December 1, 2019
What a wonderful celebration we shared last Sunday evening at our 175th Anniversary Celebration! I am so profoundly grateful to all those who helped make the evening beautiful, including members of the 175th committee, those of you who served in various ministries during the liturgy, and those who prepared and hosted a delightful reception. All of you exemplified the very best of Christ Church.
I’ve heard from countless people how much the night meant to them and the joy they felt in the room. Bishop Jenny was elated by the celebration and overwhelmed by the beauty of our worship and our generous hospitality.
Although the liturgy was a culmination of our 175th anniversary celebrations, I believe it also marks a new chapter in our parish’s history. In the next few weeks and months we will begin discerning the future of our ministry and God’s call for us as we continue to serve the people and community of Bolton. Stay tuned for further announcements.
As we celebrated our 175th anniversary, we were aware too that our friend Doris Porter concluded her earthly pilgrimage. On Tuesday we shared a joyful and wonderful celebration of her life. I am grateful to those of you who ministered during the liturgy and helped to offer gracious hospitality afterwards. I heard from many that our celebration truly reflected Doris and her personality. Thank you to all of you for making that possible.
I am grateful to those of you who have already submitted your pledge forms to Ruth for our 2020 stewardship campaign. If you haven’t done so, please prayerfully consider sharing your time, talent, and treasure and support the ministry of this parish. Whether this is your first time making a commitment or you are a long-time supporter of this community of faith, we encourage you to submit your forms and indicate to us which ministries you would like to participate in and how you may share of your financial blessings with our community.
Mark Your Calendars for Our Children’s and Family Events!
We are excited to announce a number of wonderful children’s and family ministry experiences in the coming week. Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar, bring your sons and daughters — or even grandchildren — to these events. All are welcome to join, so be sure to invite your friends and neighbours as well.
On Sunday, December 1, we will relaunch our new Sunday school experience at 10:00. Ruth May has been working hard to put together fun games and actives to help children learn about Jesus and grow in their faith. Bring your children and grandchildren on Sundays and let them have some fun while your nourish your own spiritual life.
Family Night returns on Sunday, December 8, at 5:00 with a joyful and lively celebration of Eucharist followed by a wonderful dinner. Be sure to invite your friends, neighbours, and coworkers to join us for special Advent celebration!
Also in December is our annual Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 22, at 10:00 a.m. This is one of our most popular services each year. Through interactive story telling, all of us — young and old — get to hear the beloved story of Jesus’ coming among us. You won’t want to miss this event!
Then, on Christmas Eve, we will once again have the children’s and family service at 4:30 p.m. in addition to the 9:30 p.m service and 10:00 a.m Christmas Day communion. The children’s service is a casual and lively celebration of Jesus’ birth. Children will once again be invited to help out with the service and participate fully in our liturgy.
Again, be sure to let others know about these great events!
As always, know of my prayers for you and your loved ones. Have a blessed week!