Christmas has come and gone in the church, but we are eagerly looking forward to what the 2017 will bring! Rev. Sharla Malliff has numerous ideas that she is eager to implement in our church.
At the entrance of the church, our parishioners generously covered an evergreen tree with socks, mitts, scarves and hats for those in need at Grace Church in Brantford and for the Cambridge Shelter (Bridges). Extra boxes were needed to put in all that did not fit on the tree!
Our outreach continued during Advent with donations of 360 pounds plus of foodstuffs for the Brantford Food Bank. Everyone had been asked to bring in one food item a day during Advent and the bounty overflowed!
The group, “The Licorice Allsorts”, entertained us with Christmas tunes, using clarinets of all sizes. They used 3-b flat clarinets, an e flat and a bass clarinet to raise money for the CLAY (Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth) Gathering. Cathy Erskine, the organist, pianist, member of our church, and a member of the “Allsorts”, organized this wonderful event for us.
CLAY is an interdenominational group of young Anglicans and Lutherans, who travel once every two years to a different city in Canada. “The youth get to encounter scripture in meaningful ways, experience ancient and modern ways of worship, learn together in special interest forums, enjoy fantastic social events, explore the city they are in and make connections with youth from all over Canada as they celebrate life together. Youth are empowered by this experience and develop leadership skills.” (Web Manager, Anglican Church of Canada 2013). In 2018, the youth are going to Thunder Bay, Ontario. Our priest, Reverend Sharla, is one of the Diocesan Chaplains for youth and is working diligently to get youth eager to participate in this great event.
An intergenerational group of parishioners was involved in acting out “The Christmas Story” the Sunday before Christmas. The pageant began with Zachariah and Elizabeth having a baby in their old age. A child “lamb” followed the donkey along with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Having children act out the Christmas story brings out the true meaning of Christmas for everyone.
Early Years is now occurring every Monday and Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 as a Drop In centre in the church basement. Interesting centres are set up for moms/dads/caregivers to interact with their children in active learning situations that prepare them for school. We are very excited to be involved in this outreach to the community. Come out and bring your children!
On November 20th, Holy Trinity was blessed to be able to join in the celebration of the blessing of Mary Erskine and Joe Turcotte’s marriage at Mary’s childhood church. Parishioners enjoyed a special luncheon and cake after the service and got to congratulate the happily married couple.
Advent begins on November 27th and the sermon of the first Sunday of Advent will be Hope – Worship Fully.
On the second Advent Sunday, December 4th the theme will be Peace – Spend Less.
On the following two Sundays, December 11th and 18th it will be Joy – Give More and Love – Love All.
Our Christmas Eve services will be at 4 and 7 pm. Both services are family friendly and age friendly.
Our church basement floor got quite sticky with all the peeling of apples for the annual St. George Apple Fest. It was great to talk and laugh together while we all worked. There has never been a problem with any pies left over from the sale! Actually, some husbands complain that the wives don’t make them any apple pies. We tell them to go and buy one from the sale!
Emma Waite, a Girl Guide from our church, showed us photos of her wonderful visit to Switzerland and talked about all her memorable experiences on the tour. Way to go Emma!
Our church is thrilled to have a new priest, Rev. Sharla Malliff, her daughter Shaelynn and her two sons, James and Ryan, join us this fall. Rev. Sharla’s sermons are very enlightening and are memorable. Her official induction into our church was in October with many priests, parishioners, family and friends in attendance. The church rocked with so many voices singing and praising God.
Early Years is continuing at our church with a Drop In centre once a month. December 7 th is the next date when any moms, dads or grandparents are invited to bring their children. Infants to 6 years of age get to learn, have fun with other youngsters and caregivers get to mingle and connect with others as well. Early Years is hoping to set up a Drop In Centre at the church everyMonday and Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 in the new year. Come and join us! It’s free!
It was a pleasure to celebrate with Jean Whitman and her family as she celebrated her 90 th birthday this year. Jean was one of the founding members of our church.
On November 5 th , during a very busy time, our church once again made many large pots of chili to feed those people using the Cambridge Shelter (Bridges). The buns, carrots, apple cider and desserts were eagerly devoured. We were even able to leave the Shelter with a very large pot of chili for the next day also. This outreach has been a big part of what our church has done for many years.
The Advent book study, Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change The World?, begins on November 17 th . This group meets at 10:00 on Thursdays. Everyone is welcome to join at any time.
The Sunday School Pageant will take place on Sunday, December 18 th at 10:00. All the young people, baby included, will be performing in “The Christmas Story”. This is always a special time for everyone.
During Advent, different families will participate in the lighting of the candle for that week at the beginning of each 10:00 Sunday service, as we begin our journey to the manger. On Christmas Eve, we offer a service at 4:00 pm service for families with young children and as well as a traditional Christmas service at 7:00 pm. All are welcome!
Get ready for a new season of book study on Thursday mornings at 10:00.
Starting October 20th and continuing for four weeks we will explore:
Rowan Williams’ Being Christian.
This will be followed by an Advent book study focusing on:
Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World? by Rick McKinley.