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.

Undie Sunday Bonanza

St. James Parishioners held one Undie Sunday on Dec. 4, 2016 and filled 3 boxes with new underwear for residents of Mission Services London. Then, on December 13, we in turn gratefully received London’s Jockey Warehouse’s free gift of 190 boxes of surplus ladies’ briefs (and some men’s briefs), with between 20 and 140 items in each box – close to 25,000 items!

Over the following week, Mission Services London, The Salvation Army, and Church of the Epiphany Food Bank picked up about 50 boxes. Then, members of the SJW Outreach Committee, along with Norm Kelly, John Thorpe, and Mike Walgos, son of Outreach Member Joan Walgos, kindly picked up and delivered the rest to My Sister’s Place, Atlohsa Native Centre, N’Amerind Friendship Centre, Unity Place, Ark Aid Street Mission, Sanctuary Street Mission, Beth Emmanuel Church, Southdale Chaplaincy, five London schools, and our sister Churches in Wortley Village – Wesley Knox United, Elmwood Presbyterian, and Calvary United — with whom we share  weekly Community Breakfast responsibilities.

All items were happily welcomed to meet a basic need we seldom think about. Our immense thanks to the Jockey Warehouse Administrative and Loading staff for their gift!

Rod Shearing In Memoriam

Today, December 19, family, friends, and many fellow St. James Westminster Parishioners gathered to celebrate the life of Roderick (Rod) William Shearing, August 31, 1934 – December 15, 2016.  Rod died suddenly last week just after arriving home from an outing with his wife of 58 years, Sheila (Smith) Shearing.

Daughterod-shearingr Janice Mayne (husband Steve and son Marshall) and son Peter delivered loving tributes to Rod, Marshall read Psalm 139: 1-3, 6-11 in his honour, and Interim Rector Nancy Adams demonstrated how Rod truly exemplified the Beatitudes in her calm and comforting homily. Both Sheila and Rod have been active and much-loved members of St. James ever since moving to London nearly 50 years ago.

We all join in celebrating the life of Rod, who lived his life as one who loved life and shared life with all who knew him. To make a Memorial donation in Rod’s honour, click on the Giving Back tab on the home page or call the Church Office at 519-432-1915.

Summer Camp Fun at St. James

We had a terrific week of fun, singing, prayer and crafts at our summer day camps in July and August 2016.

Recipe for great summer fun:

  • 14 children
  • 4 teen counsellors
  • 8 adult volunteers
  • great church facilities and grounds
  • a nearby swimming pool
  • a hose, buckets, balloons, and a slip-and-slide
  • paints and craft materials
  • songs and stories galore.

Mix together and you have St. James Day Camp July 2016. Take a peek at our Camp St. James 2016 Photo Story (PDF file).

 

 

Campfire Sing-along Welcomed Summer

Stephen Holowitz, director of music at St. James, led a band of merrymakers in a charming campfire sing-along on Friday, June 24th on the south lawn of the church.

The fire produced a bed of coals, and more than a few oversized marshmallows were roasted to perfection. A truly splendid way to ring in the summer!

Youth-Led Service Under the Sun

On Sunday, June 19, St. James parishioners braved the heat to enjoy an outdoor youth service and picnic in the church back-yard. The youth did the readings and the prayers of the people, sang solos and duets, and, led by Music Director Steve Holowitz, played in the band along with noted London Trumpeter Paul Stevenson and percussionist Rob Larose.

Reverend Gary Nicolosi preached directly to the youth, challenging them to resist the trend, occurring in many countries, to exclude and reject various groups of people. He encouraged them to remember, as St. Paul said, that we are all one in Jesus. Hope for a peaceful and loving future is in their hands.

On their way back from Communion, parishioners wrote on little hand-shaped cut-outs the ways they will “be the hands of Jesus” over the summer. They then pasted these hand-leaves on a paper tree as witness to life in Christ and ongoing spiritual growth.

Following the service, we all enjoyed BBQ and potluck lunch under the shade of our beautiful trees in the back-yard.
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