We’ve got a New Name but our Purpose is the Same

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.

Thanks so much for your continued support.

Amy Hoyt
Executive Director, River Road Drop-In

Christmas Auction & Dessert Party
Sunday, Nov. 17th
2pm-4pm, St.Paul’s, Hampton

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!

CREATION MATTERS: This is a special message prepared my members of St.Paul’s
who are seeking to move forward with Jesus in their relationship with the earth

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.

New Name, Same Purpose