STEWARDSHIP – A RADICAL GENEROSITY: A church runs on the love of God, service to each other, and financial support of its members

STEWARDSHIP – A RADICAL GENEROSITY:  A church runs on the love of God, service to each other, and financial support of its members.

The Anglican Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul in Esquimalt, BC is anchored by the historical St. Paul’s Naval and Garrison Church. We have many parishioners who have generational history at St. Paul’s as well as numerous newcomers. We live all over the South Island and come together at services to worship God and spend time with each other.

Our Parishioners are involved in 35 ministries ranging from knitting prayers shawls, through community outreach, fellowship events, to participating in Sunday services. We love our church and our community.

Just like our households, a church has to meet recurring monthly operational expenses.

Those expenses are met through the regular givings of our congregation.

Methods of regular giving:

  • Weekly donations can be put directly into the collection plate at worship service. Regular donors have an envelope number which ties the givings to the parishioner. Those givings are presented to God as the first fruits of what He has provided to us, taken to the altar for blessing.
  • Electronic Collection Plate. These are regular givings that are drawn directly from the giver’s bank account on a monthly basis, upon signed approval. Parishioners signify their giving by putting an envelope or card in the collection plate, or simply by touching the plate as it passes.
  • Contributions through Canada Helps. This is an on-line service that helps connect donors with the charity of their choice. Charitable donations receipts are given directly by Canada Helps and the donation deposited into the Parish’s bank account. A small administrative fee is withheld by Canada Helps.

Special giving:

Sometimes parishioners have a special wish and provide an extra amount for certain concerns. These funds can be provided in all the ways detailed above.

What special items do people give extra for?

  • Altar flowers
  • Kitchen supplies
  • Lunches provided on holidays
  • General purpose at the discretion of the parish
  • Other specific interests

The Parish runs on the energy, talents and financial contributions of its parishioners, their families and the larger community.

Please contact the church office to enquire about Electronic Collection Plate, envelopes, special needs, and Estate Planned Giving.

1379 Esquimalt Road, Victoria BC                               or click here to provide a special donation:
V9A 3R4 — 250 386 6833                                     

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Come and Worship with Us! Sunday July 3 at 8:30 and 10:30AM!

7th Sunday after Pentecost! Feast of St. Peter and St. PaulO God, source of every good gift and sure foundation of our unity, as we celebrate your servants, Peter and Paul, grant your church a share in their zeal for preaching the gospel. Strengthen us in our witness to our Lord, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen. Opening Prayers (1997) alt.Ab Day

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Selirk Regional Ministry happening in our Parish Hall! Life Spirit Art Studio: Every Wednesday from Noon-3PM, In our Church Hall! Jane’s Contact information 250-213-1982,

Closed for August, September TBA Location and or time!

Life Spirit Art Studio We create Art here to reflect on our lives and our spiritual journey. We can use canvas, paper, sculpture, the story, the handmade journal, or other means of expression. You can choose either to practice art making and or to develop some tools for spiritual living and enrich your life. In the LifeSpirit Art Studio our daily lives and experiences are fodder for spiritual reflection. Deepening awareness of `God ‘ in our lives may or may not surface during the creative activities of the weekly 3 hour session, but the Studio gives us all the chance to relax, enjoy, and engage in quiet and contemplation. The Studio includes times of gathering for prayer, discussion, reflection and individual art exploration. Our sessions will encourage opportunities to look through magazines, read poetry or devotionals for ideas and inspiration, and to share with each other. Music may be used for stimulus and or drawing ourselves into quiet concentration or reflection. To ensure a feeling of safety and confidentiality the expectations of a `respectful and safe’ environment will be reviewed each week, as there maybe new participants attending each session. Media such as paint, pastels, collage, colouring, multi media sculpture, fabrics, sewing or stitching can be provided, or, bring your own media. Recycled materials will be included and have endless uses for creativity and storage. Donations of any media for others to use will be gratefully accepted. The Studio provides tea and coffee, so bring a mug that you don’t mind getting dirty! Attendees can bring a bag lunch. There will be time for chat and a chance to get to know one another informally through the day. Fun is permitted, encouraged!

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Hi! Are you New to our Parish, New to our Website? Help us to help you!

If you have questions that you do not see the answers to please E-mail the rector, The Ven. Lon Towstego at, or call our Church Office, Tuesday-Friday from 9AM-1PM. Please Note that from July 1-August 17 the office is closed. We will retrieve messages and the Wednesday Services continue at 10AM downstairs! Lon

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T-Bird Youth Soccer Fun day! Saturday, July 9, 1PM-4PM

T-Birds 2016 Poster 2016 2.2

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St Peter and St Paul Garage Sale July 23, 2016!

Please be in touch with Sharon Wickware at 250-686-6335 or 250-477-6301 to donate items!

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2016 – 2017 SERIES ON PRAYER

 Saturdays, 4pm start.

2016:  AUGUST 6: “Picnic Pearls” We’ll gather on the lawn if it is a beautiful day, or inside if cold or raining, eat our own picnic meal and talk about: : Why do we pray? How do we pray? with an overview of the deep and wide world of prayer.

September 17: Psalms Praying Hands

October 1: Liturgy

October 22: Healing Prayer

November 19: Personal Prayer; Rule of Life; Discernment in Prayer

2017: January: The Lord’s Prayer; February: Intercessory Prayer; March: Laments & Contrition; April: Prayers of Thanksgiving & Celebration; Pot Luck DinnerSIGN-UP SHEETS IN THE PARISH HALL


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Christian Education Event! Prayer Picnic! Come and join friends and chat and listen about prayer! Saturday August 6 from 4PM Forward!

Praying Hands

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Highlights of the 97th Synod of the Diocese of BC, held April 22,23, 2016!

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They are settling! Welcome to Canada! We meet the amazing family from Syria who our Parish, Church of the Cross Lutheran Church and the Community Group have sponsored.

It has been two and a half months since our Syrian Family arrived in Canada.

They are very appreciative that the Anglican Church and St Peter and St Paul were their sponsors to come to Canada.  We are so grateful for the financial help provided by the Lutheran Church of the Cross and another group of Victorians who raised money and collected furniture for the family. The family is amazed at how friendly and welcoming Canadians are and how generous they have been to them.

They almost immediately started to explore our city, taking buses everywhere and seeing and learning about Victoria. As a family they are all very positive and very optimistic about their future in Canada as they feel there are many more opportunities for all of them here in Canada.

Ibrahim had some English before he came to Canada but his understanding and his comprehension and reading skills, through daily practice, has increased a hundred fold.  Ibrahim has enrolled in three different English classes.  He hopes this will help him to quickly learn to read, spell and completely understand English. He is dedicated to obtaining his license to practice his profession as a pharmacist as soon as possible.  His other goal is to learn to drive in Canada.  He has just received his learners’ permit and is now able to practice driving.  Getting the permit was no easy feat as he had to read and understand everything in English to pass.  If anyone would like to help him prepare for his driving test by taking him out to practice, please let Sharon Wickware know.  He had his own car in Syria and has driven for years.

Ranim initially started out slowly to understand and speak English.  She took English in high school and had done very well. However, when she went to Turkey to go to university she had to learn Turkish and had no opportunity to speak English.  She soon forgot it.  Now, with the English foundation, her understanding of English, her use of the correct words and the correct tenses has improved dramatically. She is very comfortable speaking English and she improves daily.  She needs to practice.  In her eagerness to speak English well, she has enrolled in English at Camosun with Imbrahim as well as at the Intra Cultural Centre.

Nigar, the eight year old, is in grade three. Her teacher said she is doing well and is learning English quickly.  The other students are being very supportive.  Nigar has also learned to ride a bicycle at school and has just enrolled in soccer and is loving it.

Limar is five and is not in school yet.  She has discovered TV and so her English is improving as well. Limar has enrolled, along with her father, in a Saturday morning soccer group.  They enjoy playing soccer together.  Ibrahim is a very involved father and is protective and supportive of his family.

Nilay, at two, is still learning Arabic but is picking up English words as well.  She is a very busy little girl.

Nikar, the grandmother, is a lovely woman and is so pleased that she also has the opportunity to take English classes.  She is enrolled at the Intra Cultural Centre and will begin classes soon.  She has picked up a few words and seems to be understanding some of the English conversation now.  She is a bit apprehensive but her desire to learn will outweigh her concerns. Nikar, along with the rest of the family, is very welcoming and gracious.  She is an amazing cook, preparing everything from scratch.  She and Raneem make delicious family meals which I have had opportunity to sample. Syrians culturally are very hospitable and eager to feed you when you visit to my delight, I might add, as their food is very delicious.They are all eager to learn about their new home and have settled into a routine that will help them to become “productive citizens of Canada” (their words).  They are a lovely family and are a joy to be around.

It has been wonderful to get to know them.  I am hoping that when we have our next parish dinner in May they will join us so that you can meet them.

If you would like to get to know our family and help out with some of the different things that come up  that they may need assistance with, or just to meet and chat with them (they love the opportunity to practice English), please call Sharon Wickware – 250-477-6301.

Thank you.  Sharon Wickware, Syrian Family Sponsor Team

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