Monthly Archives: January 2015

Tuesday-Friday. Morning Prayer in our Chapel! 8:45-9:00 AM

Join us in the Chapel, downstairs in the Church Hall! A short Service with Bible Readings and time of prayer.

Posted in News | Comments Off on Tuesday-Friday. Morning Prayer in our Chapel! 8:45-9:00 AM

Mid-Week Holy Communion Service. 10AM Wednesday

This Service takes place in our Chapel of Light in the lower level of the Parish Hall. In stead of a Sermon or Homily we hear a brief message from the presider which leads us into an interactive discussion. All are welcome!

“Our parish has Diocese of BC, Safe Church qualified & screened volunteers.”

Christian Community Striving to Embrace and Spread God’s Love”

Posted in News | Comments Off | Edit

Posted in News | Comments Off on Mid-Week Holy Communion Service. 10AM Wednesday

The Toddler and Mom’s (Dad’s, Grandparents) Group

Toddler Group will be on Tuesdays at 10:30 – Noon in the parish hall. This year we have a curriculum of interactive toddler Bible story activities. As always this is a chance for Moms and caregivers to chat and have fellowship while nurturing the little ones. Please invite neighbours and friends. Everyone Welcome!  ” Our parish has Diocese of BC, Safe Church qualified & screened volunteers.”

Christian Community Striving to Embrace and Spread God’s Love”

Posted in News | Comments Off | Edit

Posted in News | Comments Off on The Toddler and Mom’s (Dad’s, Grandparents) Group

The Merry Messenger! Roving Reporter Sally Sincerely!!!

Sally writes a ‘Report” all about the Parish of St. Peter & St. Paul 

The Merry Messenger

The newspaper with all the news from Open Arms, B.C. 

Words To Read By A weekly column By Sally Sincerely;

I was sent back to Esquimalt recently to work on another segment of this charming church I found while on assignment. The name of the church is St. Peter and St. Paul Anglican Church, the Naval and Garrison Church. The Merry Messenger received many letters from readers asking about this Church and what they are all about.

I started by talking to their Sunday School teacher, Joanne Kimm. She told me about their program. The children start in the church at the 10:30 am service on Sunday morning by going up to the front and hearing a short lesson, the whole congregation sings a song and the children leave for classes. They return in time for Communion, which they take with their families.

In Classes, Joanne uses a curriculum that focuses on the basic elements; The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus’ teachings and scripture interpretation. For the younger children this means doing some visual improv by using some helpers to show situations and then getting the children to participate. They also look at the readings each week and relate them to everyday life and how to use God’s gifts to help them to be better Christians. Games and activities round out their Sunday school time. Sounds like fun. And judging from the smiles on the children’s faces they think it is fun, too.

Joanne also organizes a Youth Group. It is at a night so that the youth can do what they wish. There is an air hockey game, foozball and a new Wii system. Movie night, baking Lessons and games are some of the other highlights.

She lets the youth lead the night and she is there to help out as needed. Joanne has worked hard to get them some special things to play on but they need a flat screen TV to watch their movies and play Wii on and to make a space of their own.

Kathleen Cormie is a mother of a little boy, Thomas, and with a baby on the way.  She  H  has started a group in the church called, “Toddlers, Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers”. They meet every Tuesday morning from 10:30 – noon. It is held in the upper hall which gives the children plenty of room to run and play. They also have a curriculum for the children and a lesson for the parents to talk about. One of the ladies of the church supplies a baked goodie for all to share. This group has grown and is well attended. Some of the parents and children aren’t church members but they really enjoy this time together.

It is nice to see a parish that is so welcoming of children, youth and young families and to support their programs.

This is the first of three articles about St. Peter and St. Paul. We will be learning about their other ministries and outreach programs in the future.

This is Sally Sincerely, please look for more stories soon.

 

 

 

 

Posted in News, Roving Reporter | Comments Off on The Merry Messenger! Roving Reporter Sally Sincerely!!!