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

Community Notes


Thank you to everyone who contributed their time, talents and treasures to make this year’s Bazaar a great success. It is truly a community effort with lots of involvement from many parishioners each doing their part to make Bazaar Day one to proudly open our doors to the wider community and to raise funds for ministry. This year’s total to date is about $15,750. It has been suggested we make and pre sell frozen meat and other pies as a way of increasing our sales. If anyone is interested in organizing this activity or if you have any other ideas please let us know . There will be a new men’s table next year, selling wooden wares and other creative crafts. We have donated many of the unsold items to the Christmas appeals. The craft group is happy to take orders for their popular baby balls and for knitted baby outfits. Johanna always has a stock of her infinity scarves which make excellent gifts throughout the year. Mark November 10th, 2018 on your new calendars and help us to start planning for next year. Thank you for all for making the job of coordinating the Bazaar a pleasure.

Helen Giroux and Sandra Clark Bazaar Coordinators.

Memorials in The Quiet Garden

Like Springtime, St. Helen’s Quiet Garden project has come to life after the winter’s hibernation.  We await the final city approval of the landscaping configuration before making real construction progress, but we’ve taken the initial steps to include a “Medicine Wheel” in the overall design, as proposed at the annual Vestry and also turned our thoughts to another important aspect: memorials in the garden.

As part of the project, we want to offer the opportunity for Parishioners to preserve the memory of a loved one within the confines of the Garden.  Many of us already contribute to the memorial flowers at Christmas and Easter, but would also value a more permanent tribute to a loved one, whether a Parishioner or not, here in our community.

In this regard we are planning to include memorial paving stones in the walkway through the Garden.  Consideration of other forms of memorial, such as trees, benches or a legacy wall will continue as the project evolves.  Please note that we will not be offering a place to scatter ashes!

So think about it. My family and I intend to make a substantial donation in memory of my beloved Anne.  More details of the memorials will be available in the Fall. God bless!

Please check out the web site, quietgarden.org

John Leech, Project Leader

St. Helen’s Pastoral Care Team Mission Statement

The Pastoral Care Team, including clergy and laity, offer comfort, compassion and companionship to all parishioners and their families. The mission is carried out through Healing Ministry, Prayer Chain, Visits (hospital, home, residences/homes), Greeting Cards, Crisis Meals, Seniors’ Lunches, Quiet Christmas & Newcomers’ Welcome and in our presence at Sunday gatherings and parish events

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. Contact Maggie Lorimer, Pastoral Care Team Co-ordinator, for Prayer Chain requests.

Prayer Chain Ministry

For all Prayer Requests, contact Maggie Lorimer, Pastoral Care Team Co-ordinator. Please submit the names of those in need of God’s healing touch or loving care. Prayers may be offered for all kinds of reasons…for healing in body, mind and spirit…for comfort for those nearing death and for all who grieve…for peace and God’s presence through medical tests and treatments…for world, community, parish life and family concerns… for personal needs i.e. job hunting, relationships, parenting…key life changes such as the birth of a child, retirement, marriage etc…let your Christian family walk with you on the Way! Reminder: Healing Ministry is offered at each service on the first Sunday of the month.

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.