Good News - Safety Guidelines Update - October 15
Over the past week, two changes have been made to the safety guidelines:
*Soloists and choirs may sing again, though masked and distanced.
*Readers, preachers and intercessors may remove their masks while speaking.
As a result, in addition to its effect in church services, the church will now re-open for Morning Prayer (Tuesday to Friday, 7.30 a.m.), Evening Prayer (Sunday, 6.00 a.m.), and the Friday Bible study (Friday, 7.00 p.m.). All three will also continue to be available on Zoom.
New Attendance Limit - 100 at St. Paul’s
On July 16, Ontario entered Stage Three of its re-opening plan. As a result, the Bishops now permit as many people in the church who can maintain "physical distancing of 2 metres". Attendance at church services at St. Paul's has now increased to 100. We give thanks for the hopeful signs, looking forward to the day when the colour changes from Amber to Green.
The Sacrament by Christmas - A note from Fr. Dean
With the signs pointing in the right direction, Christmas this year should be a lot more like what we expect than what we experienced last year. For that reason, by Christmas this year I would urge everyone to make plans to receive the sacrament - at least once - whether it be by attendance at one of the in-person services or by a request for home communion. Even with the remaining guidelines, that should be more than possible.
The ordinary and grateful obligation of a Christian is to gather on Sundays, to unite in prayer and praise, and to be nourished by both Word and Sacrament. The season of Covid was an exception, not a new normal, and we will work diligently to to re-establish the ordinary habits of our Christian life - which is precisely what we are doing now as opportunity permits.
The Spiritual Companions Program - is a companionship program to encourage spiritual growth. Open to those who are 22 years or older, companions are placed in groups of two, committing themselves to meet weekly for reflection and prayer. Those couples may include married and dating couples. The materials for reflection are agreed on by the pair and may be a reading or Collect from Morning Prayer, from Our Daily Bread, or from another devotional source. Guided by respect, honesty and confidentiality, pairs will agree to a convenient date and time and may meet in person, over the phone, or on Zoom. For a copy of the manual and application, call the office (416-499-1545) or check online:
Questions - contact Carol Shih (Wycliffe student) - email@example.com
Church Calendars 2022
Church calendars are now on sale for $5. Contact the office to place an order (416-499-1545; firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadline: Sunday, November 7.
St.Paul’s Church Bursary Program
The recipients for this year’s Bursary award are:
Stefan Regault - Computer System Technician Networking at Centennial College
Lauryn Meek - Graphic Communication Management Program at Ryerson University.
They have been awarded bursaries of $600.00 each.
The awards come from two funds, The Berthebell Moo Bursary fund and St. Paul’s Memorial fund. The Berthebell Moo Bursary has been made possible by a gift from the estate of the late Berthebell Moo. The St. Paul’s Memorial Bursary is an ongoing bursary with gifts given and received in memory of loved ones. I thank the Bursary committee comprised of Fr.Dean Mercer, Doug Brawley and Kathy Barnes for their recommendations. I also take this opportunity to thank the wardens , Bernie Bellis and Fr.Dean who make every effort to find the necessary funds to help the youths who are pursuing post-secondary education. This program which has been in operation from 2005-2021 has offered 48 bursaries. Thank you. George Coomarasamy
Thanksgiving Food Drive for ACSA.
Through this Sunday, October 17, the congregation’s support is sought for the Agincourt Community Services Food Bank. While donations can be made directly to ACSA, we recommend that they be made through St. Paul's by using your envelopes and indicating that it is a "special" offering for "The ACSA foodbank". Doing it through St. Paul's eliminates the commission fee for making a donation by credit card, and therefore provides a larger gift for those need. Additionally, this contributes to the total gift from St. Paul’s to ACSA.
Outreach - Fall Schedule
Join us for our special St. Paul's 180th Anniversary Weekend Concert - online and in-person - on Saturday, November 20, at 7.00 p.m.. All donations received go to Outreach.
Due to renovations, access to the roundabout and the wheelchair-designated parking in front of the church is limited right now. Please plan your arrival accordingly.
Morning Prayer on Zoom - Password Added
Morning Prayer is said Monday to Saturday at 7.30 a.m.. Tuesday to Friday mornings, it is live-streamed from the church. For that reason there is now a password for those attending Morning Prayer on Zoom. Join us for prayer, Monday to Saturday morning at 7.30 a.m.:
Computer Access Link:
Telephone Access - (647) 374 4685, or (647) 558 0588
Meeting ID: 397 231 088; Password: 549300
The full schedule of in-person and online services and programs can be found on the online church calendar - www.stpl.ca/calendar.html - or here: www.stpl.ca/services.html. This is the quickest and easiest way to get service and program information.
Sunday Services by Phone on Zoom
The weekly Sunday recording can be heard by phone on Zoom. (It can also be viewed on Zoom, but the quality is diminished.)
Zoom Invitation: By Phone: 647 374 4685; 647 558 0588;
Meeting ID: 854 0290 8277; Passcode: 970844
Computer link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85402908277?pwd=Q1RIdkxCZXJNTFJJek5tYWpOTzlFUT09
Ontario COVID-19 Vaccine Booking - You can currently book an appointment at a mass vaccination clinic through the provincial online vaccine booking system (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/) If you prefer to schedule an appointment by phone, call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007). This line is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week. Information is available in more than 300 languages. If St. Paul’s can be of any help to you in this process, please let our office know.
IMARA Generation Project Taibu Community Health Centre is conducting a consultation for parents and other concerned adults regarding Black youth and their mental health. For more information or to participate, please contact email@example.com.
New Honorary Priest at St. Paul’s
Effective December, 2021, The Rev'd Canon Kim Beard has been appointed by Bishop Robertson as honorary priest at St. Paul’s, L’Amoreaux. Canon Beard is the recently retired priest of St. Paul on the Hill, Pickering.
Mission Trip to Tanzania 2022
Our incoming honorary assistant Rev. Canon Kim Beard will be leading a work mission trip to Tanzania in 2022. A second information session will be on November 30th, at 2:00 pm. Mark your calendars.
Sunday School Every Sunday at 10.00 on Zoom
Check the church calendar for links and information: www.stpl.ca/calendar.html
S.P.Y. - St. Paul’s Youth - Friday nights at 7 pm.
Contact Sarah for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check the online church calendar for link information: www.stpl.ca/calendar.html.
Friday Night Bible Study - join us at the church or online for a study of the Letters of Peter and Jude following the Bible study guide by Bishop Tom Wright. Study guides are available online (www.amazon.ca or www.parasource.com or www.christianbook.com) or may be ordered through Fr. Dean. The study on Friday, October 22 will be Lesson 2: 1 Peter 2.4-25.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/830877703
Telephone: 647-374 4685, or 647-558 0588; Meeting ID: 830 877 703
Thank you for your Faithful Gifts and Offerings - St. Paul’s is a strong parish and remains strong due to everyone’s faithful support. Through three quarters of the year, support has been outstanding at a time when never has it been more important. Gifts can be dropped off at the church or sent by mail. Kindly ensure that your name and envelope number is included. Or, members may wish to sign up for the Pre-Authorized Giving Program (contact the office). Members who use online banking can now make E-transfers (instructions here: www.stpl.ca/give.html). Gifts can also be made at our website through CanadaHelps: www.stpl.ca/give.html.
NOTE: Of the various means for online giving, we recommend The Pre-Authorized Giving Program. It is regular, matching the regular responsibilities of the parish, and once initiated all it takes is a phone call or e-mail to increase, decrease, or cancel the donation. The monthly amount is withdrawn on the 20th of each month, and the cost to the church is 50 cents per transaction, irrespective of the amount of the gift. This makes the PAG the most economical of all the online and electronic methods.
Contact - The clergy of St. Paul’s are all in the vicinity and visiting in homes again, abiding by diocesan safety guidelines. Don’t hesitate to call or write. Website: [http://www.stpl.ca;/]www.stpl.ca; Church phone: 416-499-1545; Email: email@example.com; Fr. Dean Mercer: firstname.lastname@example.org; Rectory phone: 416-497-6352.