Journeying together in Christ

Here is what’s happening this weekend and what’s coming up at St. James…

Sunday November 22nd  – Reign of Christ

Children’s Church by Zoom at 9:30am
Details will be E-mailed to parents.  For more information E-mail Lisa at

Youth Program in the Clarence Hale Room at 11am. 
Please enter via the office wing doors down the path (wooden doors with window).

Confirmation group will meet in the Clarence Hale room at 1pm.  We have six people preparing for Confirmation on December 13th. 

The Gathering will be going on a hike this Sunday and worshipping in the beauty of creation. Details are below.


We have  limited capacity at 9am and 11am.  We are limited to 50 people at each service including clergy and staff.  The 11am service has 15 spots still available and we have quite a few available at the 9am service.  Please note that masks are required at all services.  Any visiting after the services must be done outdoors.  Seating has been assigned at the 11am service to allow the maximum number of people to participate.   

The 9am service will be Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion with music from Michael Capon and Dave Barton.  

The 11am service will be Book of Alternative Services Holy Eucharist with music from Michael Capon, Dave Barton, and Bob Burkholder (Cantor).  In the absence of singing, we are exploring the use of movement as a means of congregational participation in the liturgy. Today, led by Baroque Dancer, Edgar Tumak, we will wave banners in celebration of “Reign of Christ” Sunday. Please join in as you’re able to create a joyful visual display!

Sue Beare will celebrate at the 11am service and Don Ford will celebrate at the 9am service.  I will preach at both services. 

The 11am service will be live streamed on our YouTube channel.   The service will become a regular YouTube service after it has streamed.  If you subscribe and allow notifications, you will get Emailed a link to the service that you can use until the service becomes a permanent You Tube video on Monday.

Service Sheets will be E-mailed by Marilyn shortly (to those who requested it).  They will also be available at the back of the church.  If you are not receiving these and would like to, please E-mail Marilyn at

Looking ahead

Do you miss singing? St James Anglican, St Mark’s Lutheran, and St Paul’s Anglican in Sydenham are joining forces to record a lessons and carols service for Christmas, and we need you to sing!  It will be broadcast online on Sunday December 27th. 

The service will begin and end with video mashups of “O come, all ye faithful” and “Hark, the herald angels sing”, and all in our congregations are invited to participate by video recording.

If you haven’t recorded a video before, don’t worry! It will feel like you’re singing a solo, but you’re not. Your recording will be blended together with all the other submissions. If you’re not sure about how to
use the technology, we encourage you to reach out to someone in your bubble for assistance, or to the e-mail address below. The more people participate in the production, the better!

Many of you will know the famous descants for these hymns. Sopranos and Tenors are all welcome to record the descants in your own range, in addition to the tunes. There are separate recordings for the descants.

More details about how to participate will be shared next week.

The paper edition of our parish newsletter, the Messenger, will be available on Sunday December 6th.  It will be mailed on Tuesday December 8th to those who don’t pick them up on the Sunday

Sunday November 29 – Advent 1 

Sunday December 6 – Advent 2

Sunday December 13 – Advent 3 with Bishop Michael.  Services at 9am, 11am and 1pm.  The 11am and 1pm service will be live streamed.  The 1pm service will be a service of Confirmation. 

Wednesday December 16 – Blue Christmas Service via Zoom at 7pm.  A special service to provide a quiet, contemplative service as an alternative to the more traditional gatherings as a way to care for those who are sad or struggling whilst those around them are caught up in celebrating.

Sunday December 20 – Advent 4  – The Annual Christmas Pageant will be broadcast at both morning services.  As children’s ministry is online only, the pageant will be recorded using Zoom.  It is a very creative pageant that Lisa and our interns are putting together.

Thursday December 24 – 4pm, Children and Family Service via Zoom.  7pm and 10pm in person Christmas Communion.  The 7pm service will be live streamed. 

Sunday December 27 – Tri-Parish Lessons and Carols service.  It will go live at 10am on our You Tube Channel.  At 11:30 we will gather for a special Christmas Cheer Coffee Hour where you are encouraged to wear your “ugly Christmas sweater” and share some Christmas cheer with others.  There will not be in person worship this day. 

The week ahead at St. James

Tuesday  November 24

Women’s Bible Study
This will be the last Women’s Bible Study for this semester. They will resume in mid-January. New members are always welcome. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Rowland at

Men’s Group will meet in person and via Zoom at 7pm.  
Bill Morrow will be leading us in a discussion about spirituality and dying.  We can accommodate up to 8 people in the Clarence Hale Room.  Please RSVP to Bill Morrow at

Wednesday November 25

Prayer Meeting by Zoom at 10:15am
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 995 773 015    Password: 1845

Thursday November 26

Bible Study by Zoom at Noon
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 413 840 118   Passcode: 1845
These Toronto phone numbers are also available
for you to phone into Zoom meetings:
647 374 4685 and 647 558 0588

A reminder that the procedure for attending services in person will require people to RSVP to the office by noon on Thursdays so that we know how many people to expect.  We will allow a few spots at each service for visitors that might show up on the day.   Please do not RSVP until the Tuesday before the service you plan to attend.  Please E-mail or phone (613) 548-7254 ext. 1

I look forward to worshipping with you this weekend.

God Bless!