Pilgrims on a Journey
Who: We are all pilgrims. The Christian life is a journey: of community, of service, of faith.
What: Pilgrim is an adult education course developed by the Church of England, with contributions from Anglicans from around the world.
Why: Following our parish’s recent Natural Church Development survey, we want to increase the opportunities for us to reflect together on our faith. In particular, we want to grow through prayer and Bible reading, and the deeper sense of God’s presence in our lives that comes from spending time with God in these ways.
When: During the month of May, we will meet once a week as a small group. We propose three different weekly meeting times: please choose the regular meeting time that will best suit your schedule. Sign-up sheets are posted on the bulletin board outside the church office.
Sundays after church: May 7, 14, 21 and 28
Mondays at 7 pm: May 8, 15 (*Tues May 22 only) and 29
Wednesdays at 1 pm: May 10, 17, 24, 31
Children at St. Timothy’s
Welcome children—we’re so glad you’re here! During the summer months (while our church school is taking a break for the summer), here are some ways to learn and grow at St Tim’s. Please check out the round kids’ table with activity sheets and colouring pages linked to the day’s Bible readings. Or, choose a book from the bookshelf and take it back to your pew to read. Or, take a seat close to the front so you can watch what’s happening in the service. And, if you arrive a bit before the start of the service, please check with Eric or Liska to see how you could help out.
Lemonade Sundays Have Begun!
Please join us outside on the lawn after the service.
Joyful Giving Program
A Joyful Giving program will soon be introduced at our parish. No gift is truly a gift unless it is freely given. Joyful Giving is sharing, in a planned, proportionate way, the wealth with which God has blessed us. It is a sign of our gratitude to God and is an expression of our faith, of what we say we believe.
“For your heart will always be where your riches are.” (Luke 12:34)
Moorelands Work Weekend September 22nd to the 24th: For many years members of St. Timothy's, friends and family have enjoyed a fall weekend of work and play ay Moorelands Wilderness Camp on Lake Kawagama near Dorset. We arrive after dinner on Friday evening, spend Saturday doing chores, such as painting, gardening and building and return home on Sunday after lunch. We need a commitment of 40 by the end of June to make the weekend worthwhile for Moorelands. If you are interested, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the Outreach bulletin board. For more information, please speak to Christie Stevenson or Jane Hutchinson.
The STOP Community Food Centre: As you are aware,
The STOP provides a three day supply of healthy food, once a month, to clients in their catchment area. Parishioners have been bringing donations on Sundays for The STOP for many years. The STOP is in need of peanut butter, rice, dry beans, canned fish and canned tomatoes.
We have been asked to donate only those items, and been informed that they will not likely be able to use other miscellaneous items. Financial donations, made by cheque to the Church of St. Timothy with The STOP on the memo line are also welcome, as this allows The STOP to purchase fresh produce, seasonal vegetables, milk, eggs and canned goods in bulk.
Settlement Committee Update – January 2017
Our sponsored family of San Dar, Win, Raikit and Rolang have now been in Canada for just over six months. They have adjusted extremely well to their new life in Canada and are well entrenched into a regular routine. After spending their first two months in temporary accommodations, they moved into their leased apartment on September 1st. San Dar and Win are enrolled in ESL classes which they attend 4 mornings a week and they also receive English tutoring lessons twice per week. As Win and San Dar are gaining in confidence, they are more comfortable in using the language skills that they are being taught. Raikit has been attending senior kindergarten since September and is doing very well. She was praised by her teacher during the parent/teacher interview for the way she has adapted and her participation in class. Rolang attends day care at the ESL facility and like Raikit, he is quickly developing his English language skills.
The Sings have chosen to be part of our congregation and have been actively involved in various activities within the parish. They attend the church service every Sunday, attend coffee hour, participate in Messy Church, attended the Cabaret show, attended the Pot Luck Dinner and were part of the Christmas Pageant on December 24th.
Since their arrival in Toronto, the Sings have experienced many “firsts”. Some include:
- Raikit celebrated her birthday for the first time in her new homeland
- The family celebrated their first Christmas in Canada
- They experienced their first frigid weather
- They experienced their first snowfall and Raikit and Rolang quickly learned how to make snowballs
From a monetary perspective, the Sings are being mentored on managing their budget with monthly meetings being held to review their income and expenses. So far, they are doing extremely well in managing their finances. The committee members have endeavored to have the Sings experience various aspects of the city and have taken them on many outings which have included the Science Centre, The AGO, the Royal Winter Fair, the Riverdale Zoo, Ripley’s Aquarium, the CN Tower, a movie theatre, Christmas light displays at the Eaton Center and City Hall and visited their local Fire Station. They will also be attending “Breakaway” at the end of January.
Supporting the Sings has been a very rewarding experience for all of us on the committee. Many hours have been committed by the members in supporting the family to ensure their success in adjusting to their new life. I would like to thank our committee members for their tireless work and also the members of our parish and that of Saint Leonard’s who have been so welcoming to the family.
Chair, St. Timothy’s Settlement Committee