Bishop Charlie has written to all Network clergy to address coronavirus concerns:
Grace and peace in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who upholds all the universe by the word of his power (Heb. 1:3).
Likely we are all keenly aware there is great worldwide concern over the new coronavirus COVID-19. It is the leading story on most news outlets and a growing concern for many people in our cities and communities. Though the risk level to Canadians and Americans is still currently assessed as low, and recovery rates are high, we have had a small number of cases diagnosed in both countries and it is quite possible this number will increase.
As churches and a diocese, during a time such as this, I hope and pray we can be voices of comfort and hope as we preach the good news of King Jesus, our Saviour, and that we will be vigilant to do what we can to protect the safety and health of all our people.
With this in mind, I would ask that you prayerfully consider how to keep your congregation well informed about this issue and that we would use all reasonable measures to help prevent the risk of spreading the flu or COVID-19 in our gatherings.
St. Chad’s has addressed these issues in the following ways:
- Those administering communion practice hand washing/hand sanitizing.
- The wine is given in individual cups (communicants take a cup, and replace it in the tray).
- During the passing of The Peace, there is to be no contact (e.g. no shaking hands, hand bumps, hugs)
- Coffee hour (for Sundays and any weekday activities) will be served to you (people will not take the food themselves; tea, coffee, juice, and food will be prepared by a server and given to you)
- Hand sanitizer stations are available for your use and you are encouraged to use them.
Bishop Charlie concludes his letter with these words:
Thank you, dear friends, for taking this issue seriously and prayerfully. Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might (Eph 6:10), keep alert with all perseverance(v18), and may the grace and peace, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ(v23) be with you now and always.
Christmas Banquet and Service of Lessons and Carols
You are invited to our Christmas Banquet this Sunday December 16th at 4:30 p.m. followed by our Service of Lessons and Carols, complete with children’s presentation. Please RSVP at 416 889 8248.
St.Chad’s Christmas Eve Family Holy Communion Service will be held Monday December 24th from 1-2 p.m.
WHAT’S THE BEST NEWS YOU’VE EVER HEARD?
Was it surprising? Did it change the way you think? Or was it something you wanted to be true but didn’t dare hope?
Christianity Explored is a way of hearing about the best news ever heard, and gives people space and time to think about the big questions of life. Over 7 sessions in Mark’s Gospel, find out more about the life of the person at the heart of the Christian faith – Jesus Christ.
Our next Christianity Explored will be run at Castleview-Wychwood Towers (where we hold a weekly service of Holy Communion). It will begin in late January 2019, Thursday mornings 11 a.m to 12 noon, in the chapel.
Discipleship Explored, a seven session course, will be held Sundays beginning March 3, immediately following our Sunday service (which begins at 4:30 p.m.). The location is in the Fellowship Room. Babysitting will be provided. The course end at 7 p.m.
Our next information night for the CAP Money Course will be held on Friday, January 4, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Room. Come and find out about this helpful course!
Our next CAP Money Course is scheduled for Friday March 1, 8, and 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Fellowship Room. Baby sitting available. Each evening begins with a light meal. The course and meal are free of charge.
Life Explored is a seven session series featuring a combination of short films – shot around the world – and Bible interaction.
It’s an exposé of the little gods that promise us so much happiness, yet deliver so little. As it explores the Bible story (creation, fall, redemption, new creation), Life Explored shows how our deepest desires for happiness can only be satisfied in one person, Jesus Christ. The best gift God can give us is himself. Everyone is welcome. You don’t need to know anything about the Bible. You won’t be asked to read aloud, pray or sing, and you can ask any question you want, or just listen.
ACNA Matching Grant
Great news! St. Chad’s applied for a matching grant from the Anglican Church in North America’s Matthew 25 Initiative, and we have now received it! We applied for the matching grant so that we can expand our ministry of offering financial and spiritual help to people who are struggling to meet their financial obligations. We do this through offering the Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Money Course (a 3 session course plus follow-up). CAP aims to show God’s love in action by providing sustainable poverty relief through debt counselling, advice and practical help.
The Sharing Place
Each Sunday we have a basket in the Narthex to collect canned goods for The Sharing Place, to assist them in their food bank. There is always a need in our area, and The Sharing Place has filled this Christian ministry for a number of years. Help us to help them!
Castleview Services of Holy Communion
Each Thursday at 3 p.m. (except for the third Thursday of every month) we hold a service of Holy Communion at Castleview-Wychwood Towers on Christie Street just north of Davenport, in the chapel. These services are attended by residents of the home, and also by members of St. Chad’s, who serve as volunteers to help residents come.
St. Chad’s Home Groups
St. Chad’s is committed to provide an opportunity for members and friends to meet during the week for prayer, Bible discussion and fellowship. Each group also has an outreach goal. Currently we have a group meeting each Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Castleview. Their outreach is the Castleview service which is held at 3 p.m. the same day. Another group runs various outreach courses throughout the year. For more information about how to connect with either group, or if you would like to find out about new groups forming, please fill out the contact form on this website.
Annual Parish Retreat
The Annual Parish Summer Retreat will be held at the Valley of the Mother of God, July 9 to July 11, with our speaker, Bishop Charlie Masters addressing the topic of evangelism. All are welcome to register for this relaxing holiday time. Phone 416 889 8248 for more details on cost.
C.S. Lewis Course
We are planning another C. S. Lewis course, to take place in the month of February 2019, with instructor Mr. Terry Barker. Please check back for the dates and times for this course. Also phone 416 889 8248 for further information.