Monday, 21 September 2015

Parish Update: September 18, 2015

Hello St. Paul’s Family 
Here are a few things you may need to know.

Name tags – Poor David has so many many names to learn. We can help him out by wearing name tags for a couple of months until he gets to know us all. There will be a name tag station at the back of the church. If you have your own name tag please bring it and wear it (from rotary, elks, or whatever)
Please have patience as we get the name tags up and running……… 
The Dean’s office has a new email! Want to get a hold of Rev Sandra or David and don’t want to go through the office? You can now email them at the following address

Climbing out of the Valley… 
Discovering Life after Loss – a six week journey exploring the challenges and gifts of grief
Climbing Out of the Valley – Discovering Life After Loss This series is a six week journey exploring the challenges and gifts of grief. This holistic healing opportunity is open to anyone working through loss in their life. Together we will explore: dimensions and emotions of grief; care of self; how to negotiate special days…and much more.

Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. – September 23-October 28, 2015

Hosted by Kamloops United Church (KUC) – 421 St. Paul Street, Kamloops, B.C. Facilitated by Mary Widmer (C&C Resources for Life) and Bruce Comrie.

Register by September 16, 2015: by calling Kamloops United Church: (250) 372-3020, by email: or .      Suggested donation: $90.00

Photos depicting who, what, where or how you are/have been inspired in faith and hope on your journey through this year of change at St. Paul’s.
  • Entry is open to all of God’s people.
  • Entries are to be submitted by the photographer
  • Entries are to have been taken within the current year – 2015.
  • Entries are limited to four (4) per person.
  • Please include your name, phone number on the back of the photo.
  •  A title and/or comments as to why the entry depicts FOOD FOR THE JOURNEY are encouraged.
  • Please indicate if you wish your photographs returned.
  • First, second and third place will be acknowledged with a certificate.
  • Two “Honourable Mentions” not already placed in top 3 will also be acknowledged with a certificate.
  • All acknowledged photographs will appear in St. Paul’s Circular.
  • All photographs will be displayed in the cathedral
  •  4 x 6 prints may be dropped off at 360 Nicola Street. 
  •  Prints may be sent by email (jpeg) to:


Summer cleaning? Save your garage sale treasures for the fundraising committee!
There will be a garage sale on September 26 and we need your gently used stuff!
(no large furniture please)

Fund Raising 2015 Committee
 (Elaine Parkes, Jim Edwards, Duncan Macrae, Jim & Diane Freathy)

When the chapel refurbishment and sound system projects were done, the money to pay for them was borrowed from the St. Paul’s trust funds on the understanding that these funds would be replaced.  Administration and Finance has tasked this committee to raise $50,000 to cover the costs of these projects as well as supplementing the sound system with a “hard of hearing” component.  The committee has met and planned the following events for the fall:

Sept 26th (Saturday) Garage Sale/Flea Market – in St. Paul’s parish hall from 9 am – 2 pm.  Please start collecting treasures you no longer need and maybe someone else could use.  (Please no clothing - it can be taken to the Thrift Shop.)  Collect them in a box and store them at home.  We will advise you in the fall as to when they are to be brought to the church.  It will be a time to share treasures with each other, visit and raise some money for the church.

          Oct 18th – Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction.  Sunday at 5 pm.  More details to follow.

Would you like to help with one of these events?  If so please contact Elaine Parkes at 250-374-2316 or

BCYAYM conference coming to St. Paul's October 9-12.  Kitchen helpers are still needed Saturday & Sunday.  Contact Joy Gothard 250-372-5594.

From the Peace & Justice Committee
Syrian Emergency Relief

PWRDF has sent an initial grant of $20,000 in relief funds for Syrian and other refugees seeking refuge in Europe and is responding through the ACT Alliance.  ACT is providing food, water, shelter, health care, sanitation, education, and psychosocial support to over 300,000 refugees in Greece, Hungary and Serbia.  Warm clothes and bedding will be provided for the winter months. PWRDF continues to provide relief through ACT and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) to displaced people within Syria, and to refugees in Jordan and Lebanon and through Refuge Egypt in Cairo.

The Government of Canada has announced the creation of the Syria Emergency Relief Fund and will match every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the impact of the conflict in Syria, up to $100 million, effective September 12 through December 31, 2015.  For every dollar donated to PWRDF, the Canadian government will put one dollar into its Syria Emergency Relief Fund. 

Donations can be made in the following ways:

PWRDF Donations By Phone
For credit card donations contact:
Jennifer Brown
416-924-9192 ext. 3551-866-308-7973
Please do not send your credit card number by email or fax.

By Mail
Please make cheques payable to PWRDF, Syria Response and send to:
The Primate's World Relief and Development FundThe Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, Ontario  M4Y 3G2
PWRDF Humanitarian Response Coordinator
Naba Gurung
416-924-9192 ext. 321
Anglicans in Canada are praying, acting and giving to those affected by this refugee crisis. Please watch for updates on PWRDF’s response to the situation at
Thank you for supporting PWRDF’s continuing work of providing relief to Syrian refugees.

“What can YOU learn at Sorrento Centre?”
You don’t have to stop learning just because the summer is over. Check out the following fun fall program.

October 13-15
Deepening the Relationship with the Child: 
Godly Play as a Spiritual Practice and Tool of Renewal
with Anne Clark and Ruth Lumax 

.Godly Play transformed our congregation. The children came, bringing their families with them. Children began speaking aloud of their understanding of God. What they taught me transformed my “teaching.” Godly Play is not a Sunday school curriculum, it is a way of life.”
This course is the second part of an accreditation process for Godly Play storytellers and door people. Participants must have taken 8 hours of training in an Introduction to Godly Play.
You will experience the fun of Godly Play as both leader and learner, analyzing and preparing stories from various genres with peers in a collegial, non-judgmental setting. You will tell a story learned by heart; strengthen your classroom management skills and refine your understanding of the Godly Play environment. You will deepen your understanding of the spirituality of children and reconnect with the glorious, playful wisdom of the child within you as you experience the joy of God’s presence.
All learning will take place in a prayerful, playful atmosphere with creative and experienced Godly Play trainers. Participants who successfully complete this training will have completed their Certificate of Accreditation from Godly Play Canada.

ANNE CLARK is a certified Godly Play teacher (2006) and trainer (2008). She is passionate about holding sacred space for the work that children and God are doing together and about introducing Godly Play to those in our churches entrusted with the care of children.

RUTH LUMAX from wondering to leading and always wondering, Ruth enters the Godly Play circle as both practitioner (2006), Trainer (2011) and someone who is passionate about our biblical story. Ruth is committed to building the circle strong enough to do the work we need to do! She invites you to come close to God through wondering, silence and playful story.

  • Course Fee: $466.60 includes instruction, meals (Tuesday lunch to Thursday lunch) and accommodation based on double occupancy.
  • A $20 accreditation fee for Godly Play Trainers of BC is payable at the first class.
  • This course starts at 1pm on Tuesday and concludes with lunch on Thursday.

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