St. George's Anglican Church
Clarksburg, the Blue Mountains
Including Clarksburg, Thornbury, Craigleith and the Beaver Valley
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GROUPS & ACTIVITIES
St. George's is a very active parish with a wide range of groups, organizations and ongoing activities. New members and volunteers are always welcome at any of the church's many groups and organizations, some of which are listed below. For details, contact the church office.
MINISTRY GROUPS & COMMITTEES
Anglican Church Women [A.C.W.] - This group gives all women, young and old alike, the opportunity to meet once a month for fellowship and to discuss ways to help the needs of the parish.
Our most visible duty is to cater to receptions for special events and funerals. We are involved in two major fundraisers during the year. The St. George's Garden Party and the Fish Fry. These take part the later part of June and are on the same day. Another event is our Jolly Holly Lunch and Bake Sale held on a Saturday in mid November each year. These events all raise funds for the church and are also vital outreach projects for the whole community.
We meet once a month, excluding July and August, sometimes with a guest speaker, and also to discuss events being planned that require our participation. This is a way to keep us aware of the needs of our congregation. We encourage you to bring thoughts and new ideas to meetings as we are always trying to meet the needs of all the women in the church.
All women in the congregation are invited to attend our monthly meetings on the second Tuesday at 2 p.m. for Sept - Nov and Jan - May. In December and June, we have a communion service followed by a pot-luck meal, usually at lunch time in June and in the evening in December when Santa usually honours us with his presence after dinner. Check for special times in December and June. Pot Luck Meal.
A.C.W. FALL 2013 REPORT
The women of the A.C.W. have had a very busy fall season and are looking forward to the holidays.
Our fall bazaar was held November 16th and was an outstanding success. Thank you to all who baked, knitted, sewed etc. and to those who prepared the delicious lunch. We could not have accomplished all that we did without your help, Thank you. To Elsie Watts and Angie Antler, your outfits were beautiful and very much appreciated Thank you. Our net income from the Bazaar was $3,020.00 WOW!!!!
Our Christmas potluck was held on Tuesday December 3rd. at 12.00 noon. We all brought along an unsigned $5.00 gift and Santa came by to distribute them.
Our Operation Christmas Child boxes were sent on to Owen Sound. Over 67 were filled, our best ever. Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated in this worthwhile project. Your support is sincerely appreciated.
Our meetings for 2014 are on Tuesdays. January. 14th. with guest speaker Shannon Fry , February11th, and March 11th with George Matamoros of the Diamond Store as our Guest speaker . All are at 2.00 p.m. in the small hall. All women are invited to attend.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and good health and happiness in 2014 . Be safe.
Community Breakfast -
So why have we changed the name from what was previously known as the menís breakfast? To ensure that anyone and everyone is welcome to eat and share with us. This is an important outreach ministry, to ensure that St. Georgeís lives out our promise to welcome all into our midst, and for the community to know that we are here for them and that they are welcome.
So come out to the breakfasts and bring your friends. You are invited to attend every second Saturday in the months from September to May. Breakfast starts at 8 a.m. All are welcome.
Music Ministry - St. George's has always taken pride in this ministry which is led by an accomplished organist together with an active for part choir. Choir practice is Friday morning at 10:30 AM and once a month we have fellowship evening to celebrate birthdays. Anyone who loves singing and fellowship is most welcome to join us. Please contact the office at 519 599 3047 for more information.
A Note From Janet - Organist and Choir Director - Although the origins are not certain, a very old tune known as the Sicilian Marinersí may have been sung by Italian seamen to end each day. It became established as a Roman Catholic prayer hymn to the Virgin Mary, beginning with the Latin words "O Sanctissima." As the hymn spread over Europe and North America, it was set to different texts, including the German Christmas carol "O du froliche, O du Selige". Henry Katterjohn translated the text by J. Falk to English in 1919 to become "O Thou Joyful, O Thou Wonderful"; other settings include "Saviour Like a Shepherd Lead Us" and "Lord Dismiss us with Thy Blessing".
The choir is working to include this carol at our service of Lessons and Carols on December 22.
Lay Ministry - The ministry of the Baptized is important to the life of St. George's. Lay people are invited to become part of the many ministries we share, be it readers, lay administrators, coffee hour hosts and much, much more. When people are identified as wanting to participate they are given the training they need and then are put onto the ministry schedule. If you would like to use your talents, please contact the office and share your interest. You will be glad you did!
Prayer Chain - There is a group of people who pray daily for people's concerns. This is a confidential ministry.
Prayer Ministry - People with concerns for themselves or others are encouraged to receive prayer and anointing with oil at the back of the church during the Eucharist on Sundays at the 10am service.
For more information on either the Prayer Chain or the Prayer Ministry, please phone Anne Storey at 705 444 1297
Pastoral Care - The Pastoral Care Committee was established to keep in touch with the families of our parish on a regular basis. We have dedicated members who make phone calls, send e-mails, cards or letters and, if desired, make visitations, particularly in times of illness, bereavement, or when you are feeling isolated from the church community. We meet every other month to pray together and plan how to best meet the needs of our parishioners. God calls us to care for each other and we at St. George's take the call to love one another very seriously. It's also a two way street. If you feel in need of special prayers, a visit from the rector or just want to chat, please feel free to call Sarah Bedard, Pastoral Care Coordinator, 519 599 9948
Altar Guild - St. George's Altar Guild is a small dedicated group which meets several times a year. They look after the setting of the holy table for communion and the clean-up afterwards.
They look after the flowers, the polishing of the brass and silver as well as decorating the church for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our members work in pairs and usually are required to be on duty two separate months of the year. We are always looking for new members for this ministry.
Memorial flowers can be placed in the sanctuary on Sundays and they are taken to members of the parish who are ill, shut-in, in the hospital or the Nursing home following the service.
For more information about the Altar Guild please contact Ruth McWhirter at 519 599 3742.
Movie Nights - Come at 6pm for edibles, the feature movie will start at 6:30. Check Bulletin News for dates and movies.
Christian Education -
Sunday School - On most Sundays of the year, there is someone to offer a Sunday School program for children of all ages. When there are children in church, at the 10 a.m. service, they will be welcomed at the front of the church for a Children's focus and then invited to head to the Christian Education room. The children return to the sanctuary in time to participate in the Eucharist. Feel free to check out these ministries to children.
Adult Christian Education - During the year there are various Christian Education opportunities offered these are announced in the bulletin. In addition, there is the possibility of putting together learning opportunities that you would like to experience. All you have to do is speak to the Rector about your interest. Christian Education opportunities include: Bible studies, Pot-luck supper/movie nights, Lenten series. Join Us!
Bridge - Like a little friendly challenge? This is a community, year round gathering of bridge players (men & women) who enjoy playing with the aid of a cup of tea or coffee. It is not necessary to come with a partner. No rent is charged for the church but the net proceeds are donated to St. George's. It is not a group restricted to Anglicans but for anyone interested in bridge and for great sociability. September 2011 marked our 15th anniversary. Monday afternoons, 12 noon all year. Please call Marge Martin at 519 599 7195 for more information.
*All events and times may be subject to change. Please check with the office at 519-599-3047