The Altar Guild is a team of volunteers who are responsible for preparing the altar and worship areas for services. This dedicated team set up for Holy Communion, keep the areas tidy (“light housekeeping for the Lord”) and take care of altar linens. Women and men are welcome to join and training is provided. The team has a rotating weekly schedule with duties shared. If you enjoy quiet service, behind the scenes, this may be for you.
Everyone enjoys a party, and we are no exception. This team organizes social events, such as pancake night just before Lent, a strawberry social in the spring, pasta night during the summer and a potluck lunch in early December.
Hammer and Nails Club
These parishioners work on small projects around the church. Meeting Tuesday evenings at six pm, weather permitting, they tackle jobs such as scraping and painting the fence around the Historic Church. The work is only part of the activity; this is also an opportunity for men of our parish to enjoy fellowship over pizza and other refreshments. While we have been having men come out to the Hammer and Nails Club, this does not mean that women are not invited. There is no need for specific skills and all are welcome.
Throughout the year women meet quarterly for themed events.The meetings include pot luck meals and guest speakers. Sometimes there are field trips to places of interest.
All are welcome to join the book club. This began as an offshoot of the women’s fellowship group, but men are welcome. Books are chosen annually. Each meeting is led by the person who nominated the title for that month. Please don’t be shy about coming if you haven’t read the book. Sometimes questions lead to interesting discussion.
There is an annual women’s retreat, when women have the opportunity to spend a weekend at St. John’s Convent for spiritual refreshment and renewal. It allows time for worship with the Sisters, personal reflection, friendly conversation, and walks in the grounds and labyrinth. The weekend provides opportunities for prayerful deepening of our relationship with God and each other, as well as a chance to get away from the busy-ness of life.
We try to assist our neighbours in the local area, by collections of food, clothing, and school supplies, as well as on the national level by collecting clothing for people in Canada’s North, and the international level by various means.
We were recently the lead parish in a group of five Anglican parishes involved in refugee sponship. We are pleased to have assisted a family of seven people to move from their past in the war zone of Syria, to a new future in Canada.
We have an annual bazaar which is a fund raiser, but also offers fun for those involved, as well as those attending. This is great opportunity to show off your skills as a baker, craftsperson or host.
Our multi-talented music director organizes concerts featuring classical music performed by professional musicians. The artists have performed with such groups as the Toronto Concert Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet Company.