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

St. Helen’s Covid-19 Response – December 2020

Virtual ChoirFest 2020 – Peace, Peace

For more than 35 years, Church and Community Choirs in Orleans have come together at this time of year for the Orleans Christmas ChoirFest, founded by Lynne Stacey, to sing for each other, and together, and to raise funds for the local foodbanks. The choirs didn’t want this year to be any different, as this year has been so different. So 5 choirs perform together, virtually, the song they always end the evening with “Peace, Peace” including Silent Night. We hope you will sing along with Silent Night, from home, and consider making a donation to your local foodbank.

Here is a link to our campaign: https://www.canadahelps.org/me/JjxvVtU

This video includes singers from the choirs of Cumberland Community Singers, Divine Infant Catholic Church, Orleans United Church, Queenswood United Church, and St Helen’s Anglican Church

A Christmas Prayer for Peace

Saviour ‘with us’, it is Your will to hold both heaven and earth in a single peace. Be present in all places of suffering, violence and injustice, and bring hope even in the darkest night.

Let the design of Your great love bring healing and reconciliation to this broken world and give peace to your Church, peace among nations, peace in our homes and peace in our hearts. In the name of Jesus, the Holy Child of Bethlehem and our Risen Lord. Amen.

A Service for the First Sunday After Christmas – Dec 27, 2020

St. Helen’s Anglican Church community invites you to join with us for a service celebrating the First Sunday After Christmas.

A Service for Christmas Day – Dec 25, 2020

St. Helen’s Anglican Church community invites you to join with us for a service celebrating Christmas Day.

A Service for Christmas Eve – Dec 24, 2020

St. Helen’s Anglican Church community invites you to join with us for a service celebrating Christmas Eve.

The Christmas Lamb – Storyteller: Susan+

Join Susan+ as she reads The Christmas Lamb for all of our youngest, or young-at-heart, disciples.

A Service for the Fourth Sunday of Advent – Dec 20, 2020

St. Helen’s Anglican Church community invites you to join with us for a service celebrating the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The choir provides an offering of the song “O Come All Ye Faithful”.

Three Services for Sunday, December 13, 2020

There are three services available this Sunday. First is our weekly Sunday service celebrating the Third Sunday of Advent. The second is a Quiet Christmas Service for all those who find this time of year a little more difficult. If you know of anyone who could benefit from a little quiet during this Advent and Christmas season, please share the video with them. The third service is a virtual edition of St. Helen’s annual Christmas Gala, with readings, reflections, and music to celebrate the Christmas season.

A Service for the Third Sunday of Advent

St. Helen’s Anglican Church community invites you to join with us for a service celebrating the Third Sunday of Advent. Emmaus provides an offering of the song “Endless Hallelujah”.

A Quiet Christmas Service

The seasons of Advent and Christmas are busy, stressful and often emotionally charged. St. Helen’s Anglican Church family invite all who find this season to be difficult or overwhelming to join with us in this Quiet Christmas service of reflection and prayer.

St. Helen’s Christmas Gala

St. Helen’s Anglican Church family invites you to enjoy a virtual edition of our annual Christmas Gala. Enjoy this collection of readings, reflections and music to celebrate the Advent and Christmas season.

Compline (Night Prayers)

A contemporary Christian devotion that invites you into quiet reflection and into the trust that God is able to shoulder all of your worries and responsibilities during the night hours.

A Service for the Second Sunday of Advent – Dec 6, 2020

St. Helen’s Anglican Church community invites you to join with us for a service celebrating the Second Sunday of Advent. Emmaus provides an offering of the song “Refiner’s Fire”.

Of Special Interest during Advent…

2021 Church envelopes may be picked up at St. Helen’s on Friday, December 11, 1-3 PM or Saturday, December 12, 10-Noon. 

Christmas Flowers   Memorial flowers grace our Nave at Christmas. If you would like to contribute, please place a cheque in an envelope, noting the names of those you wish remembered, your own name and telephone number(and church envelope number, if applicable).and put your envelope in our locked mailbox at the church by December 17th.  Thanks to Kim, who manages our Canada Helps platform, you can also make this offering by clicking on the Canada Helps button on our website, Christmas Memorial Flowers.   Names will be included on slides during the liturgy.

Christmas Communion On Monday, December 21st and Tuesday, December 22nd Peter+ and Susan+ will be available at the church to offer individuals Christmas Communion.  Please make an appointment by calling the church office at 613-824-2010 and leaving your name and telephone number and the number of people attending with you, if applicable. We will confirm your appointment. Please note that this plan is subject to change depending of the restrictions concerning COVID 19 during that week.Please do not come if you have been ill, or have been close to someone who is ill or have travelled outside Canada. Masks will be worn at all times; contract tracing, physically distancing, and sanitizing also all required.