The Church of Saint Andrews


Welcome Back!

Our first in-person service is Sunday, July 19. Please contact the office (902) 462-1818 for information on seating and availability.

We would like you to keep I mind we are returning as safe as possible with the following guidelines in place:

  • If you feel unwell, please stay home.
  • We will require the use of a mask
  • Physical distancing must take place in the parking lot, upon entering the building and within the church walls. Exiting the building will also take place with physical distancing.
  • You will be checked off on our list upon arrival and guided by a greeter to your seat.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use and encouraged.
  • We ask that you stay seated unless using the restroom.
  • Children will always need to stay with their family bubble.
  • There will be no prayer books, hymn books or bulletins available in the church. The bulletin will be online as usual, and you are encouraged to print it at home and bring it along with you. (It must leave with you.) If you own a prayer book, you are more than welcome to bring it with you.

Lesson Two


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Good morning!

I woke up this morning thinking about our Vision as a Parish.  Our Vision statement is: To

strive to be a church whose doors are open and welcoming to all. Our belief in God as Creator and Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour compels us to turn our faith into action such that we are a beacon of light in the community where the Holy Spirit is alive and at work in all of our lives.

As I read this I am inspired to continue leading us in this time.  This statement compels us to dig deeper into the meaning of having open and welcoming doors.  It encourages us to seek where the Spirit is alive in our communities and to come alongside and complement the good work God is accomplishing.  This statement calls us to be a beacon of light to ourselves, our parish and our community.  This Vision is alive and so are we!  At this time in our Parish life we have a lot to learn and a lot to try.  I am willing to do both.  I am so honoured to be with all of you at this time.

I will use this Vision in the “Prayer Time with Katherine” today.  I will be praying for us all to be inspired to live into this Vision to its fullest.  We have so much to celebrate and we have so much more to learn and live!  

Calling Any Yarn!

If anyone has acrylic or polyester yarn they are not using, we could use it! There are people continuing to make squares for the blankets for the homeless.  Supplies of yarn can be dropped off at the church.  Please check with the office for available times for drop off.

Let’s tell our story!

We have the website to guide us. We have information and images on Facebook.

This is a time to gather our stories and find a way to pass them along. What are we doing and feeling during these times of isolation and social distancing? An opportunity to record our wide and diverse stories as they are happening. Optimistic; sad; funny; fearful; rested; tired; similar or unique. Spiritual or Secular or both.

Perhaps a story from the start; one from midway and later one from the end. Your story or stories may be at a more focused on a certain time. What will the end result look like?  Individual stories or compilations?  Perhaps the stories themselves will lead the way.

Please send your stories to the Church of Saint Andrew Office office@churchofsaintandrew.ca

You may use your name or remain anonymous. The only person who will see your email addresses will be the office manager.

Pentecost Sunday

The Liturgy group is asking us to send pictures into the office of something that shows the meaning of Pentecost!  Maybe it is you or you and your family dressed in Pentecost colours!  Maybe it is a picture of a talent you are sharing at this time (Baking bread, making squares for the blankets for the homeless, painting, etc!)   We would like to have these images in by May 22nd.  The more the better!

Interest Session

Tonight’s session will be on Nail Care During Covid-19.  Many of us struggle to keep our nails (fingers and toes) healthy in regular circumstances.  Barbara Kent, a licensed esthetician, will help us learn some helpful tips to keeping our nails healthy.

List of Activities this week:  If you are interested in any of the Zoom calls, contact the office and a Zoom link will be emailed to you!

Daily Nature and Nurture: Inspiration in Isolation – Facebook/Website 

Wednesday 7pm – Interest Session (Nail care during Covid19) – Zoom

Thursday 11am Book Club (A Bruised Reed: A Christian Reflection on Suffering and Hope) – Zoom

Friday 11am – Beat the Blues with Bryan – Zoom

Sunday Morning – Morning Prayer Service – Website

Sunday 6:30pm – Family Zoom Ministry – Zoom

Monday 7pm – Liturgy Meeting – Zoom

Tuesday 11am – Coffee and Zoom – Zoom

Wednesday 11am – Prayer Time with Katherine – Zoom

Weekly – Resiliency Through Covid-19: Spiritual Health Awareness Program – Website

Let’s Tell our Story – Email in stories of life and faith during Covid 19 – Email

Outreach Activities

Masks – These are being made from fabric the Church has used and is repurposing.  The material has been washed and will be made into masks.  To order please contact the office.

PWRDF Donations – Please consider making a donation to PWRDF

Needy Fund Donations – Our needy fund continues to be used.  Any help is appreciated.

Cole Harbour Cares – Our refugee group continues to be working to secure funding to bring in a refugee family once we are able.

Blankets for the Homeless – Mother’s union continues to gather yarn to make squares and the squares themselves to be made into blankets.

Delivery – If you require food delivery or are able to deliver food please contact the office.  We are keeping a list of people available to help in this time of need.

Church of Saint Andrew Office – office@churchofsaintandrew.ca

Lots of prayers for everyone!

Archdeacon Katherine


Friday, April 3 2020

Good afternoon everyone!

We are continuing our journey and I am finding there are moments of pure joy and moments of sheer exhaustion.  I have heard that mirrored by many of you in conversations I have been having.  My prayers are for all of us!  We are navigating this new landscape and we are risking a lot!  Thank you for journeying with me.  You are all amazing!

Following are some notes for the upcoming week:  

Palm Sunday Crosses

Missing your Palm Sunday Palm Cross?  Barb Kent has recorded a beautiful way to make a Palm Cross from Ribbons.  It has been posted to Facebook.  We are hoping people may consider making one and put it somewhere for people to see!

Holy Week

I have had a lot of questions about Holy Week Services.  Our schedule for next week is going to be a lot different than previous years. 

There will be 3 recorded Services on our Website for Holy Week:

        Maundy Thursday – Evening Reflection

        Good Friday – A reading of the Passion Gospel

        Easter Sunday – Morning Prayer

Finance

You can expect to get a financial update by email shortly.  This is a separate email and will not be posted on the Website or Facebook site.  If you have decided to not be a part of the Parish email distribution list but would want to receive financial updates, please contact the office.

Easter Sunday Table Grace

We thought it would be meaningful to have a time to say Easter Table Grace together.  We are going to plan a Zoom call for 4:00 pm on Easter Sunday for 30 minutes.  Display an item of resurrection or hope in your background!

List of Activities this week:  If you are interested in any of the Zoom calls, contact Archdeacon Katherine or the office and a Zoom link will be emailed to you!

DailyNature and Nurture: Inspiration in IsolationFacebook/Website
Sunday MorningPalm Sunday Morning PrayerWebsite
Tuesday 11amCoffee and ZoomZoom
Wednesday 11amPrayer Time with KatherineZoom
Thursday 11amCanoeing the Mountains Book ClubZoom
Thursday EveningMaundy Thursday ReflectionWebsite
Friday MorningGood Friday Reading of the PassionWebsite
Sunday MorningEaster Morning Prayer ServiceWebsite
Sunday 4pmEaster Table GraceZoom

Church of Saint Andrew Office – office@churchofsaintandrew.ca

Lots of prayers for everyone!

Archdeacon Katherine


Monday, March 30 2020

Good morning,

I want to take a moment and reflect on my weekend.  Personally, it has been a rollercoaster all weekend.  I have been inspired by many of you and how you are reaching out to others.  This inspiration is continued by photographs and inspirational quotes on Facebook and our Website.  In the same moment I miss you all so much, I long to see each of you.  I am trying to take my own words and reflect on them.  I see the pain and yet in the breath I am attempting to enable God to transform me.  Part of this transformation is to let you all know you are not alone.  We may each be isolated physically but we are not alone mentally or spiritually.  Please continue to reach out to each other.  I will continue to reach out as well.

Diocesan Update

Our Diocese continues to provide us with Updates.  To find the most recent one please click on the link below.

https://www.nspeidiocese.ca/newsletters/75/display

Readers Wanted!

Our Sunday Services seem to be going really well!  We are really hoping to have as many different people as possible reading.  If you are interested please contact the office! 

Nature & Nurture: Inspiration in Isolation

We are in NEW times to which we have to ADAPT. We have been asked to LISTEN to the breath of God in our lives, go forward with CONVICTION and WRESTLE with new directions. The process will TRANSFORM us if we are earnest in our efforts. This can be painful at times and exhausting. To offset that we are offering you a breath of beauty every day through Nature & Nurture: Inspiration in Isolation. Each day we will be posting a new photo on our Facebook page and asking you to suggest a scripture verse or inspirational quote that speaks to you when you view the image. We will choose one of the inspirations and post the picture and inspiration on our Webpage. The quotes have all been great so far and the choice has been tough. We look forward to more people joining in and making the choice even harder.

Beat the Blues with Bryan

By popular demand Bryan is going to host a hymn sing on Friday morning at 11:00 am by Zoom!  If you are interested in joining us, please email Archdeacon Katherine or the office.

Technology

We are encouraging different people to use different means of connecting the congregation.  Not all ways are going to work for everyone.  We are already using Zoom, email, phone calls, Website, and Facebook.  If there is a way you would like to connect please tell the office.  We will make suggestions to our leadership and see who may be able to help.  Maybe you are interested in starting a Parish Connector group of your own!  Tell us if you are!

Diane can help people to connect with us on Zoom.  If you need assistance, please contact the office.

List of Activities this week:  If you are interested in any of the Zoom calls contact the office and a Zoom link will be emailed to you!

Daily                               Nature and Nurture: Inspiration in Isolation  Facebook/Website                  

Tuesday 11am              Coffee and Zoom                                            Zoom

Wednesday 11am       Prayer Time with Katherine                            Zoom

Thursday 11am           Canoeing the Mountains Book Club               Zoom

Friday 11am                Beat the Blues with Bryan                              Zoom

Sunday Morning         Palm Sunday Morning Prayer Service            Website

The Church office email is: office@churchofsaintandrew.ca

Please keep safe and remember I am only a phone call away!

Lots of Love and prayers to everyone!

Archdeacon Katherine