Church News

An unexpected expense came up recently. Thebig old birch tree that stood at the far end of the parking lot had to be taken down. Half the tree came down into our parking lot during strong winds. Fortunately no cars or people were in its path. It was necessary to have the remaining half removed as it was leaning precariously towards overhead wires, sidewalk and road.  The cost was just over $800.

Thank-you to all who came to sing at our Summer Evening Hymn Sing and to all who generously supported the Hymn Singon August 21!We raised $4000, a fine contribution towards the cost of fixing the south concrete porch and steps. As always, anyone and everyone is welcome to attend our summer evening Hymn Sings. Donations are voluntary and accepted in any amount.The ice cream sundaes afterwards are a treat we look forward to, and we thank Cheryl Leblond of Bradford’s “3 Scoops Ice Cream and General Store” for donating the Kawartha Dairy ice cream again this year.  Margaret Schroeder, organist

 Carrotfest – Trinity’s booth at Carrotfest was well-visited on Saturday, August 17. Bunches of carrots (orange dishcloths with green tops) knitted by our Krafty Knitters were a big hit and sales raised $41 for Bradford’s Community Meal.   Rev. Dana and a number of parishioners took turns in the booth letting folks know about our church and programs.

 Coffee Time After Church – we are low on treats again. We encourage you, when donating treats, 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. When donating goodies or treats for after church, please leave them on the coffee table in the Upper Room or in the church office, marked “Sunday”. Thank-you.

 Adult Christian Education

This fall there will be only one adult study group, the Tuesday Evening Faith and Discussion Group. The Thursday afternoon bible study is on hiatus for the fall and we will re-examine the interest in the new year.

The Tuesday evening group will start on Tuesday September 17.  Each evening we begin with a brief Evening Prayer service at 7:30 pm, followed by a time of food and fellowship and then an approximately one-hour study.

Following on the interesting series last spring, “Animate: Faith”, this season we are doing “Animate: Bible.” As in the previous series, each week begins with a short video by a contemporary Christian leader followed by discussion and reflection on the topic. There are 7 weeks in this study.  Each session can be done as a stand-alone, so if you miss one or two you can still participate. In this series, we will dig deeper into the bible, how it came to be, themes, how we interpret it and its relevance in today’s world. Presenters include such well-known Christian thinkers as Rachel Held Evans, Phyllis Tickle, and Will Willimon. The presenters are all easy to understand on this important subject.All are welcome, whether you can join us for the whole series or only a few nights.

 2020 Canadian Church Calendar Anglican Edition presents images and texts that tell us of what’s happening in, around and because of the Church. Each image invites us to return to it again and again. And each text invites us to consider the witness of our ancestors. A nice calendar for a nice price!  $7 each. Prepaid orders only. Margaret Schroeder is accepting orders now.

Finance Feature for September

It is important to make up for missed offerings during the summer as we head into autumn, as we fall behind in revenue over the summer, while our expenses continue. And this past week there has been the unexpected expense of needing to have a tree removed.

 To be assigned offering envelopes, or to arrange for convenient pre-authorized monthly giving, please speak with Bonnie Connolly.


The 2nd Hand Shop could use another volunteer or two – if you are free to help for a few hours once a week or from time to time, please speak with Sheryl MacPhail. The shop is open Thursday and Saturday mornings, 9:30 to 12:30.

The projection team needs a few more people to be part of this important ministry—just running it Sunday mornings, or programming it as well. Please speak with Stewart or Sandra if you have questions or are interested. Training is provided.

After Church Coffee Time – A few volunteers are needed to take a turn from time to time setting up for Sunday morning coffee. Guidance is readily available. It can be as often or as seldom as suits your schedule. No meetings!

Other News

 *Please note*   Before borrowing any items from the church, please speak with Margaret, the church secretary.

If it is difficult for you to go up for Communion, you are encouraged tolet the sides person know before the service so that Communion can be taken to you in your pew.

 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.

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

 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.

 To place flowers by the chancel steps for any Sunday morning service, in memoriam or other reason, please contact Sandra Longthorne, 705 456 6138. A donation of $35 or more is requested (if special flowers are requested a larger donation may be needed).  Flower money allows the Altar Guild to provide fresh flowers each week, as well as communion wine and wafers, candles and other items.

Large print copies of prayer books and hymns books are available on the shelf under the table near the top of the stairs. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please ask a sides person to help you.

 You can follow Trinity Church on Facebook!

 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.

 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 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.

The next issue of “News from the Pews” will be Sunday, October 6, 2019.

Church Secretary & Organist: Margaret Schroeder

Churchwardens: Meghan White, Cynthia Riley

Deputy Churchwardens: Patricia Kergon, Roger Sorensen

The Rev. Dana Dickson, Incumbent Priest

Parish of Trinity Bradford, 62 Church St., P. O. Box 282, Bradford ON L3Z 2A8

905 775 2200