Congratulations to Anne and William Silvey, who were named Citizens of the Year for Bradford West Gwillimbury at the Canada Day Festivities. A well-deserved honour.
Rev. Dana will be away July 15 to August 7. If a priest is needed during this time, please call the church office. Margaret, the secretary, will be away July 15 to July 26. However, phone messages will be checked regularly.
Do you have ideas or concerns or projects that you wish the wardens to discuss or give approval to? Your Trinity Anglican Leadership team of the Wardens, Deputy Wardens and Rev. Dana prefer to deal with these issues at our regularly scheduled meetings to allow for discussion and decisions to be made when possible. There will be no Wardens’ meeting in July, but they will resume meeting on August 14th. Aside from summer and December, their usual meeting date is the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm. Please submit ideas, concerns or projects to be discussed in advance of meeting dates to allow us to respond in a timely fashion.
Annual Outreach Conference
The annual Outreach & Advocacy Conference will be held on Oct. 19 at Havergal College, with the theme “Grounded and Growing in Christ: Church as a centre of resistance and hope.” Participants will explore how the Church can counter injustice with strategies of resilience and hope. Youth age 11 and older are particularly invited to attend the youth-focused workshop in the morning and youth-friendly options in the afternoon. The cost is $30, or $15 for students or the unemployed. Information and registration under Social Justice and Advocacy on the Diocesan website.
FYI – Our Tuesday evening study group and Thursday afternoon study group will resume in September, after a break for the summer.
Soul Survivors group meets at 7:30 pm on the first Wednesday of each month in the choir room, for anyone affected by cancer or chronic illness. Compline and anointing for healing wholeness follows at 8:35 pm. N.B. Soul Survivors will not meet in August, but will resume on September 4.
Gardening at the church – We are looking for volunteers to keep our church grounds looking attractive. Guidance is available from Sandra Longthorne who has been tending our gardens for many years. If you are able to take on anything, even an hour here and there (e.g. edging, trimming, dead-heading flowers, etc.) there is a sign-up page in the Upper Room.
The grass cutting sign-up page for volunteers is posted in the Upper Room. One dedicated volunteer started off the season by cutting in May and June, but now more volunteers are needed to carry on through the summer. If you can help any week(s) during the grass cutting season, please sign up.
FINANCIAL FEATURE FOR JULY – Good News!
We thank our volunteers who make it possible for Trinity Church to offer a week of Vacation Bible School (August 12 to 16) for only $5 per family. What a wonderful outreach to our community and to our own families! We are truly grateful to all our adult and teen volunteers. This year Elizabeth was able to purchase a pre-used VBS program at a very low cost which also helps to provide a great week of fun and learning without as much expense. There are other costs though, including craft supplies, games supplies, and snacks. And this year we need to replace our water slide.
Report from Outreach Committee Ann Spalding
April’s News from the Pews asked the congregation to let us know what ministries they are involved in outside of the church. While we know that many members are very generous with their donations, we are most interested in where people are donating their time. Here are some of the causes to which Trinity people give their time and talents:
People also donate money to support outreach groups in the community and country. Such as Foster Parents Plan, World Vision, Mission to Seafarers, and many others. The next step will be to consult with the Advisory Board and Wardens, and identify any special areas of focus where Trinity can make a special impact to areas of need and service gaps in our community. If you would like more information on any of these outreach projects i.e. volunteer your time, please contact Ann Spalding for more information.
Update on our 2ndrefugee family:
You did this! They’re home, they’re grateful, and they’re safe. They say thank you so often.
Paying it forward: The amazing spread you see here is a gift from the Al-Shteiwec family (the first refugee family that came). They filled the fridge and freezer too. Thank you all! Bill White