Tuesdays with Grief – presented by Dundas County Hospice

Linda Johnson, Director of Care at Dundas County Hospice sent me a poster about Grief & Bereavement Support to the community.

Group called ‘Tuesdays with Grief’ will be held on a rotational basis between funeral homes.
Anyone interested must register with Linda each session 613-535-2215 – limit of 8 participants.
EOHU guidelines will be followed.

St. Paul’s Re-opened July 5, 2020!!!

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church
517 Main Street, Box 879, Winchester, ON K0C 2K0

The Sessions from Morewood, Chesterville and Winchester met on June 17, 2020 and a decision was made to open the churches starting Sunday, July 5.

All three churches will remain open all summer.

In preparation for reopening, the board and elders are following the guidelines provided by the Public Health Unit and documents provided by the Presbyterian Church of Canada. The following plan has been developed to ensure your safety.

1) All common areas will be cleaned and sanitized regularly with special attention given to areas of high touch including backs of pews, washrooms and door handles.

2) Pews will be marked to ensure social distancing.

3) Hand sanitizer will be available, and everyone will be required to use it on entry.

4) Hymn books will still be able to be used but you are asked not to share except with immediate family.

When you arrive for worship, you will find some things different:

1) New people to the church will be asked if they have been in the province for at least 14 days and an attendance record will be kept so that we can notify people in case someone becomes sick in the days following the service.

2) You will be asked to keep a social distance between one another as you enter the sanctuary and when exiting the sanctuary. Please follow any directions given by greeters.

3) You will be asked to leave your offering in a plate that will be on a table just inside the main door.

4) You will be asked to sanitize your hands and then immediately proceed to take a seat where you will stay for the duration of the service.

Please do not stand in the aisles and visit. You may visit with people outside the building after the service.

5) Separate children’s activities will not happen for the immediate future. Families are welcome to bring their own toys and books. The Sunday School hall and kitchen will be out of bounds.

If using the washroom please enter across the back of the sanctuary.

6) If there are responsive readings or other participatory responses, you are encouraged to keep your voice low.

7) For the hymns, you are encouraged to sing softly.

8) The use of printed bulletins will be suspended till further notice.

9) Families are asked to sit together and children are to remain with their parents.

Finally, you are encouraged to attend services only if you are comfortable. Online services will continue.

If you are not comfortable returning to in-person services and are unable to access online services, please contact your elder and a copy of the Sunday service will be made available to you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your elder.

Blessings to all

Bruce W. Kemp
Rev. Bruce W. Kemp

Multi-faith Prayer – Let’s Pray together

Let’s pray together

The Multi Faith prayer created by Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka and Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast is:

O God,

We gather together separated by life-saving distancing, but united more than ever in spirit;

We know we are in a war against COVID – 19 together, and the more together we are, the better and stronger we will emerge:

We know the challenges are enormous, yet so are the opportunities;

That whether we are in isolation with loved ones, or alone, we will have abundance of time;

We commit to using that time to the max, to help those in greater need in whatever way we can;

We know we all have the opportunity, and time, to be life savers and life enhancers;

We give thanks for those who are on the front line taking care of those who are not well;

We give thanks for the researchers who are working at breakneck speed to find cure and vaccine;

We give thanks for our leaders, federal, provincial and local, for their dedication to all of us;

We give thanks for the providers of our daily needs who go to work in spite of the risk;

We give thanks for those who have ramped up their ability to produce life-saving supplies.

We pray for the well-being of all our life savers; For those who are not well, that they recover fully;

For those enduring difficulty, that they may overcome their challenges.

We pray that a cure and vaccine will soon be available,

And that we all – family, friends, all Canadians, the entire world may be healed in body and spirit.

We ask you, O God, to bless our leaders, our front line care givers, our life savers and life enhancers.

We ask you, O God, to bless Canada, to bless the world, to bless everyone.


St. Paul’s Calendar of Events – 2020

September 7, 2020 – St. Paul’s Ladies Aid – A visit to Lillico’s farm
Roll-Call – A farming experience

September 15, 2020 – St. Paul’s Session Meeting at 7:30 p.m.

September 27, 2020 – St. Andrew’s Chesterville Anniversary Service

October 5, 2020 – St. Paul’s Ladies Aid –
Roll – Call Share how your faith has helped you through challenging times in your life
Report from Women’s Gathering – Phyllis, Kathy and Arlene

October 11, 2020 – Communiion at St. Paul’s at 10:00 a.m.

October 18, 2020 – Presbyterian Sharing Sunday at St. Paul’s at 10:00 a.m.

November 2, 2020 – St. Paul’s Ladies Aid
Roll-Call – A favourite Game – Game Time!

November 17, 2020 – St. Paul’s Session Meeting at 7:30 p.m.

November 29, 2020 – Communion, St. Andrews Day at St. Paul’s at 10:00 a.m.

November 29, 2020 – Communion, St. Andrews Day and 1st Sunday of Advent at St. Paul’s at 10:00 a.m.

November 29, 2020 – 1st Sunday of Advent at St. Paul’s at 10:00 a.m.

December 6, 2020 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

December 7, 2020 – St. Paul’s Ladies Aid at 6:00 p.m.
Post Luck Dinner and Christmas Worship Service
Bring your friends to fill the church!
Speaker – Rev. Bruce Kemp

December 13, 2020 – 3rd Sunday of Advent and Family Sunday

December 20, 2020 – 4th Sunday of Advent

December 24, 2020 – Christmas Eve Service at St. Paul’s at 7:00 p.m.

December 25, 2020 – Christmas Day

Bereavement Support – Bank Street/Highway 31 – Vernon

First Thursday of each month from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

The pastoral team of Osgood Baptist Vernon United church (8674 Ottawa Regional Road 31 will be hosting a Grief Support and Share Meeting for those who are coping with the loss of a loved one. The sessions will be held on the first Thursday of each month from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at the Vernon United and Osgood Baptist Church. Sessions are FREE

Daily Bread

The Session would like to thank Donna Wilson for her faithfulness in ordering and distributing the devotional booklet “Our Daily Bread” for so many years.

Starting in January of 2018 Donna will no longer be the lead for this initiative. If people wish to continue receiving the devotional you are encouraged to order it for yourself by using the form included in your present copy. You can also visit their website at ourdailybread.ca and get a digital copy. Thanks again, Donna, for your faithful service.

Choir Practice every Wednesday from at 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Do you like to sing? Would you like to be involved with a dynamic group that enjoys sharing their musical talents?

St. Paul’s choir practices every Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church 517 Main Street, Winchester. Anyone wishing top join is most welcome!

Everyone Welcome!

New Phone number for St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church: 613-656-2222

New Phone number for St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church: 613-656-2222
In an effort to reduce costs for the church and eliminate the problem of wrong numbers calling the church for taxi service, the board of managers has changed telephone providers. The cost of our previous provider was an average of $150 a month for the telephone only. After review of four local providers, the board of managers selected ACN who can provide phone, voice messaging and WI-FI/internet services for $82.95 + HST per month. This will result in a savings of approximately $600 a year for St. Paul’s!

As an added bonus, with this installation, and when we pay each monthly bill ACN will donate the cost of a meal for a child in our locality! We would like to take this opportunity to thank Sharlene Fawcett, the ACN representative who helped us obtain this service and donated the digital phone to the church. Thank you Sharlene!