"I am the vine; you are the branches." — John 15:5

Community Notes

The Sanctuary Course at St. Helen’s

An eight week, small group study focused on discussing faith and mental health. Topics include: Understanding mental health and illness; Challenging stigma; The recovery journey; Companionship; Self-care; The role of community in mental health recovery.  Dates: Wednesdays, September 11, 18, 25, October 2 (break) October  23, 30, November 6, 13.  More information to follow.

2019 Bazaar November 9th

Please remember the bazaar during the summer by making extra jars of jams and preserves. Combination jams sell better than plain strawberry jam so, why not try a few jars of strawberry-rhubarb as well. The craft group is always looking for new ideas, if you see something at a country fair or craft shop that you think would be a good seller bring us an example or a photo. Knitters please keep those needles busy, we can never have too many pairs of mittens in fashionable colours; children’s sizes sell best, though we do get requests for men’s size ones too. Socks for men have also been requested. If you are looking for a gift for a new baby, the craft group always has the quilted balls and a couple of knitted outfits on hand, just talk to Yvonne (613-834-0196) or Johanna (613-841-5422) Johanna also has scarves for sale if you are looking for one for yourself or as a hostess gift. Let’s make this year’s Bazaar another great success. Thank you. Helen Giroux and Sandra Clark, Bazaar Coordinators.

The Quiet Garden – Calling All “Greenthumbs”! 

Calling All “Greenthumbs”!  A sower went out to sow…Planting of the flower beds is scheduled for Saturday, June 9. Sign up at the church or contact Helen Giroux or Jo-Ann Rasmussen (directly or via the church office). Dedication of Quiet Garden (God willing) on Sunday June 24th at the close of the 10 AM service (and before the Pot Luck Lunch)The first order of memorial stones has been sent. Additions are encouraged for later installation.

John Leech: Project Manager

St. Helen’s Pastoral Care Team

Are your gifts and talents calling you to ministry in Pastoral Care? To learn more about Pastoral Care, please visit the Ottawa Pastoral Care Training Program website at: www.ottawapastoralcare.com  For involvement in this ministry, Screening in Faith and Police Checks are required.

To know more about St. Helen’s Pastoral Care Team, please contact Susan+ and/or Peter+ or Maggie Lorimer, Pastoral Care Co-ordinator.

Today 4 Tomorrow – The Diocese of Ottawa’s Annual Appeal

Today 4 Tomorrow is a diocese-wide and community appeal that offers the opportunity for all of us to support ministries and initiatives that will give hope a way forward. In 2017, the goal of Today 4 Tomorrow is to raise $560,000 to support two key priorities – Engaging the World and Lifelong Formation – and seven mission and ministry initiatives emerging from Embracing God’s Future – our diocesan roadmap. More specifically, these include refugee ministry, the Parish Ministries Institute (with Peter+ as Director), the mission engagement internship program, funding curacies, community ministries, community engagement beyond the urban core, and a child, youth, adult learning facilitator.
Please see: www.today4tomorrow.ca

Comfort Quilts

We care about you! Beautiful ‘comfort quilts’ made by the Sewing/Quilting group, are available for anyone suffering illness or recovering from surgery, etc. Please contact Judy Lutes and/or the clergy.

Prayer Chain Ministry

We understand that our God walks with us on every step of Life’s journey, in relationship with us whether we are aware of the presence of the Holy One or not! St. Helen’s ‘prayer warriors’ are prepared to offer intercessions on behalf of others for God’s blessing upon any number of concerns, needs or issues.  Often we pray for healing and wholeness, in body, mind and spirit.  We can do that for you and your loved ones, if you let us know!  Maggie Lorimer, our Pastoral Care Team Co-ordinator also manages the Prayer Chain.  To request prayer support please e-mail the church office at st.helen@on.aibn.com or Maggie directly at: mlorimer@rogers.com

Are You New to St. Helen’s Christian Family?

We welcome you into St. Helen’s Christian Family! We would like to know how we can best support you in your faith journey and life situation…what are you looking for, what are your needs, how might you be involved? Call Susan+ or Peter+ to chat or arrange a home visit.  

We would also be happy to add you to our database, which assists us in communications and facilitates our management of your financial gift and records. Please email us indicating St. Helen’s New Members Record in the subject line, and indicating your Family Name(s), Family Members, Mailing Address, E-Mail, Telephone Number and any Comment.

Anglican Journal & Crosstalk

We are revising the subscription list for The Anglican Journal/Crosstalk monthly paper.  If you are new to the parish and would like to receive this publication, or if you no longer wish to have it mailed to you, please call or e-mail the church office with your request.