Upcoming Meetings and Gatherings in our Parish

 

Parish Picnic – Sunday, June 25th following the 10:30 service

Midweek Eucharist – Wednesday, July 5th has been cancelled

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

Newsletter Available Now

The current issue of The Spirit of St. Mark’s is available for pickup at the back of the church. An electronic copy of the newsletter is also available for download here.

Parish Picnic

Please join us on Sunday, June 25 for an indoor worship service followed by a barbeque lunch. Lunch will include hamburgs, hot dogs, salad, beverages and dessert. After lunch, there will be games for all led by our servers and youth group. We hope that you are planning to be there!

Congratulations Nancy

Congratulations goes to Nancy Harvey who received the Order of Huron at the annual Synod meeting. Nancy received this well-deserved honour in recognition of her commitment to improve our environment. Read Bishop Linda’s comments about Nancy here.

Lost and Found

There is a large collection of coats and Lost and Found items in the coat area by the back doors. Please check to see if there is anything that might belong to you. The items will be kept until June 30th and then, whatever is left, will be donated to one of our local charities.

Vacation Bible School

The VBS volunteer sign-up sheet can be found in St. Mark’s Hall. Adult leaders are needed for Bible storytelling, crafts and snack preparations; all sections are planned. Our St. Mark’s VBS runs from Augist 21-25 from 9:00 – noon. Students in grade 7 and up are welcome to sign up as Crew Guides! Please help us make VBS Hero Central 2017 a success!

Hero Central, our Vacation Bible School, offers a programme of worship, music, crafts and stories for children from kindergarten to grade six. Read about VBS 2017 and register your child for this exciting week.

Thank you to the children for remembering to earn coins for their church offering between May 21st and June 25th by doing chores at home. A portion of the money collected will be sent to Primate World Relief and Development Fund/Habitat for Humanity to help Sunprovide tanks, cisterns and indoor plumbing for ten houses on the Pikangikum Reserve In Northwestern Canada. Pikangikum has been on a Boil Water Advisory since 2003. To have access to fresh water for drinking and hygiene purposes is a basic human right for all people. Our help is part of our Giving Tree Goals, Stage 4. If Sunday School church envelopes are needed, please speak to Pat McMillan or Anne Walker.

Help Required

Sharon Bliss, a member of our parish, has a connection with a family that lost everything in the fire on Colborne Street above Maria’s Pizza last Sunday morning. She is helping them by collecting donations of clothing. The family consists of two parents and three children ages 4, 6 and 8 and they are all in need of clothing.

  • The two girls wear sizes 4 and 8-10 clothing and size 8 and 13 shoes.
  • The boy needs size 14 clothing and size 2-3 in shoes.
  • For the parents, the Dad wears XL shirts, 38-40 pants and size 10 shoes.
  • The Mom needs XL tops, size 11 pants and size 9-10 shoes.

Thank you to those who are able to help. All donations can be left at the church office.

Musicians Needed

Volunteer musicians are needed for Praise and Pizza at Grace Church, Brantford. Once per month on the first Saturday of the month, there is a short worship provided for the needy, hungry, homeless and lonely followed by an amazing dinner. Please call Helene at Grace Church (ext. 21) to volunteer. Ext 21. The next worship and meal is on October 7, 2017.

 

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.

Volunteers Needed

The St. Mark’s Christian Generosity Team is planning a programme for this fall to help the people of St. Mark’s grow in their relationship with Jesus through the use of the time, talents and finances that God has entrusted to us. In late September, we will require a team of volunteers to distribute the programme packages to members of the congregation. The material will include information about St. Mark’s and a pledge card for members to voluntarily make a commitment to support the mission and ministry of our church. If you believe that good stewardship is about generosity of time, talents and treasure and can help by distributing some of the packages to some of our members that live near you, contact the church office. More information and a list of deliveries will be available in September.

Summer Sunday School

Summer Sunday School

Please consider teaming up with a friend or family member to teach a mini Sunday School lesson (approx. 20 mins.) during July and August. Pre-planned packages are available in St. Mark’s Hall along with a sign up sheet.

Messy Church

Messy Church is a ministry that brings the gospel to families who cannot attend formal services on Sunday mornings. All-age sessions take place on the second Friday of each month in the church halls and focus on Bible story themes. The programme provides theme-related activities and crafts, a short worship celebration with prayer, music and story-telling, the sharing of a hot meal, and significantly, kids and adults work together in every aspect. Our next Messy Church evening is on Friday, June 9th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Please share this information with others. Hope to see you there!

Visit our Messy Church Page for more information.

Ladies’ Guild Lunch

The Ladies’ Guild Springtime Lunch will take place on Thursday, June 29th at 11:30 a.m. at Mother’s Pizza Parlour (185 King George Road, 519-304-4191). All women of the parish are welcome. Please sign the sheet on the Information Table. Rides are available. Call Mary at 519-756-6214 for more details.

Diocese of Huron Logo

One Body, One Spirit – Live a life worthy of your calling!

Link to the 176th Synod summary report.

Prayer List

Each Sunday, we pray for individuals for whom prayers have been requested by members of our parish family. We have a short term list (4 weeks) and a long term list (6 months). As members of our parish family, we join with you to remember the needs of your loved ones. Names can be added to the prayer list by filling out a request form found in the pews. Please keep us up-to-date on the needs of those on our prayer list.

Gift Cards for Daily Bread

Again this year, St. Mark’s will be providing gift cards for those attending the Daily Bread Christmas dinner at Grace Church. Donations can be made at any time during the year through your church envelopes. Envelopes should be marked ‘Gift Cards for Daily Bread’. Thank you for your ongoing support of this outreach project.

Scented Products

Due to the health concerns arising from exposure to scented products, we ask that all who enter our building be considerate of those in our parish family who experience scent sensitivity. Chemicals in the fragrances can trigger reactions such as respiratory distress, headaches, nausea and skin irritations. Your cooperation is appreciated to accommodate their health concerns.

Cambrie’s Little Boxes

If you have been wondering what to do with greeting cards that you have received throughout the year, you might want to consider donating them for a worthy cause. A group in Brantford meets one day a week at Grace Church to make boxes to sell to support cancer related charities. The old greeting cards are used to decorate the boxes. The boxes sell for 50 cents each and 100% of the proceeds goes to cancer charities. You can support this group by adding your used greeting cards to the box on the Information Table. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Used Eye Glasses

St. Mark’s will be sending over 400 pairs of used eye glasses to Africa for those in need.

Material Required

We have received a request from a group of ladies who meet at Faith Lutheran Church each Tuesday from 9:30 – 3:00. This group makes quilts and sundresses from sheets (including flannel), pillowcases, tablecloths, drapes, etc. for those living in refugee camps. All contributions can be left in the box by the Information Table. Additional helpers are also welcome. More information is available from Anne Porr at 519-754-0753. 

Flower and Candle Chart

There are still numerous opportunities available for those who would like to remember loved ones/special occasions by putting flowers on the altar or by lighting the sanctuary candle. Information brochures and sign up sheets are available in the black binder at the Information Table. 

An Important Change in the Brant Community Healthcare System

Following a review of their privacy policies, the BCHS will only permit clergy to access patient information if clergy have the consent of the patient or family and have requested a visit. This change was effective Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Previously clergy were able to review patient lists according to faith group based on patient admission records, which was often how we clergy discovered our parishioners were in hospital. What this now means is that if you or a family member know you will be in BGH or find yourselves there, and would like a visit, either a family member or you will need to contact the parish office with the request (519-752-6451 or office@stmarks.on.ca). Whilst it places another task on the patient or family, the change is one already in place in many other hospitals in Southern Ontario, and reflects the commitment of our health care system to protect their patients. They recognize that not all patients want their faith communities to be aware of their hospitalization. The Spiritual Care department at BCHS has temporarily increased the hours of its Part Time Casual Chaplains to help with the transition. Please feel free to contact John Arthur, BCHS Lead Chaplain, or Tim if you have any questions.

 

Licentiate in Theology

Are you…

  • Seeking deeper understanding of faith in this world?
  • Contemplating Ordained Ministry as priest or deacon?
  • Or simply interested in further education for personal development?

Take the opportunity to deepen your knowledge through courses toward the new pre-degree diploma program at Renison College, the Licentiate in Theology. Flyer is available here.

Choral Evensong

During the academic year, St Paul’s Cathedral Choir sings Choral Evensong at St. Paul’s at 4:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month.
This evening service uses the traditional language of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer. Choral Evensong resumed Sunday, January 15th.