How to get to St Nick's
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SERVICES DURING THE WEEK all are welcome!
8:30 & 10:30 am + coffee afterward
every Tuesday at 8:45 am
every Wednesday at 10 am + discussion
every Thursday at 8:45 am
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Over the past few weeks, security concerns have emerged in respect to individuals entering the building via the Manderley doors both during the week and during the 10:30 a.m. Service. We want to ensure that St. Nicholas is a welcoming community for all. This, however, needs to be balanced with the assurance that St. Nicholas is a safe community – especially for members and teachers of the Sunday School. As such, over the month of May we will be monitoring the Manderley doors during the 10:30 a.m. Service.. If concerns continue, or new ones emerge, we will be locking the Manderley doors at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, and posting a sign asking individuals to enter the Church via the Kingston Road entrance. This proposal will not only assist in assuring security but also enable us to provide help to individuals should it be required. If you have concerns, or comments, about this proposal, please speak to Rev. Janet or one of the Wardens. Finally, if you are entering the building during Office Hours, please let your presence be known by saying “hello” in the Office. Thank you
Have Rake, Will Help
If you could help out with a spring spruce up of the garden, please contact Sonia at 416-698-9449 or email@example.com. We want to make sure the gardens stay looking as lovely as they did last year. If you would be willing to help on an ongoing basis, speak to Sonia
Stay Connected with Twitter
Submitted by Andrew Reeves @greeneggs_drew The social media service Twitter is a great way to share and stay connected with your church family and the wider family of God. I would like to encourage those of you currently using Twitter to share the work of God in your life using the hashtag #stnicksbc. For more information, talk (or tweet) with Andrew Reeves.
1912-2012: From the past
into the future
Our Centennial is now at an end, and what an eventful year it has been... Read the Centennial Committee's Report to Vestry here » / See Centennial highlights here »
Parish Council Meeting Minutes are now posted to the website. See here ».
The Parish Newsletter
St Nicholas, Birch Cliff is an accessible facility: details »
There is now a dedicated wardens email box which people can use to contact us with their concerns, complaints, criticisms (and maybe even compliments)... email »
See the vestry webpage
Our Food Bank is in currently in need of specific items. When you are shopping, please consider buying baby cereal and biscuits, nutritional cold cereals - toilet paper is a "very necessary item". Please speak with Deb Chapman for more information. Outreach page » / Churches by the Bluffs Food Bank website »
There is a Bursary available from York Scarborough Area Council for those entering first year of post secondary education. They must be actively involved in ministry at their parish church, and be recommended by the incumbent. There is a application to be filled out which includes the question “What my Faith means to me?”. The deadline for submission is May 15, 2013. Speak with Rev. Janet for more information.
We’re becoming a greener Church! In our efforts to be more environmentally friendly, we’re hoping to do more of our parish correspondence through email. We already have many email addresses, but if we don’t have yours, please send it to the parish office email - Thank you!
See St Nick's photo album here »
PENTECOST at ST NICHOLAS
THE FEAST OF PENTECOST - May 19, 2013
The St. Nick’s Knights softball
TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013 @ 7pm - St Nick's Knights vs St Paul's L'Amoreaux at North Bridlewood (map) - off Collingsbrook Blvd south of Finch, east of Pharmacy. We play every Tuesday night to all-day tournament on Saturday August 17. Schedule » Join the team! everyone qualifies(call the church office) - or be a spectator: St. Nick’s Knights have the largest fans following of any team in the league. What fun we have! More here »
THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013 - service @10 am. website »
THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - Join the choir? see here »
Family Picnic at Centre Island
SATURDAY MAY 25 - Calling all kids and their parents, the young and young at heart. Please join us at Centre Island on Saturday May 25th. We'll meet at the ferry docks at 10 am. The Church will supply ferry tickets and a BBQ lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers. Please bring your own drinks and Centreville mad money! For more information, please speak to Rev'd Alison, and sign up on the bulletin board.
SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2013 - We have received an invitation to the Episcopal Ordination of the Venerable Dr. Michael Pollesel on Sunday May 26, at 10:30 am in the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Montevideo, Uruguay. For those of us not travelling to Uruguay for the event, we’ll include a special prayer for Michael in the prayers of the people on that day. A little closer to home ... SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013 - The Ven. Peter Fenty, Archdeacon of York and the executive officer to the Bishop of Toronto, was elected Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese of Toronto on April 6. The service of consecration will take place June 22.
SUNDAY May 26 @ 12:20 p.m
Kitchen Shower- Wow!! What a great response
SUNDAYS until May 26 - Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the kitchen shower. The Outreach Committee will be sponsoring a special coffee hour next Sunday following the 10:30 a.m. Service to thank everyone for their donations. At this time all the donated items will be on display.
Annual Plant Sale
SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2013 - Our Annual Plant Sale will be held on Saturday June 1 from 8am – 1pm. Marcia Parum will have plants etc. for sale at her home – 115 Cornell Ave. As you’re working on your gardens in the next couple of weeks, if you could pot up any extra plants, to donate to the sale they will be gratefully accepted. You can drop off any plants at Marcia’s, leave them on the driveway if she’s not at home. All proceeds from the Plant Sale will be forwarded to support Indigenous Youth Initiatives through The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
Farewell Reception for the Reverend Dr. Alison Falby
SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013 - following the 10:30am service. Please join us for a special celebration to mark the blessing of Rev’d Alison’s ministry with us as Assistant Curate over the past two years. June 2nd will be Rev’d Alison’s last day at St. Nicholas. She will begin her new ministry as Incumbent of St. Martin’s, Bay Ridges, in Pickering on July 8th. Her service of Induction will take place at St. Martin’s on September 22 at 4:00pm. Please uphold Alison in your prayers during this transition. see here »
Guest Speaker: Chris Jones
SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2013 - Chris Jones. Please join us as we welcome (back) St. Nick’s former St. Nick’s Youth Leader
SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2013 - Please join us for a fun golf day at Lakeridge Golf Course with BBQ following at the home of Brian and Betsy Jones. $ 60 per person. Please add your name to the sign up list on Manderley Bulletin Board.
The Alzheimer’s Society and St. Nicholas: Men’s Cooking and Support Group
TUESDAYS IN JUNE - The Alzheimer’s Society and St. Nicholas’ are partnering to host a special Men’s Cooking and Support Group. The group is a free, four week beginner’s cooking class and support group for male partners caring for someone with dementia. It runs each Tuesday in June from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will have a hands on cooking experience, prepare a simple easy to learn recipe, enjoy lunch together and take home two heart healthy meals. If you, or someone you know, is interested in participating in the group, and meeting other caregivers, please contact, Eleni Siliveridis at 416-322-6560 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Nicholas Theatre Bus Trips 2013
TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013 - The St. Nicholas’ Social Committee has planned a series of bus trips for 2013. The Bus Trips are fully booked, but if you are still interested in going, let Joan Alkerton know, and your name will be placed on a waiting list.
Bach Children’s Chorus Foodbank Fundraiser
SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013 @ 3pm The Bach Children's Chorus (also known as BCC or the Choir) is a vibrant group of 200 young people aged 6 and up who love to sing. Founded in 1987, the BCC has developed a reputation throughout Toronto for the beautiful, musical sound and professional approach of its four choirs. The organization consists of three treble voice choirs and an SATB youth choir. The objective of the Choir is to develop a love of singing through enjoyable learning and performance experiences. Each of the choirs regularly participates in weekend excursions involving festivals, workshops and concerts with other children's choirs and world-renowned clinicians and conductors. Churches by the Bluffs Food Bank website » / Outreach page »
St Nicholas Annual Bazaar Date Set
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2,2013 - we have a new Bazaar Committee. Julia Hanson, Brian Jones and Suzanne Lehtinen, have agreed to organize the big day this year. Thank you to them, and to Doreen Moffat and the retiring Bazaar Committee for the many years of leadership they gave to the Bazaar.
Do you have the travel bug!?
In 2013 Honorary Assistant The Rev. Canon Ian Noseworthy (bio ») will be leading a tour with Craig Travel (the company that advertises on the back page of the Anglican Journal) July 19-Aug 2- “The Best of Ireland”. Information and brochures are available from the church office, e-mail Ian directly or 416-690-5132.
Church of St. Nicholas - Centennial Highlights
The Anglican parish of St. Nicholas was founded in 1912 to serve the growing village of Birch Cliff.... Heritage Toronto 2012 plaque was dedicated August 9, 2012 as part of the centennial celebrations of the parish. See centennial highlights here »
Natural Church Development (NCD)
Our parish is engaging in a process called “Natural Church Development”. This resource will help us to assess the strengths and weaknesses or our parish, based on various proven criteria. NCD website here »
Screening in Faith - The Diocese has recently updated its "Responsible Ministry: Screening in Faith" policy to require police checks of those who carry out high-risk ministries once every three years. We are pleased to advise that Pauline Green has agreed to become our Parish Screening Coordinator to assist us in complying with this important policy. Diocese webpage about screening here »
Diocese of Toronto issues pastoral guidelines for the blessing of same-gender commitments
"... All of us need to extend to each the most generous Christian charity that our Redeemer calls us to exercise as we, together, seek to discern and live out God's will." See the full text of the Archbishop's letter here »
Thank you to everyone who continues to bring in used stamps. They are taken to The Leprosy Mission (Canada) where they are sold to stamp dealers to raise funds for front-line leprosy medications and care. Thousands of dollars are raised annually through the sale of donated stamps. Please continue to bring them in! The can be placed in the box on the heater just inside the Manderley entrance. - A message from Evelyn Mackie
The Parish of St. Nicholas, Birch Cliff • Diocese of Toronto • Anglican Church of Canada