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Please click here to read our 2018 Annual Report.
St. James Governance Handbook
Please read the full handbook from the link: St. James Governance Manual v1.5
The link to our church photo directory is http://directory.instantchurchdirectory.com/73896100/churchdirectory.pdf
To receive your password to view the directory online please contact the church office, 905-689-6223, or email email@example.com
SOUTHERN AFRICA DEVASTATION: CYCLONE IDAI
Over 2.6 million people have been impacted by Cyclone Idai — severe flooding, ruined crops, thousands injured, entire communities swept away.
What You Can Do
- Donate to provide immediate support and long-term rebuilding for those affected
- Pray for those affected and those engaged in relief efforts.
Visit www.united-church.ca/cyclone-idai to donate and learn more. United Church Mission & Service partners in the region and ACT Alliance are coordinating relief and reconstruction efforts. Cheques can be sent to
The United Church of Canada, Philanthropy Unit-Emergency Response, 200-3250 Bloor St W, Toronto ON M8X 2Y4. Note on the face of the cheque: “Cyclone Idai”
A large recycling bin is at the back of the building for you to leave your items. See the printed insert for acceptable items or recycleYourElectronics.ca
Please be sure to wipe computer drives and clear phone SIM cards before bringing them for recycling. Protect your personal data and information!!
Please bag good used clothing for donation.
L.I.F.E. Group (Living In Faith Everyday)
Starts Wed. May 1st
Meets every Wednesday until the end of June at 2 pm and 7 pm for an hour of fellowship, Bible study, and learning to be in mission in the community.
Attend whichever time fits your schedule. Please plan to join us.
WESLEY CASE FOR KIDS WALK/RUN/RIDE
SUNDAY JUNE 2nd @ Bayfront Park, Hamilton
Mark this date on your calendar. Consider taking part in this fun and easy walk to raise much-needed funds and awareness for kids programs in inner-city Hamilton. Join our small team of loyal walkers this year. More details will be on our website and in weekly announcements soon.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HAMILTON
St. James will be partnering with Habitat for Humanity Hamilton for the Waterdown Townhome Build this summer. The three townhomes are being built at the corner of Dennis Avenue and Highway #5. The foundations are in and completion is scheduled for late August/early Sept. We look forward to more details in the following weeks. Hope you will be part of our build team.
UNITED CHURCH SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN
We encourage all our young people from ages 5 and up to consider experiencing camp. There is a camp suitable for all ages, even family camp.
Register early as spots fill quickly. Funds are available through our Outreach Team to help with costs. Contact Linda Baksh, 905-689-1098 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
2019 CALENDAR FOR SALE
$6.00 each from the church office. Beautiful full colour photos, and all important dates marked.
People are needed to prepare &/or clean up coffee/tea for the Traditional Service on a rotating basis (once a month?) now that John & Ruth Harper will no longer be doing this.
Please contact Pat Simpson: 905-689-8985 or email@example.com
We are looking for volunteer(s) to lead the Catering Team, beginning January 1, 2019.
Please contact Ruth Harper for more information on this volunteer opportunity, 905-689-4515 or firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE – Land Repurpose Committee
Since our last Congregational meeting on April 7th we have met with 3 interested developers and one community partner. We’ve also had discussions with another developer who was not interested. We’ve met again with Edge and continue to explore that relationship. Over the summer we will be spending time contemplating our space and resource needs post repurposing and will be making a decision regarding Edge. We have not spent any money or made any financial commitments to date. Stay tuned!
Respectfully, your Committee Members
Linda Baksh, Rev. Ryk Brown, Stan Kopec, Paul Raphael, Jamie Skinner, Ron Steepe
GRASS SEED FOR SALE
We have (4) bags of ‘Shade’ grass seed still available to purchase from our recent fertilizer &
seed sale. $17.00 / bag. Contact Dave Rice, 905-689-0675.
MARMALADE FOR SALE
$5.00 per 250 ml jar
Hand-made by our crew of marmalade-makers. Delicious!! Purchase after either Sunday service in the Hall upstairs, or from the church office during the week.
SUMMER OFFERING & DONATION OPTIONS
Summer Offering & Donation Options
- Offering Envelopes – If you would like them for 2018, please contact Wendy in the church office.
- PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) – to have your offering deducted monthly from your bank account. Brochure forms are on the Welcome table, or contact the church office.
- Online donations can be made at any time through our website, www.stjameswaterdown.ca.Click the “Donate” tab at the top of any page, or the “Donate Now” button. This will take you to the secure CanadaHelps page. Either one-time or monthly donations can be made, directed to General Offering, Mission & Service, Memorial Gift, Outreach or special appeals. Pay by credit card or PayPal online.
Whichever way you choose to support the mission of St James, thank you for your donations
CHORAL SCHOLARS WANTED!
We are looking for university students to:
- Sing with the Senior Choir
- Occasionally perform solo (voice or instrumental)
- Perform with the Praise Band (singing or on your instrument of choice)
- Further opportunity available to work with the choir as a conducting apprentice or to practice and perform on Casavant organ
- Honorarium available
Contact Music Director for more info: Sophia Werden Abrams, email@example.com
Our new church Library is open in the Narthex, with our new Library Team of Joan Forsyth, Monica Small & Ann Robbins. You are welcome to browse; if you find a book to take out, sign the card in the book pocket and leave the card in the card box on the library shelf next to the coat closet. Please return the book within 3 weeks and place it in the book return box. It will be re-shelved by our Library Team.
No books are currently being accepted as donations to the Library. Thank you.
The Craft Cupboard in the Parlor has beautifully handcrafted items for baby gifts, children, doll clothes, as well as lap quilts, bed quilts, mittens & hats. To purchase items, please see Wendy in the church office.
UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA YOUTUBE CHANNEL
The United Church’s YouTube playlist includes videos of some of the United Church’s hundreds of community projects, both in Canada and overseas, as well as video messages from the church’s Moderator . The United Church of Canada’s YouTube channel can be found at www.youtube.ca/unitedchurchofcanada .
GET INVOLVED AT ST. JAMES:
THE MINISTRY OF CHRISTIAN DEVELOPMENT
Do you have a passion to see spirituality take new roots in all ages of faith? The Christian Development Team is looking for people with a passion to promote and encourage our existing programs, as well as to brainstorm new ways of getting others excited about our faith. Contact the church office, 905-689-6223 or firstname.lastname@example.org
THE MINISTRY OF OUTREACH TO OTHERS
Are you passionate about being God’s hands and feet in the world? Do you have a particular cause you care deeply about? Outreach is looking for more people to join their team! Please contact Linda Baksh at 905-689-1098 email@example.com
Hospitality has a focus on increasing opportunities for fellowship among the entire congregation. We welcome your ideas and input! Please contact the church office, 905-689-6223 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Good things are happening at Little Lights!
Rotating volunteers are needed to assist our Program Leader, Ruth Nicholson, on Sundays at 9am. Lessons are simple and pre-planned. For more information please email email@example.com
Do you believe strongly that St. James needs to promote itself to the community and to communicate the exciting things that are happening? The Communications Committee is looking for someone to handle the advertising to the Waterdown Community (i.e. notices to community newspapers, local cable channel for special events, etc.). If you are interested, contact Wendy, 905-689-6223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROPERTY & GROUNDS
Ever wonder how the church looks so good? Who shovels the snow in the winter and maintains the gardens in the summer? If you are interested in helping to create and maintain a welcoming atmosphere from a building and grounds perspective, the Property & Grounds Committee is looking for new members. This Group of committed individuals meets Thursday mornings from 9am to noon to work on various repairs and maintenance projects, and includes a coffee and fellowship time. Please contact Dave Sindrey at 905-689-7081 or email@example.com
THE MINISTRY OF PASTORAL CARE
Do you have a heart for people and a passion to be a part of caring community in action? Do you have a special concern for members of this community who are not able to attend services regularly? The Pastoral Care Committee has visiting opportunities and tele-ministry opportunities. This is a great opportunity for those with flexible schedules! Please contact Rosemary Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org; 905-689-6214.
The Worship Team dedicates most of its time to brainstorming ways to enhance major services, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter. Contact: Pat Simpson 905-689-8985 or email@example.com