The Sessions of St. Paul’s Winchester, St. Andrew’s, Chesterville and Morewood Presbyterian churches have decided to keep their church buildings closed for worship in April and until further notice. The decision is made for the safety of the congregation and all of our families and friends. Joint Worship Services with St. Paul’s, Kemptville and Knox, Mountain will be available online every Sunday morning during the lockdown at: https://www.youtube.com/c/StPaulsPresbyterianChurchKemptville.
Stay Safe Everyone! We care about your health and safety.
Each week, On-line services provided by our Interim Moderator, Reverend Samer Kandalaft, will be available for the members and adherents to enjoy.
We are praying for everyone’s safety and Good Health and hope to see you all in the near future.
April – St Paul’s Presbyterian Church will be closed for month of April
May 2 Tentative Return to Worship Pending Lockdown restrictions – at St Paul’s 10 am with Communion and 11 am Annual Meeting
May 9 Mother’s Day
May 20 St Paul’s Session Meeting 6:30 pm at Church
May 24 Victoria Day
June 6 Anniversary Sunday for St Paul’s 10 am Guest Speaker Rev Bruce Kemp followed by Appreciation Event for Rev Bruce
June 6 to 9 – Virtual Genera l Assembly
June 20 – Father’s Day
June 27 Morewood Presbyterian Church Anniversary 11 am
July 1 Canada Day
July 4 Mission Awareness Sunday at St Paul’s 10 am Worship Leaders Kathy Spruit and Phyllis MacMaster
August 2 Civic Holiday
September 6 Labour Day
September 26 St Andrews, Chesterville Anniversary Service 11 am
October 3 World Communion Day and Communion at St Paul’s 10 am
October 11 Thanksgiving Day
November 7 Daylight Savings Ends
November 11 Remembrance Day
November 28 1st Sunday of Advent – Hope
December 5 2nd Sunday of Advent – Peace and Communion at St Paul’s
December 12 3rd Sunday of Advent – Joy
December 19 4th Sunday of Advent – Love
December 24 Christmas Eve
December 25 Merry Christmas
December 31 New Year’s Eve
January 1, 2022 Happy New Year
Updated March 18, 2021
2021 St Paul Calendar (1)
Here are the Interactive slides for Holy Week!
I thought I would upload them a couple of days early so they’d be ready for you whenever you visit.
This week our interactive slides look very different from the slides we’ve been engaging with during Lent, but they still hold familiar daily devotions, bible story book readings and a wide variety of multi-sensory activities for all ages to participate in.
There are two separate slides for our Holy Week journey, with four days of activities per slide. The first slide covers Palm Sunday to Wednesday, and the second slide goes from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday.
Begin by clicking on the link posted just below the slide you wish to open. This will pop open a new window with the full slide ready for you interact with. Then, click on the bible found on slide to download the daily devotions for the week. After that, click on the items found in the section reserved for the day of the week you are visiting. There will alway be one or two videoed children’s bible story readings found connected to the books found on the slides. Then there is generally two additional activities each day to explore; crafts, recipes, guided meditations, and music are wonderful additions to each day.
Return to the slides each day for new stories along with new things to do and think about.
I am also attaching a page that outlines the materials you will need for all of the crafts and recipes you’ll find, just in case you want to plan ahead.
I hope this will be a small part of you Holy Week experience as you hear the stories and ultimately sing out Alleluias on Easter morn.
Interactive Lenten Garden – Look under the banner: Current Sunday School Activities: Each week a new link will be added for the children (and children at heart) to enjoy.
To access the activities please click the following link:
March 7, 2021: 3rd Sunday of Lent https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1attSPKt9f7uMmXTGCrFiA3gIyQdDD2T1-4e1Fc_RscE/present?slide=id.gb52f1e3768_0_0
To prepare in advance this is what you will need:
Click here to get → Resources for Lent Garden Crafts and Recipes
Welcome to the Garden – Lent 2
Author: Tori Smit
Categories: Blog, Christian Education Archive
Welcome to our Lent Garden.
Today’s Lent 2 garden is one of six Lent Gardens you will find uploaded here week-by-week during the season of Lent. The gardens have each been created for people of all ages to interact with over this season of as we journey toward Jerusalem and Holy Week together.
You can begin your visit by first clicking on the link to the Lent 2 Garden found at the end of this article. This will open up a new slide that looks just like the photo found at the top of this article. The photo will not take you to the interactive garden – only the link at the end of the article will do that.
Once you have the garden slide opened, click on the open bible on the park bench. You will then be taken to a collection of daily bible readings, children’s bible story readings, prayers, and questions to think about throughout the week. Once you’ve got these devotions in hand, go ahead and click around the rest of the garden to discover so much more.
The itty bitty library boxes behind the park bench each unlock a video recording of a wonderful bible story for everyone to enjoy. The stories you view come from two of the bible story books listed in the weekly devotions.
The hanging flower basket will take you on a weekly adventure of garden musings and ideas with Kristine O’Brien, an avid gardener and thoughtful minister.
The guitar leaning against the tree sings out a brand new or much loved hymn or song that will connect you to our weekly bible story and theme. You’ll want to sing along with all of these talented musicians.
Do you feel like going for a walk? Click on the wooden door and walk into a world of labyrinth visits, reflections and finger labyrinth opportunities.
Is it time to be creative? The garden gnome reveals a simple craft idea that makes use of materials that you likely already have at home.
And when it’s time for something to eat, click on the picnic basket for a new recipe or two to try out at home.
Enjoy your time in the garden and don’t forget to return next Sunday for a new garden journey.
Animator’s February Newsletter – Ottawa
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Faith is seeing light with your heart when all your eyes see is darkness
Hope you are all keeping well.
Church buildings are still closed but the church is very much alive. Like it or not we are being dragged into a new way of doing ministry and developing a new understanding of church community – one not tied to geographical location.
This month, I want to flag a few events – the Interactive Lenten Garden that has been developed by Tori Smith and the Synod of Central, Northeastern Ontario and Bermuda. See the detailed write-up in this newsletter.
St. Stephen’s (Ottawa) has created a Lenten Challenge for adults and children. Those participating in the challenge promise to read a set number of chapters. In the past, those who completed the challenge got their name on a cake which the whole congregation devoured on Easter Sunday. This year, however, participants will get a physical reward to help them remember Easter and Christ’s sacrifice. Sounds like a great and fun idea. Contact. Rev. Meg email@example.com for more information.
I also want to flag two events organized by the Youth Working Group. This Sunday (February 7th), we are hosting a Virtual Coffee House for Youth Leaders, Sunday School Teachers, and those involved in Christian Education. Denise Beaulne from the Magic of Facilitated Training will help us learn advanced features in Zoom (to make it fun for us and our youth/children). See the detailed write-up in this newsletter.
The other event being planned by the Youth Working Group is our Virtual Winterlude Event: Cool Hands – Warm Hearts. It will be held February 21st, 3:00-4:30 p.m. (or so). More about this later but we want to build on the theme of “Build Back Better” and have youth suggest and explore how they think the church should be like. NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FROM Feb 20th to Feb 21st!
Stay safe and take care.
Presbytery Ministry Animator
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The Winter issue of PC Connect is now available and can be downloaded from https://presbyterian.ca/wp-content/uploads/PC_Winter2020.pdf
The National WMS Executive is planning a series of Zoom meetings to help keep members connected while we cannot meet in person. The series of five monthly meetings, entitled “Come Together ,” will begin in February. The meeting dates are as follows:
February 10 – Let’s Come Together
March 10 – World Day of Prayer
April 7 – Easter Worship
May 12 -Mission Awareness
June 16 – Fellowship and Sharing
If you would like to attend one, some or all of these Zoom meetings, send your name and email address to Cathy Reid, WMS President – firstname.lastname@example.org or Janet Brewster, Past President – email@example.com to register. You will be put on the Contact List and will receive the Zoom invitation and other details for each meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend these Zoom meetings whether you are a WMS member or not. Please consider attending.
11 am on Wednesday, February 17th and running until Wednesday, March 24th
Presbyterians Read Lenten Study: Entering the Passion of Jesus
A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week
In Lent 2021, Presbyterians across the country are again invited to join a denomination-wide book study. Author, professor, and Jewishscholar, Amy-Jill Levine (author of the Advent study book – Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent), dives deep into the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story in Entering the Passion of Jesus. Levine looks into characters such as Judas, Pilate, Caiaphas, the disciples, and the women around Jesus to understand their relationships and roles in the Passion story. Entering the Passion of Jesus provides a rich and challenging learning experience for small groups and individual readers alike.
First Presbyterian Church, Brockville, invites you to be a part of this study during Lent. The study will be offered by Zoom to welcome participants safely. Reverend Marianne Emig Carr will facilitate the study and discussion.
This will be a six-week study, starting at 11 am on Wednesday, February 17th and running until Wednesday, March 24th. There are also options to do your own personal study, or to join the Presbyterians Read Facebook Group (Presbyterians Read | Facebook) if you are not able to join us on Zoom! You can order the book through Parasource Canada (www.parasource.com)or through Amazon, Indigo or your favourite local bookseller.
Please contact Reverend Marianne (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that she can send you the study guide materials and the Zoom link for the sessions.