Dear St. Aidan’s,
This Sunday, October 29, we will add an element of whimsy into our 10:30 worship when we take a moment to do a Blessing of the Costumes as the children and youth of our parish look ahead to the fun of Halloween. Children and youth are encouraged to wear their costumes to church—or bring their costumes with them—to receive this special blessing on this time of year when we embrace playfulness and imagination. Then on Tuesday, October 31, we will be giving out goodie bags and hot chocolates to trick-or-treaters from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Please bring your own trick-or-treaters by, and encourage friends and neighbours to stop by as they go trick-or-treating around The Beach. You might even see a glimpse of your priest in a Halloween costume.
On Saturday, November 4, our own Grace Rockett is hosting the premiere of her short film, Weightless, at St. Aidan’s at 7 p.m. If you’re interested in buying a ticket to the screening and conversation, or paying it forward to provide free admission for a local youth to attend, you can purchase tickets and find out more by clicking here. I hope you’ll consider supporting Grace and this project, which showcases many of her gifts and sparks us to reflect on an important societal issue.
Next Sunday, November 5, we will observe All Saints’ Day, one of the major feast days in our Anglican tradition. This will be a special day, as we celebrate the sacrament of baptism and take a moment to renew our own baptismal covenant. We will also include in our prayers the names of loved ones who have died this past year (or in years past). This is a tradition connected with All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2), that we are integrating into our All Saints’ Sunday service. Please send me any names that you would like included in these prayers by email (email@example.com) no later than Wednesday, November 1.
Finally, I hope you’ll mark your calendars for Sunday, November 19, at 4 p.m. and plan take part in my Celebration of New Ministry service, marking the beginning of my time with you at St. Aidan’s. And, if you’re a football fan who is looking forward to watching the Grey Cup that day, know that the service should be done well before kickoff at 6 p.m.
Grace and peace,
Week of October 29 - NOTICES AT A GLANCE – more details below
AND NOW THE DETAILS:
1. Live Streaming at 10:30 am, Order of Service - The service will be livestreamed at the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/91628466455
Meeting ID: 916 2846 6455
To access the Order of Service click here:
2. Upcoming Youth Events - Pumpkin carving and pizza on Tues., Oct. 31 from 5:00-6:30 p m. Please let Elizabeth know if you will be coming. Save the date for our next youth event: Fri., Nov. 17, 6:00-8:30 p.m
3. Join us on Hallowe’en (6:30-8:00 p.m.) as Rev. Becky, Elizabeth, and some of our youth share hot chocolate and goodie bags with our neighbours! All are welcome!
4. All Saints’ Day will be observed on Sun., Nov. 5. - Names of departed family members and other close loved ones to be included in our prayers this day should be sent to Rev. Becky (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wed., Nov. 1, at 2 p.m.
5. Beach Interfaith Outreach - Locations and dates are listed in the Beach Metro News. Tues., Nov. 7, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. is the next lunch here.
6. Save the date! Celebration of New Ministry for our new incumbent, the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Bridges, will be on Sunday, November 19, at 4 p.m. with a reception to follow. Celebrant will be our archdeacon, the Venerable Cheryl Palmer, and the preacher will be the Rev. Molly Finlay. Please plan to join us for this special moment in the life of our parish. (Football fans take note—we will finish before the Grey Cup kickoff at 6 p.m.)
7. This week our East End Refugee Committee completes our one-year sponsorship of Yasamin and Mohammad and their two young children (with a third on the way). They have been delightful to work with and so appreciative of our efforts to help them settle into life in Toronto.
We will be looking at refugee profiles shortly to choose another family. At any time, if you have questions about our work, please speak to Sue Stuart. Thank you for your ongoing support.
8. St. Aidan’s annual Holiday Market is Sat., Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a festive event as we begin Advent and a great way to welcome people from the neighbourhood into our church. We are in need of 6-8 volunteers to assist with event set-up and take-down, specifically people with the ability to move pews and tables. If you are willing to sign up to help, please contact Rev. Becky at email@example.com If you have any questions about Holiday Market, please contact Dayle Snider.
9. Children’s and Youth Ministry has an Amazon wish list! - If you would like to contribute, please check out this link: https://www.amazon.ca/hz/wishlist/dl/invite/fE4e1zd?ref_=wl_share
10. The Outreach & Advocacy Conference - “Living in Exile: Inhabiting a World of Displacement” will be held virtually on Saturday, October 28, 2023. Dr. Brian Walsh, theologian, pastor, farmer, and co-author of Beyond Homelessness: Christian Faith in a Culture of Displacement will offer the keynote address at this year’s conference! Registration is free and is open! See all session descriptions and register. Full descriptions of each session are available at the back of the church.
11. Euchre - Join us on Tuesday nights for a fun and friendly evening of progressive Euchre downstairs in the main hall. Beginners welcome. $5.00 to play. All proceeds go to our community outreach.
12. Announcements for the Notices - Please submit any announcements for the weekly notices on Wednesdays by 4 pm.
13. Offerings - Thank you for your support. There are a variety of ways to make your donation: