Here are some of the events we have to look forward to at St. John's
Sunday, January 29th, 11:30 a.m.
The Annual Meeting of the Vestry is the primary vision-setting gathering of the entire parish. We will receive reports from the governance and ministry groups in the parish, including the financial statements from 2016. We will consider for approval the budget for 2017 and select those members of committees who need to be chosen. As this meeting occurs after the 10:00 service of worship and will go over the lunch hour, vestry members are invited to bring a dish to share for a potluck lunch.
Note: the 8:15 and Open Circle services will not occur on January 29th.
Thursday, February 2nd, 7:30 p.m., All Saints' (235 Rubidge St)
Candlemas, or the Presentation of the Lord, is the 40th day after Christmas Day. It commemorates the day that Mary was able to return to the Temple after childbirth and when Jesus was presented. Traditionally, this is the feast day on which the Church blessed all of the candles to be used in worship throughout the year. To observe this holy day, a Solemn Eucharist will be celebrated in All Saints' Church. Solemn Eucharists are similar to what we do on Sunday, but are usually celebrated on holy days because they have a more elaborate ritual, including additional chanting, more sacred ministers, Sanctus bells, and incense. This event is shared between St John's and All Saints': the Rev. Brad Smith will preside and the Rev. Geoff Howson will preach. All are welcome.
Sunday, February 5th, 11:30 a.m.
A Town Hall will be hosted by St John's Covenant Commission members Lucinda Hage and Ralph Tippet, diocesan facilitator Peter Tovell, and episcopal facilitator Bishop Patrick White to review the Final Report of the Covenant Commission and to discuss the proposed Motion to Approve in Principle for the implementation of the recommendation of the Commission. To read more about the Report and the Motion, please visit the Peterborough Covenant page.
Sunday, February 12th, 11:30 a.m.
Following on the presentation and discussion of the Report and Motion put forward by the Covenant Commission at the Town Hall on February 5th (see above), a Special Vestry will be held after the 10:00 services on the 12th to vote on the Motion.
Tuesday, February 28th, Time to be determined.
As St John's hosted the pancake supper last year, we will visit All Saints' for the pancake supper this year. More details to follow.
Wednesday, March 1st, 10:00 a.m. (St John's), 7:00 p.m. (St Luke's)
The regular Wednesday morning service will be the Ash Wednesday liturgy at St John's. In keeping with the custom of recent years, the evening service will be shared Peterborough Covenant service. This year's is being hosted by St Luke's, 566 Armour Rd.
The Ash Wednesday Liturgy begins with an invitation to observe a holy Lent through the ancient traditions of self-examination, penitence, prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and the study of Scripture. The character of this liturgy is sombre and penitent--in the prayers we say sorry for all the things we do (and fail to do) both as individuals and as human society. We pray that God will "create in [us] a clean heart" so we can move on in faith. The priest makes the sign of the cross on our foreheads with ashes made from last year's Palm Sunday palms as the words "You are dust and to dust you shall return" are spoken. But this is still a celebration--as we gather around the Lord's table to celebrate the Eucharist, we are reminded that although we are broken, in God we are made whole.