May 15th is the last Sunday for Reverend Margaret as she is retiring. During this time of transition please feel free to ask questions of your Wardens.
Standing in her place for the next while will be:
We are looking for one or more individuals to help with Vacation Bible School this summer. Please talk to a Warden if you are interested.
Book Study will resume after Thanksgiving.
For 18 to 30 month old toddlers we will have Tumbling Tots. Join us on May 18th 2016 from 10 to 11 am.
And little ones from 0 to 6 years old are invited to Sing and Sign. It will be held on June 1st 2016 from 10 to 11 am.
To register for either of these sessions place call 519 758-8228.
Easter is always a special time in all Christian churches, and no less so, in Holy Trinity. We had our traditional Maundy Thursday evening service with the stripping of the altar and the washing of feet. This service is very humbling as we recall how Jesus washed all his disciples’ feet. The 7:30 am sunrise service on Easter Sunday, was once again up on the hill at the home of Ariel and Paul Szentimery on Cheese Factory Road. Members of the United, Baptist and Holy Trinity Anglican Churches joined together for this uplifting sunrise service.
We felt privileged to have the World Day of Prayer service at Holy Trinity on Friday, March 4th with members of Glen Morris United Church, St. George United Church and St. George Baptist Church joining us at the service. The Baptist Church provided us with lovely breads and fruits.
Cuba was the topic this year. Using a slide show of his times in Cuba, Bruce Dunk, a sawyer in Paris, gave a very insightful talk on the history of Cuba, their needs and way of life there. He has gone to Cuba a few times to guide them in how to use a more modern sawmill, in order that they could become more self-sufficient, rather than using their very outdated saws.
Today, the grandparents in Cuba are the ones who try to instill Christianity in their grandchildren, as their own children grew up when Cuba was a socialist state and still hold those values. He informed us that Canadians are really appreciated there, as we helped Cuba during the economic embargo from the United States. Cuba, though very poor, has the resources to grow their own food and has enough lumber to be self-reliant, but under Communist rule, it did not happen. All 4 churches prayed together for the people of Cuba so that their many burdens would be lifted.
Larry Travers, a member of Holy Trinity, was asked by Canon Bill Cliff, to design and make a Bishop’s crozier for his March ordination to become a Bishop in Manitoba. Larry designed a wooden crozier embedded with many different woods, symbolic of how Christianity started in the Holy Land using Cedar of Lebanon for the base up to using Manitoba Maple on the top, to show how Christianity had moved to Manitoba. Larry gave a talk to our church about the crozier, explaining the symbolism of each wood that he embedded into the crozier, before it was presented to Canon, now Bishop Bill.
A fun time was had this month with a Tupperware Bingo party where young and old participated in this event once again this year.
It is our regret that Rev. Margaret Shortell will be retiring in mid-May to pursue the next phase of her life, by spending more time at the cottage, and hopefully, traveling and exploring the East Coast. We wish her all the best in these future endeavours. We will truly miss her sincere dedication, her unending patience, her constant spiritual guidance and her wonderful care for all of us during the past 12 years.
Holy Trinity was very busy this summer! In early July, we had Theatre Camp for young people aged 5 to 13. St. George Music Theatre Company was formed six years ago at the church. Mary Shortell Poole, Cathy Pickett-Erskine and 8 enthusiastic young people spent a week together which culminated in a performance of “Jack and the Beanstalk”. Each year, the program has expanded and the performances have been more ambitious. The goal of the program is to offer a camp where the participants can become fully immersed in the theatre experience-music, acting, dance, costume, staging and sets. The week culminates in a fully staged performance; this year it was “Space Pirates”. There are young people who have returned every year! Volunteer positions and scholarships are available for teens.
In August, Vacation Bible School started up for youngsters aged 5 to 12. Twenty children from St. George and area came and enjoyed songs, outside activities, Bible stories, science, art activities and snacks for the week. Maureen Grodde, a teacher in the Hamilton-Wentworth Board, was the fantastic leader of the fun topic “Everest”. This was the third year for Vacation Bible School at Holy Trinity. Rev. Margaret Shortell brought Bible stories to life by using her i-pad. Ron Robb, an enthusiastic, origami expert had the youngsters enthralled by his science experiments and origami.
Supplying backpacks for elementary and high school students using the Cambridge Shelter has been going on for many years at Holy Trinity. Outreach to the greater community has always been important for the church! We were able to provide 30 backpacks filled with much needed school supplies for students heading off to school in the fall.
During the last two weeks of August, we continued with our outreach by joining with members of the Kiwanis Club of Paris, placing bags at homes in St. George and then collecting them a week later, filled with food for the Paris and Brantford Food Banks. We were very grateful for the community’s response to this needy cause!
Pie baking has been going on for years in St. George for the Apple Fest. Our church made 150 apple pies which sold out very quickly. We are grateful for the Community Centre allowing us to use their ovens for this cause.
On Holy Trinity’s church property, there is a meditative garden which is open to the public with benches, beautiful mature trees, shrubs and perennials of every colour and variety. On Sunday, September 27th, the garden was dedicated to Douglas Livingstone, a long time parishioner of Holy Trinity. Doug had the foresight and the wonderful idea to create a beautiful space for the community to enjoy the peace, pray, meditate and feel the presence of God in nature. The digging and planting in the garden started in 2000 and continues to be maintained by avid gardeners in the church. You are welcome to enjoy this peaceful piece of paradise in St. George at any time.
On October 4th, Rev. Margaret celebrated a service with not just people in the church, but also dogs, cats, rabbits and a fish for the “Blessing of the Animals” service. In the past, even an alpaca, a horse and a turtle have come to be blessed! So far, no pet snakes have been brought! This service is well attended not only by parishioners but also by villagers in St. George.
On Wednesday, October 14th, Brant Early Year’s restarted with the topic of “Rhymes”. In November, the topic will be “Infant Massage”. This endeavour is part of our Renew programme to introduce new people with families to our church.
On Saturday, October 17th, Crock a Doodle came to our church for a creative morning of making Christmas pottery ornaments together. This was a fun intergenerational event!
In November, we will be gearing up for our annual cooking, baking and serving of a full meal for those who use the Cambridge Shelter. This month, we are also planning a bowling afternoon for the young and old to have fun together.
Holy Trinity, Anglican Church in St. George is an active parish seeking new, interesting ways to reach the community! For a change from our routine food drive during Lent, we decided to divide the church members up into two groups alphabetically. We had a contest between the “Angels” and the “Saints” to see which group could bring in the most items. We managed to bring in 1,525 items altogether in 6 weeks. That was a lot of food from our small church and the people who use the Food Bank really benefited. All year, we supply the Brant Food Bank with food brought in by parishioners.
In early May, Bishop Terry Dance came to our church to confirm 11 youth and one adult. Our priest, Rev. Margaret Shortell, did numerous sessions to prepare the youth for this important event in their lives. As part of the preparation for this service, Canon Lynne Calhoun taught a session on meditative prayer and Ron Robb brought Bible stories to life through his origami. It was a very special day for all of us as Bishop Dance spoke about growing up as an introvert and how he came to be a bishop, to encourage the youth at a vulnerable time in their lives. Carolyn Reed, a well-known guitarist and soloist in the Brantford area sang “In the Garden”. The service included the community of St. George with two of the confirmed youth singing “Man in the Mirror” with two school friends. Each person who was confirmed, received a “Book of Alternative Services” as a gift from our church. This book is the order of services in the Anglican Church. About 120 people experienced the joy and celebration of the worship and enjoyed cake and conversation following the service.
We have a beautiful, meditative garden behind the church which is lovingly attended by members of the parish. Every week, there are new treasures growing! The garden is always open for the public to sit, meditate, walk through and enjoy.
On Wednesday, May 20th we hosted our 3rd Ontario Early Years’ programme at Holy Trinity from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. The topic for May was Circle/Storytime for preschoolers. It was another great time for moms, dads and caregivers to have a fun, time learning with their youngsters. We plan to continue this programme in the fall.
A service on Pentecost Sunday, May 24th was a service led by the youth. They did the readings, served at the altar and sang. An outdoor hike is planned for the youth on May 31st to celebrate God’s creation, as well as a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London in early June.
We are gearing up for a barbecue on Friday, June 12th at the church and a scavenger hunt in the community of St. George. An indoor scavenger hunt will be available for those who do not wish to walk in the summer heat. Everyone who participates, will have their name put into a draw and the winners will receive gifts. If interested in joining us, please contact Laura McEachern at firstname.lastname@example.org. or just show up! All are welcome to come and join in the fun!
Put us on your schedule. Please come. Blessings await.