Men’s Group ~ Monday October 15th at 9:30 a.m.
Messy Church Core Team Meeting ~ Tuesday October 16th at 4:00 p.m.
Parish Council ~ Tuesday October 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Senior’s Luncheon ~ Wednesday October 17th at 11:00 a.m.

Visit our Calendar of Events page for a full listing of activities at St. Mark’s.

Alpha Programme at St. Mark’s

For 11 weeks beginning on Wednesday, September 19th.

  • 6:30 – gather
  • 6:45 – dinner
  • 7:15 – short film
  • 7:45 – discussion groups

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the basis of the Christian faith.

To register, complete the online registration form located here.

Food
Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick catch-up over coffee, food has a way of bringing people together. It’s no different at Alpha. All sessions start with food, because it’s a great way to connect, relax and build friendships.
Talk
The talks are designed to be engaging and inspire conversation. Usually around 30 minutes long, they explore the big issues around faith and unpack the basics of Christianity, addressing questions like “Who is Jesus?”, “Why and how do I pray?” and “How does God guide us?”
Discussion
Probably the most important part of any Alpha: the chance to share thoughts and ideas about the talk without being corrected or judged. There’s no obligation to say anything; it’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective.

Alpha Hospitality Crews – We are looking for about 12 people (3-4 crews) to help. Tasks include setting out coffee, tea and dessert after the video and cleaning up the dishes/kitchen from the meal. Each crew will be on duty once every 4 weeks. The programme runs on Wednesdays from September 19th to November 28th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you are interested, please see Christine.

 

Aging Gracefully
Tuesday, October 23 (5:30-dinner, 6:00-discussion)

Join us for a discussion about the geriatric services in our region and some tips on how to navigate this growing and complex system. We are looking forward to learning and sharing stories with each other. Erin Stirling, Specialized Geriatric Services Clinician, Community, Addiction and Mental Health Services of Haldimand Norfolk will lead the discussion. The presentation is open to everyone in the parish- young, middle aged and senior. Everyone will encounter the need for these services, either for themselves or someone they care about. There is a sign up sheet at the information table, a light lunch will be served prior to the discussion. If you have any questions please contact Debbie Belowitz.

Thank You

  • A huge THANK YOU goes out to our St. Mark’s family for all your food donations during Harvest. Because of your generosity, St. Mark’s was able to donate 485 pounds of food to the Brantford Food Bank.
  • Thank you to volunteers who donated food for our Oct. 12th Messy Church Potluck and also to those who helped with set-up, crafts, tech support, games and clean-up; the added support from our 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. congregations is so appreciated by our Messy Church planning team and families!
  • Thank you to our St. Mark’s Garden Club team members for their hard, dedicated work this past season. You kept our church looking top notch. See you in the Spring.

Cooking Group

We will be making turkey pot pie and turkey soup for sale on Sunday, October 14, 2018.  Any left overs will be available for sale at the Holly Jolly Faire. 

If you are available on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 12:30 – 3:00 we could use your help. We will need people to roll pastry, dice, chop, etc. Many hands make light work.  If you are available please spend the afternoon for some fun making dinner for others. If you are not able to make this afternoon, we will be also having a cooking evening on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 6:30 to make Shepherd’s Pie.  Please sign up on the information table. For more information talk to Laurie Murray. We are an equal opportunity volunteer program – all are welcome to participate.  

Ladies’ Guild Meeting

The next Ladies’ Guild meeting is taking place on Thursday, October 25 at 1:00 p.m. Join us as we travel through South Africa, Europe and New Zealand via a slide presentation presented by Nadine Hill.

 

A Spook-tacular Hallowe’en Party

Peak-a-Boo Halloween Party on Saturday Oct. 27th 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Tots (12 months to 4 years) and parents/caregivers are invited to this spook-tacular event. There will be a costume parade, games, songs, stories, a make and take craft and spooky treats.

Halloween Haunt on Saturday October 27th 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Kids Club (SK to Gr. 6 and parents are welcome) are invited to what will be a hauntingly good party! There will be a costume parade, hotdogs, dessert and punch along with spooky fun games, crafts and a take home treat.

Please register how many are coming, any food allergies and photo affirmation.
Contact the church office at 519.752.6451 or office@stmarks.on.ca by October 22nd to register. This is a free event!

Hallowe’en Dinner and Concert

Saturday, October 27
Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Concert at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10.00

Featuring the music of the very talented and world renowned Ms. Alison Clark and the St. Mark’s Worship Choir.

 

Greeters Meeting

Please mark your calendars and save the date for a Greeter Meeting on Tuesday, November 6. This is a chance for all Greeters to come and meet others and review procedures and emergency plans. If anyone has suggestions or concerns regarding these, please send them in advance so we are better able to provide an answer at this meeting. We will start with coffee and dessert at 7:00 p.m., review procedures, answer questions and tour the building. We should conclude shortly after 8:00 p.m.

A Neighbourly Gesture

Northland Gardens staff and volunteers are setting up a Christmas shopping centre for children in the community housing apartments to shop for their families. Coins spent for shopping will be used for the breakfast programme.

We would like to donate items for Dad or Grandpa; these items might include mitts, gloves, wool hats, ball caps, shoe shine kits, socks, etc. Pleas note that toiletries, mugs and candy are already available. The items listed may be purchased at Dollar stores. A basket near the Information Table will be set up to collect items donated by us. Pat McMillan will deliver the donations on November 19th.

We are looking for servers

Are you interested in becoming an adult server for our 9:00 a.m. service? If so, please see Jim Kelso after service.

Church Calendars Available

2019 Canadian Church Calendars are available in St. Mark’s Hall during coffee hour. Still only $5.00! Check out this beautiful calendar.

Canning Jars

Do you have extra canning/mason jars that you no longer need? The organizing team for the Holly Jolly Faire is looking for 250ml and 500ml jars. If you would like to donate your jars, please drop them off at the church office during the week or on Sunday mornings.

Messy Church

Messy Church

Year three of our Messy Church programme will start up again in September. In order to run this well-attended evening, we need help! On the bulletin board in St. Mark’s Hall, there is a list of a variety places where volunteers can pitch in. Take a look at the list and see if there is a spot where you can make a contribution.

 

For Your Information

CURSILLO: a short course in living a Christian life.
What: A Cursillo weekend is a residential course that includes talks given by clergy and lay people followed by small group discussion and response. There will be Anglican worship with lots of music. There will be time to enjoy interacting with other Christians from the Dioceses of Niagara and Huron. Who: Participants are people like you, interested in learning more about their Christian faith. Both lay people and clergy can attend.
When: A Cursillo weekend is planned for Friday, October 19 (evening) to Sunday, October 21, 2018.
Where: At the St. Ignatius Retreat Centre, Deemerton. This is a lovely facility in rural Ontario near Mildmay chosen because it is accessible to both dioceses and a reasonable cost.
Why: Learning to deepen our relationship with the Divine is a benefit to our individual lives and the life of our parishes and dioceses. Joy is a bonus
How: Check out the website at www.niagaracursillo.org for a full brochure, application forms and contact information for your questions.

For Your Information

Thank you to everyone who signed to provide household items for the sponsorship of a second refugee family. Your contributions are truly appreciated. Thanks to a generous donation, no other items are required at this time. Updates will be provided when more information is available.

Gift Cards – A Fundraising Initiative

Orders for gift cards for the fundraising programme are going to be placed every Monday. Check out the information on the poster and stop by the Information Table to pick up a list of retailers or talk with one of the members of the fundraising committee and consider placing an order.

Click here to view the poster.

New to St. Mark’s?

If you are new to our parish and would like to be added to our parish list, please pick up a parishioner information form from the Information Table or at the back of the church, fill it out and return it to the church office or add it to the collection plate on Sunday morning. If you have requested church envelopes, check the table at the back of the church. Sunday School envelopes are available on the table as well.

Flowers and Candle

The Candle and Flower charts are in the black binder on the Information Table. Information pamphlets are also available. You may sign on any of the available spots.

Food Bank Donations

Thank you for the generous donations for the food bank to date. Contributions can be added to the shopping cart by the parking lot door to help support those in need of assistance.

Your Help is Needed

Help the members of Bethel Christian Reform Church make diapers for little babies’ bottoms overseas by donating your used flannelette sheets. Please place your donation in the laundry basket in the hallway. Thank you!