Worship Online with the St. Andrew’s Church Community
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November 28, 2021 – First Sunday of Advent
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To register for this FREE event please click HERE
“PRACTICING HOPE AS WE WAIT”
This year’s speaker will be Rev. Linda Ashfield, recently retired as minister at Knox Church, Waterloo. Linda grew up in Ottawa and attended Carleton University. Graduating from Knox College in 1979 she served in congregational ministry in rural Ontario, inner city Toronto and Waterloo. Married to Brooke (also a minister) they recently retired after 31 years of working together at Knox Waterloo. She brings a rich experience of ministry in the Presbyterian Church and an important perspective on “hope” in these challenging times.
Linda will be joined by musician Mary-Catherine Pazzano. In addition to being the Music Director at Knox, Waterloo, Mary-Catherine is a performer, freelance vocalist and recording artist and music educator. She is a well known jazz musician who has performed in Toronto and New York City and has been a featured soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo symphony.
December 1 – Defining Hope
December 8 – Creating Hope
December 15 – Practising Hope
On the first Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of HOPE. Then four weeks later at Christmas we sing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” with its line “the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.” Advent begins and ends with hope. How can we practice hope this Advent? What does it mean to be bearers of hope in a troubled world? Are we hopeful about the future? What is the relationship between hopelessness and hopefulness?
There will be a time for discussion with Linda, via ZOOM, on each of the following Thursdays at 7PM. To register for any session please go to this link: http://tiny.cc/Advent-Conversations again this year the meditations will be recorded and available as of Noon each Wednesday on the website.
On October 27, 2021, our first in-person Heart of the City Speakers Series event since 2019 took place here at St. Andrew’s. Helena Moncrieff spoke with us about her book “The Fruitful City – Building Community in the Urban Food Forest”
For those who were unable to join us in person, the video is now available HERE
Our in person worship services have now resumed and we hope that you will join us this Sunday at 10:30am.
At a meeting of Session on October 25th it was decided that, in addition to masking and social distancing, as of Sunday, November 21st all those attending in-person worship will be asked to show proof of full vaccination. This decision was not taken lightly but we hope that it will ensure that those who choose to attend our in-person worship services will be as safe as possible in these challenging times. We thank you for your cooperation, and look forward to the end of these restrictions.
The Nursery and Church School are now back in-person. The Nursery (0-2) will meet in Room 206 and Church School (3-10) will meet in Room 207. Children should be brought directly to their room and registered with contact information before 10:30am. Parents and caregivers should pick up children from their room following the service. Children can bring their own water bottles but should not bring their own toys or snacks. All children JK and older and all adults will be required to wear masks and social distance. Everyone entering the Church premises will be required to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.
SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY – Sunday Bible Study is now in-person at 9:00am in the boardroom. We will be joined by others who will participate via Zoom. Please note the earlier start time.
For more information on the subject matter, and to register please contact Rev. Faris at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE OUT OF THE COLD SUPPER RETURNS! – NEW
MONDAY EVENINGS FROM 5pm to 7pm BEGINNING NOV. 1st– a takeaway supper will be available at the Simcoe Street doors beginning at 5:00pm. All guests are urged to practice social distancing while waiting to be served.
TUESDAY MORNINGS – a takeaway breakfast is available at the Simcoe Street doors beginning at 7:00am. All guests are urged to practice social distancing while waiting to be served.
OUT OF THE COLD BOUTIQUE – NEW! Please note that the Boutique has reopened but that it has relocated to the West Tower Doors, adjacent to the Simcoe Street entrance. Tuesdays it will open during the morning breakfast hours. Mondays, the boutique will now open at 4pm
As we move into Fall & Winter, the needs of our clients do change. If you are able to donate, please visit: https://standrewstoronto.org/volunteer/out-of-the-cold/ for a list of our most urgent needs. Thank you.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUT OF THE COLD – A SHORT VIDEO IS NOW AVAILABLE HERE:
While our Fall Recitals have now finished – recordings of the Friday Noontime Recitals are available online. For more details and links to the videos, please click HERE
Arrangements for our Winter/Spring recitals are now underway so please check back here for updates as they become available.
THE BETTER ENGLISH CAFE IS NOW BACK IN SESSION AND IN PERSON! – Join us in the Great Hall each Tuesday evening at 7pm with all COVID-19 Provincial Guidelines in place.
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With more and more people attending each week, we are now in need of more volunteers. If you would like to speak with someone about being a volunteer please email: email@example.com
Please note: Our last session for 2021 will be Tuesday, December 14th. We will gather together again in the Great Hall on Tuesday, January 11 at 7pm