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

Synod 2019

Bishop Linda Nicholls’ Charge at the 178th Synod of the Diocese of Huron can be found here.

The 178th Popular Report can be found here.

Bishop Linda Nicholls named Primate

Bishop Linda has been elected as the new Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. Click here to read her message.

St. Mark’s Community Marketplace
CANCELLED
Saturday, July 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

After a difficult decision we have decided to cancel our St. Mark’s Community Marketplace that was to take place on Saturday July 20th.  Thank you to all those who helped arrange/plan and organize the Marketplace for this year.

Cooking Angels

The next Cooking Angels cooking session will be taking place on Friday, July 26th starting at 12:30 p.m. in the kitchen. 
The Cooking Angels are always looking for additional volunteers to help make meals for those in need in our community.  New volunteers are always welcome to help out with this ministry.

Delivery Team

We currently have a group of parishioners who deliver parish newsletters to members of our parish. In the Fall, we plan to have an additional information package to send out and could use a few extra people on this team. If you are able to help, speak with Anne Walker after church.

Readers & Presenters

It will soon be time to make up the readers and presenters schedules from August 4, 2019 to January 26, 2020 for the 9:00 a.m. service. Please let Mary Ogilvie know of any dates you are not available.

Summer Sunday School

Congregational members are invited to team up with a partner to cover a 20 minute bible lesson with approximately 6-10 Sunday School children during the summer months . Lesson plans are available today in St Mark’s Hall for pick-up.  Summer Sunday School will begin on Sunday, June 30th and will end on Sunday, August 25th. Thank you for helping to give our teachers a break over the summer. Each folder has a completed lesson plan and routine instructions. Thanks so much for considering to help out!

Sunday School Meaningful Giving Project

St Mark’s Sunday School has been sponsoring a foster child through World Vision for twenty-nine years which is a fine achievement for outreach programming! This September we will be given a new foster child to support; our current foster child’s region in Bangladesh has been declared as self-sufficient and Jamin is now eighteen years old. Our Sunday School is having a gently-used toy drive at the St Mark’s Community Marketplace July 20th. The money earned from the drive will be used to support our new foster child for 2019-20. Gently-used toys may be brought in July 18th from 9:30-noon and July 19th throughout the day and early evening. Information flyers are available on the information table and in the office. Your support is greatly appreciated for this Meaningful Giving project!

Messy Church

Messy Church

Our Next Messy Church will take place Friday, September 13th from 5-7 p.m. 

View all of our Messy Church information here

Vacation Bible School

Please check the Wish List in St. Mark’s Hall if you would like to contribute towards our “ROAR” programme on August 19th-23rd, where kids discover that when life gets Wild, God is Good!  Please check out the Adult and Student Volunteer sign-up sheets, in St. Mark’s Hall. Help will be appreciated on the African Savanna!!!
Registration forms will be handed out to Sunday School children today. Student Guides and student volunteers will also need a form. Check the information table, the church office/ web page for forms and for faster registration, please register your child/children online at www.stmarks.on.ca.
 
Meetings for VBS Volunteers will be held on
  • Thursday, July 4th : MEET and GREET for Adult Volunteers 7-8 p.m. in St. Mark’s Hall.
  • Sunday, August 19th : SET-UP/TRAINING/PIZZA LUNCH for Student guides/Station volunteers from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Munro Hall with Mrs. McMillan
We’re going to make St. Mark’s VBS a “ROAR”-ing Success!!!
 

Register your child for VBS here.

Golf Tournament

The St. Mark’s Annual Golf Tournament is returning!! It will be held on Sunday, September 29th at the Northridge Golf Course. Join us for a fun day of either 9 or 18 holes with a delicious dinner to follow. Stay tuned for more details.

The Anglican Journal

Dear Fellow Parishioners,
The Anglican Journal is in the process of asking its readers to confirm their subscription, having discovered that a large number of those to whom we currently mail the Anglican Journal (in most cases accompanied by a diocesan paper) no longer reside at the address to which we are mailing As a result, the publisher of the Anglican Journal is at risk of wasting thousands of dollars each month, and tonnes of newsprint. Since there is no way for people no longer residing at an address to “opt out” of receiving the papers at that address, our only option was to ask each subscriber to confirm their subscription. We have reached out now for several months in the Journal, and similarly in the diocesan papers, and the number of confirmations is lower than we had expected. While this may truly represent an accurate number of those who wish to receive the print edition of the Journal and their diocesan newspaper, it may also be that further encouragement would lead to more confirmed subscriptions.

In order to ensure that all subscribers who would like to continue receiving the paper(s) are able to do so, we are asking you to help. Please see below for the various ways that you can confirm your subscription.
Thank You Kindly
Call : 1-866-333-0959
or Email: yes@national.anglican.ca

Refugee Sponsorship

We have had a good response to our fundraising campaign for start up costs and incidental expenses. To date, $10,500 of our $15,000 goal has been pledged or received. If you or someone you know was going to offer support financially, it would be very helpful if the pledge form was received by June 30th (or shortly thereafter). That would allow us to proceed with the application and access the Refugee Hub special fund. The actual donation could wait until the end of summer. Pledge and donation forms are included with an Information Sheet on the Information Table. For more information contact Mieke Schroeder.
 

Choral Concert

at Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawk – July 20th @ 2:00 p.m.
 

Justice Camp 2019

For those who are not familiar with this program, it’s not a typical ‘camp’ – no tents or rustic cabins! Rather, it is similar to a conference geared to adults helping us explore themes of justice and faith. A program has been built which focuses our attention on the ways in which we can develop a deeper respect for and understanding of several key issues facing our communities today, including creation itself, hence the title Respect Justice Camp. Through plenary sessions, worship, activities and immersion experiences, this camp will create space for participants to explore the ways in which we live out the Marks of Mission particularly as our Mission and Ministry plans evolve. More information on the programming is available at the back of the church and on the Information Table.

More information is available here.

 

Primates World Relief Development Fund Pledges $50,000 to Cyclone Relief

PWRDF is responding to two ACT Alliance emergency appeals for Cyclone Idai relief with an initial pledge of $30,000 for Mozambique and $20,000 for Zimbabwe. Cyclone Idai has caused loss of life, destruction of property and displacement in the two countries as well as neighbouring Malawi.
 
More than 215 people have been killed by the storm according to official figures in the three countries. Still hundreds more are missing and more than 1.5 million people have been affected, according to the Red Cross and government officials. The president of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, fears the number of dead in Mozambique may be as high as 1,000 people. The storm hit the coastal city of Beira, Mozambique last week, then moved inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi. Beira is the fourth largest city in Mozambique and reports have estimated almost 90% of the city has been destroyed.
 
PWRDF is in contact with ACT Alliance and other partners in the region, such as EHALE in Mozambique (located in Nampula) and new partner TSURO in Zimbabwe (located in Chimanimani, which was in the path of storm). PWRDF continues to monitor the situation and will share further updates as they become available. Please pray for those who have been affected by the cyclone, and the rains and floods that has come with it. As we know, recovering from these events is a long-term process as families work to rebuild their communities and livelihoods. Please also pray for the agencies on the ground, including the PWRDF partner organizations.

How You Can Help

  • PWRDF is responding to this emergency by supporting the relief and recovery efforts on the ground. You can give to this emergency response:
  • On your cell phone – text ‘PWRDF’ to 45678
  • Online – at pwrdf.org/give-today and choose emergency response
  • Telephone – call toll-free at 1-866-308-7973
  • Mail – please send a cheque marked Cyclone Relief to The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, 80 Hayden Street, 3rd floor, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 3G2

Click here for more information.

Sheets & Pillowcases Needed

There is a need for single fitted bedsheets, pillowcases and blankets for a family member in Northland Gardens who is gravely ill.  If you have any single fitted sheets, blankets (that can easily be washed) and pillow cases that you no longer need, we would love for you to please consider passing them along to the family.  The family is also looking for any form of video recorder so that the ill family member may record their thoughts and wishes so that they may pass those memories along to their children.  The video recorder could be an old digital camera or old cell phone that you are no longer using that has video camera capability.

Eyeglass Donations

Thank you to the community of St. Mark’s for all your donations of eyeglasses and sunglasses.  Over the last few months we have been able to collect 168 pairs of glasses, 48 sunglasses and 70 cases. Please continue to save glasses for Africa ~ optometrists will check the prescription and the glasses will be in uses again for those in need.

The Bible Challenge

The Bible Challenge is a resource designed to help you read the Bible daily. The Challenge is to read the entire Bible over the course of a year. Each day the website will offer a daily reading from the Old Testament, the New Testament, a Psalm and a Proverb. Dedicate about 15 minutes each day to spend time in God’s Word. Go to www.thebiblechallenge.org to read or listen to the daily readings. The Scripture lessons are taken from the English Standard Version (ESV). If you miss a day, you can access the prior day’s readings by clicking the dates in the calendar on the right hand side.  Enjoy!

Flower and Candle Charts

The Flower and Candle charts for 2019 are available in the black binder on the Information Table. Please feel free to sign on any available spot. If you would like more information, check the brochure on the Information Table or speak with Mary Ogilvie.

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.

Gift Cards – A Fundraising Initiative

Did you know that you can financially support St. Mark’s by buying your gift certificates through us? For every purchase of a gift certificate (& these are your everyday stores…Zehrs, Shoppers, gas, Tim Hortons etc.) St. Mark’s receives a % back from the retailer & you receive the full amount of the gift certificate you ordered. Store listings & order forms can be found on the Information Desk.

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.