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, 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.

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

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

interfaith tree planting

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.



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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