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

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A Service for the Seventeenth Sunday of Pentecost – September 27, 2020

The Ven. Susan Churchill-Lackey and the Rev. Canon Peter Lackey provide a service for the Seventeenth Sunday of Pentecost. The choir provides an offering of the song “You Are Salt for the Earth” by Marty Haugen.

A Service for the Sixteenth Sunday of Pentecost – September 20, 2020

The Ven. Susan Churchill-Lackey and the Rev. Canon Peter Lackey provide a service for the Sixteenth Sunday of Pentecost. Emmaus provides an offering of the song “Endless Hallelujah” by Chris Tomlin, Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman and Tim Wanstall.

Sunday Service Registration Form

Currently, there is a maximum number of individuals that may attend our Sunday services each week. Please use this online registration form to pre-register yourself and anyone else who will be attending with you. We would appreciate it if you could register before noon on the Thursday of each week. The link to the registration form will remain in the right-hand portion of the website. Once registered, you will be contacted prior to the service to confirm your registration. If you have submitted your request and do not receive confirmation of your status for Sunday, you have been placed on a ‘Wait List’ and will be contacted if there are seats available.

A Service for St. Helen’s Day – September 13, 2020

The Ven. Susan Churchill-Lackey and the Rev. Canon Peter Lackey lead the Sunday morning service for St. Helen’s Day 2020. The choir provides an offering of the song “Abide in the Vine” written by Matty Walton and used with special permission.

Download The Vine

In order to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19, a printed copy of St. Helen’s monthly newsletter, The Vine, will not be handed out at the services. A link to download a PDF version of The Vine has been added to the right-hand portion of the website, under the heading The Vine. Please download your copy to read and/or print. If you are unable to open the PDF, you can download the PDF Reader here.

A Service for the Fourteenth Sunday of Pentecost – September 6, 2020

The Ven. Susan Churchill-Lackey and the Rev. Canon Peter Lackey provide a service for the Thirteenth Sunday of Pentecost. Emmaus provides an offering of the song “My Lighthouse” originally by Rend Collective.

September 2020 To St. Helen’s Parishioners:

Our liturgy on Sunday, September 6 will be an online service. We are now, however, positioning ourselves for partial reopening with our first in-person worship to take place at 10 AM on Sunday, September 13, St. Helen’s Day.   This service will also be recorded and available later in the day on our website.

Please note that all plans are tentative and subject to change.  

Important Details:

  • You will need to pre-register for Sunday, September 13 by calling the church at 613-824-2010 by Thursday, September 10 at noon (to a maximum of 45 people). Please leave your name, the number of people  attending and your telephone number. The church message machine will note when we have reached our capacity.  After September 13 an online registration system will also be in place, accessed through the website.
  • Before entering the building you will be screened, that is reminded that if you have travelled outside Canada, been in contact with anyone who is ill, or you are feeling ill, in any way, to please do not come in.
  • Every person will use hand sanitizer, maintain physical distancing and wear a mask at all times. 
  • You will be asked for your name and telephone number for contact tracing purposes and then be seated within your ‘bubble’ ie a couple together, a family of four etc.  You will not be able to ‘visit’ with other parishioners, either before or after church on church property. 

We hope to see you in the weeks to come!

A Service for the Thirteenth Sunday of Pentecost – August 30, 2020

The Ven. Susan Churchill-Lackey and the Rev. Canon Peter Lackey provide a service for the Thirteenth Sunday of Pentecost. The choir provides an offering of the song “Let There Be Light” by Frances Wheeler Davis and Robert J. B. Fleming.

A Notice for St. Helen’s Parishioners – August 25, 2020

Members of St. Helen’s:  Our prayer is that you and your loved ones are well. We are now positioning ourselves for partial reopening in September with our first in-person worship service to take place at 10 AM on Sunday, September 13th, St. Helen’s Day.   Information about preregistering (to a maximum of 45 people) and what to expect will be forthcoming. Please note that all plans are tentative and subject to change.  

No parish groups or events, will be meeting in the church for the time being.

Calendars: Please note that we will not be ordering 2021 Anglican Church Calendars
You can make your own order online:  
https://anglican.gilmore.ca/stores/anglican/en/product/c69035ee-9f13-48ac-a04c-86e8f0e28f2b:
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By phone: Gilmore Global at 1-800-795-6661

A Service for the Twelfth Sunday of Pentecost – August 23, 2020

The Ven. Susan Churchill-Lackey and the Rev. Canon Peter Lackey provide a service for the Twelfth Sunday of Pentecost. Emmaus provides an offering of the song “In the Beauty of Holiness” by Robin Mark.

A Service for the Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost – August 16, 2020

The Ven. Susan Churchill-Lackey and the Rev. Canon Peter Lackey provide a service for the Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost. The choir provides an offering of the song “We Lay Our Broken World” Text by Anna Briggs, Music by Kenneth George Finlay

An August Reflection

By The Rev. Kay Richardson, Honourary Assistant at St. Helen’s

In August we find ourselves at the end of summer. I always find this to be the end of one phase of the year, with a new phase beginning in September. 2020 has been a year like no other, with a cold spring, a very hot July with little rain. Now we are entering our harvest time and I have been watching to see how the harvest manifests itself in this difficult year. All I can say right now is, it is happening. We have cherry tomatoes ripening, and so far our basil plant is doing well. The fall flowers are making an appearance and we have seen some corn in the stores.  Perhaps are gardens and our farms will produce a decent harvest in spite of all the difficulties we have been encountering.

As well as harvest time, I have often found August a time of waiting and reflecting as well as a time of looking forward to Fall, and the beginning of the school year and the many activities that begin again at this time. This year is no exception. We don’t know how the school year is going to shape up yet, and how our church is going to open remains to be developed. Yet, there is much to ponder at this time. It is not just the planting and harvesting of our gardens that we can examine; we can also use this time to look at our own lives to consider what we have been sowing, and observing what we are beginning to reap now.

We can see result of our labours in our gardens and in any projects that we have finished, or are finishing. For instance, I have been noticing that many have been putting up fences or have put up new ones this summer. People have been painting and remodeling. Those projects are visible and tangible. But there are other things that may take a little more time to notice. These are questions I have been asking myself as the season progresses:  Have I been sowing peace, and joy, and love? Have I been taking care of the relationships in my life? Relationships need attention and care. If we are to have peace in our hearts we have to have lived peace. Perhaps it is as the Prayer of St. Francis which expresses this best:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love

For it is in giving that we receive-
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned.
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

May we harvest lives full of love, peace and joy; now, and in the weeks and months to come; trusting that God is with us in the midst everything that we encounter.

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