Aces High Bridge and Euchre

Aces High is a social group that meets on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday (excluding statutory holidays) of each month in the Westminster Room to play bridge and euchre. All are welcome!

Aces High is a social group that meets on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday (excluding statutory holidays) of each month in the Westminster Room to play bridge and euchre.

You do not need a partner, but please bring along any interested friends. We are a group of varying skills of play from beginner to expert.

So feel free to join us for an enjoyable afternoon of fun. We arrive at 12:45 p.m. to begin play at 1 p.m. Coffee Tea and Refreshments are served. There is a nominal cover charge of $2.00. All are welcome to join. Questions? Contact Chairperson, Dorothy, at 519-473-4598

Fall Studies

We are excited to let you know about a number of Study Opportunities coming this fall at St. James Westminster.

We are excited to let you know about Study Opportunities coming this fall at St. James Westminster. For one study, we will join with three United Churches for a book study on a work by Sheila McGregor, a United Church minister, about spirituality in the “second half” of life. The books will be available in early September and the study will run from September 25 to November 27.

Peggy Roffey will be leading a study on the Parables and Canon Keith will host a discussion group on “Your questions about the Bible.” Dates and times are still to be determined.

Our Wednesday morning will move into a more informal, discussion oriented service and we would welcome your participation.

On towards Advent, Canon Keith is putting together a panel discussion on the issue of Medical Assistance In Dying. This issue is drawing considerable attention in the Church and in society and we hope to look at it from a variety of perspectives.

Community Breakfast Volunteers Needed

Join one of our community breakfast teams to help make and serve breakfast to Londoners in need.

St. James Westminster is part of a community effort organized by the Hunger Relief Action Coalition to provide a hot meal every day to anyone in London who needs it. One Saturday a month, a team of volunteers makes breakfast for about 100-150 people. We are seeking new volunteers to help with this outreach. You do not need to be a member of St. James to volunteer.

You would be placed onto one of our four volunteer teams, and would volunteer 3 times per year. The day begins at 8am where volunteers make eggs, ham, hash browns, and toast, and set the tables. We serve the community members, and then clean up. The total volunteering commitment is about 4 hours, 3 times per year.

If you would like more information, or to volunteer, please contact Donna Hefferton at dhefferton@hotmail.com, or by calling 519-642-2828.

Rev. Canon Keith Nethery Inducted as St. James Rector

The congregation and guests of St. James Westminster were pleased to participate in the induction of Rev. Canon Keith Nethery as their new Rector. The event was truly an inclusive, community event, welcoming old and new faces.

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The symbols of ministry presented by the children of St. James.
The Gospel reading by Rev. Gerry Adam.
The Gospel reading by Rev. Gerry Adam.
The Homily by Rev. Val Kenyon.
The Homily by Rev. Val Kenyon.
The presentation of the license by Rev. Bill Ward, Regional Dean.
The presentation of the license by Rev. Bill Ward, Regional Dean.
Archdeacon Sam Thomas, who was presiding on behalf of Bishop Linda Nicholls, inducts Keith as the Rector of St. James.
Archdeacon Sam Thomas, who was presiding on behalf of Bishop Linda Nicholls, inducts Keith as the Rector of St. James.
The Venerable Ken Anderson, the Rev. Canon Keith Nethery, and the Venerable Archie Skirving celebrating the Eucharist.
The Venerable Ken Anderson, the Rev. Canon Keith Nethery, and the Venerable Archie Skirving celebrating the Eucharist.
And as always, the music was fabulous, led by Stephen Holowitz and the St. James Choir.
And as always, the music was fabulous, led by Stephen Holowitz and the St. James Choir.

Loaves and Fishes Drive – February

Loaves and Fishes gathers donations of food and/or funds for those in need throughout the month of February.

Loaves and Fishes is our annual food drive. Our goal is to generate donations of food and/or funds for those in need. We will collect food/funds during the month of February. Fresh food items may be brought in as well (fruits, vegetables) and will be taken over to Church of the Epiphany each Monday in February. If you would like to make a donation of funds, please write a cheque to “St. James Westminster” and note “Loaves and Fishes” in the memo section.

Questions? Contact Walter Bailey at 519-690-2662.

Loblaw’s Gift Cards for the hungry

Loblaw Companies Ltd. is offering customers a $25 gift card as a goodwill gesture after admitting the company participated in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement.

There has been much media coverage and many have suggested giving the gift card to charity as a means of helping those in need. We at St. James would encourage this.

Cards can be given to our Community Breakfast program, to the Rector to help those in need, to the Daily Bread Food Bank and Fellowship Centre at St. Paul’s Cathedral, to the food bank at Church of the Epiphany or to any other worthy charity.

To register for the card, visit loblawcard.ca

Volunteer Opportunities Abound

There are many opportunities for you to get involved as a volunteer at St. James Westminster.

If one of your new year’s resolutions is to get more involved in your community, St. James Westminster has many opportunities to do so.

There are many ways to support worship at St. James, whether as a reader, a greeter, a counter or more. Our Outreach committee works in many areas in the community to promote social justice, reconciliation, and more.

More about worship service volunteer opportunities

More about the Outreach Committee

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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