Wednesday, 19 February 2020

WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Sunday Feb 23, 2020      Last Sunday after the Epiphany

   8:00 am   St. Stephen’s Church, Chester
                                                                                      9:15 am   St. George’s Church, East River
                                                                                      11:00 am St. Stephen’s Church, Chester


    Readings: Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2; 2 Peter 1:16-21;                                 
Matthew 17:1-9





ANNOUNCEMENTS
We Make House Calls +  …those with loved ones in hospital or unable to come to church, please call Fr. Ian at 902.275.8627   

Food Bank:  All contributions are very gratefully received.

Volunteers needed to visit Syrian family (2 parents and three older children).  The Alouch family is lonely and needs visitors.    If you can   spare a couple of hours a week, please call Dawn 902.275.5005.  Expect to be fed yummy Syrian treats!

PWRDF Project: During the weeks of Lent we will be supporting PWRDF’s Emergency Funds. In 2020 Australia was devastated by fires destroying thousands of homes and burning tracts of land larger than Nova Scotia. A PWRDF box will be located at the back of the church where you can put loose change, small bills and/or your PWRDF envelope.

Ash Wednesday - The First Day of Lent is on the 26th of February.
Penitential Rite with Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion will be held at Tuck Hall, 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. Please bring any old palm crosses or palm branches you may have not later than Sunday, the 23rd of February. They will be burned for ashes for Ash Wednesday

St. Stephen's Lenten Program - "Signs of Life: Why Church Matters" is an opportunity for participants to engage with elemental aspects of liturgy and scripture: light, water, food, shelter, community. Each session will help participants connect the Sign of Life to their own spirituality, Christian worship, and a spiritual practice. Each weekly session will focus on one of these key elements of our worship and liturgy, and will consist of prayer, watching a short video, reflection, and discussion, and will last about an hour. This program has been written by the Society of St. John the Evangelist (an Anglican monastic order), and is part of the Virginia Theological Seminary's Lifelong Learning Program. Programs will run Tuesdays at 11 a.m., starting on the 3rd of March, and run through the 31st of the month, at Tuck Hall. All are welcome.         

                                                            Worship next Week  
 The first Sunday in Lent                                          
  Sunday, 1 March 2020                                                                       
  8:00 am      St. Stephen’s Community Centre, Chester                       
9:15 am      All Saints’ Church, Canaan                                          
  11:00 am      St. Stephen’s Community Centre, Chester                   
Readings:  Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Psalm 32;                                                     
Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11

Wednesday, 29 January 2020


Worship this Week
The Presentation of the Lord
Sunday, 2 February 2020

 8:00 am  St. Stephen’s Community Centre, Chester
 11:00 am St. Stephen’s Community Centre, Chester                                                            
  4:30 pm  All Saints’ Church, Canaan 





ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                                                 
We Make House Calls +  …those with loved ones in hospital or unable to come to church, please call Fr. Ian at 902.275.8627       
                            
Food Bank:  All contributions are very gratefully received.                          
Volunteers needed to visit Syrian family (2 parents and three older children).  The Alouch family is lonely and needs visitors. If you can spare a couple of hours a week, please call Dawn 902.275.5005.  Expect to be fed yummy Syrian treats!  
 Annual Reports - Reports need to be in to the Parish Office, absolutely not later than 1 p.m. on Thursday, 6 February. Reports received after that will not be included in the Annual Report. The Annual Report will be published and distributed on Sunday, 16 February, in preparation for the Parish AGM on Sunday, 23 February following the 11 a.m. service.                                                      
Musical Friends is back every Monday that schools is operating      
Free Ukulele Lessons 12:30 to 1PM (age 18 -108)                           
Vintage Voices 1PM to 1:40  Musical Friends 2 to 4PM 
Tuneful Tots 4PM (singing & dancing aged zero and up - accompanied)

Worship next Week

Sunday, 9 February 2020
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
8:00 am  St. Stephen’s, Chester
9:15 am  St. George’s , East River
11:00 am St. Stephen’s, Chester   

Readings: Isaiah 58:1-9a, 9b-12; Psalm 112:19, 10;1 Corinthians 2:1-12, 13-16; 

 Matthew 5:13-20

Wednesday, 22 January 2020


Worship this Week
Jan 26      Third Sunday after the Epiphany

                                                                            8:00 am   St. Stephen’s Church, Chester
                                                                                       9:15 am   St. George’s Church, East River
                                                                                      11:00 am St. Stephen’s Church, Chester
    Readings: Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 5-13;
 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23





ANNOUNCEMENTS
We Make House Calls +  …those with loved ones in hospital or unable to come to church, please call Fr. Ian at 902.275.8627   
 Food Bank:  All contributions are very gratefully received.
Volunteers needed to visit Syrian family (2 parents and three older children).  The Alouch family is lonely and needs visitors.    If you can   174spare a couple of hours a week, please call Dawn 902.275.5005.  Expect to be fed yummy Syrian treats!
Annual Reports - Reports for the Annual Report need to be in to the
Parish Office, absolutely not later than 1 p.m. on Thursday, 6
February.
Reports received after that will not be included in the
Annual Report. The Annual Report will be published and distributed on Sunday, 16 February, in preparation for the Parish AGM on Sunday, 23 February following the 11 a.m. service.
PWRDF appeal for Australian bushfires
As your PWRDF representative, I’d like to draw your attention to the news that PWRDF is appealing for funds to work with two Anglican counterparts of PWRDF in Australia. Some of us have friends and/or family in Australia and may want to show our support by donating to this PWRDF campaign. Details can be found at https://pwrdf.org/pwrdf-supports-australian-bushfire-appeal/ or by getting in touch with me, Hiya Field (hiyafield@gmail.com).

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Worship next Week
The Presentation of the Lord
Sunday, 2 February 2020

                           8:00 am      St. Stephen’s Community Centre, Chester
                                                    11:00 am      St. Stephen’s Community Centre, Chester                                                                                           4:30 pm      All Saints’ Church, Canaan 
                             
Readings:  Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 84;
Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

WORSHIP this WEEK
 SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
Sunday, 19 January 2020
               
                8:00 am      St. Stephen’s Community Centre, Chester 
               9:15 am    St. George’s Church, East River   
               11:00 am      St. Stephen’s Community Centre, Chester
                4:30 pm     All Saints’ Church, Canaan
                        
                               Readings:  Isaiah 49: 1-7; Psalm 40:1-12;
                                        1 Corinthians 1: 1-9; John 1:29-42






ANNOUNCEMENTS
We Make House Calls +  …those with loved ones in hospital or unable to come to church, please call Fr. Ian at 902.275.8627   

Food Bank:  All contributions are very gratefully received.

Volunteers needed to visit Syrian family (2 parents and three older children).  The Alouch family is lonely and needs visitors. If you can spare a couple of hours a week, please call Dawn 902.275.5005.  Expect to be fed yummy Syrian treats!

Annual Reports - Reports for the Annual Report need to be in to the
Parish Office, absolutely not later than 1 p.m. on Thursday, 6
February.
Reports received after that will not be included in the
Annual Report. The Annual Report will be published and distributed on Sunday, 16 February, in preparation for the Parish AGM on Sunday, 23 February following the 11 a.m. service.


Parish Council Meeting Jan 21, 7pm Tyler Grant Room

PWRDF appeal for Australian bushfires

As your PWRDF representative, I’d like to draw your attention to the news that PWRDF is appealing for funds to work with two Anglican counterparts of PWRDF in Australia. Some of us have friends and/or family in Australia and may want to show our support by donating to this PWRDF campaign. Details can be found at https://pwrdf.org/pwrdf-supports-australian-bushfire-appeal/ or by getting in touch with me, Hiya Field (hiyafield@gmail.com).

Worship next Week

Jan 26      Third Sunday after the Epiphany
                           8:00 am   St. Stephen’s Church, Chester
                                                                                       9:15 am   St. George’s Church, East River
                                                                                      11:00 am St. Stephen’s Church, Chester
                                                                                             Readings: Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1,5-13; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23


Tuesday, 7 January 2020

This Sunday 12 January!   (The Baptism of the Lord)   our Diocesan Bishop, Archbishop Ron Cutler, will be present in St. Stephen's Parish.
He will preside and preach at the celebrations at St. George's East River (9:15) and at St. Stephen's (11 a.m. Tuck Hall). A lunch will follow the 11 a.m. celebration! All parishioners are encouraged to attend, and welcome!

Thursday, 2 January 2020



Worship this Week


        January 5th      The Epiphany of the Lord 

 8:00 am     St. Stephen’s Church, Chester
11:00 am    St. Stephen’s Church, Chester            
                                                                        4:30 pm     All Saints’ Church, Canaan
                                        Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12





ANNOUNCEMENTS
We Make House Calls +  …those with loved ones in hospital or unable to come to church, please call Fr. Ian at 902.275.8627    

 Food Bank:  All contributions are very gratefully received.

Volunteers needed to visit Syrian family (2 parents and three older children).  The Alouch family is lonely and needs visitors.    If you can spare a couple of hours a week, please call Dawn 902.275.5005.  Expect to be fed yummy Syrian treats!


Reminder! Worship is in Tuck Hall in St. Stephen’s Community Ctr. starting January 12th.




Worship next Week


Jan12                                                                       January 12th  The Baptism of the Lord

                            8:00 am      St. Stephen’s Church, Chester
                            9:15 am      St. George’s Church, East River
                     11:00 am    St. Stephen’s Church, Chester

                                                    Readings: Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17 

Tuesday, 24 December 2019


Worship This Week


Saturday, 24 December, 2019
Christmas Eve

        2:00 pm      All Saints’, Canaan                  Holy Eucharist       
        
        4:00 pm      St. Stephen’s, Chester          Creche Service
       
        7:00 pm      St. George’s, East River     Holy Eucharist
       
        9:00 pm      St. Stephen’s, Chester        Holy Communion 

               




ANNOUNCEMENTS

Parish Office: will be closed from 24 Dec 2019 to 2 January, 2020.

Happy Christmas!


Worship next Week
 Sunday 29 December   First Sunday after Christmas


     8:00 am        St. Stephen’s, Chester  Holy Eucharist
    11:00 am     St. Stephens, Chester  Lessons  & Carols