Christmas Services at St. James

Canon Keith Nethery and the congregation and St. James Westminster extend a warm welcome to all as we anticipate the birth of Jesus and celebrate Christmas together. We have many styles of worship to appeal to all, and hope that you will be inspired to join us in worship this Christmas season.

December 3, 11:30am
Advent Luncheon – Join us as we celebrate the first Sunday in Advent with a luncheon of chicken tetrazzini, macaroni and cheese, salads, desserts, tea, and coffee. All are welcome!

December 9, 7:30pm
Brassroots – Our annual celebration of the Joy of Christmas features guests Stephen Holowitz and the Choir of St. James Westminster Anglican Church, offering festive fanfares, carols and seasonal favorites. Pay-What-You-Can at the door, with our best wishes for the holiday season!

December 17, 4:00pm
Service of Lessons and Carols – Join us for this much-loved service of readings and songs to celebrate the coming of Christ.

December 24, 8:30am
Christmas Eve Service – Celebrate the coming of Christ though a traditional service.

Note there is no 10:30am service on December 24.

December 24, 2017, 4:00pm
Christmas Pageant – The children of St. James Westminster invite you to share the story of Jesus’ birth through songs and a play.

December 24, 7:00pm
Jazz Mass – Join us for a special Christmas Eve service featuring jazz music by musicians from St. James and the community.

December 24, 10:00pm
Traditional Service – We will celebrate the birth of Jesus in this traditional evening service.

December 25, 10:00am
Christmas Service – Celebrate Jesus’ birth in this Christmas morning service. (one service only this day)

St. James Joins Interfaith Tree Planting

On September 19, St. James joined the 5th annual Interfaith Tree Planting event to plant 300 trees in a local park.

On September 19, St. James joined the 5th annual Interfaith Tree Planting event.

Over 135 people from 10 London congregations gathered in Peppertree Park to plant 300 trees and shrubs. This interfaith group has been gathering for 5 years and has planted 1500 trees and shrubs in parks across London. St. James was one of the groups, along with other Christian churches, 2 Jewish synagogues, and 2 Muslim mosques.interfaith tree planting2interfaith tree planting3

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New Rector Announced: Rev Canon Keith Nethery

St. James Westminster is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev Canon Keith Nethery as the new rector to lead our congregation.

St. James Westminster is pleased to announce the appointment of a new rector to lead our congregation. Rob Vass, Warden, made this announcement on September 17, 2017.

On behalf of the St. James Westminster Church Selection Committee and the Bishop of Huron, Bishop Linda, I am very pleased to announce that Bishop Linda has appointed the Reverend Canon Keith Nethery as the rector of St. James Westminster Church, London effective November 1, 2017. Canon Keith is currently the rector of Holy Trinity-St. Stephen’s in London.

I would like to very much like Thank the Selection Committee who performed the task of Selection with great passion, caring, professionalism and thoughtful prayer. The Selection Committee included:

  • Rob Vass- Chair
  • Anne Mckay- Co Chair
  • Ken Andrews
  • Steve Turner
  • Jennifer Meister
  • Judy Jones
  • Susan Collins
  • Ron Cripps
  • Steve Mayne
  • Joan Barnum
  • Laura Manias

I would also like to acknowledge and thank both John Sizeland and Duncan Sizeland, who when Keith’s name was presented graciously stepped down as a result of their family relationship.

I would also like to on behalf of the Wardens and the Congregation of St. James like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to Nancy Adams for your spiritual leadership, caring support and great dedication for St. James over the past year.
Lastly , I would like to introduce in the form of a note from Keith a message to the congregation of St. James:

Well, let’s see – I’m humbled, thankful, excited, scared and a couple of dozen other things as I am presented to you today as your new Rector. Some of you will know me, other’s are thinking – who is he? Well, I’m Keith! I’m an ideas person. I colour a bit outside the lines, but I understand tradition. Our future is what we make of it together and I will push just a little to define that. We are a family of God’s people and everyone is part of the family and everyone has a voice. I fancy myself as a story teller and that is how I teach and preach, in fact story is the biggest part of me. My door is always open and I never met a conversation I didn’t enjoy. That said, I am a card carrying introvert, who has learned to function in the extrovert portion of God’s creation. I like the Kansas City Chiefs, Denny Hamlin and the Toronto Blue Jays. I don’t watch hockey (you’ll get to hear the story as to why.) I like 70’s stuff and country music (but not so much today’s
country) I used to be a radio announcer in a previous life! I’m married to Suzanne. Sarah-Anne, Rebekah and Noah are my children and we also have a beagle named Charlie (although that isn’t what I usually call him.) I have no sense of humour what so ever! If you are thinking, “this isn’t how we would expect our new priest to introduce himself.” Well, that’s just me!

I wish to share with you what a tremendous job your search committee did. The documentation was well prepared and provided a wonderful snapshot of the parish. During the interview process they made a comfortable, safe space, but were not afraid to ask challenging questions and to dialogue with the answers. The parish visits (which are difficult because we have to pretend we don’t know each other) were handled with care. Through the entire process I felt the Spirit of God and an honest sense of trying to determine how best for this Parish to go forward. I believe Rob will thank the group by name. I would however like to thank two people who were on the committee and then weren’t on the committee. John Sizeland and Duncan Sizeland, my brother in law and nephew, graciously stepped aside when it was announced that I would be a candidate. I know Duncan especially was thrilled to be chosen and I know it must have hurt to step back. While John and Duncan took no part in the interview and selection process, I know they did great work in the original start up and have kept the parish and the candidates in prayer during this time.

It hurts to leave my friends at Holy Trinity St. Stephens Memorial and Christ Church Glanworth. For many of them I have been pastor for more than a decade. So I come with a tear in my eye and a quiver in my heart, but in my spirit I believe this is God’s plan. There is much to be done and I can’t wait to be amongst you and begin to create and carry out the vision.

Blessings,

Keith

Welcome Infinity School

We welcome Infinity School, who will be operating out of our second floor.

We are thrilled to announce that Infinity School – a Private School in London, is now calling St James Westminster home. They are in the process of revamping the second floor of the Parish Hall but once that’s done we’ll be sure to plan a celebration and tour.

Visit the Infinity School website to learn more about this school.

Music in the Garden drawing crowds

Nearly 100 people came to the most recent Music in the Garden at St. James. The evening performance featured the Nelson Family Bluegrass Band. Sporadic sprinkles didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the entertainment from this southwest Ontario family band. Dozens more passersby also enjoyed the music.

There are two more concerts in July:

  • On July 19, enjoy Classical Chamber Music with Alexandre and Friends.
  • On July 26, join Laurraine Sigouin and Friends for Francophone Favourites, Jazz and Pop.

Shows begin at 7:30. In case of rain, the shows will be held inside the church. Admission is free and all are welcome!

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In Memoriam – Jo Fewster

Jo FewsterJo was a woman of great warmth, wisdom and class, who led a rich life full of family, the arts, healthy living and adventure. At St. James, where Andrea, Tim and their families serve as faithful parishioners, Jo served as a faithful member of the Altar Guild and was also an expert embroiderer, designing and embroidering, for example, one of the kneelers at the high altar.

If you wish to make a gift to St. James in memory and honour of the life of Jo, please call the Church Office at 519-432-1915 or email office@stjameswest.ca You can donate via credit card or cheque payable to St. James Westminster Church Foundation. The tax receipt will be made out in the name of the person(s) whose name appears on the cheque.
Thank you for remembering Jo.

Pew Cleaning Party Makes Church Shine

Our church pews and altar have a new shine thanks to the work of over 20 volunteers.

Over 20 people arrived on a steamy Saturday afternoon in June to work together to clean our beautiful wooden pews. It was satisfying to clean the layers of dust and dirt from our pews and altar, revealing the gorgeous shine of the wood underneath.

Thank you to volunteers who put their hearts and elbow grease into this task. We enjoyed a pizza dinner following the two hours of cleaning, and everyone enjoyed the fresh scent and clean space the following Sunday. IMG_1717 IMG_1716 IMG_1715 IMG_1714 IMG_1713 IMG_1711 IMG_1710 IMG_1709 IMG_1708 IMG_1707 IMG_1703

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In Memoriam — Terry Robinson

image001Terry passed away on March 3, 2017, at Parkwood Hospital in his 88th year. Predeceased by Diane, his wife of 57 years, parents Archie and Jean, and brother Ray. Loving father of Jeffrey (Catherine), Janet (Sam Crozier) and Barbara. Loving Grandfather of Alexandra and Joshua Robinson (Emma), Alison and Gillian Crozier. Cherished by sister-in-law Connie Jefferess. He will also be missed by his close friends, the people of St. James Westminster Anglican Church, and his neighbourhood. Terry was a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. He worked for Bell Canada for over 37 years and, after retirement, he and Diane worked with the Pioneers to sew Therapeutic Heart Pillows for London Health Sciences Centre Cardiac patients. Terry and Diane enjoyed camping and traveling, especially in North America, heading from coast to coast on many a road trip. They also ventured to Korea and China. Terry was a talented woodworker, plumber, electrician, auto-mechanic, and so much more. He spent a lifetime giving of his time, talent, and treasure at St. James, at the Girl Guide Camp Orenda, and at the homes and cottages of countless family, friends, and neighbours. There was almost nothing that Terry couldn’t fix. He always claimed that there would be a toilet to fix before he could pass through the Pearly Gates…he’s probably working on that now! Terry always had time to teach, guide and encourage his children and grandchildren while still allowing them to find their own way through life.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. James Westminster Anglican Church Restoration Fund. Arrangements entrusted to A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

Feasibility Study for Fund-raising Campaign is Underway

At its January 2017 meeting, St. James’ Parish Council passed a motion to hire consultants to  assess the feasibility of launching a campaign to raise funds for much-needed repair, reconstruction, and restoration work on our church building. Between $1 and $1.5 million is needed to supplement bequests already received for this purpose. Work required includes:

  • Structural upgrades to ensure the building meets regulatory codes: walls, transepts, ceilings, roofs, masonry require repair and reconstruction
  • Upgrades to our mechanical and electrical systems
  • New energy-efficient, silent ceiling fans in the church
  • Repainting of the church interior
  • Installation of suitable lighting  to illuminate the rose window from the inside, and
  • Construction and placement of new outdoor signage.

Please click on the following links for more information.

Heritage Report Intro

Peterman report

Marklevitz Building Condition Report Mar 31 16

Condition Assessment Report September 2013

Internal Building Report M&E December 2013

There will be a Town Hall meeting to discuss this matter following the 10:30 service on March 26.

In Memoriam: Blake Fewster September 3, 1924-January 11, 2017

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The St. James Westminster Church community joins family and friends in remembering and celebrating the life, while mourning the loss, of Blake Fewster, who passed away at home on January 11, 2017 in his 93rd year. Blake is lovingly remembered by Jo, his wife of 66 years, and by his children Andrea Manias (Dale), Peter Fewster (Dianne), Pat Fewster (Al Gray), and Tim Fewster (Dianne). Blake – “Grumpa” – is also mourned by his grandchildren Mark, Laura, Stephanie, Rebecca Klein (Andrew), Greg, Brent (Heidi Wall), Chris Lengyell (Gita), Taylor Gray, Krystal Murphy (Troy) and Blake, and by his great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Born in Tillsonburg, Blake enjoyed a distinguished career at London Life, retiring in 1991 as Senior Vice-President and Chief Actuary. Blake also served as
President of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.
At St. James, where Andrea, Tim and their families serve as faithful parishioners, Blake was a Warden and also Chair of the St. James Westminster Foundation. In addition to the church, Blake’s passions included his family, music and travel; he and Jo hiked widely, including to their favourite destination, Hadrian’s Wall in England, where they were once accosted by Romans in full battle gear, apparently in a re-enactment.
Blake will be greatly missed in the St. James community and beyond, and most of all by his family. As he said in an interview in the Chimes, when asked the secret of raising a happy and peaceful family, “Lots of give and take. I don’t know, someone from the outside world would have to observe and say. We just lived our life.”
If you wish to make a gift to St. James in memory and honour of the life of Blake, please call the Church Office at 519-432-1915 or email office@stjameswest.ca You can donate via credit card or cheque payable to St. James Westminster Church Foundation. The tax receipt will be made out in the name of the person(s) whose name appears on the cheque.
Thank you for remembering Blake.