This Sunday in the Parish of Blandford

The Baptism of the Lord

January 12

Saint Barnabas- Morning Prayer

Choir Practice: Resumes in March

Bible Study: Wednesday. 7pm at the Rectory, 4821 Hwy #329: Next Sunday’s readings – ISAIAH 49:1-7; PSALM 40:1-12; 1 CORINTHIANS 1:1-9; JOHN 1:29-42

Next Sunday: All Saints: 10 AM Holy Eucharist

Home Visits: If anyone would like a visit or communion at home from Rev. Louis OR if you know anyone who may wish to receive a visit or communion, please contact him in person, by e-mail or phone. Rev. Louis will be in the parish this week on Wednesday & Thursday.

Notice of Annual General Meeting – Parish of Blandford: Our Annual General Meeting is Scheduled to be held on Sunday, February 16, 2020 following our Sunday worship at Saint Cuthbert/Ocean Swells. Those who have reports to prepare for our 2019 Annual Report, please submit them to Ann or Brian Stott by Sunday, January 19. Storm Date for the Meeting: February 23.

MORE Mission Schools – Module #4: Regional MORE Mission Schools are on the road again throughout the Diocese. Module #4 called MORE Bold, explores themes related to (re)discovering our faith story and being able to tell God’s story of hope and good news for the world. This session helps equip participants to dive deep into what it means to be a disciple today, especially related to our Anglican identity. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED at www.nspeidiocese.ca or phone 902-420-0717 (ask for Lisa). Each FREE daylong workshop is led by Archbishop Ron Cutler and a team of lay and clergy leaders. Time is 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. South Shore Region – Feb. 29 – St. James’ Mahone Bay, (Registration Deadline Feb. 26)

Christmas Schedule 2019

Services for the Christmas Season – 2019

December 08

Second Sunday of Advent Holy Eucharist at All Saints, 10am

December 15

Third Sunday of Advent Holy Eucharist at Saint Cuthbert, Ocean Swells, 10 am

December 22

Service of Advent Lessons and Carols/ Lighting of the Memorial Tree at Saint Barnabas, 10 am.

December 24

Christmas Holy Eucharist at 4 pm at Saint Barnabas (family service)

Christmas Holy Eucharist at 8 pm at All Saints.

December 29

Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols at All Saints, 10am.

January 05

The Epiphany of our Lord at Saint Cuthbert/Ocean Swells, 10 am.

‘Till Christmas in the Parish of Blandford

Coming Events in and around the Parish of Blandford

Bible Study & Reflection: Next Sunday’s readings – JEREMIAH 23:1-6; CANTICLE 19 (LUKE 1:68-79); COLOSSIANS 1:11-20; LUKE 23:33-43

Home Visits: If anyone would like a visit or communion at home from Rev. Louis OR if you know anyone who may wish to receive a visit or communion, please contact him in person, by e-mail or phone. Rev. Louis will be in the parish this week on Tuesday and on vacation from November 20 – 26.

Christmas Bazaar: Saturday, November 23, 11-1:30 at the Blandford Community Centre. Admission Free. Bake Table, Handwork, Fudge, and more. Lunch (Soup or Chili, dessert, tea or coffee) available: Adults $8, Youth (6-12) $5, Children 5 and under free. Proceeds to the Saint Barnabas Guild.

Country Christmas Music Concert (Christmas and Gospel) with Matt Balsor, NS Hall of Famer, Sunday November 17th, 2019 – 2:30pm to 4:30pm ( doors open at 1:30) at The Chester Basin Legion,.$10.00 in advance or $12.00 at the door. Tickets available: at the Hair Salon #6 Pig Loop Rd Chester 275-5966 or Sheila Hirtle / Lynn Hatt or Jessica Sawler. New Ross Credit Union Limited or Roger 275-4142
Bake table / cookie sale~ 50/50 ~ Christmas basket tickets ~ Door Prizes ~Canteen. Proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society’s The Lodge that Gives. Let there be Christmas ~ Christmas Everywhere!

Decorating the Church & Tree; preparation for Christmas Eve Family Service: Sunday December 15, 4PM – Saint Barnabas Church. For the young and the young at heart. Start Spreading the word!

PWRDF – Hurricane Dorian Emergency Relief

Hurricane Dorian Emergency Relief

Hurricane Dorian has devastated the Bahamas. News footage shows the areas around Freeport to be unrecognizable, completely submerged in water.

In response to the immediate and urgent needs on the ground, PWRDF is receiving donations and sending financial support to Episcopal Relief and Development of the Episcopal Church of the United States. communities in the diocese.

ERD is working through the Anglican Alliance, of which PWRDF is also a member, to support a response as the Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos begins to evaluate and assess the needs of local communities in the diocese.

Donations can be made in the following ways:

On-line at pwrdf.org/give-today and choose the box marked Emergency Response

On your cell phone by texting PWRDF to 45678 By Phone For credit card donations call 416-924-9192 ext. 306; 1-866-308-7973 Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax. By Mail Please make cheques payable to PWRDF and note Emergency Response and send to:

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund The Anglican Church of Canada 80 Hayden Street Toronto, Ontario M4Y 3G2

Anglicans in Canada are praying, acting and giving to those affected by Hurricane Dorian. Please watch for updates on PWRDF’s response at www.pwrdf.org, as well as on Facebook @pwrdfcan and Twitter @pwrdf.

Season of Creation

The Season of Creation

September 01 – October 04

Christians around the world are invited to give particular attention to praying and caring for God’s creation as part of the Global Season of Creation, observed from September 1 to October 4 every year. General Synod 2019 passed a resolution adopting the Season of Creation in the Anglican Church of Canada as a time of prayer, education, and action and encouraging dioceses and parishes to participate.

History of the Season of Creation

The Season of Creation is an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation. It runs from September 1 to October 4.

September 1 was proclaimed as a day of prayer for creation (World Day of Prayer for Creation, or Creation Day) by Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I for the Orthodox in 1989, and was embraced by the other major Christian European churches in 2001 and by Pope Francis for the Roman Catholic Church in 2015.

Many Christian churches started celebrating the “Season of Creation” (also known as Creation Time) between that date and October 4, which is the date of the feast many Western traditions observe for St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis is widely associated with nature, and for Catholics is the patron saint of those who promote ecology.

Several statements from the past few years have called the faithful to observe this month-long Season of Creation, such as those of the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines in 2003, the Third European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu in 2007 and the World Council of Churches in 2008.

An Affirmation of Faith

We believe that God creates all things, renews all things and celebrates all things.

We believe Earth is a sanctuary, a sacred planet filled with God’s presence, a home for us to share with our kin.

We believe that God became flesh and blood, became a piece of Earth, a human being called Jesus Christ, who lived and breathed and spoke among us, suffered and died on a cross for all human beings and for all creation.

We believe that the risen Jesus is the Christ at the core of creation, reconciling all things to God, renewing all creation and filling the cosmos.

We believe the Holy Spirit renews life in creation, groans in empathy with a suffering creation and waits with us for the rebirth of creation.

We believe that with Christ we will rise and with Christ we will celebrate a new creation. Amen.

Rogation Sunday – 2019

Rogation Sunday

Every year many of us put our hands into the earth and praise the God of our Creation by tilling and growing for pleasure and for nourishment – or both! Please join us on May 19th  as we celebrate the garden and all growing things – we celebrate by bringing our own seeds, plants, and tools to ask for God’s blessing on them as they grow and help us to make things grow. We also bring seeds and plants to share – blessing each other with the gift of growing things!

Rogation Sunday: Sunday, May 19 at 10 AM. We ask for God’s blessing on our new year of gardening – our Seeds, Plants & Soil. Please bring any seeds, plants, soil, or gardening tools and we will pray together that God may bless them in the coming seasons.

2019 Schedule for Holy Week

Palm Sunday – The Passion Holy Eucharist

Saint Barnabas

10 am April 14

Maundy Thursday – Washing of the Feet – Holy Eucharist

Saint Cuthbert/Ocean Swells

7 pm April 18

Good Friday – Service of the Passion

All Saints

10 am April 19

Holy Saturday – Great Vigil of Easter – Holy Eucharist

Saint Barnabas

7 pm April 20

Easter Sunday – The Resurrection – Holy Eucharist

All Saints

10 am April 21

Annual General Meeting – Change of Service Schedule

Please Note the change in our Sunday Schedule: Our Regular Sunday Service (10am) will now be at Saint Barnabas on February 03.  On Sunday February 10 we will meet at Ocean Swells for Holy Eucharist at 10am followed by Parish Potluck  lunch and our Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting of the Parish of Blandford:

February 10, 2019 – Ocean Swells Community Center, Northwest Cove

Reports: Please submit reports no later than January 31, 2019 to Susanna Johnstone or Rev. Louis.

Parish Council: A number of positions are or will become vacant at the end of this term (February 28) The following three positions will need to be filled by new people offering.

  • Warden – Saint Barnabas
  • Treasurer
  • Parish Secretary

Christmas Greetings

A Christmas Message 2018

Have you ever been in a situation where there was no room at the inn? Maybe you began the year as the new kid in a new school. All friendships had already been set for years – there was no room for you. Maybe you started a new job and the office lottery group didn’t want any more partners. Maybe you or your ancestors arrived in a new country. You had no choice but to leave your home because it had become unsafe and unlivable. Maybe there were some who said there was no room for you in the community that you came to live.

Many of us have been in situations – small or serious, like Mary and Joseph where it seemed like there was no room for us. We are most aware of this feeling of exclusion or rejection when our need is immediate! When a woman is having a baby – she needs a place to have it RIGHT NOW!

There may be some of you who feel as though there is no room at the place where you really want to be this Christmas. All of us need a place to be welcomed, to be taken in – to be warm, safe, and loved.

We hope that the Church in our community of worship provides a place where there will be room, where you will be welcome and safe. This is what Christians are (or at least should be) all about! There may be times when the Church, like the inn in the Christmas story, may not seem to have room for all. For these times we ask forgiveness. We pray that you will know with assurance that even if we, the followers of Jesus, do not always make room for you, the God who sent the child of Bethlehem to us, will never fail to welcome you!

We pray. May the Parish of Blandford always be a place of welcome and refuge to you. May this Parish always be a place where there is room for anyone and everyone! May this be the place which provides the space and security for your faith to be born, nurtured, and grown. God is found in the most surprising places. May you find and know God today.

A special thanks … goes out to all members of our parish who have helped in the preparation for our Christmas celebrations!

Louis +

2018 Christmas Service Schedule

Services During the Christmas Season

December 23: Advent IV – Holy Eucharist 10AM Saint Cuthbert

December 24:   Christmas Eve                                                         Family Eucharist 4PM Saint Barnabas                                    Sung Eucharist 8PM All Saints

December 30: Service of Christmas Lessons & Carols           10AM Saint Barnabas

January 06: Epiphany of the Lord – Holy Eucharist                     10 AM All Saints