Christmas Eve Services – December 24th
Family service ~ 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a special Christmas Eve service with pageant. Children, youth and adults will be welcomed to don costumes and participate in telling the story.
Candles and Communion Service ~ 11:00 p.m.
Join us for communion, carols and a reflection on the gift of Christmas.
The days have shortened. The night grows longer. The harvest is stored. Animals and plants prepare for winter sleep and quiet. At the Winter Solstice, we recognize the dark and celebrate its giving way to light.
Kindred Spirits is a group of women, of all ages, who will come together in an open forum is discuss social issues and explore matters of the heart connected to these issues. The group will hold its first Meet & Greet on Dec 11th in the church community room. The theme for the gathering is Christmas! The event will be called Cookies & Stories for Christmas. This is how it works: each participant will bring 2 dozen cookies (of your choice) to be shared with the group. By the time you leave you’ll have a variety of cookies to share at your Christmas gatherings. Over cookies and hot coco we’ll entertain each other with our favourite stories of “What Christmas means to me”. A perfect way to get the ball rolling
We’re also fortunate to have Kim Stanbury joining us for the evening. Kim will talk about the outreach ministry she is actively involved with. ARISE Ministry, run and organized by Kim’s sister Deborah Rapport, is a mission of the Presbytery of East Toronto and supported by the Presbyterian Church in Canada. ARISE offers outreach, case management and pastoral care to individuals involved in the sex trade. They advocate for the rights, goals and dreams of women, youth and children who have become victims of sex-trafficking and/or have worked in the sex trade. ARISE builds relationships, provides support and offers an intensive case management program to one of our cities most marginalized and victimized populations.
During this Christmas season we’re hoping Kindred Spirits can help contribute to this worthy cause by way of small donations. Items such as Kleenex packages, hand sanitizer, band-aids, etc…
This invitation is extended to the women of the congregation as well as sisters, daughters, mothers, aunties, grandmothers and friends.
Please R.S.V.P to Raeleen Sparks (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Dec 1st, to take part in this new emerging circle. A complete list of donation items will be provided at this time.
What a fabulous turnout! Many people have been asking for a copy of the list, so here it is: Ben McNally Winter Reads Nov 2017