Community Clean Up Day St. Paul’s members are asked to clean up the block the church sits on. 9-10 am. Gloves and bags will be made available. We look forward to seeing you all out there!
April 28, Plastics Recycling Panel, Brockville Library Conference Room, 2 p.m.
Weekly e-news: If you would like to receive a short spiritual reflection and news for the upcoming week, please email email@example.com
Ongoing Ministry and Stewardship Opportunities
Contemplative Tuesdays at 7:00 pm
All are welcome to join us in various contemplative practices.
1st Tuesday = Lectio Divina
2nd Tuesday = Taize
3rd Tuesday = Centering Prayer
4th Tuesday = Christian Meditation
5th Tuesday = The Jesus Prayer
Youth Group: We meet 1st Thursday night per month 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm., & host other events a few times a year. Contact Lynn for information. All middle school and high school aged youth are welcome.
Caregiver Support Group: 3rd Tuesday of each month, 1-3 pm
Information sharing, support and fellowship for caregivers. Every other month we have a guest speaker. To register: Jennifer: 613-423-3333 x 241.
Brockville Food Bank (Operation Harvest Sharing): We will continue to designate the 3rd Sunday of the month as a time to bring non-perishable food items to church. We welcome any items but would like to suggest that cereals, peanut butter, jam, and pasta are items that they consider to be high on their "wish list". Thank you to all who have donated in the past.
Women’s Study group: Tuesday 12:00 - 2:30 pm This group is now at maximum capacity. If anyone would like to join a second group, meeting on a different day (tba) please speak with Lynn or Janice Twaddle.
Bible Study Group: Thursdays at 7:00 pm at the home of John and Linda - 286 Church Street, led by Rev. Ted Guthrie. All are welcome.
Altar Guild Recruitment: Because of changes in personal circumstances, the Altar Guild has lost some of its key members. If you have some time and are looking to fulfill a role within the church, please consider joining the Altar Guild, the members of which are responsible for setting up the Altar once every four weeks. No experience is necessary; you would be placed on a team who would show you what has to be done. If interested, please see Dina Edwards (she’s a choir member) or call her at 613-342-4997.
Join the Parish Life Committee: This committee is looking for new members who are interested in connecting with both members of the parish and the wider community. It meets once a month on the 2nd Thursday of the month. For more information contact Flora Francis at 498-9859 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ushers Needed: Do you have a friendly smile? Do you like meeting people? Then we need you added to the St. Paul's usher roster. We've had a few folks step aside for various reasons, and are seeking happy, friendly people to greet people, hand out bulletins, assist guests, take up the collection, etc. If you're able to help please contact Chris Groenewoud 613-345-2944 or email@example.com.
Breakfast Club Schedule: Saturdays: May 4, 2019 - The Breakfast Club has a new venue. We will be meeting on the first Saturday of every month at 9 am. at Mike's Restaurant (Hwy 29 Plaza, east side, just north of the Tin Cap Farm). For more information please contact Ann Delaney at 613-345-0469. We would love to see you there.
Partnership with Brockville General Hospital Maternal Care Unit: The following items are needed for New Babies-in-Need Baskets; Jackets, sleepers sizes 0-9 months, undershirts (onezies), small baby powders, small baby oils, small soaps, and receiving blankets, etc.. If you wish to donate, please place items in the basket at the back of the church or contact Bea at 613-342-5223.
Get me to the Church: Drivers are needed to get people to and from church on Sunday mornings. If you can help, please contact Don Buffett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-345-5150.
FundScrict TM Update: FundScrip The following is the schedule for FundScrip™ gift card orders for 2019: April 21st and May 12th. Orders are received and submitted on the date below, and the cards are distributed the following week. Please mark these dates on your calendar. Order forms are available at the back of the church and may be submitted at any time (with a cheque corresponding to the amount of the order) in advance of the order date with the understanding the order dates are firm.
St. Paul's Hearing System: St. Paul's has hearing devices available to use for those who may need assistance in hearing the services more clearly. There is no charge for their use. Please see John Sharpe for further details.
Cancer Treatment Drivers: The Parish Life Committee is also considering the possibility of trying to provide drivers to take fellow parishioners to cancer treatment appointments. As a first step we would like to see if there are people in the congregation who would be willing to be drivers for this programme. Again, if you would be willing to drive these patients please contact Don Buffett at 613-345-5150 or email@example.com. Depending on the response we will decide what further actions can be taken.
The Elder Abuse Prevention Helpline: is now available in Leeds-Grenville to help victims of abuse, as well as people concerned that someone they know may be in an abusive situation. Elder abuse is not a family matter. If you fear that someone is taking advantage of a senior you know, please call our toll free, confidential, anonymous helpline. We are available 24/7 for advice, referral to an agency - or just to listen. 1-855-542-1336 Sponsored by the Council on Aging.