Trinity Anglican Church, Bradford

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Church News

Are you called toserve in worship?

We invite anyone who may feel called to serve in the liturgy to contact the following coordinators of the various ministries that are seeking new participants.  There is a need for all ministries at our Sunday Worship.

  • Servers –Art Holden or Rev. Dana (servers assist the clergy at the altar)
  • Altar Guild –Sandra Longthorne (the Altar Guild prepares the sacred vessels, bread and wine, and linens for worship)
  • Chalice Administrators –Rev. Dana (chalice administrators communicate worshippers with wine at the Eucharist)
  • Projection – Stewart Bond or Sandra Longthorne (the projection team prepares and/or runs the computer that projects the service on the screen)

Adult Christian Education

Starting Tuesday, January 14, we will begin a seven-week series, “The Way of Love”. The series is centred around seven practices for a Jesus-centred life.Developed by Bishop Michael Curry of the American Episcopal Church, it is a call for Christians at all stages in their faith journeys to deepen their faith and commitments to Christ and the world.

Bishop Curry introduces it as, “The Way of Love” is a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is a return to the ancient pathways and Rules of Life that followers of Jesus have observed for centuries. They knew the power of commitment to a core set of practices – Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest – and the power of gathering in a small group where you find love and support for living into these commitments. If we hope to not only worship Jesus but to grow more like him and bear his redeeming love in the world, we can adopt a rule of life like the Way of Love and find a community with which to practice it.”

We begin each evening with Evening Prayer at 7:30 pm, followed by fellowship and then our study. Each week will involve a video and discussion of one of the practices. Please join us as you are able.

Lay Anointing

All through the bible we see healing was at the heart of Jesus’ ministry. Healing means restoration, to be made whole. God intends for all of us to be whole in body, mind and spirit. We know that the church has always been engaged in healing ministries throughout history. More specifically we see that the church has offered the sacrament of anointing as one way to bring health and healing to the community of God.

All of us are called to ministry or service at our baptism. Anointing is one of the ministries that some lay people are called to offer to the community.

A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. During the sacrament of anointing the lay anointer makes the sign of the cross with oil on the forehead and offers a prayer – usually a general one for wholeness and then often a more specific one for a particular problem. Only the person who comes forward can be anointed – it cannot be done in place of another person; however, specific prayer for others can be offered after the actual anointing has taken place.The anointing and prayer open the way for God to work in the person’s life and in the situations that they bring to God. As with all ministries in the church, the requests and prayers are held in strictest confidence.

Lay anointers receive training, and are approved and licensed by the Bishop.

As we begin a new year you will notice that your 2020 offering envelope box now includes12 blue envelopes, one for each month. These are for contributing to FaithWorks if you wish, and may be used monthly, once, or occasionally. FaithWorks is the outreach fund of the diocese. For more information about FaithWorks please see the website faithworks.ca

To be assigned 2020 offering envelopes or arrange Pre-authorized giving (PAG) please speak to Bonnie Connelly.

Shovelling and Salting –There are times when it is necessary to shovel in addition to the company who also plows our snow. And there are times we need to salt the walkways. The wardens ask that if you do shovel or salt that you record it on the log by the shovel and salt, which is at each door. We also ask that if you are putting down salt please try to shovel or sweep away as much of the snow as possible before salting.

In order to protect and extend the life of the new coating a plastic shovel and special ice melt is kept at the south door, to be used for the south side of the church. Thank-you to those who assist throughout the winter in keeping our walkways and stairs clear of ice and snow.  The shovel and ice salt at the north door should NOT be used on the south side. Please use the shovel and the ice melt or salt that is at the respective doors.

A reminder to all of us to please wipe your boots and shoes on the mats inside the doors so as to reduce the amount of salt tracked in that has to be vacuumed.

Second Hand Shop – Thank you to everyone who supports our Second Hand Shop – it continues to be an important source of income for the ongoing expenses of our church.

*We are currently in need of volunteers to work on Thursday and Saturday mornings from 9.30am to 12.30pm, in order to continue opening on these days. Just one morning a month can make a difference.  If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity please contact Shirley Brown at 905 775 5762.

* Thank-you to all who contribute with donations.  Unfortunately, we are no longer able to accept baby items such as cribs, playpens, strollers, bouncy chairs etc. due to government safety regulations.  We cannot accept large, heavy or bulky items and no longer accept books or microwave ovens. 

*If you are donating an item of greater value, please clearly tag it for Shirley Brown (or Sheryl MacPhail, when she returns) to see it first and it will be priced individually.   

Our church truly is stunning when lit up in its full glory. We would like to express our most sincere appreciationto the following people who did such a beautiful job once again decorating our church for Christmas: co-leaders Lynne Holden and Sandra Longthorne, Paul & Jamie James, Bill & Carol McPherson, Gretchen Dewhirst, Shirley Bowles, Lorna Oldreive, Zelma Fuller, Donna Ferragina, Sharon Read, Barb Jones, and ArtHolden. All these people made this big task possible in a much shorter time. Thank-you all!

Eligible List of Voters for the upcoming 2020 annual Vestry meeting – In accordance with the requirements of the Anglican Diocese, to be eligible to vote at the annual Vestry meeting one must meet certain requirements: be at least 16 years of age, have attended at least 3 services at Trinity in the past year, and not voted in or intend to vote in a Vestry meeting at any other church within 3 months of our meeting. In advance of the meeting, a list of eligible voters must be posted, and this list is on the church bulletin board. If your name does not appear on the list and you believe it should, you may contact one of the wardens or Rev. Dana.

Rev. Dana and Stewart spend 15 minutes in prayer, in the church, from 9 to 9:15 am Sunday mornings.

Parishioners are welcome to come and pray before the service as well.

January Finance Feature

There was a time, years ago, when everyone wore their coats in church, any church, to stay warm in winter months. Here we are in January, part way through the winter, and the furnaces in the church keep us warm and comfortable. Thankfully we no longer need to wear coats in church, but we do have to pay the heating bills. We emphasize the importance of staying up-to-date with offerings so that we can keep on top of regular church expenses such as heating, as well as unexpected expenses that pop up from time to time. 

We have hired Christine McAlister, CPA, CGA, to be our bookkeeper. Christine has decades of experience. Going forward, cheques will be processed once a week. There is a process for cheque requisitions that we need to follow when turning in receipts for reimbursement. The cheque requisition must have the account numberand account name that the cheque will be written against, and be accompanied by the invoice that was paid. A page of account names and numbers and the requisition forms are available in the rack outside the office door. All cheque requisitions must be reviewed by the wardens before they go to the bookkeeper. All cheques will be printed by the bookkeeper; no cheques will be printed at the church. Please allow one week to get a cheque. If you have questions please speak with Cynthia Riley, Church Warden.

We continue to invite donations of goodies and treats for coffee time after Sunday services. When donating treats, we encourage you to try to be nut-free if possible, as there is an increasing number of people for whom nuts could lead to a serious reaction including anaphylactic shock.  Donations of goodies should be left on the coffee table in the Upper Room or in the church office, marked “Sunday”. Thank-you!

Children in Jr. K and up are invited downstairs for Sunday School following the Children’s Focus in the service. Contact: Elizabeth Annand

Rev. Dana’s day off is Monday of each week. She may be reached at the church office, 905 775 2200. In case of crisis or death, you may call her at 289-383-1036.

Our main room downstairs may be rented for special occasions for $100 per day, or part day. Insurance is mandatory and may be easily purchased through the Diocese’s insurance company at a very reasonable rate, starting at about $35. For rental information or to book the room, please contact Margaret, the secretary.

“Welcome Folders” are available in the Upper Room (narthex) on the table near the top of the stairs for newcomers or anyone interested in Trinity Church, or the Anglican Church in general.

You can follow Trinity Church on Facebook!

When a parishioner is hospitalized, it would be helpful if the patient, a family member, or close friend would let us know, as well as the patient’s legal name so that we can find them. A visit or call, according to the patient’s wishes, will be arranged. 

Pre-arranging a funeral or a celebration of life service can be helpful to a family at a stressful time. If you wish to leave your final wishes and instructions in a file in the church office, please speak with the priest.

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