St.Paul’s is getting ready to put on our annual Christmas Pageant and you are invited to be a part of it.
Rehearsal will be on Saturday, Dec. 21st at 10am. Anyone and everyone who wants to be a shepherd, sheep, stable animal, or angel is invited to come to rehearsal and find their place in the first and greatest Christmas story of them all.
The pageant itself happens on Sunday, Dec. 22nd at 10:30am.
If you want to be part of the pageant but can’t make it to rehearsal just let us know and we will find a role for you. firstname.lastname@example.org 832-3375
One of St.Paul’s favourite guest preachers is coming back. Hampton’s own Kristy Short will be joining us for a more contemplative kind of Christmas gathering on Sunday December 22nd at 7pm.
In addition to sharing communion together and some of the quieter songs of the season, Kristy is going to help us wrap-up our Advent reflections on Isaiah 9:6 by helping us explore what it means to call Jesus ‘Mighty God’ and how knowing Jesus as ‘Mighty God’ changes everything.
Here’s everything you need to know to join us for Advent & Christmas at St.Paul’s
Centuries before Jesus was born the prophet Isaiah wrote that a child would be born who would be called “Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”. Christians believe that Isaiah was writing about Jesus of Nazareth and that these titles point to the difference Jesus makes in the lives of those who follow him and the hope that his coming brings to the life of the whole world.
As we make our way through this Advent season at St.Paul’s we’re going to take time to focus on each of these titles and on what they tell us about who Jesus is and what God has done for us by sending us Jesus.
Tues. Dec. 24th, 5:30pm – Kid Friendly Christmas Eve Communion 10pm – Traditional Christmas Eve Communion
Wed. Dec. 25th, 10am Christmas Morning Communion
Sun. Dec. 29th, 10am First Sunday of Christmas
Thank You for an Awesome Messy Advent!
A huge thank you to everyone who came to our Messy Advent and to everyone who helped to make it happen. It was awesome!
If you had fun at Messy Advent you will love being part of our Annual Christmas Pageant. Rehearsal is on Saturday, Dec.21st starting at 10am and everyone is invited to come and be a part of the original story of Christmas.
Riverside Youth Centre has had a slight name change. We’re now known as River Road Drop-In….everything else stays the same.
We meet in the Parish Hall of St. Paul’s Anglican Church every Tuesday and Thursday from 3pm to 7pm. We still provide a safe and welcoming space for all Middle School and High School youth in our community where they can hangout, get something to eat, learn to bake, get help with homework, and know that their community cares about them.
If you would like to donate to this wonderful cause, you can make a cheque out to our new name, River Road Drop-In. If you would like a tax receipt, please make your cheque out to St. Paul’s Anglican Church and put our name in the memo area. Tax receipts will be issued through St. Paul’s.
The Mother’s Union of St.Paul’s invites you a very special Christmas Auction and Decadent Dessert party.
Find a Christmas Gift for a loved one and join in the spirited bidding while you enjoy a Decadent Dessert and beverage. Admission is free! Proceeds will be used to support the mission of the Mother’s Union, including their support for a students attending Bishop McAllister College in Uganda.
Featuring the Alpha Film ‘Does God Heal Today?’
If you’ve been wondering about what Christianity says about prayer and healing and how they go together, this gathering may be for you.
If you feel the need for prayers for healing, either for yourself or for people close to you, this gathering may be for you.
This is a special gathering at St.Paul’s, planned in conjunction with the Alpha Film Series currently being offered on Mondays at lunch at ACC, Hampton. It’s a chance for people to explore what Christianity says about prayer and healing and to experience Christian teachings on prayer and healing in action.
Messy Advent is a
gathering for children and adults to explore the deeply spiritual themes of
waiting, promise and hope through creativity, celebration, and hospitality. It
is a church gathering that includes prayer and thinking about God and it’s
for everybody at every age and at every stage of their faith journey.
Along with lots of
creative time, some singing, some story telling and prayer we will have a meal
together. Eating together isn’t just good for the body, it’s good for soul. It
reminds us that no matter who we are or where we come from, we belong together.
We hope you can join us and be a part of our MESSY Advent!
Facts about St Francis Patron saint of animals and the environment, Mendicant and Mystic Feast Day: October 4 Patron of Animals, Merchants & Ecology Birth: 1181 at Assisi in Umbria (Italy) Death: 1226
He was Founder of the Franciscan Order. Francis began life as one of the privileged and became a soldier seeking glory, but God called on him to change.
Slowly companions came to Francis, people who wanted to follow his life of sleeping in the open, begging for garbage to eat…and loving God. He read the command to the rich young man to sell all his good and give to the poor, the order to the apostles to take nothing on their journey, and the demand to take up the cross daily. “Here is our rule,” Francis said — as simple, and as seemingly impossible, as that.
Francis’ brotherhood included all of God’s creation. Much has been written about Francis’ love of nature but his relationship was deeper than that. We call someone a lover of nature if they spend their free time in the woods or admire its beauty. But Francis really felt that nature, all God’s creations, were part of his brotherhood. The sparrow was as much his brother as the pope.
Saint Francis, Your Feast Day was October 4. A belated Thank You for your teaching and your witness.
Prepared by Myra Stites
On “Christ the King” Sunday (which we’ll be celebrating on Nov. 24th) our mental image is often that of Jesus the Emperor –an image of remote authority promoted in much artwork and hymnody. But when the first believers in Ireland and Britain thought of Jesus, their image was much more intimate, even down to earth.
This “creation spirituality” is still evident among rural people in Wales, Scotland and Ireland today. Celtic Christians knew Jesus as the One in whom the Creator of all had become a creature himself –thus Christmas is a great feast in the English world. The incarnation has made all of this world a sacred space, God’s home. Celtic Christians did not build big Gothic churches –those temples to a “Christian empire” came with the Normans. For them, creation itself is God’s cathedral.
God is to be found, and even intimately enjoyed, in a reverent and joyful daily awareness of the world of intricate beauty and loving interdependency in which we are privileged to live. Jesus bluntly commands us not to worry! How can we manage that (!), in our modern stress-filled lives?
Jesus makes it very simple: Worshipfully consider ‘the birds of the air” and the “lilies of the field” (Matthew 6: 25-33). A healthy “creation spirituality” is the simplest way to a vital, saving faith. That was the secret of the indomitable joy and courageous creativity of the first believers of our particular Anglican heritage.
Join us on Sunday, November 24th to hear even more from Rev. Dr. Chris McMullen on how we can know Christ the King in and through his creation.
I came across a quote recently
from one of my favourite preachers, Tim Keller. “It’s one thing to be
grateful,” Keller says, “It’s another to give thanks. Gratitude is what you
feel. Thanksgiving is what you do.”
It’s good to be reminded,
perhaps especially at this time of year, that thanksgiving isn’t something we
feel. It’s something we choose to do, sometimes even in spite of how we feel.
One of the reasons I really appreciate Thanksgiving as
a holiday is that I believe it challenges us to give thanks even if we aren’t
feeling particularly thankful, and points to the truth that while our feelings
and our circumstances may change, it is always good to give thanks.
The Apostle Paul says,
“Rejoice always, pray
without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is
the will of
God in Christ Jesus for you.” -1Thessalonians 5:16-18
Notice Paul does NOT say “give thanks for all
circumstances.” We don’t have to give thanks for the negative circumstances of
our lives. Paul doesn’t expect followers of Jesus to give thanks for all the
disappointments we experience, or the pains or trials we go through. But he
challenges us to give thanks in the midst of every circumstance, because
he believes that while our circumstances can swing back and forth between good
and bad, God’s goodness and faithfulness remain secure, and his promise to
bring us through every circumstance remains unchanged.
Paul also wants followers of Jesus to be intentional
about giving thanks because, in doing so, we train ourselves to better see the
goodness of God that remains with us in every circumstance, and we deepen our
capacity for gratitude. The more intentional we are about giving thanks the more
grateful we become.
I find that this very true in my own life. The more
intentional I am about giving thanks to the people around me and, in particular,
to God in worship and in prayer, the more grateful I feel, even when I’m going
through a hard time. And the opposite is also true. If I neglect to thank the
people around me, and/or fail to be intentional about giving thanks to God, I
feel less grateful and less positive in general about life, even when things
are going pretty well.
So whatever circumstances you find yourself in right now, I pray that this Thanksgiving you will be blessed with the ability to give thanks even if you aren’t feeling especially thankful. And I pray that, in choosing to give thanks, you will then experience a growing sense of God’s persistent goodness towards you, and that knowing God’s persistent goodness you will feel truly grateful.
High School Soup & Sandwich Lunch Wednesday Oct. 2nd at St. Paul’s All HHS Students Welcome!
At St. Paul’s, we are committed to providing a safe space for everyone to experience Christian community and a growing relationship with God.
To that end, all of our volunteers and staff are required to complete training in our diocese-wide Safe Church Policy every three years.
If you are a volunteer or leader in our parish and have not completed your Safe Church training within the last three years you can do so through our Safe Church group training event, taking place at 10am, Saturday, Oct.5th at St. Paul’s, Hampton, or by completing the online training availablehere.
Thank you for helping us keep St. Paul’s a safe church.