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

Major Changes for Services of Worship at St. Helen’s:

As of Sunday, November 7th, 2021, proof of double vaccination and photo ID (or medical exemption) will be required to enter the church for all reasons, including worship.  Pre-registration for services is also still necessary so that we can continue to keep contact tracing records but, as there are no number restrictions, you will not receive confirmation, by e-mail or telephone.  Checking the Registration list and ID will take a bit of time each Sunday morning before services; please be patient while we remain obedient to the law. The requirement for reduced capacity has been lifted and people will be invited to keep physical distance themselves and to be sensitive of others’ need to do so. If you are anxious about larger crowds please consider attending the 8 AM worship service. Masks will still be worn inside at all times. Other restrictions and procedures will change as needed.

If you are not double vaccinated and wish to receive the sacrament, please call Susan+ in the office at (613) 824-2010.

Events

Early Morning Devotional

Compline (Night Prayers)

Truth and Reconciliation

Ceramic Feather

At the Diocese of Ottawa’s Synod of 2019 The All My Relations Working Group gifted every congregation and community ministry with a white ceramic feather.  Originally crafted in 2017 for an outdoor public art installation at the Canadian Museum of Nature named “Populace”, marking Canada’s 150th, the feathers were chosen with the local Algonquin community as a representation of their presence on this land in the time of confederation. In the installation a rose represented the English people and a fleur de lys represented the French.  The hope behind the gift is that the feather, significant in most Indigenous tradition, will symbolize a commitment to building relationships with Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit), in a new way and the church’s journey towards truth, justice and reconciliation.  You can appreciate this ceramic feather as it is displayed next to our Prayer Net.

Registration for Sunday Services

Please visit the online registration form in order to register for the in-person services. Alternatively you may call the church office at (613) 824-2010 and leave the names and contact information for all attendees.

Christmas Outreach

During November and early December we will be collecting $10 Gift cards for distribution by the Community Ministries of the Diocese of Ottawa. They can be dropped off in the mailbox  or during office hours and Sunday mornings. We also plan to make up gift packages for Cornerstone, at their request, containing 1 pair of pj’s (from small to extra large), 1 box of chocolates and a gift card (a Christmas card form St. Helen’s will be added.) Please place your unwrapped donations of pj’s and chocolates in the collection box in the Grace Room.

Statement from the Bishop of Ottawa

Vestry Documents

The Vine

The Vine: December 2021
The Vine: November 2021
The Vine: October 2021
The Vine: September 2021

Past editions of The Vine are available under the Archive menu.

Thank You

Thank you to Bev and Diane and the cleaning team members for their work to keep our church clean and sanitized.  For all parishioners: Please treat God’s House as you would your own and clean up after yourselves when needed.

Thanks to Dan and his team for work on our outside property.

Thank you to our Quiet Garden caretakers, for preparing the garden for its winter sleep.

Thank you to Peter Humphries and his perseverance with the effort to replace our telephone and internet system and to Peter, Kathy and Ian for their work with pre-registration details.

Online Giving

Donate securely for Memorial Gifts and to our Church and Ministries.

You can give through Canada Helps up until December 31 at 11:59 PM, as you will receive your charitable receipt directly from them and not the church. You can use this button on our website for your monthly donation as well. Thank you if you have been able to be faithful in your financial donations, through PAR, Canada Helps or church envelopes.