As the Covid-19 situation continues to develop, we’ll publish as best we can to provide both our church family and the community with support. It’s a scary and isolating time for many of us. Have faith and know that you are not alone.
Posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2020There are new steps to greet us upon our return to service which we hope will be sometime in September. The repairing of the steps is a practical step (no pun intended) as we “prepare the way” for our hopeful return to services as well as the arrival of Canon Christopher Parsons. The steps also represent a reminder of all of the simple things that we unwittingly take for granted until they are unavailable…functioning steps, hugging a friend, Sunday service, a trip to the grocery, walking in public spaces without a mask, and much more. Let us pray that we take the lessons that have been learned during this pandemic and apply them to allow us to enrich our lives. Let us pray for an uneventful transition for Canon Parsons and his family as he begins as our new leader. And let us pray and give immense thanks for our current leadership (Canon Barb and Father Rob) who held our hand through all this uncertainty…while “Preparing the way”.
Posted: Thursday, July 23th, 2020As Canon Barb and Father Rob discuss the pandemic experience of the past few months, we are reminded how adaptation was a necessary response – and both have showcased the ability to pivot and do so quickly. In a short time, we’ve become conditioned towards many things (seeing people in masks may not be as alarming, relying on grocery delivery, online communication instead of in person, etc.). And given the duration of the situation, we desperately want things to return to normal. Things like the economy opening back up, socializing again, returning to worship, schools opening, etc. And as much as we hope and pray for a return to normalcy more change will be upon us and adaptation again will be required. Let us take comfort and give thanks for the fact that St. Paul’s has been blessed with leadership that has adapted and held our hands through this pandemic while providing examples of what adaptability looks like. We look forward to Canon Parsons’s arrival and we are deeply appreciative of our two leaders who have held our hands and helped to prepare the way.
Posted: Thursday, July 16th, 2020Your community is more than just the neighbours next to you. During this time of distancing and isolation, we are needing to work even harder to stay connected to our networks. Those with internet have the potential to stay connected and even create new community. For those without this level of technology staying connected is very difficult. The lack of technology amplifies the isolation. Let us remember those in need of community and dear god, we pray you bless us with the awareness to look beyond the people next to us and find those needing community. And we offer prayers of thanks for Kate and her team for the wonderful community building that they do.
Posted: Wednesday, July 8th, 2020Happy Canada Day – As we celebrate our country Reverend Barb reminds us of the importance of team work. Working as a team is important from a micro level for the day to day operations of our church, even during the pandemic. But just as important is working as a unit at a macro level as is the case for our country and what we’ve accomplished in our fight against covid-19. Many moving parts support this country’s team effort to flatten the curve and keep vital parts of our day to day moving along. From the steadfast commitment of Frontline and Essential workers, to each and every Canadian who is making the sacrifice to stay home, to the country’s leaders who are making difficult decisions daily to drive us forward while trying to minimize the impact. And let’s not forget the impact for some is catastrophic financially, emotionally, mentally and physically. We are also sadly reminded of what can go wrong when all the players on a team don’t work together as we observe the neighbouring situation. Let’s pray for other countries struggling with the pandemic that they figure out how to come together as a team. And let’s also pray for our own teams, that we may continue to have patience, understanding and compassion as the pandemic situation evolves and extends into the summer.
Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2020As the province begins to open up slowly, a return to church is not part of the plan during this early stage. Despite the disappointment and longing to see each other we have to remain steadfast in faith that our church leadership has the foresight to navigate these un-chartered waters. Even though we continue to remain in isolation, we can still be together through prayer. As Canon Barb remarks, we can pray for the church, our friends at church, our new Canon Christopher Parsons, pray for the sick & dying, our bishops and with immense thanks and appreciation we should pray for Canon Barb. Let us come together in spirit.
Posted: Friday, June 19th, 2020Canon Barb is joined by Ann and Terry Schappert for a tour of the beautiful gardens around the church.
Posted: Wednesday, June 10th, 2020Canon Barb sits down with Gavin Gunter of St. Paul’s to open up the conversation about the last several days. It is time to change.
Posted: Monday, June 1st, 2020Waiting … As we welcome the day of Pentecost, join Canon Barb of St. Paul’s in this video as she talks about waiting. We are all waiting patiently for many things, especially our to return to our place of worship.
Posted: Monday, May 25th, 2020A video by Canon Barb of St. Paul’s talking about the Prayer of St. Francis. Music by Cathy Bulmer, Dawn Claxton, Blair Hammond, and Phil Claxton.
Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2020A wonderful video from Canon Barb of St. Paul’s recorded in the church and at home talking about the power of light. A flame from a single candle can light up a room…what flame(small gesture) can you offer to light up someone’s day. Special thanks to Paul and Janet Nicholson for providing the beautiful music.
Posted: Sunday, May 10th, 2020Give us this day our daily bread. We are very familiar with the phrase as we’ve said and heard it many times over during the course of our lives, whether new to the journey of life or well into your trip. As recognizable as the utterance is, we may have spent less time thinking about the meaning. Canon Barb leads us in reflection by reminding us that the meaning is connected to our Sustenance, our Health and our Soul (innate desire for community). Food allows us to survive (sustenance), the right food choices strengthen our bodies (health) and sitting together with friends, family and even strangers over a meal helps to fill our souls (community). While the first two may continue during isolation, the last can be missing for many. Let us give thanks and appreciation if our meals continue in company, let us remember the beauty in the shift from busy lives to ones where families can now have meals together, and let us pray for those who don’t have either. Bless us with hope, patience and to find joy in blessings in all we have and do. Also, if you are able the food banks are in need.
Posted: Sunday, May 3rd, 2020Canon Barb talks about one of God’s gifts to us…Water. It serves many purposes. It supports the cycle of life as creatures re-surface, return, and recreate. It can calm us and allow us to reflect. It replenishes our bodies. And our access to clean water is so simple and reliable that we might take it for granted. Let us remember the blessings water gifts us and be thankful. And as we remind ourselves to appreciate our water, let us also recount other blessings in our lives that we may have once taken for granted but during this experience of isolation our appreciation has been renewed: family, friends, handshakes, work, shelter, hugs, activities, gatherings, church, and so much more. Stay safe, stay connected and wash your hands.
Posted: Monday, April 27th, 2020The theme of this video is “shelter”. Canon Barb leads us in prayer giving thanks to God for His care and shelter during this period of self isolation. The opening picture is a shot of the original St. Paul’s Anglican church in Newmarket. Give thanks that you have a roof over your head that can provide you safety.
Posted: Wednesday, April 15th, 2020Once again we pray and are grateful for all those that keep us safe, take care of us and remain committed in the face of the risk of exposure to themselves and their loved ones. You are making this situation bearable. Blessings and thanks!
Posted: Sunday, April 12th, 2020Alleluia! Christ is risen. Let us celebrate! And as Canon Barb says, let us also celebrate those who continue to work (risking both their own health and that of their family) in order to provide everyone else with access to all the essential services and conveniences that make our time of isolation not only bearable but possible. May each one of you be afforded the resources to remain safe and healthy. We salute you and thank you. Happy Easter!
Posted: Thursday, April 9th, 2020With the start of spring a renewed hope surfaces. And new hope is very welcomed while we embark on this pandemic journey. Where we end up is unknown but there is still some certainty…we are not alone. God walks with us. Let us take comfort in our companion, absorb & experience the rebirth of nature and soak up all the hope that this time of year is offering us. Despite the current situation, let us appreciate the gifts that Easter brings.
Posted: Friday, April 3rd, 2020As we observe the manipulation of a palm leaf into a cross, Canon Barb reminds us to give thanks for the blessings that we still have despite the isolation. Blessings such as a roof over our heads that we can quarantine to, or the boredom we may be experiencing because we are not burdened with illness, etc. There are many others going through extremely stressful times right now…no income, frontline/essential workers who are not only at risk but also bring that risk home to their families, the list goes on. Let’s count our blessings and be grateful for our leader(Canon Barb) at this time.
Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2020Hi there! Hoping you are safe and managing. Looking for something to do…how about starting a study at home? There’s a program familiar to some, but will be new to others. It’s a study started at the church before this pandemic began. It’s called “Signs of Life – why church matters”. Canon Barb invites you to have a closer look at the program for two reasons. It will give you something to do while you’re at home, but more importantly, it will bring a lot of value. Stay safe, pray for those struggling, wash your hands well, practice distancing and remember we are with you in thought and prayer.
Posted: Friday, March 27th, 2020As the critical need to keep our distance grows, the feeling of isolation can develop. A simple message from Canon Barb offers a simple solution. Just reach out – connect with someone. Pick up a phone or video chat. Connecting by voice offers more intimacy than sending a message but if that’s your only option then use it to reach out. The message is twofold…reach out if you know someone is alone or if you are feeling alone. We are with you in thought and in spirit. Blessings and love from St. Paul’s.
Posted: Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
Source (www.toronto.anglican.ca/2020/03/20/diocesan-day-of-prayer-fasting-march-27/): The College of Bishops is inviting all people in the Diocese of Toronto to a day of prayer and fasting on Thursday, March 26, during the unfolding situation with COVID-19.
Posted: Friday, March 20th, 2020
Social distancing = challenging. The time of year that it’s happening = wonderful. Spring is in the air, distancing yourself is a must in order to flatten the curve, but you can still enjoy the moment.
Posted: Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
A message of hope, and a prayer for today and the future from Canon Barb Hammond at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Newmarket, as we begin the social distancing practices needed to hold off the spread of the COVID-19 virus.